June 10, 2004

SCR-I Board Of Education Fills Teaching Vacancies

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education filled a number of positions during the executive session part of the May 28 school board meeting.

The board voted 7-0 to offer employment to Ryan Bergeson as the fifth and six grade science teacher; Tara McKee as the fifth and sixth grade language instructor; Jenny Little, third grade teacher; Chedwick Hurley, elementary special education; Darbee Wellman, junior high science; and Charles Wagner, high school math.

The board learned of a new vacancy during the May meeting after receiving a letter of resignation from third grade teacher Kathy Cowell. Cowell notified the board she was accepting a position as the Reading First Instructor at Gorin R-III. The board voted 7-0 to accept her resignation with regret.

Two members of the current SCR-I staff received waivers on the Career Ladder program allowing them to advance to Stage III. Career Ladder Chairman Ken Cross recommended that Mira Shinn be allowed to skip her second year of Stage II and advance to the third step on the ladder. Shinn is beginning her 11th year of teaching in Missouri. The board voted 7-0 to advance Shinn to Stage III. Melissa Miller also requested to make a similar advance on the ladder. She has 12 years in education in the state. The board voted 6-0 to advance her on the career ladder as recommended by Cross.

The board completed one other staff-related item, offering approval of the summer school staff as recommended by principals Rob Moore and Dave Shalley and transportation director Dennis Robertson. The board voted 5-0 to approve the staff for the summer program. Members Gary Miller and Paul Campbell abstained from voting.

Insurance

The board once again agreed to offer a voluntary student insurance policy for students. Parents that choose to pay for the coverage for their student(s) have four options. The school time plan costs $12. There is a 24-hour coverage plan at a cost of $40 and the varsity tackle football plan that costs $45. An increased dental option can be added to all policies for $3.

All students participating in school athletics and extra-curricular activities must have evidence of accident insurance. This policy, which is made available by Lawrence E. Smith and Associates of St. Louis would meet those requirements.

Insurance for the staff was also an agenda item at the May Meeting. Superintendent LeRoy Huff presented a proposal from the Northeast Missouri Insurance Co-op consisting of nine schools in the region, including SCR-I. The policy for 2004-05 school year for all school personnel will witness an 11-percent cost increase for the district. Provisions in the plan remain the same as last yearís insurance package, except for the addition of a vision plan. Huff pointed out the increase, while significant, was one of the lowest insurance cost increases among schools across the region. The board voted 7-0 to accept the policy proposal for employee insurance.

Funding

Superintendent Huff discussed the completed session of the Missouri General Assembly with the board. While legislation passed that will add $106 million to education funding for fiscal year 2004-05, Huff said the foundation formula is expected to only be receiving 87 to 88-percent of the full funding measure.

Missouriís public schools will be 12-percent to 13-percent under funded from what is required to fully fund the formula,Ē Huff said. ďThis current year the formula was funded at approximately 92-percent after the Governorís release of all the funds he had withheld from public schools last July. So rather than increase our potential for full funding of education next year, our funding percentage will be approximately five-percent less than it was for the current year.Ē

However the release of the monies withheld by the Governor this school year has allowed the board to reconsider the purchase of a new school bus. The board voted 7-0 to solicit bids for a new bus.

Board president Ellen Aylward appointed a committee of David Kirkpatrick, Gary Miller, George Koontz and Huff to review the bids.

N.A.E.I.R. Renewal

The board voted 7-0 to pay the $450 annual membership for the renewal of the districtís membership in N.A.E.I.R., the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources, a nonprofit organization founded in 1977. NAEIR solicits donations of valuable, new merchandise from American corporations (donors) and redistributes this merchandise to its members, nonprofit organizations, churches, and schools.

There are more than 900 members of the N.A.E.I.R. Each member received an average of $19,000 in merchandise from the group last year with more than $144.3 million in goods being donated the last fiscal year.

Each year SCR-I is allowed four visits to the Galesburg, IL warehouse to receive such items as office supplies, computer software and accessories, toys and games, sporting goods, arts and crafts, books, janitorial supplies and much more. Major donor corporations include 3M, Staples, Russ Berrie, S.C. Johnson & Son, Conair, American Express Publishing, Esselte, ACCO North America, Intuit Inc., New Pig Corp., Newell Home Hardware, School Specialty.

ďI informed the board that I believe we get more than our moneyís worth for this fee and recommended that they continue their association with the N.A.E.I.R. organization,Ē Huff said.

Procedural Matters

The board handled a number of procedural matters at the May meeting.

Rhonda McBee, the districtís federal programs manager, recommended the district continue to participate in the existing federal programs. Board approval for participation in the programs is required before any federal funding may be received.

The district also received and accepted the districtís special education assurances as required by statute in order to receive state funding for the programs.

As required by the law, the board approved a resolution that stated the budget expenditures for the fiscal year be amended to match actual expenditures for each over-spent line. The board approved the resolution 7-0.

Procedural evaluations were received and approved for the following areas: Title I, Title II A & D, Title IVA, Title VB, Title VI B and Special Services.

Trips

The board received and approved four overnight trip requests from the Memphis Chapter of FFA. Members of the group will attend the Mid-America Grasslands Contest June 6-10 in Springfield, the Washington Leadership Conference in the nationís capital July 13-18 and the State FFA Camp June 21-25. The local chapter is joining with groups from Knox, Clark and Lewis counties to pool resources and charter a bus to allow members to attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY this fall.

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