September 5, 2013

Gorin R-III Board Votes to Place Annexation Issue on April 2014 Ballot

The Gorin R-III Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, August 27th. President Tague called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with all members in attendance.

After the board approved the consent agenda items, the annual tax rate hearing was held. Principal Tina Townsend shared the district's adjusted current year assessed valuation as $4,342,185.00 and the current year tax rate ceiling of $4.964.

The board voted to take a voluntary reduction of 0.591, keeping the rate the same as the previous year at $4.3744. The motion was made by Bob Sears and seconded by Rhonda Peterson. Roll call vote was - Tague, yes, Berry, yes, Sears, yes, Miller, yes, and Peterson, yes.

Under old business, the board discussed food service mileage, the counseling position, and the annexation.

For food service mileage, the board decided to allow up to two trips per month to purchase necessary items.

The board decided to advertise the counseling position again.

Mrs. Townsend informed the board she had spoke with Batina Dodge, Scotland County Clerk, to confirm no issues would be on the ballot in the county for the November election. The board agreed to place the annexation issue on the April ballot with the other county items.

In new business, Mrs. Townsend shared the district's enrollment is 21 students K-8, with three preschoolers, and six high school students.

Next, Mrs. Townsend shared the district Annual Performance Report. She stated "initially the report said the district had earned 99.2% of the possible points. However, the Department of Education had miscalculated several K-8 districts, Gorin R-III being one of them. The district did earn 86.2% of the possible points. Mrs. Townsend added the district earned all the points possible under the MSIP 5 standard area of academic achievement.

"When the district maintains or improves on this success the district will move from provisional accreditation to accredited," she said.

The MSIP 5 (Missouri School Improvement Program) required a school district earn greater than or equal to 70% of the points possible and remain there for at least 2 years.

The board then reviewed House Bill 253. Townsend stated that HB 253 looks to undermine the state funding school districts' receive, adding that current school funding formula has been underfunded by $650 million for the last four years.

"Governor Nixon has vetoed the bill," Townsend told the board. "However an override threatens even deeper cuts to school funding."

The board adopted a resolution urging the General Assembly to sustain the veto of House Bill 253.

The board had no executive session items to discuss and adjourned at 7:45 p.m. The next regularly scheduled board meeting is Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m.

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