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Swedeborg can't burn down dilapidated buildings

SWEDEBORG, Mo. (Dec. 9, 2008) — A dilapidated house and garage on property purchased earlier this year can’t be burned down as had been planned, members of the Swedeborg R-III School Board learned during their Monday night board meeting.

District Administrator Ryan Warnol had hoped firefighters with the Crocker Rural Fire Protection District, which includes Swedeborg, would be able to use the buildings as a training exercise.

“I wanted to have this already done but I ran into complications. Apparently we can’t do these burns as training situations, at least not without extreme liability,” Warnol said. “It looks like we need to make sure this gets dozed and we get all the permits from the (Department of Natural Resources).”

Responding to questions from board members, Warnol said the garage is in better shape than the house and the block walls of the garage could be salvaged.

“The block building is good; it would make a great place if somebody wanted to use it for storage,” Warnol said.

Board member Jamie Alexander agreed.

“They really need to just get the roof replaced. They’ve done it before several times and they did it wrong,” Alexander said. “They put a new roof on, they didn’t take the old roof off, and high winds came along and tore the roof right off.”

Warnol estimated the cost to demolish the buildings would be $500 to $3,000, depending on how much of the demolition work would be donated and how much would have to be paid by the school district.

Board members conducted brief evaluations of the guidance program, the speech therapy program for which Swedeborg contracts with the speech therapist employed by the Stoutland R-II School District, and the central office staff.

Warnol said about a half-dozen Swedeborg students receive speech therapy.

“If we can catch the students early on when they come in, or in this case when they reach second grade, it can help a lot,” Warnol said.

Catching budget issues early also helps, Board President Chris Black said to Warnol.

“You are doing a good job of keeping the board updated on the budget,” Black said.

After a board meeting lasting less than a half hour, members went into closed session to discuss personnel matters, including plans to replace a Swedeborg art teacher who resigned for health reasons. The position is being filled internally for the rest of the year but will eventually be replaced.

In other business:

• The annual Swedeborg Christmas Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, under the direction of Maggie Wilson, a part-time music teacher who retired as the Waynesville Middle School music teacher.

• Three Swedeborg school board members are up for re-election. Alexis Roam’s seat will be open for a one-year term and the seats of Alexander and Wayne King will be open for three-year terms. Filing begins Dec. 15 and runs until Jan. 20.

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