The Scotland County R-I  Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, June 9, 2016.  President Trinity Davis called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with seven members present.

Financial Update

Year-to-date revenues for the district are $6,452,803.32.  Year-to-date expenses were $5,463,566.16; creating a surplus of $989,237.16 at the end of May, 2016.

“We still have June and July payrolls as well as summer school and career ladder payrolls, and end-of-year expenses,” said Superintendent Ryan Bergeson. “We will also see some revenues in June.  We will monitor our financial situation closely as we finish out the fiscal year.”

Salary Proposal

The Board voted 7-0 to accept the salary committee proposal as follows:

Offer three fully paid insurance policies to district employees and contribute $500/month to Health insurance, as well as pay for employee vision and life insurance.

Increase 2016-2017 Base Salary to $30,000 ($500 increase, a 1.66% raise.)

Give all returning certified employees a step on the salary schedule

Continue district funded Career Ladder (District Cost:  Approximately $100,000)

Those employees not on a salary schedule will receive the comparable percentage raise

Adopt Non-certified Salary Schedules as presented which represent a comparable increase to the base salary (1.66%)

Give all returning noncertified employees a step on the salary schedule.

Para Professionals will continue to be paid on 1,350 yearly hours (174 school days + 6 holidays) and will be expected to attend 6 Professional Development Days as assigned on the 16-17 school calendar and attendance will be at the discretion of the administration.  The professional development hours will be paid based on the number of hours worked and will not count toward 1,350 yearly hours.  Professional Development time logs will be paid in the month following the meetings.

Special Education Director shall receive an annual stipend of $4,000 in addition to the 20-day extended contract.

High School Guidance Counselor shall receive a 30 day extended contract.

$500 Employee Bonus for Perfect Attendance

This includes all required reporting days and times during the school year.

Professional development days approved by administration will not be penalized.

2016-17 Budget

The 2016-17 proposed budget was presented to the board.  The revenues reflect a local tax rate of $3.43, using a projected assessed valuation of $64,127,315, and figuring a Hold Harmless Designation on the State Formula.

Revenues in the budget total $6,303,905.

Expenditures included the salary proposal as described above. Total expenditures were $6,328,210, resulting in a projected deficit of $24,305.

“The purchase of four additional school buses, many building improvements, program expansions, and the rising costs of operation have led to the projected increase in expenditures for the 16-17 budget,” said Bergeson.

The board voted 7-0 to adopt the budget.

Berkowitz left the meeting at 7:56 p.m.

Network Upgrade

The Scotland County R-I School District just finalized a district wide network infrastructure upgrade that will provide better connectivity for telecommunication devices and allow for future expansion for technology district wide.  The network infrastructure included installation of new OM3/3pair fiber throughout the buildings to support 10Gb connections, installation of new CAT6 network cables, and HP MSM 430 Dual Radio Access Points in every classroom.

The total project cost for the network upgrade was $56,261.35 and E-rate provided an 80% reimbursement of the overall project which totaled $45,009.08 in discounts.

Technology  Proposal

The board voted 6-0 approve the QNS proposal as recommended by Mr. Bergeson for upgrades to the district technology.

Technology upgrades include: Dell PowerEdge Server, Windows Server 2012 R2 Data Center, Dell OptiPlex Desktop Computers, Dell Latitude Laptops 18, Dell Flat Widescreen Monitors, and HP 8­Port Gigabit Switches for a total cost of $24,678.94.

The board voted 6-0 to approve the laptop cart proposal from CDI for $19,104. This includes two laptops carts for the high school.

Bond Issue

The board voted 6-0 to set the following meeting dates to discuss the Bond issue for Proposition 1.

June 13, 2016 at 5:30 at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital

June 21, 2016 at 5:30 at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital

June 27, 2016 at 5:30 at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital

Bus Lease

The board voted 6-0 to adopt a resolution by the Board of Education with Bank of Kirksville to purchase four school buses on a three year lease agreement and authorized the Superintendent to execute the Lease/Purchase Agreement on behalf of the Scotland County R-I School District.

Over-Expenditure Resolution – It is required, by law, that the Board pass a resolution stating the budget for expenditures for a fiscal year be amended to match actual expenditures in each overspent line for the year. The board voted 6-0 to adopt this resolution.

Tuition Rates

The Board voted 6-0 to establish the tuition rates for fiscal year 2016-17.  The rate for K-12 tuition was set at $8,500.00.

MOREnet Bandwidth

The board voted 6-0 to accept the proposal from MOREnet to allow the district to increase the bandwidth to 50Mb on a three year agreement.


The board voted 6-0 to accept Rachel Harvey’s resignation.

Grocery Bids

The board voted 6-0 to accept the firm milk bid from Prairie Farms, the bread bid from Bimbo Foods, and the grocery bid from Kohl Wholesale for the 16-17 school year.

2016-17 School Lunch Price Increase – The board voted 6-0 to increase the school lunch prices to meet the requirements of the National School Lunch Program and USDA.  Lunch prices will increase .05 cents for the 16-17 school year and will reflect the following:

five cent increases in K-6 lunch prices to $1.80; 7-12 lunch prices to $1.90; and adult lunches to $2.30. Breakfast prices will remain unchanged at $1.40 for K-12, with milk prices remaining at $0.35.

New Employee Picnic and Staff Breakfast – The board voted 6-0 to set the welcome back employee breakfast for August 12, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. and the new employee picnic for August 15 at 6:30 p.m.

July Board Meeting

The board of education will meet in July at the regularly scheduled time on Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Art Room.

Executive Session

In closed session the following items were approved:

Hire Rachel Burke for the ECSE Teacher Position; Allison Amidei for the Elementary Special Ed teaching position, 6-0;  Amber Cochenour for the High School Special Ed teaching position; Lynnette Dyer ½ time Title I Mathematics Teaching Position; Kirk Stott, Assistant Varsity Football Coaching; Chanel Oliver to be a part-time Band Director through marching season; Don Miller for JH Assistant Softball.

The meeting adjourned at 9:39 p.m.