The Las Animas school board met Sept. 16, to discuss updates on the Elementary School building, cancel the school board elections and increase substitute pay.

Greg Daviscourt CEO of Rocky Mountain Construction presented more information to the board Monday. Which led to them to consider two additional improvements above the recommended fixes given by the insurance company.

Those two fixes were a French drain system or an equivalent system and metal siding. Superintendent Elsie Goines said that those two improvements will be an additional cost to the District.

Elementary School principal Lana Gardner and the Elementary accountability committee will work with a design team to select possible metal siding designs for the building. More information about the designs will be presented at the next school board meeting.

Also discussed Monday, was the cancelation of the school board election. Petitions to run for the school board were due on Aug. 30 by noon, however there were not enough petitions turned in to require an election.

Two current board members did manage to turn in their petitions with verified signatures by the deadline and will be elected by acclamation. So the school district will ask for letters of interest for the two vacants seats in October.

Data Compliance/District Communication Officer Susan Waring said that the “call for letters of interest” will be posted on social media and in the paper on Oct. 10.

Following the call for interest she said that the school board will declare a vacancy after the election, which will allow the remaining board members to interview the candidates.

The Las Animas School District will also be increasing substitute pay from $90 to $110, which will move the per hour rate to $12.95 meeting the new minimum wage increase in Jan. She said that while that rate isn’t the highest in the valley it will allow the schools to stay competitive.

The October count and enrollment for schools was given and indicated that 31 students are enrolled at Jumpstart. 242 students are enrolled at the Elementary School, 76 in Junior High, 148 in High School and an additional 1,850 online. Waring indicated that the brick and mortar number of 497 students is “very comparable” to last years number.

The next Las Animas School Board meeting will be held Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Middle School commons area.