Superintendent Cheryl Mack announced her plans to retire at the end of the 2021 school year during the Community R-VI Board of Education meeting on Oct. 14. Mack has been with the district for 10 years. Prior to coming to Laddonia, Mack worked in Greenfield for three years and at Mark Twain for 14 years. She’s been a paraprofessional, a teacher and a principal before becoming a superintendent.
“I’m not the kind who’ll just sit around,” Mack said. “But I’m not sure what I’ll do yet. There’s a possibility I could look out of state and work out of state. I’m not sure. I know I’ll miss the kids. They’ve been a pretty big part of my life, they always have been.”
During Mack’s tenure, the district worked to increase the safety and security of students and staff, in addition to dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. The district installed numerous HD cameras, both inside and outside, added a buzz-in entry system, added double-door entries at both the elementary and secondary wings, added a full time SRO, and is currently completing the installation of an emergency notification system with the help of a Department of Justice School Violence Prevention Program Grant.
“These improvements have only been possible through the support of the community with the passage of two bond issues during my time here,” Mack said.
Dr. Paul Ricker of the Missouri Association of Rural Education (MARE), presented information about its superintendent search process and an overview of the available services provided by the association. The board unanimously approved MARE to conduct the superintendent search to replace Mack. (Since the board meeting, a job announcement has already been placed online.)
During the meeting, the school board heard numerous staff reports. Matt Jensen shared information regarding the state of current technology in the district and maintaining the District Technology Plan. Jeff Chitwood presented a review of the completed 2019-2020 Fiscal Audit, which the Board unanimously approved. The board also heard a transportation report, a nurse’s report and a food service report.
Mack shared information concerning the BinaxNOW Antigen Testing Program for K-12 Institutions. Mack said an additional $61.5 million in CARES Act funding will go to K-12 education and will be distributed through DESE on a per-pupil basis, and that USDA has extended the meal program waivers through June 30, 2021.