December 27, 2007

Six Teachers Announce Retirement Plans at December SCR-I Board Meeting

The last chance at a retirement incentive package produced some bittersweet news at the December meeting of the Scotland County R-I Board of Education.

Six SCR-I teachers announced they would be taking the early-retirement plan.

Letters of resignation were read from Jim Morgan, Teresa Cotton, Jo Beth Harvey, Jeannie Childress, Shari Moore and Terri Emel.

The board voted 7-0 to accept each resignation with regret.

I believe with all of the years combined, we have totaled 144 years of experience we will be losing, said Superintendent Dave Shalley. It is not possible for me to say enough good things about the retirees and the service they have provided for our students and school over the years.

In other business, the board made an official A+ program assurance. The members voted 7-0 to include a proclamation with the upcoming A+ review, noting the boards willingness to sustain the program and provide requested information in order to maintain the A+ designation for the school and students.

The program offers financial incentives for graduating students to assist in funding post-secondary education.

The board also discussed the possibility of the Special Education Coop of Northeast Missouri opening an alternative school for area students.

Shalley reported the group is contacting area schools to determine if there is enough interest in such a school to warrant the pursuit of a grant for the project.

He noted that Moberly Area Community College has agreed to allow the use of the Jim Sears technology building in Edina to house such a school.

The Scotland County R-I District has expressed interest in being part of the program, that offers alternative settings for education for students that do not perform well in the traditional school setting.

The goal is to keep these students on track to be successful towards high school graduation, Shalley said.

Therapy Contract

The board voted 7-0 to enter a contract with Scotland County Memorial Hospital to provide occupational therapy for the district. The hospital recently added the service, allowing the district to add occupational therapy to the existing physical therapy agreement.

Parking Lot

The board agreed to table discussion of proposed parking lot improvements until the January meeting.

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