September 17, 2009

Enrollment Up Slightly at SCR-I to Start 2009-10 School Year

Early in the 2009 school year, the hallways at Scotland County R-I are just a little bit busier. Superintendent Dave Shalley informed the board of education that the 2009 enrollment currently stands at 588 students. That is a slight increase from this time last year, when 579 students were enrolled.

The current enrollment includes 275 students in grades 7-12 and 313 students in grades K-6.

Shalley also announced that technology director Michael Beeler had completed work on the districtís new website at http://scotland.k12.mo.us. The site contains useful information concerning school activities. More information will be available in the future. In addition, the parent portal is open, so studentís grades can be checked from home. Parents will need to see Mr. Hay at the high school to obtain a password for access.

The final portion of the superintendentís report dealt with the new School Reach phone system. Information was included in the school newsletter requesting a review of phone numbers for parent participation in the program that allows the district to pass on information via the automated call and text message functions.

ďThe system allows us to make calls to all parents of the district with announcements,Ē Shalley said.

In other business, the board reviewed bids for the repair of the roof over the ag/shop building.

Last month the board voted to advertise for bids for the repair of the ag roof using a product from the Garland Company.

ďWe have used the Garland Company for previous roof repair and have been very satisfied,Ē Shalley stated.

The district received three bids as follows: Bartch Roofing $46,961, Lakeside Roofing $47,991, Shay Roofing $47,662. The board voted 6-0 to accept the low bid from Bartch Roofing.

Transportation Routes

Transportation Director Carl Trueblood presented the 2009-10 bus routes to the board for approval as required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The district currently runs 10 routes, for a projected total of 131,718 miles for the year. The board voted 7-0 to approve the routes.

PTO Resolution

Parents have joined with teachers to form a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The alliance was formed to support and aid in projects and fundraising activities. The board approved a resolution for PTO funds to be deposited and run through the school accounts 7-0.

MAP Review

Lin Stephenson, the District Testing Coordinator, presented the board with data of the districtís MAP scores. Once again the scores of the district were good. Based on the scores received, the district will be considered MET in all areas of the Adequate Yearly Progress, as defined by No Child Left Behind.

Health Grant

The board voted 7-0 to be a partner in the Health Records Grant with Scotland County Memorial Hospital.

Sale of Real Estate

The board voted 7-0 to take bids on both building trades houses and the vacant lot. The lot will be sold separately or paired with a house.

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