September 5, 2002

Video Security System Installed At Scotland County High School

A new video surveillance system is up and running at the Scotland County R-I High School. The SCR-I board of education heard a report at the August 30 meeting regarding the system.

The board created a committee at the July meeting to implement the system. Committee members David Kirkpatrick, Ellen Aylward, principal Dave Shalley and instructor Rhonda McBee informed the full board about the project.

The district had received three bids for the components and installation of the system. Kountry Konnections of Memphis was awarded the contract. Also bidding on the job was Sound Solutions of Mexico and Alarm Systems, Inc. of Quincy, IL.

The project was made possible as a result of federal grants awarded to the school and no local monies were needed for the system.

Board Workshop

Board president Ellen Aylward gave a report on the board's recent workshop. Members reviewed the current budget, discussed the upcoming MSBA conference to be held in October and reviewed the cycle 3 MSIP requirements the district will face in the fall of 2003, discussed improvements needed to the front parking lot and identified eight short term district goals and six long term goals for the school to implement.

The short term goals the board hopes to implement in the next three years are:

1. improvement of MAP scores;

2. completing a successful MSIP review in the fall of 2003;

3. improving salaries and benefits for all staff;

4. improving the front parking lot,

5. tuck point the elementary school;

6. develop property for the building trades addition for future years;

7. implement the A+ program;

8. and continuing to promote a safe and healthy learning environment for students and staff.

The long-term goals considered by the board for the next three to five years are:

1. Continuing to insure that academic excellence is the district's #1 priority;

2. Replacing the heating equipment in both buildings and improve air conditioning at the secondary school;

3. Improving the media centers in both buildings by constructing a new complex, which would incorporate an additional gym;

4. Continuing to purchase buses to keep the district's transportation fleet current;

5. Continuing to improve salaries and benefits for all staff in order to remain competitive in the area;

6. Continuing to improve the appearance of the campus.

MSBA Resolution

By a vote of 6-0 the board voted to adopt a resolution for Missouri School Board Association representative George Koontz to present to the MSBA Resolution Committee concerning teacher recertification in hard to fill need areas.

The resolution asks the MSBA to oppose the belief that teachers desiring certification in special needs areas must become full time students at a college or university in order to obtain the needed certification. The resolution asks MSBA to support the concept that teachers desiring these certificates be allowed to enroll as part time students, thereby allowing them to continue teaching while the certification is being achieved.

Executive Session

The board met in executive session to offer contracts for non-certified personnel, contracted staff, and business manager. The board approved the hiring of Jill Duppong and Kate Cline as teachers aides and Kathleen Bialota as the district lifetime learning center instructor.

Front Parking Lot

The board heard a report regarding needed improvements to the facilities front parking lot in order to control the dust and enhance the condition of the lot.

A committee of George Koontz, David Kirkpatrick, Gary Miller and Superintendent Huff was created to review the various options for improving the site.

Sportsmanship Program

Athletic Director Ken Cross reported to the board regarding a recent meeting with school coaches on sportsmanship. The board voted 6-0 to empower Cross to implement a sportsmanship program at SCR-I and encouraged him to propose the idea to fellow schools in the conference.

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