August 11, 2005

Board of Education Prepares For Start of New School Year

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, July 28 with all seven members present.
Tuition Rates
The Board voted 7- to establish the tuition rates for fiscal year 2005-06. The rate for 7-12 tuition will be $6,490 and the elementary tuition was set at $4,647.
The rates increased from last year when high school tuition was $6,345 and the elementary school tuition was $4,537.
Curbing Update
Superintendent Dave Shalley gave the Board a progress report on the curbing project in the Mi- Lor addition.
ďThe project is going as planned with no major setbacks at this point,Ē Shalley stated.
Energy Audits
Several companies have performed preliminary energy audits of the school districtís various facilities in an effort to demonstrate methods in which the district can improve the buildings to enable energy savings.
The free preliminary reports were presented at the July board meeting. After much discussion the Board agreed to take no action on the proposed detailed energy audits at this time.
Roofing Update
The Board discussed a number of options as presented by Garland Company for repairing the high school roof. The Board voted 7-0 to advertise for bids to repair the roof at the high school and to have Garland Company prepare the bid specifications for the project.
M.A.R.E. Membership
The Scotland County R-I School District has belonged to the Missouri Association of Rural Education, (M.A.R.E.) for the past nine years and at the July meeting the group agreed to close out a decade with the organization. MARE was organized to assist rural schools, providing numerous services such as new board member training, workshops, and meetings. The Board voted 7-0 to continue the association with the M.A.R.E. for fiscal year 2005-06.
Tax Rate Hearing
The Board voted 7-0 to hold the districtís annual tax rate hearing on August 25th at 6:15 p.m. prior to the regular meeting of the Board of Education. The public hearing must be held annually, prior to board action to set the tax rate for the new fiscal year.
Board Secretary Report
Annually, following the close of business for the fiscal year, the District must report to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education the status of the Districtís finances and academic programs for the preceding year.
Before the Annual Secretary of the Board Report (ASBR) document can be officially sent to DESE the Board of Education must approve the report.
The Board reviewed the report for fiscal year 2004-05 at the July meeting and voted 7-0 to accept the ASBR following an appropriate period of discussion and to submit it to DESE prior to the August 15th deadline.
Early Childhood Contact
The district will continue its affiliation with Kidís Konnection Day Care for the schoolís early childhood special education services. Kidís Konnection agreed to the same terms as the 04-05 year contract, with payment to be spread out over 12 months. The board voted 7-0 to approve the agreement.
Board Workshop
The Board set a September 13th date for the annual fall workshop. No action will be taken at this workshop as it is for planning purposes only.
Handbooks
High School Principal Ken Cross and Elementary School Principal Rob Moore presented to the Board their schoolís respective handbooks for the 2005-06 school year. Each year the administrators prepare the guidelines for board consideration. The Board voted 7-0 to accept the handbooks.
Audit Report
The districtís annual audit was completed the week prior to the board meeting. Shalley presented a preliminary audit report.
ďThe audit was very good with only a few suggestions we will need to address,Ē the superintendent told the board. ďThe auditors will give a written report prior to the beginning of school so we can address any needed changes.Ē
Executive Session
The Board voted 7-0 to approve Denice Blaine as junior high football cheerleading sponsor. The Board also voted 7-0 to advertise for the Title I aide position for the 2005-06 school year.

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