January 18, 2007

Boosters Urge School Board To Add Baseball Program

The Scotland County R-I School Board met in regular session on Thursday, January 11th, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary art room with all seven members present.

This months consent agenda included minutes from the December 11th, 2006 board meeting, updating the sub list and approving the MSBA policy, procedure and form updates. The board voted 7-0 to approve the consent agenda.

HVAC System

The board requested proposals last month for the replacement of the HVAC system in the High School as well as other energy saving proposals.

The district received proposals from Control Technology Systems and EPM.

After much discussion the board requested more information from CTS about its proposal.

On January 16th, at 6:30 a representative from CTS will meet with the school board and administrators to provide more information.

Board Workshop

Last month the board voted to have the annual winter workshop on Monday, March 5th with the place to be announced at a later date.

Because of a conflict with the Tri-Rivers Conference meeting, the board voted 7-0 to change the meeting to March 20th.

Baseball

Approximately 15 community members were present at the January meeting to ask the board to consider adding varsity and junior varsity baseball.

The conversation included costs of the program, Title IX issues, scheduling, and future opportunities for players.

More information will be gathered and presented to the long-range planning committee in April.

No formal decision has been made at this time.

MSBA Service

The board received the annual assessment from the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) for the Policy Manual Maintenance Service.

The assessment was in the amount of $1,613. The service includes the updating of policies, procedures, and forms to meet the requirements of any new legislation.

The board voted 7-0 to approve the assessment.

Early Retirement

The board voted 7-0 to offer a retirement incentive to those who are considering retirement.

The incentive would include health insurance for two years or an equivalent cash lump sum.

A+ Program

Tom ODonnell presented an update on the progress of the implementation of the A+ program.

ODonnell has begun the process of implementing a handbook to meet the requirements of the state department.

An advisory committee has been established and approved a draft copy. The next meeting is scheduled for January 22nd at the high school.

During a phone conversation with the state department it was indicated that if the district is approved during the school year in 2007-08 the graduating seniors will be eligible to receive the benefits of the A+ program provided they meet the requirements.

Letter of Resignation

The board voted 7-0 to accept the letter of resignation with regret of Joyce Hurley as part-time girls P.E. instructor.

Executive Session

In executive session the board voted 7-0 to approve the minutes from the December 11th closed session meeting and to accept the evaluation of the elementary and secondary principals.

Doug Shalley left the meeting, after which the board voted 6-0 to add another year to the existing contract of the Superintendent Dave Shalley.

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