Superintendent's Corner 

    A look at what happened at the regular meeting of the board of education… 

    Tuesday, November 21, 2019

        The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Josh Kingston.

        The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance

        Consent Agenda

        The consent agenda was approved which included the Treasurer's Report and October Minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $302,446.15. The December board meeting was set for Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM in the Adell Library Media Center. No public comment was given.

        Superintendent's Report

        Dr. Josh Phillips highlighted the following:

        -A Financial Report

        -Through funds provided by an anonymous local benefactor and the Elks Club, the District purchased Thanksgiving dinner for 14 Macks Creek families. 

        -The Board of Education will host an annual Christmas dinner for district faculty & staff on December 20th. 

        -The PCL is considering the increasing gate fees to $4.00 per adult & $2.00 per students to offset the increasing costs of hiring officials and paying mileage.  Such an increase would not occur until the 20-21 school year and would only happen if a majority of the PCL schools vote to amend the PCL bylaws to make the change. 

        -The district purchased two used portable hoops to replace the basketball hoops removed from the ceiling in the old gym. The purchased hoops were formally utilized at a Community College.  While they are portable and adjustable to accommodate younger students they are robust and safer than other portable systems the district has utilized in the past.  

        -The district recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Central Ozarks Medical Center to increase student access to comprehensive health services through a collaboration and partnership.  Our two entities are optimistic we will be able to bring psychological services back to our campus as were offered last school year.  

        -The online Pirate Store, which was made possible through the district’s new agreement with BSN Sports will be open shortly.The board previewed many of the products that patrons may order at any time. Profits from the sales will help offset the cost of new uniforms for Macks Creek Athletes each year.

        -Dr. Phillips also highlighted financial reports that are now available for public viewing on the district’s website under the District tab.

        New Business

        A.  The Board received the Program Review of our district's Counseling Program from our counselor, Mr. Craig Knutter, who highlighted the following:

        Time with Students

        -Responsive Services and Classroom Curriculum.

        -Total amount of Student Visits: 206*

        -Social-Emotional Support: 54%

        -Academic Support: 23%

        -College/Career Support: 18%

        -Non-School Counseling Related: 5%

        Elementary Curriculum

        -Met with K-6th 4 times this semester 

        -Self-Esteem (K-6th)

        -Bucket-fillers (Kindness) (K-4th)

        -Feelings/Emotion Recognition (K-4th)

        -Growth Mindset (K-4th)

        -Stress Management (5th)

        -Goal Setting (5th-6th)

        -Friendship/Bullying (5th-6th)

        -Leadership (6th)

        MS/HS Curriculum 

        -Grades 7 - 11: Individual Career and Academic Planning (ICAP)

        -Seniors - Finalize post-high school plans and discuss next steps

        Prevention Day

        -15 Presenters covered shared various topics to 184 Macks Creek and Climax Springs MS/HS students 

        -Keynote - Jim Marshall - Cody's Gift


        -The Dangers of Drug Addiction

        -Human Trafficking

        -Suicide Awareness

        -Roadway Safety

        -Domestic Violence

        -Underage Drinking

        -Injury Prevention and Care

        -Self Harm and Coping Skills

        -Positive Decision Making

        -The Dangers of Electronic Nicotine Devices (Vaping)

        Career Day - Build my Future, April 8th at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

        -A collaborative effort between the Ozark Region Workforce Development Board, the City of Springfield’s Department of Workforce Development, the Home Builders Association, the Springfield Contractors Association, the Builders Association, private companies, educational institutions, and labor unions.

        -Build My Future is a career building event that invites schools from across Southern Missouri to participate in a day of hands on exhibits including activities representing architecture, construction, bricklaying, heavy equipment operating, virtual reality simulations, welding and more

        Dual Credit

        -Fall Dual Credit: 14 Students 39 Courses

        -Spring Dual Credit: 12 Students 33 Courses

        -Early College Students (AA Degree): 5 Students

        -Seniors: 3

        -Juniors: 0

        -Sophomores: 2


        -ASVAB: TBD (Has been rescheduled twice)

        -Work Keys: November 8th

        -Fall Algebra I EOC: November 19th & 20th

        -The Spring EOCs, District ACT Test, and MAP tests have not been schedule yet. They will take place during March and April

        Mr. Knutter highlighted additional aspects of the counseling program and answered the board's questions.  The board voted to approve the Counseling Program Review as presented. 

        B. Mr. Lee Dobbs presented the Homeless and the English Learner Program Reviews highlighting the following:

        - An overview of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act which outlines the duties and obligations as mandated by the Federal Government of our district and Mr. Dobbs as our Homeless Liaison.  Each year, our school has approximately 30 students who meet the definition of homelessness under the McKinney-Vento Act.  Students who meet this criteria have a variety of rights under the Act.  Macks Creek School provides annual training to all employees to assist with the identification homeless students so we can provide support and assistance.  

        -An overview of the English Learner Program and the duties of the Coordinator.  

        -The Board voted to approve the Homeless and EL Program Reviews.  

        C. The Principals highlighted the following in their report:


        Elementary – PK - 6

        -Enrollment – 184, up 3

        -October Attendance – 96.81% (Up .40%)

        -90/90 - 96.84%


        -Enrollment – 150 up 5 from same time last year

        -2nd quarter attendance percentage: 93.75% down 3% from this time last year

        -Avg. Daily (1st sem.) – 95.43% same as last year

        -90/90 – 89.33% (Goal is 90%)

        Discipline is Down and Positive Office Referrals are Up

        Veterans Day Activities, Breakfast and Assembly

        Other Updates


        -3 students max per “grade check” have been ineligible

        -Cross Country

        2 Athletes at State

        -Prevention Day Update

        -Basketball Season Starting

        -Archery Update

        -Science Olympiad (JH 2nd place)

        -Music Concerts

        Elem – December 10th

        HS – December 12th

        D. The board participated in training provided by the Missouri Association of Rural Education as required by Missouri Statute


        The board did not meet in closed session and the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM. 

        Mission Statement

        Inspiring Success: Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day!