GLADSTONE - Kristina Hansen was named the new principal for Jones Elementary School by the Gladstone School Board at its Monday night meeting.
The board also reported bids for the addition on Cameron Elementary School came in substantially over budget.
Hansen was perviously a third-grade teacher at Jones Elementary and comes highly-recommended.
"I took the time after the meeting to review the letters of recommendation from Kristina and they were very, very supportive and very impressive," said Board Trustee Paul Capodilupo. "I didn't fully understand how qualified you were at that meeting but after reading those letters it's really nice to see. I look forward to having you as our new principal," he told Hansen.
During the report on building and grounds, the board reported the Cameron expansion project is significantly more than its budget. "The total bids that were received for the Cameron addition exceeded the amount that we had budgeted, so we went through a list of items that we could trim...," said Capodilupo.
According to the board, the changes to the project have been cosmetic.
Changes made to the plan have reduced the difference, but the project is still $129,000 over budget. The board approved some of the contracts for the project, with the intention of completing the necessary structure before snowfall. Other contracts will be approved after additional cost-reduction changes to the plan have been made.
In addition to the construction issues facing Cameron, the school is expecting a spike in kindergarten enrollment.
"We're looking at potential kindergartens of 26 or 27 students," said Superintendent Dr. Jay Kulbertis.
The current building is not prepared for the influx of students, but Cameron Principal Donna Flannery believes the school will be able to make-do.
"It would mean displacing some of the Title I assistants. Right now they have their own classrooms. It might mean that they work in the classrooms or work in less than ideal situations, small conference rooms, but we can do it for a year," she said.