April 20, 2006

School Board Adds New Member, Elects Officers

The SCR-I Board of Education held a special reorganization meeting, followed by the regular monthly meeting, on April 13 in the elementary school art room with all seven members present.

The Board certified the April 4th election results as Gary Miller with 613 votes, Stacy Alexander with 231 votes, Ellen Aylward with 373 votes, Jamie Kice with 221 votes and Stacy Westhoff with 516 votes. The Board voted 6-0 to accept the election results.

Newly elected members to the board, Miller and Westhoff, were duly administered the oath of office and will serve on the board until the April election 2009.

The board members concluded the special meeting by electing office holders for 2006. George Koontz will serve as board president. Other officers will be vice president David Kirkpatrick, secretary Gary Miller, and treasurer Scott Brassfield.

Early Release

An early release for students was approved for the annual Paws and Claws fitness day on May 4th. The local doctors and the Scotland County Memorial Hospital will provide an annual physical day for the students at SCR-I.

This was reinstated last year and has been a valuable service to our students, stated Superintendent Dave Shalley. We will dismiss school at 1:05 p.m. on May 4th to accommodate the service provided.

Bus Bids

In March the board voted to advertise to sell two used buses, units 93-2 and 94-1, and request bids for the purchase of a new bus.

The district received one bid to buy the used buses from Smittys Bus Sales in Manor, TX. The bids were $1,497.97 for bus 93-2 and $2012.99 for bus 94-1.

The bids for the purchase of a new bus included trade-in allowances for the used buses.

The district received three bids for the purchase of a new bus. Bidders were Central States, Ponder Equipment, and Midwest Transit Equipment. The bids included prices for a 53-passenger bus and a 65-passenger bus. They were as follows:

Midwest Equipment:

(International) 53 passenger bus at $59,295. 65 passenger bus at $60,290.00 which met specs, and a 65-passenger bus which was in stock at $60,710.00. Trade-in allowances were $800.00 for 93-2 and $1,100.00 for 94-1.

Ponder Equipment :

(Thomas) 53-passenger at $57,793.00 and 65-passenger bus at $59,229 with trade-in allowances of $1,400.00 for 93-2 and $2,000.00 for 94-1.

Central States:

(Bluebird) 53-passenger at $57,360.00, and 65-passenger at $58,875.00. Trade-in allowances $1,250.00 for 93-2 and $1,800 for 94-1.

The Board voted 7-0 to sell the used buses to Smittys.

Pending the sale of the used buses, the Board voted 7-0 to accept the 53-passenger bus bid from Central States.

Basement Bids

The Board voted 7-0 to accept the bid from Hamlin Construction for the 2006-07 building trades home basement, lagoon, septic tank, and dirt work.

Elementary Roof

Issues with the roof on the elementary school had the board reviewing bids for proposed repairs.

We have been experiencing some leaks in the elementary building during heavy rains, stated Shalley. The problem seems to be the down spouts, which are not able to handle the volume of water running off the roof, as well as some maintenance items.

The Board received three bids for the repairs. The bids were: Shay Roofing - $18,961.00; Saint Louis Metal Works - $15,200; and Lakeside Roofing - $17,685.00.

The Board voted 7-0 to accept the low bid from Saint Louis Metal Works.

Career Ladder

Lori Fulk, the chairman of the career ladder committee, presented a proposal for the board to consider for fiscal year 2006-2007. The request asked the board to continue all three stages of the career ladder. The members were advised that there were seven teachers eligible for stage one, six teachers for stage two, and 28 for stage three.

The proposal was approved by a 6-0-1 vote (Gary Miller abstained) continuing all three stages of career ladder for the next fiscal year with payment to be at the same percentage rate that the career ladder program is funded by the state.

Health Insurance Bids

The NEMO Insurance Co-op of schools met April 5th to discuss the 2006-2007 insurance options.

Last year we were fortunate to receive no rate increase for health insurance, Shalley stated. This year that option was not available.

Shalley told the board that the Co-op voted to change the vision plan provider back to VSP due to several problems with the current provider Spectera. The Co-op also voted to use the Choice R-x plan to help control the increase in rates. With the inclusion of Choice R-x, the health rate adjustment will be 6.5% as opposed to 9% without choice R-x. The Board voted 7-0 to accept the insurance proposal as adopted by the NEMO Co-op.

Overnight Trip Requests

The Board received overnight trip requests from Bill Cottrell and Carol McCabe.

The first request from Cottrell was for the Summer FFA camp at the Camp Rising Sun near the Lake of the Ozarks the week of June 26-30. The second was for the Washington Leadership conference the week of July 11-16 in Washington D.C. The Board voted 7-0 to approve the FFA trips but denied transportation expenses. McCabe requested permission for an overnight stay Monday, April 24th in Columbia for the FBLA state contest. The Board voted 7-0 to approve the trip.

Letters of Resignation

The Board received three letters of resignation. Kathy Burchett presented a letter of resignation for the high school math position. Sue Payne presented a letter of resignation to announce her retirement. Barbara Campbell presented a letter of resignation as schools campus bowl coach. The Board voted 7-0 to accept each resignation with regret.

May Board Meeting

Because the May board meeting date fell on the evening of the annual FFA banquet, and in order to allow the board and administration to attend the banquet, the May meeting was moved to May 17th at 6:30 p.m.

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