The Van-Far R-I School Board voted to purchase a $4 million dollar umbrella MUSIC insurance coverage in their recent board meeting held Thursday, January 16 at Van-Far High School.
Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter recommended the raising of the coverage, which will now increase $1,127 in premium.
The district previously purchased a $2 million umbrella policy. MUSIC recommends having at least a $2 million umbrella on top of the $2.7 million the policy allows for.
The board approved a measure to surplus a property list for sale.
The items include 40 desktop CPU’s at $40 each (includes CD ROM with tower), 30 student desks (21”, 22”, and 29” height), five 24.5” long tables, 12 2×2 drop-in light fixtures that uses 3” bulbs, and two youth 8’ rim drops for basketball goals.
Dr. Hunter presented new state approved grade level testing requirements showing changes from an October proposal to the recently accepted revised proposal.
The major change came in a decrease in hours of testing and number of tests for grades 3-8.
All high school juniors will be required to take the ACT test and an end-of-course text for personal finance now. All changes go into effect next year if funds are approved by the state legislature.
Paint It Pink 2014
A presentation was made by Van-Far FBLA Advisor Joe Basinger and senior Ciara Craven regarding the 2014 Paint It Pink event.
A T-shirt has been designed by Craven and will be for sale costing $8.
This year’s event is scheduled for February 4, the same night that Van-Far takes on rival Bowling Green.
It will include a Survivor Walk, Half Court Shootout, Pink Swag Contest, Stand Up To Cancer (like MLB) tribute), and a Teacher Jean Day. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.
Elementary Students of the Month
Van-Far Elementary Principal Amber Crane introduced several students recognized for following the big three in the PBS program.
Those recognized were Nora Bybee, Makayla McCurdy, Ava Young, Kaelyn Hutcheson, Katherine Guo, and Tylee DeTienne.
Those not present were Braelyn Dyke, Kasen Christian, Bryleigh Teague, and Kellen Cockrell.
Principal Crane also talked about the kindness of the Masonic Lodge for their donation of bikes.
She added that Miss Missouri had visited elementary classrooms on January 9.
Basinger said the VFTA will host the annual Carnival on April 11, 2014.
District enrollment is 611, with 369 in the elementary and 242 in the Jr./Sr. High School.
Board candidate filings include those from Larry Wheeler, Kimber Nation, and Jim Hopke.
Dr. Hunter read a proclamation from Gov. Jay Nixon and presented each to the board with it and an MSBA certificate in observance of School Board Recognition Week Jan. 26-Feb. 1.
Hopke read a thank you note from the Deppe family. He also thanked the administration for early calls on school dismissal days.
Melissa Deimeke talked about a field test for Dynamic Learning MAPS. A Field Test 1 is set for Feb. 10-21, No. 2 is March 17-April 11, and No. 3 is May 1 through the end of school.
Principal Cindy Pirch talked about The Vandalia Leader’s coverage of Miss Missouri visiting the school as part of a three-day Character+ Week. She was thankful for the work put into the week.
In Executive Session, the board accepted the resignation of Susa Thompson.