July 28, 2011

Gorin School Board Approves Changes to Campus

The Gorin R-III Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. President Diane Tague called the meeting to order at 6:37. Alicia Berry was not in attendance.

After approval of all consent agenda items the board moved into old business.

Under old business the board reviewed the number of days substitute teachers were utilized in the district and the professional development funding sources. Next, Mrs. Townsend shared the district had not received any response to the ad for roof repairs. The board decided to table the issue until the fall.

In new business, Pres. Tague, and Mrs. Townsend reported on their meeting with the DNR. Next, the board discussed discontinuing use of the old white building for the students. It was noted that this would be a cost saving to the district because the furnace would not need to be replaced, the septic tank would not need to be pumped, and the hot water heaters can be utilized in the main building. The old white building will be maintained for storage. The library will be relocated to the modular classroom, the art teacher will travel from class to class, and the 21st Century Before and After-school program will move to the main building. The motion was made by Tammi Dale and seconded by Diane Tague. All members voted in favor of this action.

Teresa Creek presented the board with a proposal to allow her to maintain her current bookkeeping duties, but also allowing her to accept junior - senior high secretarial position with the Scotland County School District.

The audit dates have been set for Sept. 21 & 22. The board reviewed upcoming professional development workshops the staff will be attending. The board also, approved the student/parent and staff handbooks, free & reduced lunch criteria, milk, breakfast, and lunch prices, and the bus route. Milk, breakfast, and lunch prices will remain at .30 cents for a carton of milk or $3.00 for a two week milk ticket, breakfast at .75 cents, and lunch at $1.50. The district will be running one bus route. The town pick-up and drop-off will only be at the post office this year. Due to the fact that we have just one bus route breakfast will be served from 7:45 to 8:00, the tardy bell will ring at 8:10 and classroom instruction will begin at 8:15. In the afternoon changes include instruction until 3:15, walkers & those being picked up by parents being dismissed at 3:20, and bus riders at 3:25.

The board went into executive session at 8:50 to discuss student updates and staff updates. The board voted to amend Teresa Creek's contract. The motion was made by Ryan Miller and seconded by Rhonda Peterson. The vote was Miller - yes, Peterson- yes, Tague - yes, Sizemore - yes, and Orton - yes. Tammi Dale had been excused.

The board returned to regular session at 10:00.

The next regular scheduled meeting is Tues., August 16, 2011 at 6:30. The tax rate hearing will begin at 6:15.

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