October 6, 2005

Board Approves Purchase of Cameras For School Buses

Technology continues to offer expanded safety and security for local school students. At the September 30 meeting of the Scotland County R-I Board of Education, school board members voted 7-0 to purchase four new digital cameras for the school bus fleet.

Three years ago the district purchased enough cameras and equipment to install on eight buses. Each bus was equipped with the camera housing and the eight units were rotated between the buses.

The recent purchase will now equip each bus with a camera. By purchasing all four units at this time, the board saved $500 on the purchase price of $1,777 per unit.

Building Trades House

In other business, the board agreed to begin advertising for bids on the house being constructed by the 2005-06 building trades class.

Board president Ellen Aylward appointed a committee of Paul Campbell, David Kirkpatrick and Gary Miller to work with building trades instructor Mike Hyde to establish a floor price for the sale of the home.

Tiger Trail

Representatives from the local Tiger Trail group discussed planned improvements for the walking area located adjacent to the football field and the elementary school playground.

The group is planning to extend the walking trail and to resurface the exercise area. Other planned improvements include the installation of lighting and rebuilding the pond on the site.

The proposed project is part of a matching grant that would be partially funded by state funds. In order to secure the funding, the board agreed to dedicate the ground for perpetual use for the Tiger Trail. The school district has no financial obligation to the project.

NAEIR Membership

Superintendent Dave Shalley discussed the districtís annual membership in N.A.E.I.R. (the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources) with the board. The organization solicits donations of new merchandise from national corporations and then distributes the materials to not-for-profit members such as schools or churches.

Shalley told board members that he believed the district gets more than its moneyís worth of products for school use.

Board members voted 7-0 to approve the membership renewal and payment of the $495 annual registration fee.

Executive Session

The board filled two extra-curricular positions during executive session. Ryan Bergeson was named the 7th grade boys basketball coach. Julie Triplett will serve as the junior high cheerleading sponsor.

Other Business

The board handled a number of procedural items on the agenda.

Aylward presented a report on the recent board workshop where members discussed baseball, fund-raisers, A+ schools, building trades and goal-setting.

The substitute teacher list was updated as required annually by the state board. Eleven names were added to the list of candidates at the September meeting.

The board also reviewed the districtís procedures and began the process of updating job descriptions. The board approved the proposed updates for custodians, bus drivers and the districtís athletic director.

Procedural evaluations were presented to the board for the food service program, the media center and libraries, the professional development plan, community education, and the Parents as Teachers program. All evaluations were approved by the board.

Overnight trip requests were approved for FFA members to attend the national convention in Louisville, KY October 26-29; the FFA state grasslands competition in Columbia October 13; the FCCLA state leadership event at the Lake of the Ozarks October 23-24; and the DECA fall leadership conference October 16 at the Lake of the Ozarks. All requests were unanimously approved.

Due to conflicts with holidays, the November and December school board meetings were rescheduled. The November meeting was moved to Thursday, November 17 while the December meeting was changed to Thursday, December 15.

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