November 16, 2006

School Board Fills Vocational Ag/ FFA Position At November Meeting

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education filled the impending vacancy in the high schoolís vocational agriculture program at the November 9th meeting.

Following a closed executive session, the board announced the hiring of

Leroy Corder. He will also serve as the Future Farmers of America advisor for the schoolís chapter. Corder will take over for Bill Cottrell who submitted his resignation effective at the conclusion of the first semester in December.

Also in executive session, the board agreed to advertise for a part time early-childhood aide.

In regular session the board handled a number of items on the consent agenda.

Items approved included minutes from the October 12th, 2006 board meeting, an updated sub list, and filing dates for the April 2007 School Board Election. The candidates filing dates are set by law and will be from December 12th, 2006 to January 16th, 2007. Candidates may file between the normal office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the central office located in the elementary building. The office will be closed during Christmas break, December 19th through January 2nd. The office will reopen on January 3rd, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. The board voted 5-0 to approve the consent agenda.

MSBA Conference Ė Board members George Koontz, Paul Campbell and David Kirkpatrick along with Superintendent Dave Shalley attended the MSBA Conference, October 27th-29th.

The attendees reported on the various workshops and activities attended at the conference, including the best practices by high performing school districts in Missouri; board presidentís seminars; and informational meetings on current school issues. This item was for informational purposes only and no action was taken.

Control Technology Systems (CTS) - The board discussed CTS, a company that serves schools throughout Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois. Their services include energy analysis, performance contracting, and facility maintenance.

CTS discussed possible solutions to the districtís heating/cooling/air quality problems at the high school.

After the presentation Koontz appointed a committee of David Kirkpatrick, Stacy Westhoff, Doug Shalley, Ken Cross and Dave Shalley to investigate further into possible solutions.

Summer School

The board voted 6-0 to approve the participation in the Newton Learning summer school program. We have participated in the program for the three previous summers and it has been a success. We believe this is a quality program and both the students and district will benefit. The tentative summer school dates are May 29th to June 29th.

Records Grant

In 2005 the school district applied for and received a grant through the Local Records Preservation program. The grant will be used to put student records on microfilm. The grant calls for a bidding process to determine the company to use for the microfilming of the records.

The district received bids from Mid-Continent Micrographics, Inc. for .06 cents per page, Microtek for .11 cents per page and Microfilm and Imaging for .07 cents per page.

The board voted 6-0 to accept the low bid of .06 cents per page from Mid-Continent Micrographics.

Procedural Evaluations

The board voted 6-0 to accept the procedural evaluations for the areas of District Co-Curricular, Secondary Instructional Effectiveness, Secondary Instructional Climate, and Secondary Vocational Programs as presented by Mr. Cross and to take his recommendations under advisement.

The board voted 7-0 to accept procedural evaluations on Elementary Instructional Climate, and Elementary Instructional Effectiveness as presented by Rob Moore and to take his recommendations under advisement.

School Foundation

Several schools in the state are setting up an educational foundation. Educational foundations are a public charity that is independent of the school district, but exists to support the school district. The board is developing a list of names to solicit to begin the process of establishing a foundation for Scotland County R-1.

This item was for discussion only and no formal action was taken.

December Meeting

The December board meeting date was moved to Monday December 11, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. to avoid a conflict.

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