April 28, 2005

Long Range Planning Committee Sets Goals For School District

The second meeting of the Scotland County R-I Long-Range Planning Committee resulted in an itemized list of goals for the school district. Superintendent Dave Shalley presented the groupís prioritized slate of suggested improvements to the board of education at its April 21 meeting.

The planning committee had met April 18th and toured the school facilities prior to generating the list of proposed improvements for the board to consider.

Topping the list was repairs to the high school roof where troublesome leaks between the gymnasium roof and the surrounding roofing has caused problems for several years.

The second priority for the group was the creation of a new middle school annex that could be located between the two existing school buildings. The planning committee indicated the proposal would alleviate space issues by creating new classrooms in addition to a shared library and media center and a new gym. The suggested improvement would allow the sixth, seventh and eighth graders to be removed from the high school setting and be placed in a legitimate middle school environment.

Other suggested improvements the committee gave to the board were:

Addressing the boiler and air conditioner updates at the high school, paving the front parking lots, implementing an A+ program, continuing to improve salaries and benefits for staff, technology improvements, a handicapped ramp access at the elementary school, replacing the high school intercom and improving lighting and rewiring the north school.

The board agreed to take the suggestions into consideration and thanked the volunteers on the committee for their time and effort.

Curb & Gutter

Engineer Ron Shy from All-States Consultants submitted a final plan for the proposed curb and gutter project in the Mi-Lor subdivision built by the schoolís building trades program. The board has advertised for bids for the project and established a committee to open and review the bids on May 9th.

Resignations

The district received two more letters of resignation from teachers during the April meeting. Tara McKee announced her plans to resign at the end of the year to take a position with the Clark County District, and move back to Kahoka where her family resides. Athletic Director and high school basketball coach Ryan Brown submitted his letter of resignation. He informed the board he had accepted a position in Anawan, IL that will allow him to be closer to his family.

Both resignations were accepted by a 6-0 vote.

Insurance

Board members reviewed a proposal from Lawrence E. Smith and Associates of St. Louis to be the schoolís insurance carrier for student accident coverage for the 2005-06 academic year.

The board voted 6-0 to offer the voluntary coverage option to all students next year. All students participating in extra-curricular activities must have proof of insurance, and if they do not have independent coverage, they may purchase the plan through the school. The plan is available to all students and costs $12 for school time coverage; $40 for 24-hour coverage; and $45 for varsity tackle football coverage. There is also a $3 dental plan per student.

Paws and Claws

After learning of interest from local physicians and Scotland County Memorial Hospital, the school board voted to re-establish the annual Paws and Claws fitness day at the school.

Students participating in school-sponsored sports are required to complete a physical exam. The Paws and Claws day brings the hospital staff together with the students all in one day to perform these needed exams. The board established May 5th as the date for Paws and Claws and approved dismissal of school at 1:05 p.m. that day with the event to begin immediately following school dismissal. Students in grades six through 11 are allowed to participate.

Career Ladder

A letter was received from teacher Melissa Miller requesting a waiver that would allow her to bypass stage II of the career ladder and immediately qualify for stage III. Mrs. Miller currently is in her 13th year of teaching in Missouri. The board voted 5-0 to approve the request with board member Gary Miller abstaining from the discussion and vote.

Trip Requests

The athletic department submitted two requests for overnight trip approval. Providing students qualify for state competition, the boys and girls tracks teams requested approval to stay overnight in Jefferson City either May 19th or 20th depending on scheduling of events.

The second request was from the golf team for May 15th and 16th in the event the team or any members qualify for the state tournament in Springfield.

The board approved both requests by a 6-0 vote.

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