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Upgrades continue during construction at Van-Far Elementary

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 12:19 pm

New teachers Madge Flake, Ken Hofer, and Tonya St. John were recognized.

New teachers Madge Flake, Ken Hofer, and Tonya St. John were recognized.

Van-Far Superintendnet Dr. Stephen Hunter reported that construction at the elementary is progressing and the timeline is on target.
According to meeting minutes, the Interior and exterior walls are almost complete. Placement of the bricks will start soon and the roofing materials are on site. The door core installation at the high school is in progress through Ryan Morris.
Supterintendent Dr. Hunter will meet with the architect tomorrow for another scheduled walk-through. In November, a timeline will be discussed for for the Spring bid process.
He also reported there has been some concern raised with the weight room and staph. He said the custodial crew is being proactive with disinfecting and are wiping everything down daily.
Kathy Allen, School Nurse, spoke and presented information to educate those present on the different kinds of staph.  She had spoken to Public Health and there have been no reports of MRSA in Audrain County in the past three months.  She said we are double-dosing with the preventative plan we are using for disinfecting.
Student Recognition
Van-Far Jr./Sr. HIgh School Principal Cindy Pirch introduced Abbey Robinson and Layton McMillan. They spoke about their experiences attending Girl’s State and Boy’s State at Warrensburg this summer.
New Teacher
Principal Pirch introduced new teachers:  Madge Flake – Family & Consumer Sciences, Tonya St. John – Vocational Agriculture and Ken Hofer – Credit Recovery, Personal Finance, PLATO, American History and Physical Science.
Joe Basinger reported that the last two VFTA meetings were cancelled due to Homecoming and Softball activities.  During the 10/30 PD Day, the Welfare Committee will present to VFTA.
Administrative Reports
Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter reported that total enrollment is 623 students, with 256 in the Jr./Sr. high school and 367 in the elementary.
He reported that our softball team has advanced to the Final 8.  They will play Saturday at 2 p.m. at home. This will be a MSHSAA event and we are making preparations.  One specification is a home run fence and we have secured a portable fence that will be installed after the football game Friday. Per MSHSAA, the host school earns 20% of any profits as submitted to MSHSAA.
In addition to their written reports the principals presented the following information.
Principal Brian Hummel reported:
• There was 94% participation for Parent Teacher Conferences in person or by phone.
• Precision Eye Care performed eye exams on October 7 and 14th.  Mr. Hummel expressed appreciation for the time and service they donate each year.
• The 3rd grade collected “Change for Trenton”, a fundraiser for a former student who is battling leukemia.  They collected over $1,600 to purchase a bike for Trenton and donate to leukemia research.
• During the month of October, socks will be collected for “Socktober” to raise awareness of those in need.  The goal is 300 pairs to be donated locally and to a homeless shelter in St. Louis.
• 10/23 FFA will hold a Food for America event.  Each grade level will rotate through stations where they will learn about agriculture.
• 10/26-10/29 PTO Scholastic Book Fair.  On 10/29 a reading night will be held from 6:00 – 7:30 pm with a variety of activities for students and families.
• 10/30 Professional Development Day to work on priority standards in math.
Principal Pirch reported:
• The band has been very busy with several events.  They performed at the Clarksville Applefest, held a Pizza Hut fundraiser, attended Hannibal Band Day and will have a Marching Band Concert on 10/20 at 7 p.m.
• 10/26 Fall Sports Awards.
• 10/30 Professional Development Day to work on Assessment Capable Learners and Learning Objectives.
• 11/11 Veteran’s Day – National Honor Society will host a breakfast.  The event will include a parade of our veterans and a performance by the MMA drill team.
• Mrs. Pirch expressed appreciation for the fan support and the excitement for our high school softball team.  She also stressed how supportive parents and members of the community are for students and school.
Mrs. Deimeke reported that October is Disability Awareness Month.  Bulletin boards have been made in both buildings to raise awareness.
School Bus Safety Week
Next week is School Bus Safety Week. Superintendnet Dr. Hunter expressed appreciation to Mr. Charlie Stroker and our drivers for everything they do on a daily basis to keep our students safe.  A future poster contest for the elementary school was discussed.
MSBA Fall Regional Meeting
The annual Region 17 meeting will be October 21, in Montgomery City at 6 p.m., with registration at 5:45 p.m.
First Reading of MSBA Policy Updates 2015C
These updates deal in part with board elections, board member qualifications and training.  They are a result of senate and house bills and requirements.
CMCA Head Start Memorandum of Agreement for 2015-16
Mrs. Melissa Deimeke reported that this agreement coincides as a possible enhancement of our Parents as Teachers program and there is no cost involved.
Approve District Assessment Plan for 2015-16
Mrs. Gibson and Mrs. Reading presented information on the Local Assessment Plan and MAP District Assessment Report.  They shared the strengths and concerns of the district.  Testing changes were discussed and the programs in place to help our students.
The District Assessment Plan for 2015-16 was approved.
Final Reading of MSBA Policy Updates 2015B
Board member Pete Nasir expressed concern with Policy CBG – Evaluation of the Superintendent.
The policy was tabled until the November meeting. Teh MSBA Policy Update 2015B was then adopted with exception to CBG.
Budget Amendment
This amendment reflects the effect of the state fine money the disttrict previously received. It was accepted.
Varsity Football Cooperative with Community R-6 for 2016-17 and 2017-18
Supterintendent Dr. Hunter stated this Cooperative is a benefit to our students and community.  It improves the relationship between our schools and provides more opportunities for students. The Varsity agreement is for a two year term.
The measure was approved for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 term.
Board member Kevin Motley read a letter of resignation from Lisa Lovell. It was accepted.
Reports of members
Board member Larry Wheeler reported he had met the new Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner for the State Board of Education at the recent MSBA School Board Conference.
Baord Presdient Christy Nelson asked for support of the Project Prom Basket Lucky.
Per Kelli Hopkins, MBSA Associate Executive Director, closed/executive session minutes should be approved in closed session and were.