Front row, from left: Van-Far Board Treasurer Larry Wheeler and Board President Christy Nelson. Back row: Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter, Lt. Jeff Scrogin, Audrain County Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs, Eastern Commissioner Roger Young, and Audrain County Sheriff Stuart Miller.
Just one night after the Community R-VI School District approved a measure to hire a School Resource Officer, the Van-Far R-I School District finalized things with the board’s approval of a memorandum between the two districts.
Attending both meetings were Audrain County Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs, Commissioner Roger Young, Audrain County Sheriff Stuart Miller, and officer Jeff Scrogin, the new SRO.
The districts are splitting the total of $44,403.12 to cover the salary and benefits. Districts will be billed quarterly.
The SRO will be scheduled for a 40 hour work weeks.
The five-page memorandum details the duties of the SRO.
“We really think it offers us something that’s feasible financially, something that we can sustain, and something that makes our kids saf-er,” Dr. Hunter added. “It puts an officer with kids at both buildings and gives us a level of security and presence that we haven’t had. I think it will be a beneficial thing.”
A COPS grant will be sought in the future.
Sheriff Miller said Lt. Scrogin has been with the county for 10 years.
“He’ll do a great job,” Sheriff Miller said about Lt. Scrogin. “I’m proud to be able to have someone of this quality to be (in this) program for your school and R-VI.”
Before the official meeting began, the board members voted to reorganize the district.
The results include Christy Nelson being voted president, Jim Hopke named vice-president, Kimber Nation named secretary, Larry Wheeler was voted to be treasurer, Pete Nasir was named the MSBA Delegate with Kevin Motley being the alternate. Nation did cast the lone “No” vote for herself during the nomination for secretary process.
Nation, Hopke, and Wheeler were all sworn into their positions.
In Executive Session, the board vote to hire the remaining classified employees list, Charlie Stroker, Crystal Sparks, Bobbi Craven, Missy Gooch, Stephanie Fischer for the Vocational Agriculture position pending her earning her degree, Shannon Moore as AEL Director, Vickie Gully as AEL Lead Instructor, Crystal Sparks as AEL Bookkeeper, Debbie Wood as AEL Payroll Clerk, Mindy Nasir and Gooch for academic extra-duty schedule, the extra duty list, and hired both Dan Bybee and Floyd Stuart for grounds maintenance.
The $84,222 in Extra Duty Salaries were approved. No major coaching changes are on tap. Stephanie Fischer is slated to be the FFA Sponsor.
One student council advisor for the high school, School Plays, and four other coaching positions remain open.
High School Students Katelyn Allen, Brooke James, Bryan Mink, Sarah Motley ,and Brandon Otis were recognized for attending the Missouri Congress of A+ Tutors. This event was sponsored by the Henny Center in St. Louis. The Henny Center is promoting careers in education. The A+ program requires students tutoring and has the promise of leading young men and women in the field of education.
Brian Mink was recognized for being named Quiz Bowl All-District.
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