Video: BOE approves chillers, GJHS assistant principal

The Guthrie Board of Education held a 12-minute video conference meeting on Tuesday to approve two new chillers and approved a new assistant principal.

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The special meeting took place on Zoom due to travel conflicts with board members.

“The main reason for that (Zoom meeting) is we have some board members that are traveling and time is of the essence to expedite the process for the items on the agenda,” Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson said before hearing the two agenda items.

Board member Ron Plagg was absent.

The school board voted unanimously (6-0) to approve a lease purchase with Innovative Mechanical, LLC for two HVAC chillers to be placed at Guthrie Junior High School (GJHS) and Guthrie Upper Elementary School (GUES).

“These chillers have become much less reliable than we would like to start the school year with. We are faced with additional cost just to keep them running,” Simpson told board members.

The approved lease purchase price, which includes the price of a crane, is listed at $217,702 with a 5.80 interest rate. Simpson added, “This will be a short term lease purchase that we would pay off when those bonds are sold in October.”

The last chiller installed at GJHS was in 1996 and in 1989 at GUES when the school was first opened.

Robinson named GJHS Assistant Principal

The board elected not to go into executive session to discuss the open assistant principal position at the Junior High and unanimously approved Shane Robinson for the position.

Prior to the promotion, Robinson served as a science teacher at GUES.

Robinson joins first year principal Todd Bramwell, who was approved by the BOE in May. Related article: Guthrie Board of Education names new Junior High principal

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