September 20, 2012

Shalley Announces Resignation at September Board of Education Meeting

The Scotland County R-I School District will be under new leadership for the first time in nine years after Superintendent Dave Shalley announced his resignation, to take effect at the end of the current school year. Shalley informed the board at the September 12th board meeting of his plans to leave the district next summer.

The board voted 6-0 to accept Shalley's resignation with regret during a closed executive session following the regular monthly board meeting.

The superintendent had informed the board of his plans earlier this summer, allowing the board of education the opportunity to get an early start on searching for his replacement.

Shalley started his career at SCR-I as a teacher and was the school's head football coach for many years. He became high school principal in 2002, before being named superintendent following LeRoy Huff's retirement in 2004.

In other business, the board received a district financial update from Shalley.

The board reviewed the year-to-date financial statements. The superintendent informed board members that revenues are up $11,750.07 year-to-date and expenditures are down $27,639.15 year-to-date from 2011-12.

"We will not expect a change until after the November election, at which time possible cuts could occur," Shalley said.

Transportation Routes

District Transportation Director Carl Trueblood presented the bus routes for board approval. The board voted 6-0 to approve the routes, as presented.

Elementary and Secondary Climate Procedural Evaluations

Shalley stated these two items were pulled from the Consent Agenda and a roll call vote to discuss differences in the two buildings.

The information generated in the staff survey suggested the academic rigor was more difficult to achieve in the high school.

The areas in question were: Expectations are high, but attainable for all students--4 out of 23 respondents disagreed.

Scheduling promotes academic success--Of the 23 responses, 2 strongly disagreed and 3 disagreed. Respondents' explanations for negative answers were scheduling conflicts, parental objections to academic rigor and loss of instructional time in the spring due to the plethora of activities requiring absence from class time (athletic events, vocational contests and fine arts contests).

The board voted 6-0 to accept the procedural evaluations and take the recommendations under advisement.

Audit Findings

The superintendent told the board that preliminary notes from the auditor look very good.

"One item they would like us to address is the use of purchase orders for all purchases," Shalley stated. "Currently, we require requisitions for purchases, but not all businesses require purchase orders. We are working with the auditor to find an appropriate solution."

Food Service

Terri Arnold presented the District Food Service Procedural Evaluation. The report noted that the district has more guidelines to follow this year pertaining to calories offered per week and fruit and vegetable requirements.

The board voted 6-0 to accept the evaluation and take the recommendations under advisement.

Overnight Request

FFA presented an overnight request to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 24-27. The board voted 6-0 to approve the request, as presented.

October Meeting

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for October 11th at 6:30 p.m.

Executive Session

The board went into Executive Session and voted to approve the following:

minutes from the August 9th and August 28th meetings (6-0 vote)

Offer Brian Lewis the position of Maintenance Director, with a stipend of $5,000 (6-0 vote)

sponsors assigned - SENIOR - Sean Reynolds; JUNIOR -Ryan Anderson, Carol McCabe; SOPHOMORE - Tina Olakowski; FRESHMAN- Terri Slaughter; 8th GRADE - Terri Bulen; 7th GRADE - Denice Blaine; FFA - Cassie Whitlock; FCCLA - Jenna Ketchum; FBLA - Carol McCabe; NHS - Gary Hunziker, Kara Hamlin; CAMPUS BOWL - Carol McCabe, Billie Lanham.

The board then went out of closed session and into open session for the purpose of adjournment.

Consent Agenda

The board voted 6-0 to approve the following items on the Consent Agenda:

Minutes - from August 9th meeting

Updated Sub List

Declaration of Surplus Property

Career Ladder Request

Procedural Evaluations as follows-

Elementary and Secondary Summer School - Mr. Pippert & Mr. Bergeson

Elementary and Secondary Curriculum - Mr. Pippert & Mr. Bergeson

Supplemental Programs - Mr. Pippert

MACC Dual Credit Agreement

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