March 25, 2010

Proposed Legislation Cutting Summer School Funding Could Impact SCR-I’s 2010 Program

Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. Despite being just months away from the end of the current school year, the Scotland County R-I School District and other districts across the state remain up in the air regarding summer school plans. The uncertainty according to Scotland County R-I Superintendent Dave Shalley comes courtesy of a recently introduced bill in the Missouri legislature that would eliminate state funding for the program immediately.

“This is designed to help reduce the shortfall in the state budget,” Shalley stated at the March 16th meeting of the SCR-I School Board. “But since the average daily attendance from summer school is added to the state formula payments, this could mean a reduction in the state formula money for Scotland County R-I of over $160,000.”

Shalley indicated the outcome of the legislative proposal may not be known until as late as mid May. He noted that this legislation could affect the 2010 summer school.

With current budget withholdings from the state, SCR-I is projecting a deficit budget of $335,902 for the current school year.

“We must proceed in the future with great caution, as budget projections look ominous for 2010-11 and even worse for 2011-12,” Shalley told the board.

In other business, the board voted 7-0 to eliminate the In-School Suspension/ PE position as a budget reduction item for next school year.

The board went into executive session at 8:55 p.m.

The board voted 7-0 to offer employment to the following non-tenured teachers: Jennifer Beeler, Lori Bish, Lynnette Dyer, Emily Frederick, Dani Fromm, Toni Middleton, Cheyenne Pinson, Danielle Reynolds, Erin Tallman, Cindy Van Hoozen, Ryan Anderson, Ivy Garmon, Kevin Gundy, Dustin Harper, Jaryt Hunziker, Jenna Ketchum, Claire Overton, Kim Small, Matt Reel, Sean Reynolds, Corey Stott, Cassandra Whitlock, Greg Wilson and T.J.Young.

The board voted 6-0 to offer Lance Campbell employment. Paul Campbell stepped out of the room for the vote.

The board voted 6-1 to offer Ivonne Wiegand employment with Stacy Alexander, Bill Cottrell, Campbell, Gary Miller, Dr. Randy Tobler and George Koontz voting yes and Matt McKee voting no.

The board voted 7-0 to non-renew Tom McDaniel’s contract due to the elimination of the ISS/PE position.

The board voted 7-0 to offer Dana Frederick employment for the elementary art position.

The board voted 7-0 to offer contracts to Lindsay Tippett and Angela Cochran.

The board voted 6-1 to extend the contract of Dave Shalley to June 30, 2013. Alexander, Campbell, Koontz, Miller, McKee and Tobler voted YES; Cottrell voted NO.

The board voted 6-1 to extend the contract of Rhonda McBee to June 30, 2013. Alexander, Campbell, Koontz, Miller, McKee and Tobler voted YES; Cottrell NO.

The board voted to go out of executive session and into open session to adjourn at 2:00 a.m.

In other business during the regular session, the board approved a pair of overnight trip requests for school clubs. The FBLA State Leadership Conference is in Columbia April 18, 19 and 20. The club plans on leaving Monday morning at 8:00 and returning Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Denice Blaine requested an overnight stay for the Gifted Program May 24 in Chicago. The board voted 7-0 to approve both requests.

Surplus Property Bids- Last month several pieces of SCR-I equipment were deemed as surplus property and advertised for bids for sale.

The following bids were accepted on each item: 50 used choir robes- Putnam County High School- $250; Delta Rockwell 10” table saw- Allen Creek- $308; Delta upright variable speed drill press- Jason Emel - $151; Delta 10” radial arm saw- $125 Greg Porter; 2 1/2 ton floor jack - $125 - Joe Humes; 2 squat racks - $50 each - Salisbury High School; 2 weight benches - $90 each - Scotland County Fitness Center; hip flexor machine - $165 - Scotland County Fitness Center; miscellaneous weight equipment - $25 - Jason Emel.

The board voted 6-0-1 to accept the high bids. George Koontz abstained

Bus Bids

At the February board meeting, Transportation Director Carl Trueblood was authorized to advertise for bids for the purchase of a new bus. The district received bids from Central States ($74,340), Midwest Transit ($70,958) and Ponder Equipment ($72,985).

“Due to the forecasted financial difficulties, the board instructed me to look into a possible lease option which would reduce our annual obligation and stretch payments over three years” Shalley stated.

Board Resolution

The board voted 7-0 to adopt the following resolution: Be it resolved the Scotland County R-1 School Board supports Professional Learning Communities in order to foster teacher effectiveness, thus increasing positive student outcomes.

In February, the board had discussed adopting a resolution supporting the commitment to becoming a PLC (Professional Learning Communities) school. PLC schools demonstrate a commitment to students’ success in their academic careers.

Senior Dismissal

“In the past, we have allowed the senior class to be dismissed from the final three or four days of school following their graduation ceremony,” Shalley stated. “Due to the large number of days missed this year, (nine) their absence would directly impact our attendance rate, as well as some state aid.”

The district administrators requested that the Class of 2010 seniors’ final day be May 21st. The board voted 7-0 to approve this dismissal date.

Board Workshop

The planned board budget workshop scheduled for April has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date when the needed budget information from the legislature is made available.

Letter Of Resignation

Arlene Dochterman submitted a letter of resignation, effective the end of the academic year. Arlene has worked for the district for 40 years as a bus driver and cook. The board voted 7-0 to accept Arlene’s resignation.

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