The Van-Far R-I School District officially reorganized the new board of education before the official board meeting held Tuesday, April 17 at the Van-Far High School Library.
Both returning board member Pete Nasir and new board member Greg Frost were sworn into office by Van-Far Superintendent Chris Felmlee.
In a nominations process, Christy Nelson was elected as president.
After Todd Udelhoven and Charlie Scrogin received nominations for vice-president, Udelhoven won the position by a 4-3 vote.
Nasir was named secretary before Larry Wheeler was named treasurer after Scrogin cast the lone “No” vote.
Both Nelson and Scrogin were nominated for MSBA Delegate when Nelson said it might be best to have someone besides the president in the position. Scrogin received six votes and was named to the position.
Salary Schedules and Raises
Superintendent Felmlee told the board he was not ready to commit to actual figures due to the need for more solid numbers from Jefferson City regarding funding. He did say the district can afford steps for teachers.
According to board minutes, Superintendent Felmlee estimated a 1.5 percent increase for non-certified staff. He also suggested the board have a special meeting on May 7 or May 8 to determine raises. Nasir and Scrogin said they would get back to the central office on which date works for them.
He also said the total for the 2011-2012 extra duty salaries was $81,425 and is $77,605 for 2012-2013.
While no increase was added for any position, there were some notable changes.
Sarah Asbury has been hired as the new girls basketball coach, replacing Blake Logan, who cutting back from three to two sports.
FBLA is a new organization added to the list while one assistant football coaching position and two applied behavior positions have been removed.
The SOE/Flex director’s position has been restructured into two positions, Flex Director and SOE Director-Assistant.
Superintendent Felmlee recommended not increasing salaries and changing dates for summer school which are now May 29-June 22.
The reason for the change is due to summer construction plans that include a new roof for the elementary building. During the last week of summer school, roofing supplies will be delivered to the site.
In Executive Session, the board voted to hire Joe Basinger as the business teacher for the 2012-2013 school year. They also hired the roster for non-athletic extra duty staff, athletic extra duty staff, and non-certified staff.
Fourth grade teachers Alisha Hays and Cheryl Schneider presented their self-evaluation. They reportedly explained how they use data they collect to create smart goals. They said the process forces the use of steps to complete the goals. An example of mastering the multiplication facts through 12 was used to demonstrate how data is collected, goals are set, and then goals are achieved. Fifth and sixth grade teachers Kim Kirby, Amy Rost, Mike Ray, and Pam Oetting presented their self-evaluation to the board. Each teacher provided examples of how they use data collection and goal-setting to achieve the necessary outcomes.
Superintendent Felmlee reported an enrollment of 592 for March and an average daily attendance of 549.36.
He reported that all district busses passed inspection and thanked all staff involved with the inspection and thanked them for their daily dedication to keeping students safe.
Superintendent Felmlee noted that board members would be attending the Spring Regional Meeting on April 18.
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