November 29, 2001

Committee Suggests School Enhance Outdoor Classroom

The Scotland County R-I School Board met Tuesday, November 20 at 4:30 p.m. in a special scheduled meeting due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

The board heard the final report from the district's pond committee. Committee chairman Paul Campbell read the written opinion of the district's legal representative that recommended the school could continue to use the pond, as is, for environmental and scientific studies.

Campbell stated the committee would like to see the pond area enhanced and improved for school use. The committee also requested the school consider enhancing the outdoor classroom area located near the pond, to increase its usefulness to students and staff for scientific instruction.

Welder Bids

The board advertised three surplus wire feed mig welders for sale last month. Bids were opened at the November meeting with each welder being sold to the highest bidder.

The Lincoln Idealarc 200 welder was sold to Scotland County Commission for $551. Two bids were received for the Millermatic 200 welder with Randy Garnett taking the piece for $650. The Millermatic 250 was sold to the high bid of S.J. Smith for $800.

Board Filing Period

The board voted 6-0 to establish the school board candidates filing period from December 18 - January 15, 2002.

Those desiring to run for election to the SCR-I Board of Education will be able to file for the office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. December 18 in the office of the Superintendent. The office will be open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. December 19 and 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. December 20 before closing for the Christmas holiday. The office will reopen for filing on January 2 at 8:00 a.m. Filing will continue until January 15 when the filing period officially closes at 5:00 p.m. Normal business hours for the office are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

MSBA Membership

The board voted 6-0 to renew the district's membership for another year in the Missouri School Board Association. The statewide organization represents school boards from districts across Missouri and offers professional services including policy reviews and updates for school boards.

At the November meeting the board reviewed 13 policy updates or revisions to the district's policy handbook as recommended by the MSBA legal team. The updates typically are mandated by changes in laws, new legislation or differing legal interpretations.

The board unanimously approved all 13 MSBA policy update recommendations.

Procedural Evaluations

The board received three procedural evaluations at the November meeting. Rhonda McBee presented the supplemental programs report. Connie Courtney gave the report on the district's co-curricular activities while LeRoy Huff presented the information on the district's annual report card from DESE.

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