Morgan Alexander (center) was honored as the Scotland County R-I Class of 2016 valedictorian. Caleb Doubet and Megan Kice were honored as salutatorians for the class at the May 15th graduation ceremonies held at SCR-I High School.

Morgan Alexander (center) was honored as the Scotland County R-I Class of 2016 valedictorian. Caleb Doubet and Megan Kice were honored as salutatorians for the class at the May 15th graduation ceremonies held at SCR-I High School.

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  President Trinity Davis called the meeting to order with six members present. Sam Berkowitz was absent.

Davis established a bond issue committee of Trinity Davis, Jamie Triplett, and Cole Tippett to head continued efforts for the district to secure funding for capital improvements, including the early childhood development expansion.

The board voted to schedule a special meeting for the bond issue on Monday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Library.

Financial Update

Superintendent Ryan Bergeson indicated revenues are coming in as expected creating a current budget surplus for the district. He noted year-to-date totals for revenues are $6,130,571.88 and year to date expenditures are $4,945,258.98, creating a current positive budget balance of  $1,185,312.90.

“This surplus will continue to decrease as we near the end of the fiscal year,” said Bergeson. “We have received all of our local tax and will receive state and federal dollars in May and June.  Payroll for May, June, July, Summer School, and Career Ladder will level out our current surplus for the 15-16 fiscal year.”

Athletics

Athletic Director Lance Campbell gave an update on the 2015-2016 school sports year.

“The Scotland County R-I Athletic Programs have experienced tremendous team and individual success throughout the 15-16 school year,” said Campbell.

Scotland County wrapped up the Tri-Rivers Conference All Sports Championship for the 15-16 school year in the final year of the Tri Rivers Conference. It marked the second time in three years that SCR-I compiled the top team performances in the TRC sports competitions, including softball, football, basketball, track, baseball and golf.

Preliminary 16-17 Budget

The board reviewed preliminary numbers for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

“The state legislature is still in session and there is a lot of discussion and uncertainty surrounding state funding for public education,” Bergeson stated. “The Board of Education is committed to providing teachers and staff the best possible salary and benefits package while balancing increasing costs for state and federal mandates, instructional materials, supplies, and maintenance.”

The 16-17 budget will be approved at the June board meeting.

June Meeting

The next regular board meeting will be held Thursday, June 9th.

Executive Session

In closed session the following items were approved:

Approved April 14 and May 2, 2016 closed session minutes. 6-0.

Hired Michael Moore as summer custodian, Caleb Doubet and Jacob Hull as Summer Custodians and Bryan Chance and Denny Ward as bus drivers for the 16-17 school year by a 6-0 vote.

Hired Mikel Gragg as Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball for the 16-17 school year and Tia Hamilton as Varsity Football Cheerleading Coach for the 16-17 school year by a 6-0 vote.

Hired Brad Doster as Transportation Director. 5-0. Christy Aylward left the room for the discussion and vote.

Hired Allen Garrett as Bus Driver for the 16-17 school year. 5-1. Gary Miller voted no.

Hired the balance of the slate as presented for non-certified staff – Teresa Creek, Michella Hull, Judy Thomas, Denny Ward, Stephanie Shalley, Janie Parton, Linda Hervey, Kathy Dickerson, Lisa Humes, Hannah Bishop, Mitchell Bales, Penny Holt, Jana Muntz, Danny Norton, Jon Wullbrandt, Alan Adams, Bobbie Anderson, Kim Campbell, Amy Talbert, Schelle Cooley, Serena Stott, Jane Gelbach, Andrea Hunt, Faith Ann Miller, Angie Ward, Debbie Sears, Pat Arnold, Linda Clark, Vickie Mauck,  LaDica Hinds, Jennifer Tinkle, Amanda Mohr, Rob Egenberger, Chris Parsons, Danielle Eddleman, Kristen Moore, Hilary Harris, Lydia Clatt, Shellie Jackson, and Don Ryland.

Hired Jenna Ward as FBLA and Prom Sponsor for the 16-17 school year. 6-0.

The board voted 6-0 to go into open session for the purpose of adjournment at 9:40 p.m.