February 6, 2003

School Board Establishes Salary Committee At January Meeting

With the troublesome future of the educational funding one of the key budget items for the January meeting of the Scotland County School Board was the appointment of the salary committee.

"With the bleak economic forecast by the state for not only this fiscal year but for the next two years the work of the committee will be most critical," stated SCR-I superintendent LeRoy Huff.

Each year for the past several years, the board has appointed a committee consisting of board members for the designated purpose of working with the administration and the various groups within the school family to establish salary levels.

President Ellen Aylward appointed herself along with board members Paul Campbell and George Koontz to serve on the committee. Koontz was appointed committee chairman.


The board accepted a letter of resignation from faculty member Anna Jean Mathes. The resignation is effective at the end of the school year. Mathes has been at SCR-I for the past 17 years and is planning to retire from teaching.

Safety Coordinators

The board discussed the expanding role of the schools safety coordinator position. Huff told the members that during his participation on a recent MSIP team he has learned the expectations for the position will greatly expand the job responsibilities.

"Currently there are issues with the Homeland Security Bill, which all schools will be forced to deal with," Huff said. "They will have a major impact on our district and we need to be in a position to address any and all changes that may occur."

Based on this information as well as added materials from other meetings, the board voted to appoint the district's two principals to serve jointly as co-coordinators of district safety.

Calendar Issues

Board members handled several pieces of business centering around the school calendar.

The March meeting of the Board of Education was rescheduled from March 27 to Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. The move was made due to a conflict with the regional MSBA meeting to be held March 27 at Mark Twain School.

March 1 was set as the date for the board's annual winter workshop. The meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the elementary school. The schools upcoming MSIP visit in November will be the main topic of discussion along with the financial issues revolving around the state budget crisis.

The board also voted to amend the previously approved 2003-2004 school calendar. After the board approved the calendar in December it was discovered that the network had omitted two early dismissal days for professional development from the calendar. The updated calendar, including the professional development days, was unanimously approved by the board.

Building Trades

Each year the district sells the home constructed by the school's building trades class. The board voted to advertise for bids for the 2002-03 home. Sealed bids are to be returned to the office of the Superintendent by 3:00 p.m. February 19. The board met in executive session to establish a floor price for the property.

Overnight Trips

Two overnight trips were approved for school functions at the January meeting. The board okayed a trip to Wyoming for student Lori Frederick and FFA advisor Bill Cottrell. Frederick, the state champion in Missouri's grasslands competition will be making a speech and presentation at the meetings February 2-5.

The FFA submitted a second request for the chapter members to attend Camp Rising Sun, an FFA event later this summer.

Both requests were unanimously approved.

MSBA Policy

The tally for services provided by the Missouri School Board Association increased to more than $4,000 this year when the board agreed to continue to participate in the organizations school policy review. The association charges $860 to review the district's policies to insure compliance with changing laws and regulations.

Golf Team

In executive session the board agreed to offer the position of golf coach jointly to principal Dave Shalley and athletic director Ken Cross. The two coaches will share the one stipend for the job.

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