November 8, 2001

SCR-I School Board Approves Sale Of Building Trades Home

While several items on the October agenda for the Scotland County R-I School Board were pushed forward to next month, at least one area family was pleased their business was finalized.

The board voted unanimously to accept the bid of $108,000 from Bud and Martha Burns for the 2001-2002 building trades home that is currently being constructed. The board received three bids on the home, and accepted the high bid.

While the building trades issue was resolved, several other agenda items were tabled until the November meeting.

The school pond committee gave a preliminary report in September and informed the rest of the board that the group had come to a consensus on the future of the pond but was still awaiting the written legal opinion of the school's attorney. The legal information was not available for the meeting so the issue was tabled until next month.

Proposition C Waiver

The board reviewed the Strategic Planning Committee report from the previous month an discussed the group's recommendation to pursue a Proposition C rollback waiver.

The board discussed the projected decline in state funding as well as decreasing school enrollment. The board reviewed the effects these two issues would have on the district's ability to continue to provide the highest quality education. The board came to the agreement the waiver is an important issue that will be pursued at the December board meeting.

Board Policy Updates

The board unanimously approved a change in the requirements for early graduation or schedule reduction for students. The new policy mandates a minimum of 28 units of credit by the completion of the student's seventh semester, including enrollment and receipt of a passing grade in all SCR-I required courses to be considered for schedule reduction.

The board also reviewed a proposed policy to govern electronic devices being brought to school by students. The superintendent's office discussed the issue with the school attorney following the recent bomb threat at the school.

The board reviewed the attorney's proposal and took it under advisement with plans to enact some form of policy to govern student electronic devices prior to the next school year.

Surplus Property

The Vocational Agriculture Department requested board approval to declare three MIG welders as surplus property. The board approved the proposal allowing the three welders to be sold. The items will be sold by sealed bidsto be opened at the next board meeting.

Procedural Evaluations

The board received and approved procedural evaluations in the following areas: Extra-Curricular Activities, Elementary At-Risk, Elementary Instructional Effectiveness, Secondary At-Risk, Secondary Instructional Effectiveness, and District Finance.

In the final evaluation Superintendent LeRoy Huff indicated a final district balance of $1,265,005 as of June 30, 2001. He noted this exceeded the board's established balance goals of $1 million but warned it likely would take a hit next year. Huff said he felt the district would not be able to balance the budget next year due to state budget cuts and declining school enrollment. He noted that would end a three-year trend of positive balanced budgets for the district.

"The economic picture statewide is very bleak for schools," Huff stated. "No matter how frugal we are, I am extremely fearful that we will be forced into a deficit budget next year."

Fiscal Year Providers

Based on the report from the district's financial consultant and former accountant Peggy Collenge, the board approved MFA Oil Company of Memphis, Northeast Coop of Edina, Sinclair of Edina and Ayer's Oil Company of Canton as the current approved providers of fuel for the bus fleet.

The board also approved the district's participation in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for the fiscal year 2001-2002.

Executive Session

The Board voted 6-0 to accept the recommendation of Athletic Director Dave Shalley and appoint Josh Smith as the freshman girls basketball coach for the 2001-2002 season.

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