April 21, 2005

SCR-I School Board Holds Special Meeting to Certify Election Results

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met April 13 to certify the official election results submitted by County Clerk Betty Lodewegen from the April 5th election.

The board certified the following election results: George Koontz 416 votes; Scott Brassfield 394 votes; Paul Campbell 402 votes; and Michele Drummond 273 votes. The members voted 7-0 to accept the election results and Koontz, Brassfield and Campbell were sworn into service for new three-year terms.

The board then elected officers. Ellen Aylward will continue to serve as board president. Koontz will fill the vice president role while Gary Miller serves as secretary and David Kirkpatrick serves as treasurer.

The board used the special meeting to handle a number of other business items.

Career Ladder

Lori Fulk, chairman of the districts career ladder committee presented a proposal to the board for continued funding of the program for the 2005-06 school year. Fulk asked the board to continue funding the three separate stages of the career ladder, which offers financial incentives for instructors that offer services beyond the normal classroom setting.

Currently the district has six teachers eligible for stage one of the career ladder. Three SCR-I teachers qualify for stage two while there are currently 27 instructors at the third level.

Noting the positive impact of the program, the board voted 7-0 to approve the request and expressed its appreciation to the staff for its work to bring additional offerings to the students beyond the regular classroom.

Trip

Members of the FFA submitted a request for approval of an overnight trip to allow the Envirothon team to travel to Jefferson City May 4th for competition. The request was approved by a 7-0 vote.

Salary Committee

President Ellen Aylward appointed Koontz, Campbell and herself to serve as a salary committee for the next fiscal year. The group will begin working with faculty members to establish recommendations for the boards decisions on salary issues for the district.

Executive Session

The board met in executive session to discuss an issue surrounding the salary of one of the schools aides. Currently the district maintains two salary schedules for the positions of Aide I and Aide II. The latter is paid a higher salary because the classification requires the holder to have 60 hours or more from an accredited college or university.

Aide Dawn Carney informed the administration in March that she has been receiving the incorrect salary schedule since the fall of 2002. Her salary was corrected to correspond with the Aide II schedule at that time.

The board received a request from Carney for back pay for the past 2 years. A motion to pay Carney the back pay was defeated by a 4-3 vote. Brassfield, Campbell and Aylward voted to pay Carney the back salary. Kirkpatrick, Doug Shalley, Koontz and Miller voted no to defeat the motion.

Employment

Tenured staff are on a continuing contract and while it is not necessary for the board to annually vote to offer employment to tenured personnel, the board did so in an effort to express its support and appreciation to these faculty members:

Marie Alexander, Susan Burns, Debbie Caldwell, Jeannie Childress, Teresa Cotton, Terri Emel, Lori Fulk, Jason Jones, Sheri Kapfer, Linda Marlowe, Shari Moore, Sarah Myers, Marla ODonnell, Sue Payne, Meera Shinn, Sharon Triplett, Julie Wickert, Randi York, Tom ODonnell, Denice Blaine, Dave Boden, Brent Bondurant, Bob Brown, Terri Bulen, Marc Colvin, William Cottrell, Andrea Dabney, Jo Beth Harvey, Gary Hunziker, Rhonda McBee, Carol McCabe and Jim Morgan.

Four members of the SCR-I staff were eligible to receive tenured status this year. The board voted 7-0 to offer tenure to Mike Hyde, Nathan Pippert and Leslie Lough. The board voted 6-0 to offer a tenured contract to Andrea Brassfield. Scott Brassfield abstained from the vote.

The following non-tenured staff members were offered employment for the 2005-06 school year:

Dawn Triplett, Angie Wentworth, Ryan Bergeson, Ched Hurley, Jennie Little, Tara McKee, Lisa Denney, Jennifer Morgan, Darbee Wellman, Brooke Wineinger, Kathy Bialota, Ryan Brown, Kelli Swearingen, Doug Baker, Brad Cerbin, Sandra Eccles and Ivonne Wiegand.

The board offered Melissa Miller a non-tenured contract by a 6-0 vote. Gary Miller abstained from the vote.

All three school administrators had their contracts extended for another year. Principals Rob Moore and Ken Cross got an extra year on their deals by a 7-0 vote. Superintendent Dave Shalley had his contract extension approved by a 6-0 vote with Doug Shalley not voting on the issue.

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