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Update provided for softball field

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An update was provided on the softball field renovation project during the Mansfield R-IV Board meeting held on Nov. 8.

According to the Board meeting minutes, it was noted that expenditures were at $71,439.84 as of Nov. 4. Fencing was to being by Carnahan soon.

In other news, the Board approved a measure to extend their cooperative agreement with the Ann Short Turner Community Center for another 10 years. The original agreement was set to expire on Nov. 14.

Nick Schultz, of Schultz, Wood & Rapp, P.C., presented the findings of the FY 2021 annual audit of the district.

In administrative reports, Mansfield Middle School Principal Dr. Gary Greene talked about a recent trip by him and other staff to Washington D.C. where MMS was recognized as a Blue Ribbon school. There were 325 schools recognized nationwide. Superintendent Dr. Wylie celebrated the announcement by recognizing the MS staff and administration. Also during the meeting, Dr. Wylie gave a COVID-19 isolation/quarantine update showing eight students and four elementary staff. He also informed the Board on looking into the cost-benefit for the District of entering into a full service agreement with the MSBA. The cost of a program would be $3,339 per year with a $500 start-up fee. Dr. Wylie proposed including this service in the FY22 budget for Board consideration. Information was given on ESSER III. Dr. Wylie also talked of recent successes on alternative revenue sources focusing on teacher recruitment and retention.

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