November 21, 2013

SCR-I Pursuing Funding From Missouri Preschool Project

The Board of Education met in regular session on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. President George Koontz called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with four members present. Matt McKee, Gary Miller, and Randy Tobler were absent.

The Scotland County R-I School District recently submitted an application for the Missouri Preschool Project. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (department) is authorized by the Early Childhood Development Education and Care Fund to administer a program of competitive grants to governmental entities, public schools, or private agencies for voluntary, early childhood development, education, and care programs serving children in every region of the state not yet enrolled in kindergarten.

The fund pursuant to section 313.835, was created to support programs that prepare children prior to the age in which they are eligible to enroll in kindergarten. All moneys deposited in the early childhood development, education, and care fund shall be annually appropriated for voluntary, early childhood development, education and care programs.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has designated their portion of the fund to promote high quality early care and education programs for children one or two years from kindergarten eligibility. MPP funds will be provided to programs through a competitive Invitation for Bid (IFB) or Invitation for Grant (IFG) process.

Trinity Davis, Rhonda McBee, Ryan Bergeson, Julie Clapp, Nathan Pippert, and Erin Tallman were on the Early Childhood Committee and completed the MPP Application.

The application was submitted before the October 30 deadline and the district should be notified in November of its status with the project.

Approved grant applications are eligible for up to five-years of funding, based on enrollment numbers for the pre-school program. Programs with a minimum of 10-full-time students can received up to $60,000. Fifteen full-time students qualifies for $85,000 with 20 or more full-time students creating eligibility for up to $95,000 in grant funding.

The grant is renewable up to five years, with funding subject to 20% reduction annually over the final three years based on appropriations.

"If our application is accepted, this would allow us to expand our Early Childhood Program, serve more children on our waiting list, and accomplish our goal of getting students Kindergarten ready," said Superintendent Ryan Bergeson.

Financial Report

Bergeson presented the monthly financial update for board review. Year-to-date revenues totaling $954,065 are down approximately $152,521 from last year. Bergeson noted this revenue is mostly from the state. Expenditures are $1,403,834, which is down $108,152 from last year, creating a deficit, year-to-date of $449,769.

"Last year at this time, we were at a deficit of $405,400," Bergeson said. "This deficit trend will continue until we begin to receive our local tax revenue in January. We will closely monitor the situation."

Request for Qualifications - The Board of Education received seven proposals from qualified providers for engineering and design services for planning of any future campus upgrades. The board established two evenings to interview each firm. The board voted to interview the architectural firms on Tuesday, November 19 and Wednesday, November 20 at 5:30 p.m.

December Meeting

The board voted to hold the December Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 10 to avoid scheduling conflicts with the High School and Elementary Winter Concerts.

Resignation

The board accepted a letter of resignation from high school secretary Renee McBee with regret.

Approve Audit

The board reviewed the annual audit of the district. The audit was conducted by Wade Stables, PC. The audit found no significant deficiencies and Scotland County complied in all material respects on each of its federal programs.

The results of the audit will be published in the Memphis Democrat. The board voted 4-0 to approve this audit.

Executive Session

Christy Aylward, Sam Berkowitz, Trinity Davis & George Koontz were present.

The board voted 4-0 to approve the minutes of the October 15 meeting.

The board voted 4-0 to offer Michelle Boyer employment as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher.

The board voted 4-0 to offer Jessica Myers employment as a High School Secretary.

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