August 20, 2009

SCR-I Board of Education Gears Up For Start of School at August Meeting

With the school year just around the corner, the Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, August 13th.

One of the first pieces of business was a procedural closure for the previous fiscal year. Annually, following the close of business for the fiscal year, the district must report to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education the status of the districts finances and other academic programs for the preceding year. The ASBR must be approved and submitted to DESE by August 15th.

Past boards have established a target of 17% fund balances. This years ASBR shows the district balances at 39.85% with ending balances of $2,459,832.12. The 2008-09 revenues totaled $6,483,996.84 and expenditures were $6,621,035.92. During the 2008-09 fiscal year, the district deficit was $137,039.08, which is well below the projected $429,259 figure.

The board voted 7-0 to approve the ASBR report as presented

Superintendent Report

Superintendent Dave Shalley informed the board that the SCR-I Booster Club voted 10-3 to buy a four-wheeler for the school to be used for field preparation at the ball diamonds as well as in other areas of need.

Shalley also reported that the school has purchased the School Reach automated phone system using federal stimulus dollars. The system can be used to make mass callings informing parents of school closings and other announcements.

He announced the school parking lot is scheduled for stripe painting beginning next week.

The superintendent also reviewed the districts procedures to help prevent a flu outbreak including:

encouraging frequent hand washing, covering mouth when coughing,

isolating kids with temperatures as soon as possible,

keeping sick kids home, asking students who have temperatures not to return to school for 24 hours after the temperature is absent.

Consent Agenda

The board voted 5-0-1, with Mr. Campbell abstaining, to approve the following items on the consent agenda:

the substitute teacher list for fiscal year 2009-2010;

assign the following positions: At-Risk- Brent Bondurant and Dani Fromm; Homeless- Brent Bondurant; ESL- Erin Tallman; Safety Coordinators- Rhonda McBee and Gene Hay;

set time for the New Employee Picnic at 7:00 p.m.

Tax Rate Hearing

The board rescheduled the Tax Rate Hearing for August 25th at 6:15 p.m. in the elementary art room.

Shop Roof Repair

The Garland Company reviewed the districts problem roof on the shop building and presented two alternatives for repairing the leaks above the Ag building.

Option one is White Knight Restoration, which includes a 10-year warranty at an estimated cost of approximately $50,000.

The second option is a roof retro fit, which carries a 30-year warranty at an estimated cost of roughly $160,000.

After appropriate discussion, the board voted 6-0 to further pursue the White Knight Restoration option. We will write an RFP to accept bids.

Kitchen Cooler

The district had applied for a grant from the Federal Stimulus Program to update equipment in the elementary school kitchen. Late last month, the district learned it did not receive the grant.

The district has received bids from three companies for a cooler box using the existing compressor. The bids were: Wingers-$6,218; Reesman-$5,225; Area Distributors-$6,969. Winger currently services the compressor on the unit. The Board voted 6-1 to accept the low bid from Reesman. Alexander, McKee, Tobler, Miller, Koontz, Cottrell voted yes and Campbell voted no.

Board Workshop

The MSBA fall meeting in Macon is the same date as the board workshop on September 15th. The Board voted 7-0 to reschedule the workshop on October 13th at 7:00 p.m.

Executive Session

The board went into executive session at 9:03 p.m. and voted 6-0-1 to accept the closed session minutes from the July 9th, 2009, meeting. Alexander, McKee, Tobler, Miller, Koontz, Cottrell voted yes and Campbell abstained. The Board voted 7-0 to approve the following in executive session: Emily Frederick was assigned to Flag Sponsor for 2009-10; Mike Beeler was assigned to construct the districts website for a stipend of $1,500.

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