The Community R-VI School Board joined area school boards and several throughout the state by adopting a resolution in support of Missouri’s Commissioner of Education Dr. Margie Vandeven. They unanimously approved a resolution during their monthly meeting last Wednesday.
Community R-VI Superintendent Cheryl Mack gave the board a presentation on the situation.
She noted that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been replacing longstanding board members with folks who are pro-charter school supporters.
The board of education for the state is typically made up of four Democrats and four Republicans.
With reports that Gov. Greitens is trying to remove the state commissioner, concerns for public schools relate to a possible focus of funding to charter schools.
“If charter schools increase, the money is not going to increase,” Superintendent Mack said. “So what that means is it pulls money away from public schools, that down the road, could (lead to) consolidation.”
Superintendent Mack also said charter school teachers don’t have to join the PSRS. This could also affect teachers who have retired.
She noted that there could be a lot of unintended consequences.
School boards across the state are passing resolutions to be discussed at a state board of education meeting set for Tuesday, November 21.
Superintendent Mack said she felt what the governor is doing is unethical because “he is politicizing an organization that should not be politicized.”
The board approved to continue the Cyber Coverage and Liability Um-brella at $15,000,000.
Policy and regulation updates were also approved. Those include P2760, R2760, and R2260.
Superintendent Mack gave an update regarding transportation, OPAA!, 2017 APR, and dyslexia task force findings.
Principal Angel noted an attendance rate or 96.57%. She also talked about Title I Parent Activity Night and the Elementary Christmas Program being scheduled for Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Secondary Principal Bob Curtis’ report noted an attendance rate at 96%. Both principals received a thank you card from Jessi Cobb, at Wellsville-Middletown R-I, for the time spent on a Technology Day at R-VI.
Those attending the meeting included board members Terry Davenport, Greg Fort, Scott Sims, Bonnie Wilson, Community R-VI Elementary Principal Tammy Angel, Superintendent Mack, Joyce Gastler and guests Missy Carter, Mackenzie Chism, and Ben Marshall (“The Vandalia Leader”).
The agenda was approved.
The list of consent items were also approved. They include:
A. Meeting Minutes – Regular Session October 18, 2017
B. Transfer to Teacher’s Fund from General Fund
C. Nurse’s Report
D. Approve Substitute Teacher List
E. Set Dates for Board Candidates Filing – Set to begin Tuesday, December 12, 2017 and end at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Seats up for election are those of Scott Sims and Amy Brooks.
F. Change Special Meeting Date to Review Audit – Set for Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
G. Change December Board Meeting Date – No Change
The November 2017 bills were approved.
There were no presentations made during the meeting or citizen comments.
The board eventually went into Executive Session.
(After our press deadline, the Missouri Board of Education voted 4-4 in a measure to remove Commissioner Dr. Margie Vandeven. The split vote keeps Vandeven as the head of the agency.
“I look forward to the focus returning to educating our children,” she said in a DESE press release.