October 23, 2008

Board Votes to Return to School Sponsored Summer Program

For the first time since 2003, the Scotland County R-I School District will run a school sponsored summer school program.

The board voted 6-0 at the October 9th meeting to end the district’s affiliation with Newton Learning, which had been contracted to provide the summer school programming for the district the past five years.

The district will no longer retain the services of the New York-based company, which specializes in offering summer and after school education curricula. Under the Newton system, teachers and administrators from the school districts that retain Newton Learning were hired for the summer school programs. The company furnished all the training and teaching materials. Newton incurred all the expense associated with the program, and school districts reimbursed the company with existing state funds.

Now SCR-I will turn to its staff to establish the summer school curriculum. Faculty members have already begun discussing programs and offerings for the enrichment program, which will continue to be discussed at future board meetings.

A+ Program

In other business, Tom O’Donnell presented an update on the district’s new A+ program to the board.

He reported the district currently has 22 seniors, 2 juniors, 3 sophomores, and 9 freshmen signed up for the program. Students have been working with fellow students in the elementary and junior high to complete the tutoring requirements set forth by A+.

Students who graduate from a designated A+ high school may qualify for a state-paid financial incentive to attend any public community college or career/technical school in Missouri if the students successfully meet the following requirements:

Enter into a written agreement with the high school prior to graduation

Attend a designated school for three consecutive years immediately prior to graduation

Graduate with an overall GPA of 2.5 points or higher on a 4-point scale

Have an overall attendance rate of at least 95 percent for grades 9-12

Perform 50 hours of district-supervised, unpaid tutoring or mentoring

Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the use of drugs and alcohol.

Early Graduation

The board heard requests from seven students for early graduation. The board voted 6-0 to approve the requests pending successful completion of the required courses.

School Sign

The marquee sign between the buildings was destroyed by the windstorm in August.

Superintendent Dave Shalley presented cost estimates for replacing the sign.

“The insurance company has approved the estimate total of $10,428.00,” he said. “We have been considering an electronic sign to replace the old one.”

Preliminary cost figures are at least $15,000 for the electronic display that could be managed from the office.

The board discussed reinstalling a conventional sign, installing an electronic sign or not replacing the sign at all, ultimately deciding to pursue the electronic sign.

Shalley was asked to prepare a proposal for the November meeting.

Executive Session

The board of education went into closed session at 11:15 p.m. The board voted 6-0 to approve the minutes from the September 11th closed session meeting. Next, the board voted 6-0 to employ Cindy Justice as the varsity football and co-varsity basketball cheerleading sponsor. The board also voted 6-0 to employ Schelle Cooley as the co-varsity basketball cheerleading sponsor. Meeting was adjourned at 1:00 a.m.

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