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Jasper County Tribune

Colfax-Mingo getting things in order for the bond process

New Colfax-Mingo Community School District board member Dawn Gibson took her oath during the regular Nov. board meeting.
New Colfax-Mingo Community School District board member Dawn Gibson took her oath during the regular Nov. board meeting.

With the recent bond issue passing with overwhelming support now the Colfax-Mingo Community School District board of directors have started to lay out the work for getting the process started.

The board went through a variety of consideration pertaining to the bond during its Monday night meeting. One in particular was the setting of a hearing date that will be held in December.

“We have got about six or seven items here,” superintendent Erik Anderson said.

Since the passing of the bond referendum, the Colfax-Mingo Community School District has plenty to keep up with. The board also discussed the engagement letter with Piper Jaffray for the 2020 sales tax revenue bonds.

“Now, we are going to actually engage in a contract with them,” Anderson said.

They also considered the preliminary loan participant package for 2020 sales tax revenue bonds. This allows for a little background on the tax base and the bond package to potential investors according to Anderson.

“In essence this is for the investors to know a little bit about Colfax-Mingo,” Anderson said.

Aside from all of the talk surrounding the recent passing of the bond referendum, there was much discussion about the possibility for trying to hire a operation and maintenance director for the district. The consideration was simply for the posting of the job description.

“I know this is one of the first major positions I am bringing to your consideration,” Anderson said.

There was some discussion amongst the board about taking on the additional cost of hiring in a new position. The motion was simply to allow for the posting of the of the job description and the motion passed 6-1.

“I’d rather have two of the maybe 25 hour custodians that we need,” board member Doug VanDyke said.

“We don’t want to put the district in that adverse position,” Anderson said.

In other business:

• The new board members were sworn in at the Nov. board meeting. Newcomer Dawn Gibson took the oath for the first time as a member of the board and there was a brief appreciation for what former board member Brandie Gean did in her time.

• There were the elections of the school board president and the school board vice president. Patrick Utz will continue to serve as the Colfax-Mingo Community School District board president and Chet Williams will serve at the Colfax-Mingo Community School District board vice president.

Contact Dustin Teays at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or dteays@newtondailynews.com

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