March 3, 2005
School Board Receives Pair Of Teacher Resignations At February Meeting
School Board Receives Pair Of Teacher Resignations At February Meeting With the close of the 2004-05 school year just three months away. The Scotland County R-I School Board learned at its February 23rd meeting, the district will have at least two teaching vacancies to fill.
The board received letters of resignation from high school math teacher Charles Wagner and high school band instructor Katie Lewis-Lehr. Both resignations, effective at the close of the current school year, were accepted by the board. Superintendent Dave Shalley informed the board that Wagner had indicated he would be getting married this summer and relocating to Arizona.
The board also received a letter from Brad Cerbin, who wished to terminate his basketball coaching duties. Cerbin will continue his teaching and football coaching duties but asked to be relieved of the assistant girls varsity basketball and girls junior varsity basketball coaching positions.
The Board unanimously approved the 2005-06 school calendar as presented via the NEMO-NET Council. Superintendent Shalley presented the proposed calendar as approved by the network governing board at its February 2nd meeting. Shalley pointed out that the network schedule had remained unchanged from last year except for corresponding date adjustments for the new year.
The first day of school will be Thursday, August 18, 2005. School will end on May 17, 2006.
Scheduled holidays are Labor Day (September 5th); Thanksgiving (November 24th-25th); Christmas (December 19- January 1); Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 16th); President’s Day (February 20th); and Spring Break (April 14th-17th).
The calendar also calls for no school on October 14 for parent teacher conferences and on October 3rd and April 13th for professional development days.
The calendar has 175 school days. The first weather cancellation does not require a make-up day. The second day school is missed would be made up on January 16. According to the NEMO calendar, the President’s Day and Spring Break vacation periods may not be used as make-up dates. All dismissals beyond the second day will be made up at the end of the school year.
Shalley shared with the board recent legislative updates provided by the Missouri Association of School Administrators. MASA offered preliminary funding formula information based on current proposals circulating in Jefferson City.
“The legislature has vowed this session to craft a new formula for funding schools,” Shalley said. “There has been much speculation of the direction they will proceed.”
The MASA information indicated that current foundation discussions are centered on student needs and performance rather than the current tax-rate driven formula.
“As news continues to come in from the State we will pass it along,” Shalley told board members.
The board did take one step to help increase current state funding. Under existing financial rules, the district can generate additional state aid through an allowable revenue transfer. The accounting change, moving intangible taxes, in lieu of taxes and M & M taxes, into Fund 4 rather than Fund 1 or Fund 2. Under the old accounting formula, when these tax revenues are placed in Fund 1 and 2 they count as a deduction on state aid. By moving these revenues to Fund 4, the district will be able to draw more state aid.
“If all the schools take advantage of this option, the gains are going to be minimal, but if we choose not to transfer, and most schools do, we stand to lose money, as the prorated factor will be reduced,” Shalley said.
The board reviewed a number of policy updates as recommended by the Missouri School Board Association. A total of 22 policies, three procedures and six forms used by the school, were updated by a 7-0 vote of the board following the MSBA recommendations. The updates were necessitated by legislative changes or varying legal interpretations of existing laws.
The board also nominated member George Koontz for another two-year term on the MSBA Board of Directors. The MSBA Board is made up of two representatives from each of the 13 regions served by the organization.
A month after approving a policy update to allow the district to secure a credit card, the board voted 7-0 to establish a credit card account with Commerce Bank.
Board members received procedural evaluation reports from Brent Bondurant and Sheri Moore, regarding the high school and elementary school guidance programs.