By Jeff Wells

Globe Staff Writer

WEBB CITY, Mo. - The Webb City R-7 School District will soon initiate several building projects that voters authorized in April.

Superintendent Ron Lankford on Tuesday presented the school board with blueprints for building projects at Webb City High School, Webb City Middle School and Webster Primary Center.

The district will finance the work with a $3.5 million bond issue that voters approved last month. The district may have to pay an additional $400,000, Lankford said.

The board also learned that as the district prepares to graduate its largest class in history, kindergarten enrollment for 2003-04 stands at 249, up from 220 in 2002 and 181 in 2001.

The board accepted two resignations and approved the hiring of six new instructors. Steve Morgan, a sixth-grade teacher at the middle school, is leaving the district after four years. Christina Dickinson, a kindergarten teacher at Carterville, resigned after three years.

The new teachers are Michelle O'Banion, business teacher at the high school; Sam Rogers, science teacher at the junior high school; Kara Kunkel, third-grade teacher at Harry S. Truman Elementary; Stacy Marie Foster, third-grade teacher at Mark Twain Elementary; Rebecca Penning, fourth-grade teacher at Mark Twain; and Allison Rogers, third-grade teacher at Eugene Field Elementary.

There are still openings for two kindergarten teachers and a special-services director, Lankford said.

In other business, the board:

Named the members of a committee that will develop a five-year comprehensive plan for the district.

Heard a presentation from Jerry Walker, a high school counselor, on programs for at-risk students.

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