The following is meeting minutes from the Community R-VI School District Board of Education.
Andrew Fairchild, board president, called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. in the district library.
A quorum was declared present. The Board voted to accept the agenda as presented. The Board approved the February 20, 2013 public and regular session meeting minutes.
The Board approved the transfer from the general fund to the teachers’ fund. The Board approved the March nurse’s report. The Board approved the addition of Jo Windmann to the substitute teacher list.
The Board approved an early release of 12:30 p.m. on March 29, 2013, which is Good Friday. The Board reviewed the health services and technology program evaluations. The Board voted to approve the payment of the March 2013 bills. Mr. Fairchild read a thank you note from Cheryl Snyder, former bus driver and transportation director, for the plant that was sent when her mother died.
Melanie Utterback, high school science teacher, presented information regarding the 2013 Monsanto Grant. The grant is in the amount of $25,000. Melanie Utterback, high school science teacher, gave her “Common Language=Student Success” presentation that she presented at the Interface Conference, which was held February 24-26, 2013 at Tan-Tar-A Resort. Also, Mrs. Utterback discussed the upcoming Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) and End-of-Course (EOC) exams, which are given at the secondary level.
Bonnie Wilson, CTA president, presented the CTA proposal for staff welfare. Becky Schafer commended Mrs. Utterback on being allowed to present at the Interface Conference.
President Fairchild read letters of recognition to the following art students for their recognition at the Moberly Area Community College 11th Annual Juried Spring Art Exhibition for Area High Schools: Alex Becker for his Phantom Critic acknowledgement; Lance Gibson for his first place win for “Best Ceramic” titled “Ghost Pot;” Megan Schmeling for her “Best Black and White Drawing” titled “Grandpa’s Truck;” and Kristen Rutherford for her Phantom Critic acknowledgement. Megan Schmeling was also recognized for her first place win in Drawing at the Hannibal-LaGrange University 24th Annual High School Art Competition.
There were no citizen comments. There was no old business.
Cheryl Mack, superintendent, reminded the board of the district’s two year commitment to the middle and high school football cooperative with Van-Far School District, which included the 2013-2014 school year.
The Board voted to allow Project Prom to use a maximum of two buses that will transport students to and from Project Prom, which will be held at the Audrain County 4-H Center in Mexico, Missouri on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The Board voted to allow Michael Boedeker, high school business teacher, to apply for a 50/50 Vocation Enhancement Grant, of which the district would be responsible for $7,000.00, for new ergonomic desks and chairs.
Cheryl Mack, superintendent, presented the transportation and maintenance reports. She reviewed the OPAA! Food Service Management, Inc. report. Mrs. Mack stated there will be no staff health insurance premium increase. The affordable healthcare act has added taxes in addition to the premium. Mrs. Mack discussed proposed changes to SAC, which may include virtual education vouchers.
Natalie Gibson, elementary principal, presented the elementary attendance and discipline reports. Mrs. Gibson gave a Positive Behavior Supports (PBS), check-in/check-out system, math fluency data, and social skills intervention updates. She also gave updates on Professional Learning Communities (PLC), student-led conference, and special education and federal programs. Mrs. Gibson reported on an increase in third through fifth grade writing samples. She discussed improvements in math and reading skills throughout elementary. She reported on the Beauty and the Beast A and B celebration trip to TRYPS Theater in Columbia, Missouri.
Mrs. Gibson announced MAP Awards Night will be held in April. She announced the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is planning day trips for the elementary. Mrs. Gibson announced the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team has received confirmation that they are to present in October at the National PBIS Fall Conference, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois. She thanked Darla Deimeke, art teacher, for the elementary students’ art display and Becky Schafer for recognizing the benefits of using the Buckle Down! series.
Dale Marshall, secondary principal, presented the secondary attendance and at-risk reports. Mr. Marshall discussed PLC and MAP and EOC exam preparation in math and language arts. He announced the master schedule and senior scholarships are available. Also, he announced the PBS School Wide Information System (SWIS) account has been created.
Mr. Marshall announced one student will attend Missouri Boys State and two students will attend Missouri Girls State. He announced one student received a 31 on the ACT exam. Mr. Marshall announced the high school won the Hart Career Center competition between schools for the highest attendance at the open house. As the winner, the district receives one tuition waiver for the 2013-2014 school year.
At 8:03 p.m., the Board voted to move into executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel. The Board voted to approve the February 20, 2013 executive session minutes.
The Board voted to offer a probationary contract to Stacy French for the agriculture education teacher and an extra-duty contract for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) sponsor. The Board voted to offer an extra-duty contract to Nathan Carroz for the assistant baseball coach position. The Board voted to offer a tenured contract to Bonnie Wilson for the early education/kindergarten teacher position beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. The Board voted to offer a tenured teacher contract to Darla Haines. The Board voted to offer a tenured teacher contract to Patti Pazdera. The Board voted to offer a 2013-2014 probationary contract to Darla Deimeke. The Board voted not to offer a tenured teacher contract to Holly Gemes. The Board voted to offer a tenured teacher contract to Kim Hart. The Board voted to offer a tenured teacher contract to Melisha McCoskey. The Board voted to offer 2013-2014 probationary contracts to the following teachers: Stacie Carroz, Jennifer Gilman, Erin Mack, David Smith, Brandon Westlake, Susan Wilson, and Jessica Young. The Board came to consensus that all tenured teachers not aforementioned will be retained.
At 10:25 p.m., the Board voted to return to regular session. At 10:26 p.m., the Board voted to adjourn the meeting.