May 2, 2002

Board Of Ed Fills Hires New Staff, Learns Of Additional Vacancies

Seven different vacancies were filled but the district learned of three new openings during the Scotland County R-I Board of Education's April 25 meeting.

The board approved several hirings and staff transfers to fill a number of vacancies at both the elementary and high school. Unfortunately that came after the district learned of three additional vacancies that will need to be filled following teacher resignations.

The resignations of Matt Henning, Susan Schneider and Deborah Shinkle were accepted with regret by the board. Henning was the high school science teacher. Schneider and Shinkle were both instructors at the elementary school.

In executive session the board voted 7-0 to offer employment to Dawn Triplett as the Title I Reading Instructor. Triplett will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Julie Clapp. Angie Stephenson was offered employ-ment as Speech Implementor by a similar vote. Melissa Miller was offered employment as kindergarten teacher by a 6-0 vote with board member Gary Miller, her husband, absent from the discussion and voting process.

Several in-house promotions and transfers were also approved by the board. Ken Cross was named athletic director and COE coordinator. Jaryt Hunziker was named varsity boys basketball coach while Brent Bondurant was announced as the new varsity football coach. All actions were by a 7-0 vote. Tom O'Donnell was offered the junior high science instructor position by a 5-2 vote.

The district will continue to search for a high school science instructor as well as two special education, learning disabilities teachers.


The Northeast Missouri Insurance Cooperative approved rates for member schools for the 2002-2003 school year. The district will experience a 7.45 percent increase in premiums. However employees will experience a reduction in costs for office visits from $30 to $25 as well as on prescriptions from $20 to $15.

The monthly premium for employees will be $286.23 compared to $266.38 from last year. The coverage offers a calendar year deductible of $500 with a maximum benefit of $2.5 million.


National Honor Society Sponsor Donna Billington presented the board with a request to allow the NHS to do a landscaping project around the school's sign at the intersection of Highway 15 and Lovers Lane.

Billington presented a drawing of the proposed project. The work will be used as a service project to meet club requirements.

"The board unanimously approved the request and was pleased that the group had an interest in improving the appearance of the SCR-I campus," stated Superintendent LeRoy Huff.

Overnight Request

Three trip proposals were presented for SCR-I teams to attend state events. Athletic Director Dave Shalley requested approval for overnight trips for the schools' golf and track teams to travel to the state contests if team members qualified. FFA advisor Bill Cottrell requested permission for a trip to the Lake of the Ozark area on May 1 to allow the school's Envirothon team to compete in the state competition. All three trip requests were approved.

Federal Programs

Federal programs Director Rhonda McBee presented procedural evaluations for the district's Title I, Title II, Title IV and Special Education programs to the board for approval.

McBee also addressed the continuation of the federal program offerings at the district. She recommended continuing in all federal programs currently offered by the schools. However, she told the board that with uncertain governmental funding, it is unclear how much money the district will receive from these programs for the fiscal year 2002-2003.

The board voted 7-0 to continue to participate in the federal programs.

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