April 15, 2010

New Members Sworn in at April SCR-I School Board Meeting

The two newest members of the Scotland County R-I Board of Education were sworn into service at the Thursday, April 8th meeting and went to work on a busy agenda.

Fred Clapp and Trinity Davis were duly administered the Oath of Office and will serve on the board until the April, 2013 election. Dr. Tobler presented a resolution thanking Bill Cottrell and Stacy Alexander for their service on the Scotland County School Board. The resolution was unanimously approved.

Prior to the change over, the board certified the official results from the April 6th election. The vote totals certified were Stacy Alexander (281), William W. Cottrell (289), Fred Clapp (527), Stacy Westhoff (373), Trinity Davis (496) and Samantha Brush (104). The board voted 7-0 to accept the election results.

The board elected the following officers, president Gary Miller, vice-president George Koontz, secretary Paul Campbell and treasurer Trinity Davis.

The newest board members enter their time of public service faced with some difficult financial challenges in education.

“The news from the Capital is not very encouraging,” superintendent Dave Shalley told the board. “The governor has requested $500 million be cut from spending in order to balance the budget. Yesterday, the Senate voted to eliminate Career Ladder funding.”

In addition to the cut in the state reimbursement for obligations the teachers are fulfilling in this year’s plan, the state also is still “up in the air” regarding summer school funding while transportation and PAT are facing additional reductions.

“We will not know how all this will affect the Scotland County School District until the legislative session ends May 7th,” he said.

Despite the funding news, the board addressed the future of the career ladder at SCR-I.

“Career Ladder supports many after-school programs, including tutoring, which is beneficial for our students,” Shalley said. “With this in mind, the motion was made to approve Career Ladder for next year, pending state funding.”

However that motion was voted down due to concerns that it might be perceived that the future of the program was totally dependent upon correcting the state funding issue.

Instead, the board voted unanimously to approve Career Ladder for the 2010-11 academic year, at a level to be determined by the state’s contribution and the district’s available resources.

“The board wanted to relay the message that if the state did not fund Career Ladder, a local plan could be available,” said Shalley. “The first motion might have left the impression this was not possible.”

Currently, the state funding is near 50% of the total Career Ladder cost.

In other business, they reviewed two proposals for a lease agreement for the new Thomas school bus purchase approved at the March meeting.

The board voted 7-0 to accept the lease proposal from Daimler. This proposal has the purchase price for the bus at $72,985, divided into three annual payments of $25,281.92.

“This approach allows us to purchase the bus prior to emissions requirements, which will increase the price several thousand dollars,” Shalley said. “The three-year option reduces the annual budgeted amount by $55,000, provided we do not purchase a bus in the next two years.”

Salary Committee

President Miller appointed George Koontz, Paul Campbell and Fred Clapp to serve on the board committee to establish salary recommendations for district employees.

Student Insurance

The board voted 7-0 to offer the MSBA student accident insurance plan for the 2010-11 school year. The plan’s premium is higher than the previous plan, but the benefits are much better for the insured.

“This is optional insurance and we encourage parents to check with their local insurance providers for coverage, as well,” Shalley said.


The Scotland County Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) has been working with the board to identify a new location for the school’s playground. A site selection is required in order to apply for grants to build the playground.

The site recommended by the PTO is the area between the elementary and the high school building. The new location would allow easy access for the kindergarten through third grades as well as easy access to the restroom facilities.

The board voted 7-0 to approve the site.

Amend School Calendar

The board voted 7-0 to amend the 2010-11 calendar. The change affects the Easter break. April 21 was scheduled as a possible make-up day and April 25 as a Professional Development day. April 21 will now be the PD day, leaving Friday, April 22 and Monday, April 25, as part of the Easter break

Building Trades Bid- A bid was presented for the unsold building trades house by Craig and Lauren Wilkinson for $113,500. The bid was below the established floor bid. This item was tabled.

Letter of Resignation

The board voted 7-0 to accept, with regret, a letter of resignation from Jim Paris, effective at the conclusion the 2009-10 school year.

Overnight Request

The FFA Chapter presented a request for an overnight stay in Columbia for the State FFA convention April 16th. The board voted 7-0 to approve the request, as presented.

Executive Session

The board went into executive session at 8:57 p.m.

In Executive Session the board voted 5-0-2 to approve the minutes from the March 16th meeting: Miller, Campbell, Koontz, Tobler and McKee-yes; Davis, Clapp-abstain.

The board voted 7-0 to rehire the following full time employees for the 2010-2011 school year: Terry Arnold, Mike Beeler, Beverly Daggs, Linda Hervey, Michella Hull, Lisa Humes, Shellie Jackson, Greg Neagle, Carl Trueblood, Kate Walker and Jim Woods.

The board voted 7-0 to offer employment to Lora Eggleston for a sixth grade teaching position.

The board voted 7-0 to leave closed session at 10:20 p.m. and enter into open session and establish a Building Trades Committee.

Gary Miller appointed Matt Mckee, George Koontz and Dr. Tobler to the Building Trades Committee.

The board voted 7-0 to adjourn at 10:58 p.m.

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