The Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, October 13, 2014. President George Koontz called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with six members present. Randy Tobler was absent.
Superintendent Ryan Bergeson presented a financial update for the district. He informed the board that a summary of the House Appropriations Bills for the 2015 fiscal year were made available upon the completion of the special veto session held last month.
“Elementary and Secondary Education as well as Transportation funding appear to be unharmed at this point,” he stated. “We will continue to monitor state revenue as we near another legislative session.”
Year-to-date revenues total $740,307 which is an increase of approximately $72,935 from last year. This revenue is mostly from the state. Expenditures are $1,174,077 which is up $227,452 from last year. This leaves a deficit YTD of $433,769.
“Last year at this time, we were at a deficit of $279,253,” he informed the board. “This deficit trend will continue until we begin to receive our local tax revenue in January. We will closely monitor the situation.”
George Koontz, Trinity Davis, and Bergeson attended the annual MSBA Conference. Topics this year included various subjects centered on public education which included MSIP 5, Common Core Standards, and College and Career Readiness.
One school district presented a breakout session on character and morale building strategies.
“The session provided some great insight and also made us feel proud of the efforts of our staff with our Tiger Stripes’ Program,” stated Bergeson
Each member reported on topics of interest.
Representatives from Proposition K.I.D.S. gave a report on the progress being made on the November ballot initiative to increase the school district’s tax levy for a capital improvement’s project including the construction of an Early Childhood Development Center.
Paul Richards of Wade Stables P.C. presented a draft copy of the 2014 district audit. The district plans to have a final copy for board approval at the November Board Meeting.
“We were pleased to hear that the audit found no significant deficiencies and no audit findings relative to major federal award programs,” Bergeson reported.
The results of the final audit will be published in the Memphis Democrat.
Bergeson reported that bids for materials on the new Building Trades House were submitted and reviewed. Hopkins Lumber received the winning bid.
MSBA Policy Update
Policy DK was revised at the request of Wade Stables P.C.
Elementary School Principal Nathan Pippert reported on attending the MSBA Safety Conference. He shared what other schools are currently doing in regards to school safety and best practices around the state.
Extra-Curricular Procedural Evaluation
Athletic Director Lance Campbell presented the evaluation of the district’s extra-curricular program. The board voted to accept the evaluation and take his recommendations under advisement.
Elementary Instructional Effectiveness Evaluation
Pippert presented the evaluation for instructional effectiveness for the elementary. The board voted to accept the evaluation and take his recommendations under advisement.
Secondary Instructional Effectiveness Evaluation
High School Principal Kirk Stott presented the evaluation for instructional effectiveness for the junior-senior high. The board voted to accept the evaluation and take her recommendations under advisement.
The board voted to grant permission to advertise for winter snow removal. 5-0. Sam Berkowitz was absent during the vote.
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This item was tabled and will be revisited in the future.
The board discussed upgrading the district van.
“Our current van has served the district well, but it has endured much wear and tear through the years and has accumulated high mileage over high time,” stated Bergeson.
No action required.
Student Resource Officer
The board reviewed and discussed Senate Bill 656 and the position of our insurance provider, MUSIC. MUSIC has received several inquiries from school districts as to MUSIC’s coverage position and response to the newly formed position of School Protection Officer (SPO) or School Resource Officer (SRO). There are several liabilities and steps for districts to undertake in order to put someone in this position. Currently, the district has a close relationship with local law enforcement and appreciates their willingness to be visible and available to the district at all times.
The board approved an overnight request for the Memphis FFA to attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY from October 29 – October 31.
The November meeting will be held Thursday, November 13th at 6:30 p.m.
The board voted 5-0-1 to approve the minutes of the September 16th meeting.
The board voted 6-0 to approve Angie Ward as Varsity Basketball Cheerleading coach.
The board voted 6-0 to approve Cory Shultz as Assistant Varsity Baseball coach.