Superintendent's Corner

    A look at what happened at the regular meeting of the Board of Education…

    Tuesday, June 16, 2020

    Note: This meeting was held in-person at 245 State Road N in the Adell Library Media Center. Board members were seated so as to allow for social-distancing. Any public wishing to attend a board meeting are encouraged to contact the district office in advance (at 573-363-5909 Option 3). Please call ahead to ensure the district has time make plans to provide adequate social distancing for everyone in attendance.

    The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Josh Kingston. Vice President Michael Parrack, Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer, Secretary Stacy Trusty and members Connie Russell, Byron Willis and Cheri Nations were all in attendance.

    The board approved the agenda and certified the County Clerk’s Election and Ballot Results of June 2, 2020.The board was adjourned at 5:34 PM with a motion by Mrs. Russell and a second by Mr. Kingston. The board thanked Connie Russell who served 3 terms and Josh Kingston who served 2 terms for their service to our students and school district.

    Mrs. Sara Stoufer and Mr. Scott Gould each took the oath of office to serve as our district’s newest board members. 

    Superintendent Josh Phillips called the new board to order at 5:37 PM. The board elected Michael Parrack to serve as President, Byron Willis as Vice President, Jim Wehmeyer as Treasurer and Stacy Trusty to serve as Secretary. 

    Consent Agenda

    The consent agenda was approved which included the Treasurer's Report, May Minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of approximately $401,000. The board set next month’s meeting for Thursday, July 23 at 5:30 PM.

    Superintendent's Report

    Dr. Josh Phillips presented a cash flow report and discussed the budget for the remainder of FY20 as well as FY21 in light of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic upon the district's funding. 

    Dr. Phillips provided an update regarding summer cleaning and maintenance. Our staff have removed vinyl tile in high school classrooms as well as the cafeteria and are polishing the concrete floors in each of these spaces. The district is grateful for all their hard work on this project.

    In light of the economic downturn caused by the Corona Virus Pandemic, Dr. Phillips discussed revenue loss projections and cost saving measures should major withholdings occur. The Governor is predicting a $500 - $700 million shortfall in next year’s budget and Macks Creek School is heavily dependent upon state funding. Dr. Phillips next discussed grant funding opportunities the district is pursuing. The district was recently approved for eRate funding to continue to improve our technology infrastructure. The district is also pursuing grant funding for new school buses through the Volkswagen Trust and hopes to win sufficient funds to pay 60% of the cost of two new buses. The district also partnered with the Camden County Sherriff’s Department to pursue funding for our school resource officer (SRO) through the United States Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office.

    Our district is also partnering with the Missouri Association of Rural Education (MARE) to pursue a grant through the Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance to access funds to take on a variety of interventions to assess threats and prevent school violence.  If MARE is successful in their application, our teachers and administrators will participate in training during SY 20-21 to become proficient utilizing the intervention model and violence prevention software.  

    As discussed last month, the district applied for and has received approval to spend $98,807 of funds through the federal government’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). These funds will be utilized to purchase sufficient Chromebooks so every single Macks Creek School student will have their own device. The district will also purchase storage and charging stations as well as protective sleeves/bags. The district is also purchasing various on-line software subscriptions to enhance digital learning for our students in grades PK-12. The district plans to purchase mobile internet solutions to allow students wi-fi access on school buses. Wifi will be available when students are riding the bus and can be placed at strategic locations throughout the district to increase student internet access when school is not in session.

    Summer School began on Monday, June 15.  At present, 14 students are enrolled and attending.  Our district partners with Hickory County Schools for summer school.  Students may still enroll in the summer session which runs through July 15. Parents may meet the Hickory County bus each morning around 7:15 PM in the Macks Creek High School parking lot. Additional information for enrollment may be found in the Live Feed portion on the home page of our website.  

    New Business

    A.The board voted to amend the FY20 Budget to Actual Figures.

    B.The board adopted the FY21 Budget.

    C.The board approved the Federal Programs (Title I, IIA and IV) Review.

    D.The board approved plans for the June 30th Graduation Ceremony. Due to social distancing guidelines, this year’s ceremony will not open to the public. Instead, each graduate’s family has been issued 15 tickets. Anyone attending the ceremony must have a one of these individually numbered tickets. The specific safety measures that will be in place have been shared with each family and the district is grateful it will be able to honor and recognize the Class of 2020 in as traditional a manner as possible while still ensuring the safety of everyone in attendance.

    E.The principals discussed plans to safely reopen school in August during their report. The plan to reopen will be finalized and brought before the board at the regular July meeting.

    The meeting was adjourned at 8:46 PM.

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