November 28, 2002

School Board Sets Filing Period For Candidates To Fill Two Seats

Christmas is the season of giving and the Scotland County R-I School Board will be seeking candidates willing to give of their time to serve on the SCR-I Board of Education. The filing period for the SCR-I Board of Education officially opens on Christmas Eve, December 24 and will remain open until January 21, 2003. The board voted 7-0 during the November 22 meeting to approve the filing period.

The superintendent's office will be open special hours December 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for filings. The office will be closed during the school's Christmas vacation but will reopen January 6 when filing will resume during regular business hours. Filing will close at 5:00 p.m. January 21.

Two seats will be available in the 2003 April election. The terms of Ellen Aylward and Gary Miller will expire at this time. Successful candidates will fill a three-year term.

Bus Bid

In other business the board voted 7-0 to accept the lone bid for the district's school bus that had been advertised for sale as excess property.

The district received one sealed bid on a 1982 Chevy chassis, 65-passenger Carpenter body style bus. The vehicle has a 366 CID gas engine and has a total of 93,333 miles.

A bid of $601 from Richard McDaniel was unanimously accepted by the board.

MSBA Membership

Increasing dues for the Missouri School Board Association caused a split vote of the board for renewal of the annual membership.

The board voted 4-3 to renew the MSBA membership after learning that dues had risen this year to more than $3,100. In the past five years membership in state school board group has increased by 30 percent.

Board members voting against the renewal motion indicated they did so due to the increase in dues, not because of the service that the organization provides.

"Dues have increased 30 percent in the past five years, and in these tough economic times, it is difficult to continue to absorb costs that continue to rise each year," stated Superintendent LeRoy Huff. "It is the hope of the board that MSBA will stabilize their assessments rather than have continuing increases each year."

Procedural Evaluations

The board reviewed and unanimously accepted procedural evaluations from Dave Shalley on the district's co-curricular activities and from Huff on the annual district report card.

Student Early Release

Last month the board approved several requests from students for early release or reduced schedule loads. One request was tabled and reopened at the November meeting.

After receiving more information on the student's request the board voted unanimously to approve the student's request for a reduction in schedule for the second semester of the 2002-2003 academic year on the condition the student has obtained 26.5 units of credits at the end of the first semester.

Sick Leave Request

Board members voted to allow a faculty member to use sick leave on the following dates, November 27, December 2, December 20 or January 6, if necessary to be with her daughter, who is expecting her first child. Board action was necessary as school policy states vacation/sick leave can not be used to extend a scheduled school holiday.

Executive Session

In executive session the board voted 7-0 to approve the substitute teacher list for the balance of the school year.

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