November 6, 2003

SCR-I Could Face Additional State Funding Cuts Of $260,000 Next Year

The funding picture for public schools continues to get worse and worse as the Scotland County R-I School Board learned at its October 28 meeting.

Currently SCR-I is scheduled to receive .87754616 of the formula money the district was promised if the formula was fully funded. Recent reports have indicated the foundation formula could drop as low as 75 percent for the 2004-05 fiscal year. That would represent a loss of $259,000 beyond the already reduced state funding being received this year by SCR-I.

The news out of Jefferson City continues to be less than optimistic for the balance of this year and even worse for next year, stated SCR-I Superintendent LeRoy Huff. The Board will be studying carefully over the next few months the ramifications such continued severe reductions in state funding will have on programs offered at SCR-I for the next fiscal year.

Reduced Schedules

In other business, the board reviewed requests from SCR-I seniors, as presented by the high school principal and guidance counselor, for reduced schedules and early graduation. Two students were granted altered schedules for the second semester and two others were granted schedule reductions by 7-0 votes of the board.

Special Meetings

The Board of Education scheduled two special meetings for the month of November. The district is scheduled for MSIP review November 17-19 creating the need for the special meetings. The first will be held Septmber 11 at 6:30 p.m. to allow the Board to review preparations that have been made by the district for the MSIP review. The second meeting is scheduled for November 17 at 6:30 p.m. when the Board will be interviewed by the MSIP review team as well as members for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

MSBA

Two new policy updates from the Missouri School Board Association were reviewed and approved by the SCR-I Board.

The first update recommended the district adopt a policy that prohibits all guns on school property in regards to the recently approved concealed weapons legislation passed in Missouri. The second update was a revision of the districts election filing policy to update the recent change by the legislature for election filing dates.

Board member George Koontz presented an evaluation and update from the recent MSBA conference attended by five board members and Superintendent Huff.

Procedural Evaluations

The board received and reviewed procedural evaluations for the districts extra curricular activities, district at risk programs, elementary instructional effectiveness, secondary instructional effectiveness, secondary instructional climate, elementary instructional climate, and secondary vocational programs. All evaluations were approved by board action taking the recommendations under advisement.

Vocational Curriculum

The board reviewed and approved the districts new vocational curriculum guides that are required for the November MSIP review.

Principal Dave Shalley presented guides for Agriculture, Business, COE, Building Trades and FACS to the board. Each guide was reviewed and discussed before be unanimously approved by the board.

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