September 20, 2007

SCR-I District to Display Upgrades at Open House on October 9th

The Scotland County R-I School District underwent a number of improvements over the summer and now parents and community members will get a chance to see the upgrades firsthand.

At the September 14th board of education meeting, the district announced it will host a public open house on October 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Adult Education Grant

In other business, SCR-I Ag. Ed. Instructor Cassie Whitlock, and Joni Baker, Adult Ag. Ed Instructor from Knox County presented a proposal to the board for implementation of adult agriculture education classes. Whitlocks proposal included six possible topics and dates for adult education classes. The majority of the programs costs are reimbursed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Bakers proposal will work in conjunction with Whitlocks and includes adult record keeping. However the project is dependent on obtaining a grant to expand the program to Scotland County.

The board feels that the program will be a great benefit, and voted 6-0 to allow them to pursue the proposal, said Superintendent Dave Shalley.

Executive Session

In executive session, the board voted 6-0 to hire Tamara Tague as a part time para-professional, Dana Bondurant as a full time para-professional, and Jim Woods as a custodian.

Contract

The board unanimously approved a contract with Scotland County Memorial Hospital for physical therapy services for the 2007-08 school year.

Bus Routes

District transportation director Carl Trueblood presented the transportation routes to the board for approval as required by DESE.

Surplus Property

A list of excess property was reviewed by the board and officially declared as surplus for disposal purposes.

There are several items in storage that are no longer needed by the district, stated Shalley. In order to dispose of these items, the board must declare them as surplus.

The board voted 6-0 to declare the list presented as surplus and to pursue the possibility of an auction in the near future.

Checking

The board voted 4-0-2 to put the board president and board treasurer on the account for these purposes. Scott Brassfield and George Koontz abstained from the vote since they currently hold these positions.

Because of our recent audit, it was suggested that we put two board members on the account to be able to transfer funds in the absence of our business manager, Shalley said.

Meeting Times

Due to scheduling conflicts, the board voted 6-0 to change the October and November meeting times to 7:30 p.m. instead of 6:30 p.m.

Audit

The district received a preliminary report from auditors addressing recommendations for internal controls and procedures for handling and depositing money.

The auditors make suggestions each year to improve the security of the schools money, Shalley said. They commented that the districts procedures have been improving over the years. The final audit report will be next month.

The board also voted 6-0 to establish an audit committee of Rhonda McBee, and Tom ODonnell for a two year term and Kate Walker and Sarah Myers for a one year term.

Sick Leave Pool

The districts attorney recommended that the superintendent replace the existing committees overseeing the certified and non-certified sick leave pools. The attorney noted that a committee should not review confidential medical records. Therefore, the board voted 6-0 to eliminate the committees for the non-certified and certified sick leave pool and to assign the superintendent as the person to contact if use of the pool is needed.

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