September 16, 2010

Board Approved Transportation Plan Reducing Bus Miles, Rider Time

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, September 9, 2010. President Gary Miller called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with six members present. Paul Campbell was absent.

The board voted 6-0 to approve the following items on the consent agenda:

Minutes from the August 12th meeting;

Updated Sub List;

Purge Records - Items to purge include old correspondence, invoices, payroll records, journals and ledgers. All these items are well past the retention schedule published by the Secretary of the State of Missouri.

Declare Surplus Items- Surplus items include filing cabinets, tables, chairs, televisions, television carts, computer carts, overhead projectors, mats and miscellaneous custodial equipment.

In old business, the board received a legislative and funding update from Superintendent Dave Shalley.

State funding will continue to be a major concern, for at least the next two years, Shalley told the board.

He reported the final numbers for the 09-10 budget are as follows: total revenues - $5,777,083.65, total expenditures - $5,901,364.24, for a deficit ending balance of $124,280.59.

This is the third consecutive year we have deficit spent, he stated. The deficit budgets were planned; however, each year they resulted in budget deficits less than projected. We must be careful during the economic crisis not to exceed planned deficits.

He indicated the district began this year with unrestricted balances of $2,335,219.53 or 39% of the budgeted expenditures.

The superintendent reported that the governor has applied for Missouris allocation through the Education Jobs Bill.The money will be distributed using the foundation formula calculation. Beginning in January, the governor and the legislature will consider a supplemental appropriation to distribute these funds. That process will take some time. Scotland Countys estimated payment will be $117,113.

In other business, board members reviewed the districts CSIP report. The board was presented a portion of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) for review. No action was required.

In new business, transportation director Carl Trueblood presented the districts bus routes for final approval. The board voted 6-0 to approve the bus routes for the 10-11 academic year. The districts routes have been reduced from ten to nine, through retirements, with buses traveling a projected total of 119,364 route miles this year, down from the 131,718 miles traveled last year. In addition, the rider time has been reduced from previous years. The board voted 6-0 to approve the routes as presented.

Evaluations

Elementary School Principal Rhonda McBee presented procedural evaluations for Elementary Curriculum, Elementary Instructional Climate and Supplemental Programs. All programs were rated above average, based on the results of test scores and surveys.

High School Principal Gene Hay presented and rated average the Procedural Evaluations for Junior-Senior High School Curriculum and Instructional Climate, based on test scores. Vocational Programs were rated above average.

The PAT Procedural Evaluation was presented by Janie Parton and Stephanie Shalley. PAT was rated above average through the strengths of the programs and the number of families and children served.

Food Service, prepared by Terri Arnold, rated excellent. The district has high participation numbers, meets the USDA dietary guidelines and has a variety of menu choices for the kids.

District AYP

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is determined by MAP and EOC testing and is defined by the Federal Law No Child Left Behind (NCLB). AYP takes into account only two subject areas- Communication Arts (CA) and Math (MA). The ultimate goal is for every child to perform in the proficient or advanced category by 2014.

This year, the district has four sub groups in each subject category. A sub group must have 30 students in order to be considered. Scotland Countys sub groups are white, free and reduced lunch and IEP.

We are considered met in one of the four sub groups in communication arts and three of the four in math applications, said Shalley. In order to make improvement towards our goal of 100%, we analyze the testing data to indentify problem areas and create a plan of action to address the areas.

Executive Session

The board voted 6-0 to approve the following extra duty assignments: Ryan Anderson - Freshman Class Sponsor; Sean Reynolds - Sophomore Class Sponsor; Greg Wilson - Junior Class Sponsor; Carol McCabe - Junior Class Sponsor; Marc Colvin - Senior Class Sponsor; Corey Stott - FFA Sponsor; Cassie Whitlock - FFA Sponsor; Jenna Ketchum - FCCLA Sponsor; Carol McCabe - FBLA Sponsor; Jamie Hicks - Band Activities; Jamie Hicks - 9-12 Chorus Activities; Gary Hunziker - NHS Sponsor; Kara Hamlin - NHS Sponsor; Mary Couch - Drama Coach; Lori Fulk - Elementary Music; Mike Beeler - Web Master; Marc Colvin - Athletic Director.

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