November 27, 2008

School Board Removes Interim Tag From High School Principal Job

An emergency situation just days before the start of the current school year saw the Scotland County R-I Board of Education turn to retired administrator Gary Gordy of Kahoka. Gordy was hired as the interim high school principal while the board entered a search for a permanent replacement for principal Ken Cross who passed away August 15th.

At the November board of education meeting, the interim tag was officially removed from Gordy, after a contract for the remainder of the 2008-09 school year was approved by a 6-0 vote.

Also during the executive session portion of the November 10th meeting, the board voted 6-0 to offer employment to Rebecca Harper for custodial work.

In other business, the board took advantage of the recent zero-interest loan from the USDA and Tri-County Electric Cooperative to secure significant interest savings on lease payments for last years campus upgrades.

The board voted to prepay $720,000 of the $1.8 million projectís 2007B lease certificates. Earlier this year the local electric cooperative awarded the $740,000 zero-interest loan to SCR-I, allowing the board to make this move, which will save the district an estimated $208,000 in interest payments over the life of the lease agreement.

FFA Website

Ms. Whitlock presented a proposal to implement an FFA website. The site would have a direct link to the school site and would provide up-to-date and quality information. The board voted 6-0 to approve the proposal.

Surplus Equipment

Mr. Stott presented a list of equipment to declare surplus. The board voted 6-0 to declare the equipment surplus and advertise for bids on each piece of equipment. Sealed bids will be due at 1:00 pm on December 16th and opened at the regular board meeting that evening.

MAP Data

Mrs. Stephenson, district testing coordinator, reviewed MAP, disaggregate test data with the board. No action was needed.

Procedural Evaluations

The board voted 6-0 to accept the procedural evaluations for the areas of District Co-Curricular, Secondary Instructional Climate, and Secondary Vocational Programs as presented by Mr. Gordy and to take his recommendations under advisement. The board voted 6-0 to accept procedural evaluations on Elementary Instructional Climate and Elementary Instructional Effectiveness as presented by Rhonda McBee. The board voted 6-0 to accept the procedural evaluation of District Extra Curricular Activities presented by the Athletic Director Kevin Gundy and to take his recommendations under advisement. The board also voted 6-0 to accept the procedural evaluation of District Food Service as prepared by Terry Arnold and presented by Mr. Shalley and to take her recommendations under advisement.

December Meeting

The December board meeting date was moved to Tuesday, December 16th 2008, at 6:30 p.m. to avoid a conflict with the elementary winter concert.

Early Graduation

The board approved one request for early graduation and five requests for reduced schedules.


The board voted 6-0 to accept the resignation of Jenny Aldridge with regret as a part-time high school cook.

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