May 15, 2008

Board of Education Fills Staff Positions, Receives Resignations at May Meeting

The Scotland County R-I School Board filled two staff vacancies but learned of two new position openings at the May 8th meeting.

The board of education met in regular session with all seven board members present. President George Koontz called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. The meeting was suspended at 6:20 p.m. to allow members to attend the FFA banquet before resuming again at 9:30 p.m. and ultimately adjourning at 12:20 a.m.

The board received letters of resignation from Patty Ahland and Ryan Bergeson effective at the end of the 07-08 school year. The board voted 7-0 to accept each letter with regret. We wish both the best in their future endeavors.

Later in executive session, the board voted 7-0 to offer employment to Mike Beeler as the district’s new technology coordinator. Beeler will replace Jim Morgan who is retiring.

The board voted 6-1 to offer employment to Toni Middleton as an elementary teacher. Paul Campbell, Bill Cottrell, Matt McKee, Gary Miller, Stacey Westhoff and George Koontz voted yes, with Stacy Alexander voting no.

Also in executive session the board voted 7-0 to offer the retirement incentive to Linda Marlowe due to unforeseen medical circumstances. The kindergarten teacher’s retirement decision came after the board’s deadline for the incentive package, but due to the nature of the situation, the board extended the opportunity for Marlowe.

With the announcement of Bergeson’s resignation, the board voted 6-0 to assign the varsity boys basketball coaching duties to Lance Campbell, who served as assistant coach in 2007-08. Paul Campbell left the room during the discussion and vote.

In other business:

A+ Update

Mr. O’Donnell presented the board with the A+ approval letter from DESE. Becoming an A+ school has been a two-year application process, which has involved establishing a committee to develop the handbook, policies and curriculum writing.

Summer School Staff

The board voted to approve the summer school staff being used for this year’s expanded summer school program. The principals submitted a list of staff for the board’s consideration. The board voted 7-0 to approve the entire summer school staff for Edison Summer School as recommended.

Student Insurance

Each year the district offers accident insurance for students through Lawrence E. Smith and Associates. The insurance coverage is voluntary and the rates and coverage remain the same as last year.

The board voted 7-0 to continue to make the coverage available to students that select to pay for the insurance plan for the 08-09 school year.

Bank Bids

The district’s contract with the Bank of Kirksville for financial services will expire June 30th. The board voted 7-0 to solicit bids for the 08-09 school year. Bids will be opened at the June 12th regular board meeting.

June Meeting

The board voted 7-0 to schedule a special meeting for June 25th at 7:30 p.m. for the purposes of approving a budget.

N.A.E.I.R. Membership

After several years as members of NAIER, the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources, the board agreed to discontinue the annual membership.

Superintendent Dave Shalley indicated the quality of merchandise provided by the group had been declining and the expense of picking up the order has greatly increased, leading the board to discontinue the program.

The cost of the membership is $600 and allows the member access to surplus items that are donated by corporations and other businesses to the group as a tax break.

Office Employment

The board voted 7-0 to extend Kate Walker and Linda Hervey from 9 month to 12-month employees. This change was necessary due to the expanded requirements of data entry for student information and confidentiality issues.

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