April 18, 2002

School Board Appoints Officers, Approves Teacher Contracts

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education gathered for a special re-organizational meeting April 10 and used the opportunity to take care of some business as well.

The board certified the April 2 election results, welcoming one new member in the process. Incumbents George Koontz and Paul Campbell retained their seats on the board while Scott Brassfield took the third available position, replacing Paula Neese, who did not seek re-election.

The board certified the following vote tallies: George Koontz - 967; Scott Brassfield 808; Paul Campbell 922 and Mark Drummond 696. The final tally for Proposition 2 - the Prop C Waiver, was 715 yes to 503 no.

With the newly elected board members sworn into office, the group elected officers for the upcoming year. Ellen Aylward will serve as board president. Koontz was named vice-president and Gary Miller will serve as secretary. David Kirkpatrick is the board's treasurer.

Career Ladder

Career Ladder Committee Chairman Ken Cross presented a proposal to the board of education to continue the program for the 2002-2003 school year.

Cross indicated there will be five teachers eligible for stage one of the career ladder. Eight teachers qualify for step two of the process and 29 will be at step three of the program that offers financial reimbursement to teachers for taking on additional activities at the school such as sponsoring extra curricular clubs, tutoring and other beneficial services to the students.

"The board expressed their appreciation to the staff for the work they do for students and voted 7-0 to continue with all three stages of career ladder for the next fiscal year," stated Superintendent LeRoy Huff.

Salary Committee

President Aylward appointed a new salary committee to serve for the 2002-03 school year. Koontz will chair the committee with members Miller and Doug Shalley also serving in the group.

STARR Teacher Request

Kathy Cowell presented a request to the board to consider her nomination as a STARR teacher for the 2002-03 and 2003-04 school years.

STARR is a state-level professional development pro-gram for Missouri schools created under provisions of the Outstanding Schools Act. The program provides professional classroom-tested training to help teachers use authentic instruction, performance-based assessment and Missouri's new academic performance standards.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education launched the STARR program during the spring of 1994. After a year of preparation, the 27 teachers selected to participate in the program are based at nine university sites during the school year. Traveling to various school sites near their university base, they provide inservice for teachers throughout the state of Missouri. After each inservice, teachers return to their classes at their home schools to practice the skills and techniques learned. On at least 10 days during the school year, they attend seminars and meet in statewide or regional groups for feedback, further development of skills and other follow-up activities.

After a year of training and practice, each new group of STARR teachers go on leave and report to one of nine university sites from where they are available to conduct seminars for schools and school districts in the surrounding regions.

The board discussed the fact that there are financial obligations involved with STARR for the local district. Huff told the members the district is responsible for payment of all substitute teacher salaries for the first year while the teacher is in training for a minimum of 10 days.

During the second year of the program the district must grant a leave of absence to the STARR teacher. DESE pays the salary and benefits for a beginning level teacher to fill the one-year vacancy, but the district would be responsible for any additional wages and benefit costs if the substitute is an experienced teacher.

After discussion of the issue the board declined to take action on the request siting the current fiscal crisis in education funding and the uncertainty of state funding for the next two fiscal years.


The board received and regretfully accepted a letter from Marc Colvin resigning his duties as the head varsity coach for boys basketball. Colvin has held the position the last two years. He will continue to serve the district as a social studies instructor and in other coaching positions.

Executive Session

All certified staff must be evaluated by the building principal and the Board of Education on an annual basis prior to the completion of employment contracts for the upcoming school year. The board is obligated to act in accordance with the principal's evaluation and recommendation for re-employment as the principal is their direct supervisor.

The SCR-I Board met in executive session to discuss the personnel reviews by the principals of both schools.

"Tenured staff are on a continuing contract and, while it is not necessary to annually vote to offer employment to tenured staff, the board wished to express its support and appreciation to all tenured teachers with a 7-0 vote of confidence for the work they do on behalf of our students," stated Huff.

These tenured teachers are, Elementary : Debbie Caldwell, Jeannie Childress, Teresa Cotton, Kathy Cowell, Terri Emel, Lori Fulk, Sheri Kapfer, Linda Marlowe, Shari Moore, Judy Myers, Sarah Myers, Marla O'Donnell, Sue Payne, Randi York and Julie Wickert. High School: Ron Alexander, Donna Billington, Dave Boden, Brent Bondurant, Bob Brown, Terri Bulen, William Cottrell, Mary Couch, Ken Cross, Andrea Dabney, Marsha Goucher, Jo Beth Harvey, Gary Hunziker, Rhonda McBee, Jim Morgan, Tom O'Donnell, Terry Sommers and Sharon Veatch.

Four members of the certified staff were eligible for tenured status this year and all four were approved by a 7-0 vote. The new tenured teachers are Susan Burns, Marc Colvin, Chris Dunham and Carol McCabe.

The following non-tenured teachers were offered employment by a 7-0 vote of the board: Elementary - Marie Alexander, Jaryt Hunziker, Dawn Johnson, Jason Jones, Leslie Lough, Susan Schneider, Meera Shinn, Deborah Shinkle, Joshua Smith and Sharon Triplett. High School - Denice Blaine, Andrea Brassfield, Stephanie Fowler, Brooke Garbati, Matt Henning, Mike Hyde, Anna Jean Mathes, Nathan Pippert and Sara Wight. Chris Yarbrough received an offer of employment by a 6-1 vote.

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