October 18, 2007

School Board Forms Parking Lot Committee

The Scotland County R-I Board of education has hit a bump in the road, several of them, in the form of potholes in the schoolís front parking lot. On October 11th the SCR-I Board of Education formed a committee to review the possibility of paving the drive and parking areas located south of the elementary and high school.

The move could possibly address the top priority of the districtís long-range planning committee. The group of parents, faculty and district residents met twice in the spring before generating a list of desired improvements for the SCR-I system.

Superintendent Dave Shalley said the board reviewed the possibility of paving the parking lot, presenting some preliminary figures for discussion purpose only.

Board president George Koontz appointed a committee of himself, Paul Campbell and Bill Cottrell to gather additional information on the proposal for the boardís consideration.

In other business, the board approved an early retirement incentive for the district. The plan, which calls for payment of health insurance for two years, or an equivalent lump cash sum, was approved by a 6-0 vote.

The plan would allow anyone with at least 10 consecutive years of service to the district who meets the standard retirement criteria. Individuals are eligible for full retirement when they are at least age 60 with a minimum of five years of credit, or at any age with a minimum of 30 years of credit, or when their age plus your years of credit equals 80. The district also has an early retirement plan in place for individuals with more than 25 years of service that are younger than 55.

Eligible individuals will have until November 28th to participate.

Financial Report

Missouri statute requires the school board of each district have an audit examination at least biennially of all financial, transportation and attendance records of the district.

Missouri school districts are required to send the audit report to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) by October 30th.

Scotland County has a district audit annually. NEMO CPAís L.L.C. performed this yearís audit. The audit focuses on risk management within the district. The audit report was supportive of the districtís work with respect to finances, noting that the overall accounting procedures laid down by the district are being adhered to by the districtís business office personnel.

The audit concluded that the districtís unrestricted fund balances are $2.5 million as of June 30th. The district procedural evaluation for finances was presented along with the audit for board approval.

Cottrell made a motion to table the audit report seconded by Stacy Alexander. The motion to table failed 4-2. Cottrell and Alexander voted yes. Gary Miller, Scott Brassfield, Stacy Westhoff and Koontz voted no. The board voted 4-2 to approve the audit and finance report as presented. Miller, Brassfield, Westhoff, and Koontz voted yes, and Cottrell and Alexander voted no. The approved audit will be sent to DESE for its approval.

Surplus Auction

An auction of district property deemed as surplus has been set for October 20th beginning at 10 a.m. in the high school parking lot.

Open House

The district hosted an open house October 9th for any interested constituents to view the changes made to the facilities over the summer. Shalley noted that the community is welcome to view the changes at anytime.

Summer School

Discussions continued regarding the possibility of the district hosting its own summer school program. For several years the district has participated in the Newton Summer School program. The issue was tabled for further action in November.

Board Candidates

A workshop will be held for prospective school board members on December 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary school art room. The workshop will provide prospective candidates with information regarding the duties and responsibilities of the job.

Early Graduation

Two students requested the opportunity to graduate at the end of the first semester. Letters were presented by Brent Bondurant, the guidance counselor, indicating that these individuals will have enough credits at the end of the semester.

It was the recommendations of the guidance counselor and principal to grant the requests pending successful completion of this semester.

The board vote was 6-0 to approve the request.

Trips

Three requests presented to the board for overnight trips were approved. Tom OíDonnell requested an overnight stay for DECA. Corey Stott requested an overnight trip for National FFA Convention, and Katy Houston requested an overnight stay for FCCLA. All three requests were approved 6-0.

Executive Session

The board voted to 6-0 to assign Matt Reel as the assistant varsity girls basketball coach.

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