February 5, 2004

Retirements, Resignations Will Create Vacancies On SCR-I Staff

February featured an unusually high amount of teacher turnover as the Scotland County R-I School Board received five letters from faculty members concerning retirement or resignations.

The board of education said goodbye to a combined 59 years of service to the students of SCR-I when two long time educators announced their retirement plans at the January 30 board meeting. Donna Billington and Terry Sommers both announced their intentions to retire following the completion of the current school year. Billington will retire after 36 years at SCR-I while Sommers was with the district for 23 years.

Josh Smith and Sara Smith informed the board of their intentions to leave the district and return to Iowa where Mrs. Smith plans to enroll full-time as a graduate student at Iowa State University. Josh Smith is a sixth grade teacher and a coach while Sara Smith is a high school English teacher and yearbook sponsor.

Stephanie Fowler submitted her resignation following the year. The high school English teacher told the board she wishes to be closer to her Unionville home.

The board unanimously accepted these letters of resignation and thanked all five employees for the good work they have accomplished while employees of the district.

Building Trades House

The board agreed to open the bidding process for the house currently under construction by the districts building trades classes.

Sealed bids for the purchase of the home must be submitted to the office of the Superintendent by no later than noon on Friday, February 13.

A committee of board members Doug Shalley, Scott Brassfield and David Kirkpatrick as well as Superintendent LeRoy Huff will review the bids and determine the high bidder. The board established a floor price for the home during closed executive session following the meeting.

A.Y.P. Report

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently released the final Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) report for Missouri schools for the fiscal year 2002-2003.

The news was extremely encouraging as Scotland County R-I was identified as a school district that has met all of the federal requirements associated for student performance for last year, Huff said.

The results of the report indicated that the elementary school, the secondary facility and the district as a whole had met all requirements for AYP accreditation in communications art and math.

The staff and the students need to be congratulated for this significant accomplishment as this report is another indicator of the excellent educational programs that continue to occur at SCR-I, Huff said.

The superintendent told the board that it had been several years since no deficiencies were observed in the districts AYP report.

Salary Committee

Board president Ellen Aylward appointed George Koontz and Paul Campbell to serve with her on the salary committee to work with the superintendent and school officials to establish salary recommendations for next year.

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 this year will be most critical, Huff stated.

March Meeting

Members voted to reschedule the March meeting of the school board for Monday, March 22. The change was made to allow members to attend an educational job fair in Cedar Rapids, IA, to interview educators seeking employment.

Appointments

The board voted to maintain the appointments of principals Dave Shalley and Rob Moore as the co-safety coordinators for the district. The move is required annually under the homeland security bill.

In executive session the board voted to split the golf coaching position between Shalley and Ken Cross with the two coaches sharing the one coaching stipend.

Substitutes

A revised list of substitute teachers for the district was reviewed by the board and approved. Policy requires the substitute list to be reviewed and re-approved annually.

Winter Workshop

The board planned a winter workshop to be held January 31 at the LeRoy Huff residence. The planning event was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and the major topics of discussion were coping with the current budget crisis and how the lack of state funding will effect the district in the years to come.

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