March 22, 2012

School District Maintaining Solid Financial Surplus Despite Mounting Costs

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012, at 6:15 p.m. President Gary Miller called the meeting to order with all seven members present.

The board voted 6-0 to approve the consent agenda items, including the Regular Meeting Minutes from February 6th; Special Meeting Minutes from February 9th; updated substitute teacher list; and procedural evaluations for the School Facilities & Grounds by Mrs. McBee and Mr. Bergeson, District Safety Program by Mrs. McBee and Mr. Bergeson, Gifted Program by Denice Blaine, District Technology by Mike Beeler and Media Centers/Libraries by Kara Hamlin.

Superintendent Dave Shalley presented a financial update for the district to board members. He indicated year-to-date revenues total $4,113,867.26 with year-to-date expenses totaling $3,359,962.14.

At this point the district showed a year-to-date surplus of $753,905.12.

"This surplus is $17,338 less than last year at this point," Shalley told the board. He noted some of that difference was due to the ongoing computer lab updates, fuel costs for buses, election expenses and the bill for next year's paper products, which was received this month.

In other business, the board voted 7-0 to approve the school calendar for the 2012-13 school year.

August 16th will open the school year, with an early dismissal at 1:05 p.m. October 12th will mark the end of the first quarter. Scheduled vacations will include Thanksgiving break November 21-23; Christmas break December 21 - January 2, 2013; Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 21st; President's Day February 18th; and Spring Break March 29 - April 1.

The last day of school is scheduled for May 16th.

Lease Purchase

The board voted 7-0 to approve a resolution to enter into a 3-year lease purchase agreement with the Memphis Branch of the Bank of Kirksville to finance computers purchased for the new lab.

Overnight Request

The board voted 7-0 to approve Ms. McCabe's overnight request for eight FBLA students to attend State Leadership Conference in Columbia. They will be staying overnight on Monday, April 18th.

Career Ladder

Mrs. Fromm presented a request to waive two years of service on Stage Two of Career Ladder and to advance to Stage Three. This is allowed in the district's Career Ladder Plan. The board voted 7-0 to allow this advancement, pending district participation in the Career Ladder Plan next year.

Extended Holiday

Board policy requires board approval for staff to use personal days to extend a holiday. The board voted 7-0 to allow the requests of Danny Norton and Carol McCabe to use personal days to extend Spring Break.

Executive Session

In Executive session the board voted 7-0 to approve the minutes of February 6th meeting.

The board also voted to offer employment to Sharon Dawkins to fill the early childhood aide position and to offer the head football coach position to Danny Burns.

The board voted to offer employment to the following non-tenured teachers: Lance Campbell, Lori Bish, Lynnette Dyer, Jennifer Beeler, Erin Tallman, Cindy Van Hoozen, Dani Fromm, Toni Middleton, Cheyenne Pinson, Danielle Reynolds, Dana Frederick, Angie Cochran, Lindsay Tippett, Lora Eggleston, Cassandra Whitlock, Dustin Harper, Sean Reynolds, Jenna Ketchum, Devon Breitling, Amy Shultz, Daniel Burns, Elizabeth Carper, Billie Lanham, Tracy LaVan, Tracey Meusec, Christina Olakowski, Terri Slaughter, Jennifer Woodley and Kara Hamlin.

The board also completed the superintendent's evaluation.

The board voted 7-0 to go into open session for the purpose of adjournment.

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