Superintendent's Corner

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

March 25, 2024

The Regular March meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Sara Stoufer. Vice President Scott Gould, Secretary Stacy Trusty, Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer and members Ray Husong, Liz Stoner and Byron Willis were in attendance.

The board approved the agenda and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. There was no public comment. The board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, February minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $358,816.13. The April Regular Board meeting is set for Monday April 22nd at 5:30 PM in the District Office at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

During the Superintendent's Report, Dr. Phillips shared the following:

  • Annual School Bus Inspection - Tuesday April 9th

  • Purchased a Gator from State Surplus

  • Vo-Ag students unloaded and transported Park equipment to to the Macks Creek City Park

  • Upcoming Easter Egg Hunt - Help Needed!

  • Maintenance and Grounds Update

  • Get the Lead Out Initiative - the district completed all testing a few weeks ago and is waiting for results to determine next steps. As many other districts have notified patrons if the results are greater than 5 parts per billion at a water source, so to will our district. Our full plan is availalbe for review by clicking here.

  • District completed a grant and was awarded nearly $7,000 to offset the cost of an SUV used to transport homeless children and youth to and from extra-curricular events and to receive necessary services such as medical or dental.

During Old Business the board reviewed the district's Continous School Improvement Plan. The board also reveiwed policies and regulations relative to student transportation services and student bus conduct (P5620, R5620 and P2652). All Macks Creek R-V School District policies and regulations are available on our website and may be viewed at any time. Click here for a shortcut.

During New Business the board approved the salary schedule for the 2024-2025 school year. The district participates in the state's minimum salary grant, a voluntary program in which the state provides the difference between the district's base salary and $38,000. This year the district is budgeted to receive $70,650.00 through this program. In year's past whenever the district made adjustments to the salary schedule it was done by adding to base and increasing the amount paid for each year of service and/or for hours completed toward a graduate degree such as Masters or Specialist. Because of the way the state funds the minimum salary grant, it costs the district money to increase the base salary. It is for this reason the district has created various state and local columns within the salary schedule to illustrate the source of funding. Additionally, the state's foundation formula and the transportation formula have both been fully funded the past two years. For this reason, the district has been able to add more to the local columns of the salary schedule and increase all teachers salariers. If for some reason the state does not fully fund the formula or reduces funding for transporation these parts of the salary schedule may not be able to be maintained beyon the 24-25 school year. One last note on the revised salary schedule, our district has worked to stay competive with other similarly sized school districts. This schedule includes incentives for our veteran educators to remain in the district and to obtain graduate level degrees. Please click here to view the full boad-approved 24-25 salary schedule.

Next the board heard the principals' report given by Dr. Jori Phillips and Mr. Jason Trusty.

Below are slides from the principals' report.

Wrestling

Girls' Are District Champs

KJEL ALL-Stars

Knowledge Bowl Winners

Career Fai

LCTC Demo Night

Trinity at Southwest Interview

NHS Induction Ceremony

NHS 2024 Members

FBLA

Archers

Archers

AG lessons  taught by high school students

Art Awards

Senior Trip Itenerary

Senior Trip

Attendance

Discipline

Reading Data

Calendar

Calendar

The meeting was adjourned at 7:06 PM.

The board voted to accept the resignations of Mr. Kris Paschel and Mr. Ron Duggan. Mr. Paschel has served the district for the past three years as our high school math teacher and coach. Mr. Paschel is passionate about wrestling and was instrumental in starting a wrestling program here at Macks Creek School taking two athletes to state including one top 4 finish in our inaugural year. We are also grateful to Mr. Paschel for his service to our country as he continues to be active in the National Guard. We will miss you Mr. Paschel and wish you the best in your future endeavours.

Coach Duggan has served the district as our boys and girls head basketball coach for the past 5 years beginning with the boys' program in the 18-19. He also began coaching the girls in 19-20. He passed the boy's torch to Coach Treat two years ago and has since focused upon the girls' team. While the boys's team grew under his leadership, he is most proud of the progress of the girls. During the 21-22 season, the gals just missed a district title and finished with 23-3 record. Last year the ladies not only earned a district championship tite, they advance all the way to the quarter-final round in the post season. The gals finished the season with a 24-6 record. Coach determined the vision for the season was "Unfinished Business" as the team was on a quest to capture a district championship, a feat that was last mastered in 2008. This year the Lady Pirates resumed the theme of unfinished business with the business focus upon getting to the final four. This past season Coach directed the Lady Pirates to earn a back-to-back district championship title finishing with a 24-4 record. In addition to being a great coach, Mr. Duggan has supported our students both on and off the court in a variety of ways. We will miss you Coach Duggan! Thank you for your service to our students and school community!

The board hired Fisher Snelling to serve as our Middle School Social Studies Teacher next year. The board hired Katelyn Brisbin to serve as 3rd grade teacher next year. We look foward to sharing more about Mr. Snelling and Miss Brisbin shortly. Welcome to our district Katelyn and Fisher!

The board voted to rehire all of our teachers for the 2024-2025 school year.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:36 PM.

Superintendent's Corner

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

Monday, February 12, 2024

The Regular February meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Sara Stoufer. Vice President Scott Gould, Secretary Stacy Trusty, Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer and members Ray Husong, Liz Stoner and Byron Willis were in attendance.

The board approved the agenda and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. There was no public comment and the board welcomed Business teacher, Ms. Kristy Eidson. The board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, January minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $284,957.46. The March Regular Board meeting is set for Thursday the 25th at 5:30 PM in the District Office at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

During the Superintendent's Report, Dr. Phillips shared the following:

-Discussed the ramifications of open enrollment legislation being considered this session upon all public schools especially, small rural schools like Macks Creek.

-Discussed projected costs of construction projects the board may wish to consider in the future. Projects included a competition gymnasium with locker rooms that could double as tornado shelters, completion of Phase II of the district's 25-year facilities plan (creating an indoor commons area in between the high school and elementary school) as well as remodeling/adding on to the kitchen/cafeteria while replacing current bleachers with more modern seating to accomodate more fans. Depending upon the project, costs varied from $2,000,000 to $7,000,000. The board also discussed remodeling the old gym to better faciliate basketball, wrestling and cheerleading practices.

-Discussed the financial impact of a cooperative for summer-school between Macks Creek and Camdenton. Unfortunately, because of the nature of school funding, such an agreement would have a significant negative impact upon district finances. The board believes the current arrangement we have with Hickory County R-1, which has no negative financial impact upon the district, to provide summer school for our students is working well.

Below are slides relative to remainder of the board's business:

Old Business

New Business

Survey results

Parent Comments

More survey results

Teacher Comments

The board voted to adopt Calendar Option B. To review this option please click here.

New Business

LifeSmarts Competition

The board approved the FBLA LifeSmarts Trip.

New Business

Board Approved Medical Plans

Ancillary Benefits

For the 2024-2025 School Year, the board approved the medical, vision, dental rates as presented. The board voted to maintain the board-paid medical insurance cap at $500 per month per employee. The board will also continue to fund a $50,000 life insurance/ADD policy and long-term disability for every employee.

Principals' Report Slide

Principals' Report Slide

HS/MS Incentive Trip: Ice Staking at Old Kinderhook

Principals' Report Slide

The Lady Pirates took 3rd Place at the Osceola Tournament.

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The board entered into closed session at 7:16 PM.

The board voted to extend the contracts of both our principals through June 30, 2026. The Board is grateful to our Elementary Principal, Dr. Jori Phillips and MS/HS Principal, Mr. Jason Trusty for their hard work, enthusiasm, expertise and service to our students! Dr. Phillips has served as principal for eleven years. Mr. Trusty has served as principal for three years.

The board voted to hire Miss Hanna Norman to serve as our Vocational-Agriculture Teacher for the 2024-2025 school year. Miss Norman will graduate the University of Missouri with a degree in Agriculture Education this spring. While earning her degree she has stayed busy with several agricultural internships and jobs within the field of agriculture including a machine operator, electrical assistant and farm hand. She is currently student-teaching at the Waynsesville Career Center, teaching courses in agriculture construction, greenhouse/floral design, Vet Science, Conservation and Agriculture Science 1. She is proficient in SMAW (Arc) Welding and GMAW (MIG) Welding. As a High School student she earned her American FFA degree and Missouri State FFA degree. Hanna shared her throrough background in the field of agriculture and education will serve her well as an educator. Miss Norman is excited to begin teaching this fall! Macks Creek School looks foward to sharing more about Miss Norman in the months ahead - welcome to the Macks Creek School family Miss Norman!

The board adjourned at 7:58 PM.

Superintendent's Corner

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

Thursday, January 18, 2024

The Regular January meeting was called to order at 5:00 PM by President Sara Stoufer. Vice President Scott Gould, Secretary Stacy Trusty, Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer and members Ray Husong, Liz Stoner and Byron Willis were in attendance.

The board approved the agenda and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. There was no public comment and the board welcomed Nurse Rachel Stubblefield, Adam Gorey and Marvin Jones. The board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, December minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $358,816.13. The February Regular Board meeting is set for Thursday the 18th at 5:30 PM in the District Office at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

During the Superintendent's Report, Dr. Phillips shared the following:

  • When Temps are Well Below Zero…

  • Audit Documents

  • Calendar for SY 24-25 - Working on hybrid versions

  • Employee Benefit News

    • No Premium Increase!

    • $500 across all plans decrease in deductible 

    • No co-pay for children’s visit to their PCP

  •  “Survey Says…!” We will put out surveys similar to those administered last year to gauge effectiveness of practices and inform decision making.

  • “10:4 Good Buddy” - We are enjoying wireless radio upgrades including a 10 new walkie-talkies and a brand new repeater. These communication tools are used to speak with our buses and here on campus. Through the use of a local repeater the handheld radios can also communicate directly with our buses.

  • CSIP Committee “Reunion”  

  • Safety Committee Reboot

    • Weigh in on door bids and security camera upgrades

    • Revisit various emergency plans

    • Inform practices  

  • Election News

    • Candidates Byron Willis, Jim Wehmeyer, Marvin Jones and Cody Stoner are running for two 3-year seats.

    • CTA may host a candidate Q & A forum 

  • Recent Bus Repairs - New company fixed issues that have plagued us for years! These issues stemmed from difficulties that could only be serviced at the International Dealership in Nixa and not normal service performed here in Macks Creek.

  • Super Cat Fest 4 Kids funds distribution:

    • $1,445.30 (will make lunch free for 27 students)

    • $6,900 (69 students who are full pay will have $100)

    • $1,654 applied at EOY or as needed

  • Bank Reconciliation is going well - we are a 100% match

  • Annual CDL Drivers Background Queries are complete and everyone is clear to continue driving. 

  • Civil Rights Data Collection of all demographic and discipline data we collected from SY2021-22 is complete, submitted and certified. 

  • Quarterly Revenue, Expense and Disbursement Reports are posted and up-to-date for the public to review. To view these reports please click here.

  • Federal Auditing Publication Process is Complete and local publication of audit summary is in Buffalo Reflex

  • Macks Creek Lead In Drinking Water Sampling and Testing Plan is Posted for Public Review. To view our plan please click here.

  • Lead testing will be completed within the next month.

  • Playground Equipment for Community Park is here!

  • Iberia Basketball Game Considerations - We invited them to arrive and start playing at 4:30.

  • State Supervisor Report on CSIP - Well done!

Old Business

The board routinely revisits our district's continuous improvement plan discussing progress toward goals. To view the full plan please click here. The board reviewed in-house assessments comparing beginning-of-the-year (BOY) data to middle-of-the-year (MOY). The board also routinely reviews policies to maintain familiarity. This month the board reviewed Policy 0310, 0320, and 0321. To view these policies or any others please visit our searchable policy database by clicking here.

New Business

  1. Nurse’s Program Review - Nurse Rachel Stubblefield highlighted services she provides to our students. To date, students have visited her office 1,963 times. Of those visits, 1,882 students were able to return to class after she met their need. The remaining 81 students were sent home. She discussed statistics relative to vision, hearing and dental screenings sharing the numbers of students who were referred for to a doctor. She also reported upon the Wellness Comittee, student wellness incentives, staff wellness incentives, injuries, head lice screenings, emergency action plans, telehealth visits, immunizations and more. Our school nurse is fortunate to have a such a hard-working experienced registered nurse taking care of our students. Thank you Nurse Rachel!

  2. APR Review - The board reviewed the Annual Progress Report recently for the 2022-2023 school year recently released by the Departement of Education. For more information please click here.

  3. Adjust the SY 23-24 Calendar - The board approved switching February 9th from a staff in-service day to a regular session day. This decision was made in part to accomdate a student request to be in session for a full-week during homecoming and to offset a recent run six snow days.

  4. Principals' Report - Dr. Jori Phillips and Mr. Trusty shared their report. The majoritity of their presentation was relative to comparing Beginning of the Year (BOY) data to Middle-of-the-year data (MOY). Macks Creek School employs a variety of benchmark testing tools as indicators of student learning at BOY. In turn, the same mechanisms are utilized at MOY to deterimine if individual students as well as groups of students are experieincing adequate growth to reach their end-of-year (EOY) benchmark targets. In between the BOY, MOY and EOY tests, students who are identified as behind in a given area are tested with smaller progress monitoring assessments to determine if changes in instruction based upon data are having an impact upon their learning. If the data reveals they are not, adjustments are made and progress monitoring continues. The principals also highlighted various student actitivities and accomplishments since the board last met. Please view the News Feed and Live Feed on our website to see all of the amazing things are students are doing!

The board entered into closed session at 7:55 PM. The board conducted an evaluation of the superintendent of schools and discussed his contract. The board extended Dr. Phillips' contract through June 30, 2027 before adjourning for the evening.

Superintendent's Corner

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

Monday, December 11, 2023

The Regular December meeting was called to order at 5:00 PM by President Sara Stoufer. Vice President Scott Gould, Secretary Stacy Trusty, Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer and members Ray Husong, Liz Stoner and Byron Willis were in attendance.

The board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, November minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $364,349.33. The January Regular Board meeting is set for Thursday the 18th at 5:30 PM in the District Office at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

Dr. Phillips highlighted cash flow, as well as the finalized Annual Secretary of the Board Report. The district has a healthy fund balance of just over 56%. Dr. Phillips shared the Macks Creek Booster Club has generously donated an 80" television screen and protective cover to create a digital display to recognize every family and business who become Booster Club members or sponsors. In the past the club produced permanent signs to be attached to large boards in our gym. This technology will allow the Boosters to showcase businesses and individuals more efficiently while including more details about sponsors. The TV will be installed over Christmas break. Thank you Boosters for this donation and all of the amazing ways you support our outstanding students!

Old Business

The board revisited our district's continuous improvement plan discussing progress toward goals.

New Business

The board heard a presentation regarding our annual audit. Our audit is conducted every year by KPM CPA's in Springfield. The district received the highest rating possible attesting that our financial statements "present fairly, in all material aspects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities in each fund for the year ended June 30, 2023." After discussion and evaluation of the entire document the board approved the 2022-2023 audit. The complete audit is available for review in the district office at any time. Additionally, the district will publish a summary early next month.

The board heard the Principals' report given by Dr. Jori Phillips and Mr. Trusty. Below are slides from the their presenation. Many of the slides include information shared in much greater detail in the "News Articles" and "Live Feed Posts" available on our district website.

Owen and Kamora won their wrestling matches!

Our wrestling team at their first match...

Girls basketball after winning the Euguene Tournament

Girls basketball team after winning the Hermitage Tourney

Addie Ratliff and India Willis pose for a photo after being name 1st Team All Tournament

Photos of the boys team playing basketball

Photos of archery team after tourney and during

Photos of students doing activities during our students' night out event

Josh Botta and Leanna Tower participated in discussion at LCTC with local superintendents

SuperCatFest for Kids donated $10K  to  help with student lunches

Photos of FLBA stuents at a conference in Dallas, TX

Silly photo of Mr. Knox posing as a cheerleader

Slide discussing Attendance data

Slide discussing Elementary Discipline data

Christmas door contest winners - slide shows photos of each door

Info about Kids Night Out event

Elementary November Character Winners pose for a photo

Dickerson Park Zoo presented info about Raptors. This photo shows three different birds.

High School Discipline chart

Info about upcoming school activities

More info about upcoming activities

The December Board meeting was adjourned at 6:00.

Superintendent's Corner

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

Thursday, November 16, 2023

The Regular November meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Sara Stoufer. Vice President Scott Gould, Secretary Stacy Trusty, Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer and members Liz Stoner and Byron Willis were in attendance.

Next, the board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, November minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $302,404.25. The December Regular Board meeting is set for Monday the at 5:00 PM in the District Office at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

The Regular November meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Sara Stoufer. Vice President Scott Gould, Secretary Stacy Trusty, Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer and members Liz Stoner and Byron Willis were in attendance.

The following guests were in attendance: Kassidy Campbell, Eva Willis, Ashlee Klinksick, Debbie Wommack, Tanner Glodt and Alex Jones.

Members of the Macks Creek FFA led the board in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Kassidy, Eva and Ashlee discussed the group's trip to the National Convention in Indianapolis earlier this month.

Next, the board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, October minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $302,404.25. The December Regular Board meeting is set for Monday the 11th at 5:00 PM in the District Office at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

The board heard the Superintendent's report as shared by Dr. Phillips which included:

Superintendent's Report Slide

Superintendent's Report Slide

Superintendent's Report Slide

Old Business

The board revisited our district's continuous improvement plan discussing progress toward goals and evaluating data. Below are the slides used to guide the discussion:

CSIP Progress Data

CSIP Progress Data

CSIP Progress Data

CSIP Progress Data

CSIP Progress Data

CSIP Progress Data

CSIP Progress Data

CSIP Progress Data

CSIP Progress Data

CSIP Progress Data

CSIP Progress Data

CSIP Progress Data

CSIP Progress Data

Next under Old Business the board reviewed three different school policies. First the board discussed the Code of Conduct for adults on our campus. The full policy and regulations are below:

P 1431 Code of Conduct - Adults

The Board of Education believes in and fosters a safe and orderly environment for all students, staff, and visitors.

Therefore, the Board of Education has established a code of conduct for parents, patrons, and visitors on school premises and at school activities. All parents, patrons, and visitors will be expected to conduct themselves in a manner reflective of a positive role model for children. Public displays contrary to this expectation as provided in Regulation 1431 will result in sanctions which will limit a person's access to school activities and school premises.

R 1431 Code of Conduct - Adults

In order to ensure a safe and orderly environment in which our students can maximize their educational and social development, the following regulations are enacted with respect to the conduct of adult visitors:

1.   Verbally aggressive behavior, which would include, but not be limited to, threats, intimidation, and profanity, will result in limited access to school premises and school activities for up to one (1) year. The length of the restriction will be determined by the Superintendent of Schools.

2.   Physical or violent behavior will result in a ban by the Board of Education from school premises and activities and will be referred to law enforcement.

3.   Failure to comply with the restricted access provided in these regulations will result in the filing of civil and/or criminal charges.

Last Updated: January 2003

The board suggested that Dr. Phillips share the entire Code of Conduct before our first official basketball contest of the year as a reminder to fans that sporting events are an educational experience for our students and inappropriate behavior has consequences.

The second policy/regulations reviewed by the board were relative to student attendance and are included below:

P 2310 Student Attendance

The Board of Education believes that regular attendance is essential to achieving success in school. Education is a total process based upon continual communication and shared responsibilities among parents, students, teachers and school. As students mature and progress through the educational system, they should increasingly assume responsibility for regular attendance. However, parents have a legal and moral responsibility to require regular attendance at school.

Last Updated: January 2003

R 2310 Student Attendance

The Board of Education has established the following rules and regulations regarding attendance, absences and excuses for students. These rules and regulations are intended to comply with Missouri Compulsory Attendance Law (167.031 RSMo.) which establishes compulsory attendance for all children between the ages of seven and sixteen unless their education is provided by other acceptable means or otherwise excusable under the law.

Excusable Absences

In case of absence, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school. If the school is not notified on the day of absence, a note from the parent/guardian will be required on the first day of the student's return to school. The absence will be recorded as unexcused if a note or telephone call is not received.

Excusable absences include, but are not limited to:

1.   Illness of the student (Doctor's statement may be required to support such absences).

2.   Days of religious observance.

3.   Death in the family (Each District shall define degree of relatedness required to excuse absence).

4.   Family emergencies which necessitate absence from school. The school must be notified in advance when such absences are foreseen. (Each District shall define degree of emergency required to excuse absence).

The following procedures should be followed by students who are absent so as to prevent academic difficulties:

1.   The student shall obtain assignments from appropriate staff members. Assignments shall be obtained in advance if the absence is foreseen.

2.   All assigned work shall be submitted upon returning to school.

3.   All classroom work (to include tests) shall be completed as indicated by the individual classroom teacher.

Unexcused Absences

Attendance patterns for all students will be monitored. Absences which are not clearly excusable will be investigated by the principal and/or staff, and appropriate action will be taken:

Discipline

1.   After a student has been absent for three (3) consecutive days, it is the building principal's responsibility to contact the parent/guardian by telephone or letter in order to inquire about the reason for the student's absence.

 2.   If the principal is unable to contact the parent/guardian within three (3) days or the parent/guardian does not give a reasonable explanation for the absence within three (3) days, the building principal shall send a registered letter to the parent/guardian requesting a conference within a week.

 3.   If the parent/guardian does not contact the principal within a week of receipt of the registered letter, the building principal will make a referral to the proper legal authorities.

 4.   The building principal shall also notify the office of the Superintendent in writing of the excessive absence and continue to update the Superintendent on the situation.

Excessive Absences

Elementary Students and Middle School Students

A student shall be allowed twenty (20) unexcused days per school year. Excessive absences, excused or unexcused, have a detrimental effect upon academic progress and may be one factor considered in promotion/retention decisions.

High School Students

A student shall be allowed a maximum of ten (10) unexcused absences from any class during a semester. Students who accumulate in excess of ten (10) days in any class are subject to loss of credit for that class. (Days of student suspension are not counted as days absent for purposes of this policy.)

When unusual or extreme circumstances occur, exceptions to this stated policy will be made only by administrative discretion on an individual basis. Any absence not accounted for will be considered an unexcused absence.

Any absence from class as a result of a school-sanctioned activity is not recorded as an absence for purposes of this policy. Example: field trip, athletic event, student activity, etc. It is the student's responsibility to remind all of his/her teachers following a school-sanctioned absence to use the attendance correction form if he/she was reported absent inadvertently.

Discipline

A student is expected to make up work as a result of class periods missed. It shall be the student's responsibility to meet with the teacher and receive the necessary instructions and assignments.

Any exceptions to the items cited above shall be approved by the Board of Education.

Each principal may have written policies which further detail procedures for making up work, reporting absence, etc.

Appeal

High school students who are denied credit under this Regulation are entitled to utilize the due process procedures available for student suspensions. These provisions are contained in Regulation 2662 - Suspension.

Academics

1.   After a student has been absent for three (3) consecutive days, it is the building principal's responsibility to contact the parent/guardian by telephone or letter in order to inquire about the reason for the student's absence.

 2.   If the principal is unable to contact the parent/guardian within three (3) days or the parent/guardian does not give a reasonable explanation for the absence within three (3) days, the building principal shall send a registered letter to the parent/guardian requesting a conference within a week.

 3.   If the parent/guardian does not contact the principal within a week of receipt of the registered letter, the building principal will make a referral to the proper legal authorities.

 4.   The building principal shall also notify the office of the Superintendent in writing of the excessive absence and continue to update the Superintendent on the situation.

Excessive Absences

Elementary Students and Middle School Students

A student shall be allowed twenty (20) unexcused days per school year. Excessive absences, excused or unexcused, have a detrimental effect upon academic progress and may be one factor considered in promotion/retention decisions.

 High School Students

Regular attendance and participation in classroom instructional activities are essential to achieving the educational objectives for each class. When students are absent from class, they miss the material covered; they miss the opportunity to interact with the teacher as well as other students; and they miss the opportunity to pursue learning opportunities only available in the classroom interaction.

Students whose absence is unexcused will not receive any credit for instructional activities occurring during their absence. The net effect of an unexcused absence or absences may be a reduction in the student's grade. In addition, students who have unexcused absences may be required to attend after school classes or Saturday classes to complete classroom work covered in their absences.

Students are required to make up work as a result of class periods missed. It is the student's responsibility to meet with the teacher to obtain the necessary assignments and instructions.

Any exceptions to the items cited above shall be approved by the Board of Education. Each principal may have written policies that further detail procedures for making up work and reporting absences.

Last Updated: January 2003

The last policy review by the board was relative to state testing. Here is our policy:

 P 6440 Statewide Assessments

All students will participate in statewide assessments or alternate assessments as determined by a student's IEP team. The administration will annually develop an assessment schedule for the current school year. The testing schedule will list the assessment instrument to be administered and the grade level of students that will be administered each test or assessment instrument. This policy and the assessment schedule will be given to each student as well as their parent/guardian at the beginning of each school year. In addition, a copy of this policy and the assessment schedule will be available to the public in the District office during normal business hours.

 2023-24 Testing Schedule

 MAP-A - February 5, 2024 – May 17, 2024

EOC - March 4, 2024 – May 24, 2024

MAP - April 1, 2024 – May 24, 2024

New Business

The board received program reviews relative to our Homeless & Foster Care Program, ELL & Migrant Program, At-Risk Program and Counseling Program. The following slides were share relative to each review:

Program Review Slide

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Program Review Slide

Lastly, under New Business the Board heard the Principals' Report from Dr. Jori Phillips and Mr. Trusty. Both highlighted various activities and accomplishments of students all of which have been shared through the News and Live Feeds on our website as well as through our social media recently. For a look at our most recent News posts please click here. For a look at our most recent Live Feed posts please click here. Below are slides relative to the remainder of their presentation:

Principals' Report Slide

Here are few photos from our Veterans Day Ceremony. Be sure to check out the full article about this event by clicking here.

Principals' Report Slide

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We are proud of all our Veterans and appreciate the 38 who were able to attend our ceremony to be honored. Thank you Veterans!

Principals' Report Slide

We are also very proud of our Veteran teachers!

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The regular board meeting was adjourned at 7:20 when the board entered into Closed Session.

The board voted to accept the retirement of Mrs. Debbie Wommack effective June 30, 2024. Mrs. Wommack has served our district the past 6 years and is looking foward to retiring from education. She has shepherded our amazing Vocational-Agricultural students and served as the sponsor of school's chapter of the FFA. Through the years she has directed students into various vocational-agricultural pursuits through the courses she teaches during the school day. A large part of her job happens outside of the classroom outside of regular school hours when taking students to contests, working with them on supervised agricultural experiences, fund raising, attending various conferences including the National FFA Conference each year in Indianapolis as well as countless other undertakings. Many patrons may not realize as our Vo-Ag teacher she is contracted for twelve months each year and her work from one school year to the next is never really done! Mrs. Wommack, we are grateful to you for all of your service to our students and our school community - you will be greatly missed!

The board voted to hire Mrs. Jessica Yoakum to serve as our fifth and sixth grade English Language Ars teacher. The addition of Mrs. Yoakum to our team will mean these grades will be split into 4 sections next semester. Mrs. Yoakum has experience as first grade teacher, special education teacher and most recently as a Career Resource Coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Avila University in 2017, her Master of Science in Special Education from the University Kanas in 2019 and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Special Education from Liberty University. Mrs. Yoakum shared "I genuinely belive we are all lifelong learners, and I enjoy sharing this belief with everyone." Welcome to the Macks Creek family Mrs. Yoakum!

The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 PM.

Superintendent's Corner

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

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

The Regular October meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by Vice President Scott Gould. Secretary Stacy Trusty, Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer and members Ray Husong, Liz Stoner and Byron Willis were in attendance.

The following guests were in attendance: Morgan Buck, Kassidy Campbell, Wyatt Brooks and Debbie Wommack

Members of the Macks Creek FFA Chapter led the board in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Morgan, Kassidy and Wyatt discussed the chapter's latest activities, upcoming plans and shared about the group's upcoming trip to the National Convention in November.

Next, the board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, September minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $302,749.10. The November Regular Board meeting is set for the 16th at 5:30 PM in the District Office at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

The board heard the superintendent's report as shared by Dr. Phillips which included:

  • As a part of the State of Missouri's Get the Lead Out Invitiative (GTLO) - The district is working with Environmental Works, Inc. from Springfield, MO to conduct a drinking water outlet inventory, a sampling and testing plan, initial sampling and lab analysis and final reports for a total cost of $5,981. We are approved for approximately $10,000 in reimbursement for any expenses incurred during the GTLO process.

  • Working to upgrade High School and Elementary main entrances, entrance to the Superintendent’s office and the entrance on the south side of the Elementary.

  • The District authored and was awarded a $50,000 Grant to make specific safety upgrades.

    We are approved for the following: 

    • $14,050 to upgrade existing video surveillance network infrastructure and replace multiple damaged and inoperable cameras.

    • $2,790 to purchase Exacq software upgrades for Security Cameras.

    • $9,607 to purchase VOIP phone and intercom system includes 60 Crexendo CX530 base telephone units w/power that will incorporate GPS 911 technology with forwarding functions.

    • $6,175 for 3M Safety & Security Film installed on 7 doors to improve security of 3 campus entrances.

    • $17,378 for installation of door control hardware at 3 entrances to improve security of 3 campus entrances. Components will be controlled by our existing Exacq security software.

  • eRate Update:

    • Federal Government Program provides reimbursement for highly specific infrastructure upgrades for schools and libraries. 

    • Last year we performed a major upgrade to our wiring and switches moving away from CAT 5 cables to Fiber Optics in-between the server room and switches. We also upgraded to “Smart” Switches and began switching out old WIFI Access points which had annual fees ($1500 per year) to more efficient switches w/o fees. 

    • Program involves sophisticated bidding, selection of vendor and reimbursement process.

    • The project that was completed last year utilized the remaining reimbursement funds available to us in a 5-year cycle. 

    • The project that began last year and was just finished utilized new funding to finish our wifi, cabling and switch upgrades. 

    • The total project cost was $23,368.86 and we recently received an 80%* reimbursement of $18,695.09. 

    • *Note: eRate funding is directly tied to our poverty rate.

  • Completed installation of a concrete gully to prevent future wash-out on our frontage. Concrete costs were approximately $1,000 but this should prevent future wash-outs and further damage (pipe replacement was nearly $700). 

  • Switch-out of propane tanks is complete - The district utilizes Thompson Gas. MFA recently acquired the tanks of our former provider, Gygr Gas who went out of business. Thompson and MFA coordinated this switch...

During Old Business the board voted to set the date of the Class of 2024 Graduation Ceremony for 6:00 PM Thursday, May 9, 2024. The board also set the Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2025 for 6:00 PM Friday, May 9, 2025. The board appreciated the feedback of the 11 families who responded to the survey to provide feedback regarding the scheduling of this year's ceremony.

Next, the board reviewed the district's CSIP Plan to discuss progress toward goals. The following informaiton was shared:

  • Leadership and Mentorship (Goal 1.B)

    • HS/MS have two people for tutoring Mondays - Thursdays

    • Wrestling Club and Archery are starting back up

  • Leadership and Mentorship (Goal 1.C)

    • Continuing to work and find items that interest students not already involved in a sport or after school activity

  • Teaching and Learning (Goal 2.A)

    • Juniors have already taken the ASVAB with other tests to come in the future

    • HS PCL Principals have discussed an ACT Boot Camp in the Spring

    • Looking to utilize one of our Explore classes in SFE as an ACT Prep style class for the four tested areas

  • Teaching and Learning (Goals 2.B and 2.C)

    • HS is utilizing Progress Learning (EOC) while all MAP areas are implementing NWEA for benchmark testing and to acclimate students to the types of questions they could see on state standardized tests

    • Actively seeking PD for teachers to hone their craft and adjust styles to meet the changing tests

  • Teaching and Learning (Goal 2.D)

    • Monitoring student attendance and sending out notifications to parents/guardians when students miss 5, 8, and 10 days

    • HS is bringing incentives back into the building (perfect attendance)

  • Climate and Culture (Goal 3.A)

    • Students Government is back up and going with roughly 16 members

    • We have met twice so far with the next meeting on November 3

    • Will work to invite students to attend future Board meeting(s)

During New Business, the Board approved the FFA's trip to the National Convention in Indianapolis and the FBLA's trip to National Fall Leadership Conference in Dallas.

Lastly, the Board heard the Principal's Report from Dr. Jori Phillips and Mr. Trusty. They shared the following:

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The meeting was adjourned at 6:57 PM. The board did not enter into Closed Session.

Superintendent's Corner

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

Thursday, September 21, 2023

The Regular September meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Sara Stoufer. Vice President Scott Gould, Secretary Stacy Trusty, Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer and members Ray Husong, Liz Stoner and Byron Willis were in attendance.

The following guests were in attendance: Tiffany Coyle, Carlyn Arnold, David Arnold, Joy Willey, Deborah Eidson, Ashley Willis, Meagan Stoner, Tyler Jones, Brittany Hunt, Selma Mack, Jay Mack and Shawna Willis.

The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance and heard public comment. Next the board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, August minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $301,250.40. The October Regular Board meeting is set for the 24th at 5:30 PM in the District Office at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

The board heard the superintendent's report as shared by Dr. Phillips.

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Next the board discussed new business. The board tabled action relative to selecting a graduation date for the Class of 2024. Graduation has been held on the Friday before Mother's Day for the past several years. This year the district has been asked to consider an alternative date to accomodate families who have graduates in neighboring districts. Mr. Trusty will poll families to see if there are any conflicts with a suggested alternative date of Thursday, May 8th and report back to the board in October. The boad approved the adoption of several new policies, reviewed and approved the district's CSIP and heard the report from our principals.

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Below are slides from the Principals' report.

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The meeting was adjourned at 7:38 PM and the board entered into closed session.

The board approved the resignation of Laurie Jones as Head Softball Coach and the resignation of Alex Jones as Assistant Softball Coach. Next the board approved Rebecca Salter to serve as Head Softball Coach. Mrs. Salter has three years of prior high school coaching experience. She coached softball and baseball at Climax Springs earlier in her teaching career. She also has experience playing softball in college and as a member of intramural leagues.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:49 PM.

Superintendent's Corner

A look at what happened at the Annual Tax Rate Hearing of the Macks Creek Board of Education...

Thursday, August 24, 2023

The hearing was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Sara Stoufer. Vice President Scott Gould, Secretary Stacy Trusty , Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer and members Ray Husong, Liz Stoner and Byron Willis were in attendance. The board voted 6 - 1 in favor of setting the tax levy at $3.4419 for Fund I and $0.4120 for Fund III. Below is information shared during the hearing which was adjourned at 5:39 PM.

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Superintendent's Corner

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

Thursday, August 24, 2023

The Regular August meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Sara Stoufer. Vice President Scott Gould, Secretary Stacy Trusty , Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer and members Ray Husong, Liz Stoner and Byron Willis were in attendance.

The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Next the board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, July minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $376,053.44. The September Regular Board meeting is set for the 21st at 5:30 PM in the District Office at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

The board heard the superintendent's report as shared by Dr. Phillips included the following:

  • Annual Secretary of the Board Report - A healthy carryover from last year. Final report will be shared next month.

  • Won an Equipment Grant for a new dishwasher for kitchen. Grant will cover approximately $11K of the 16K total cost.

  • Roofs weathered 8/14 storm well – no leaks! 

  • HVAC working well overall! 

  • Back-to-School workshops were successful

  • Sept. 15th PCL PD Day 

  • Back to School Bash planned for this Saturday in the Park

  • New VOIP phone system is fully installed and working well

  • New Student Information System has been rolled out. Everyone is learning how to utilize Infinite Campus.

  • It has been a great start to the school year! 

  • We are excited to welcome several high-quality individuals to our team this year:  

Mrs. Lynn Bowman - Elementary Secretary

Mrs. Bowman is not new to the district, but is changing roles from full time substitute to Elementary Secretary. We are excited to have Mrs. Bowman join the Elementary Team in this capacity!

Mrs. Stephanie Hubbard - Elementary Special Education

Mrs. Stephanie Hubbard will join our team as our elementary special education teacher. She has lived and worked in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. She shares “it only took a half of a century, but it finally dawned on me that the bitter cold of these states isn’t my thing. I want to live the rest of my life where there are four seasons, but the coldest one doesn’t last the bulk of the year. I am thrilled to be in Missouri where I plan to live, work, and eventually retire. I am very excited about this position, working with awesome people, and getting to live in such a beautiful area.” Stephanie is married to her husband Michael Hubbard and they have two “almost grown” children. Her daughter and son are both passionate about basketball and are pursuing business degrees in college. She and her husband recently relocated to a farm in Wheatland where they live with their aussiedoodle named Merle. In addition to keeping up with Merle, her other hobbies include walking in nature, reading, being on or by lake water, being a spectator at district events, and shopping. Stephanie has served in education for over 30 years. She has taught students at every grade level. She shared, “I started my career as a special education teacher in an elementary cross-categorical classroom. I went on to teach in a regular second grade classroom, but then returned to special education for the bulk of my career.” In addition to teaching, she has served as a transitions coordinator, special education director, and as superintendent in two Wisconsin districts before moving to Missouri where she most recently served as superintendent of Climax Springs. Stephanie is passionate about improving student outcomes and is excited to return to the classroom! 

Mr. Brian Knox - 5th/6th Grade ELA

Mr. Brian Knox will serve as our 5th and 6th grade ELA teacher. Mr. Knox has spent the past five years serving students as a Communication Arts teacher at the Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks. Brian is passionate about theater. He has a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre from Drury University and hopes to use his skills in theater to bring productions to Macks Creek School. Brian spent several years touring the United States with Theatre IV and Poetry Alive. With both theatrical companies he performed in productions tailored to school children relative to figurative language and history. Brian is also passionate about basketball and will be serving as our assistant boys basketball coach.

Ms. Krysti Rice - 3rd Grade

Krysti Rice will serve as a 3rd grade teacher this fall. She served as the librarian at Climax Springs School last year. She recently completed her degree in elementary education and is excited to begin her teaching career. Krysti graduated from Macks Creek School and is looking forward to returning to her alma mater this fall. 

Ms. Rebecca Salter - PreSchool

Rebeca Salter will serve as our preschool teacher this year. Mrs. Salter has a Bachelor's degree in early childhood education as well as four years of prior experience in education including serving as a preschool teacher. She left education for several years to serve as case worker for the Children's Division and most recently served the Camdenton School District as a homeless liaison. She is passionate about helping children and families and loves working with students. She is looking forward to returning to the classroom this fall.

Ms. Alexia Mayer - Title I 

Ms. Mayer joins us this year as an Elementary Title I paraprofessional. She will be working alongside Mrs. Danek to provide math and reading intervention instruction. Lexi also plans to assist with sports when possible. 

Mr. Logan Gallamore - Elementary PE

Mr. Gallamore joins us this year after graduating from Macks Creek just last May. Mr. Gallamore is currently working on his degree through State Fair Community College in the field of Education. Logan will also work in Elementary Classrooms throughout the year. 

Mr. Chris Bothwell - MS Science

Mr. Bothwell joins us as our 7th and 8th grade Science teacher this year after being a sub in the District in the past. After 21 years in the Army, he retired and returned to school to get his Masters in Curriculum and Instruction to teach middle school science. This will be his seventh year teaching. He enjoys exploring nature, photography, and enjoys working with students in middle school. He is married to Candy Bothwell. Their daughter is expecting her first child in early August.

Mrs. Jody Etherton - MS Social Studies

Mrs. Jody Etherton, will serve as our Middle School Social Studies teacher. Jody, who is starting her 9th year as a Missouri public school teacher, has a mission “to let students know it’s ok to make mistakes, help them to learn from their mistakes, and to push them to realize their highest potential”. She married her husband, Todd, July 29, 2023. The Ethertons’ enjoy spending time with their eight children, including attending their various sports and band activities, as well as church activities. Mrs. Etherton also enjoys volunteering at church camps and VBS, along with coaching various sports.

During New Business the board selected Oakstar Bank to continue to serve as our Depository from September 1 , 2023 through August 31, 2026. Every three years , as mandated by state statutes the board advertises and seeks bids from area banks to serve as our depository. In turn, the board opens the sealed bids during the August Board meeting, compares the rates and services and makes a selection. This year the only bid submitted was from Oakstar Bank who has served the district the past 6 years.

The board also approved the State of Missouri's Model Compliance plan for Special Education. The plan ensures local complaince with state regulations relative to implementing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act at Macks Creek School.

The board reviewed and approved school bus routes for the 2023-2024 school year. Macks Creek School operates 5 routes to bring students to and from school every day we are in session as well as bus 12 students who attend the Laker Career and Technology Center in Camdenton. Our district is proud to fully own and operate our fleet of 8 school buses. Our fleet is comprised of International buses. Two were manufactured in 2006, three in 2010, one in 2015, one in 2020 and one in 2024. We are grateful to our route drivers, Mr. Carl Coffey, Mrs. Robin Edelman, Mr. Mark Stoner, Mr. Doyle Evans and Mr. David Arnold for keeping each of their buses looking sharp and for safely transporting students to and from school each day! We are also grateful to our subsitute bus drivers, Mr. Everett Rector, Mrs. Jody Etherton, Mr. Kris Paschel, Mr. Byron Willis and Mr. Jason Trusty. Mr. Trusty is also serving as our Transportation Director this year and has done an excellent job of getting everything "rolling" this school year. Lastly, we appreciate Lewis, Carla and JR Stoufer for their outstanding maintenance of our fleet. Thanks to the Stoufer's team we earned the Highway Patrol's Fleet Excellence Award for 2023 with 100% score on our most recent inspection conducted by Troop F.

The board declared a multitude of items "surplus" and directed Dr. Phillips to make them available to the public for purchase. These items include Old Bus # 25 (2006), Ford Expedition, Covered Trailer, 6,000 gallon propane tank, assorted hand & power tools, pottery items (molds, wheel & kilns) and miscellaneous furniture. Dr. Phillips will release information about how individuals can bid on these surplus items in the coming months.

Lastly, Elementary Principal, Dr. Jori Phillips and High School Principal, Mr. Jason Trusty shared their report. The slides from the Principals' Report are below.

The board did not meet in closed session and the meeting was adjourned at 7:02 PM.

Principals Report Slide shared at August BOE Meeting - Cover Sheet

Principals Report Slide shared at August BOE Meeting - Photos of BOY Workshops

Miscellaneous photos of students back to school

Slide about Unexpected Kindness Quote

Photos of Elem Students Back to School

August Dates to Remember

September Dates to Remember

Superintendent's Corner

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

Thursday, July 20, 2023

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Sara Stoufer. Vice President Scott Gould, Secretary Stacy Trusty and members Ray Husong and Liz Stoner were in attendance.

The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Next the board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, June minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $391,066.08. The August Regular Board Meeting and annual Tax Rate Hearing are set for the 24th at 5:30 PM in the District Office at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

The board heard the superintendent's report as shared by Dr. Phillips included the following:

  • The district has taken delivery on a 2024 International School bus.

  • There is a 2013 Suburban for sale by a private party. Consider selling our Ford Expedition and purshasing this SUV?

  • Summer work is proceeding on schedule. Our staff are refinishing floors, painting and deep cleaning.

  • Career Ladder Plan should include component for at least 50% of hours devoted to working directly with students

  • We are ready to introduce a new sport this winter. Our High School Wrestling program is ready to begin!

  • PWSD #1 has completed upgrading the pipes that serve the school. The district will now proceed with the states "Get the Lead Out" Program. This entails testing all faucets and drinking fountains in the district for lead and if lead is present determining the source and replumbing as needed.

  • The gym floor has been refinished.

  • Thompson Gas is pumping out our oldest propane tank. This 6,000 gallon tank is no longer needed now that the district has upgraded HVAC units. We will recieve a credit with Thompson gas for each gallon on our account.

  • A week before we were scheduled to install our new phone system ligntening damaged servers on our old system. The new system wil be installed this week.

  • Our HS Math Teacher, Mr. Kris Paschel was nominated to be the Heart of Missouri Professional Development Cooperative Teacher of the Year. The application process to be considered was rigourous and we are proud of Mr. Paschel for going through the process, attending the nomination banquet and being honored with other area nominees for his outstanding work with our students!

During New Business, the board approved increases to meal prices for the 23-24 school year. Dr. Phillips shared the following with the board in explanation as to why we must increase our meal prices:

Since our program is so heavily subsidized by the USDA, everyone benefits from the subsidies afforded to our district. Through the use of these USDA funds we offer very low priced meals to full paying students and adults (especially when compared to meals served at a traditional resturaunt). When the district qualified for the Community Eligibility Provision (which was based upon the having more than 40% of the families within our district signing up for federal government's Supplemental Nurtrition Assistance Program), there was no need to raise student lunch prices since everyone was free. However, we should have raised adult prices at a rate of 10 cents per year for a total of 90 cents. Now that we are no longer eligible for CEP a 90 cent increase for students is still required for compliance. In order to maintain compliance with regulations governing subsidized food service programs, we are required to transfer $13,662.90 from the general fund to our Food Service Account to offset the "discounted" prices charged to adults and full paying children last school year.

Since a 90 cent increase is so large, I recommend a more modest increase of 35 cents for student lunches, 15 cents for student breakfasts and 60 cents for adult lunches and 20 cents for adult breakfasts. We will likely still have to make a transfer at the end of this year, but it will not be as great as it was this year.

Additionally, the federal government has increased the minimum to qualify for F/R lunch from last year. We plan to highlight this change when we announce our price increases at the beginning of the school year. We know many more will qualify this year than last year and all those who would have qualified, but simply didn't return the paperwork, will hopefully be motivated to apply this year. We are grateful to all the families who do complete the application. In addition to offsetting the cost of lunch and breakfast for each famliy if they qualify, F/R lunch figures factor into the formula calculation which determines how much funding we receive from the State. F/R lunch figures are also utilized to determine which Missouri districts are given preference when various grants are awarded.

The board approved the agreement with the Exceptional Pupil Cooperative fo the Ozarks regarding special education services that will be provided to the district for the coming school year.

The board approved an Memorandum of Understanding with the Camden County Sheriff's Office for a School Resource Officer for the coming school year. Macks Creek School will pay approximately $44,000 per year to have a fully trained officer on our campus during the school day and at extra curricular events.

The board approved an MOU with Richland Medical Center, Inc. to continue to make embedded counseling services available to students for SY 23-24.

The board approved “Conflict of Interest Ordinance” for School Board Members in accordance with Section 105.487 RSMo. This ordinance is routinely updated an approved every three years at the direction of the Missouri Ethics Commission.

The board evaluated Survey Data and considered our current Cell Phone Policy ultimately deciding to leave the current policy in place but require all students to place their phones in pockets designed to hold scientific calculators. All middle school and high school teachers will have these holders hanging in their rooms students for students to place phones. Any students not wishing to place their phones in the holders during class time may leave them in their cars or at home. Students will be allowed to utilize their phones outside of class time which includes before school, in between classes, during lunch and after school. The board appreciated all of the feedback obtained from the surveys and would like to than everyone who provided input.

The board approved Changes to Student Handbook for SY 23-24.

Lastly, the board discussed purchasing a subscription to Hudl by inviting local businesses to consider a sponsorship. Hudl provides an automated camera system in the gymnasium to record athletic events. In turn through the subscription the events may be livestreamed to allow patrons who are unable to attend the event to view it off campus. The footage of basketball games is also reviewed by an independent third party who compiles the stats of each athlete. Coaches can also share game footage with other coaches and scouts in an easy manner to reduce the amount of time our coaches spend "scouting". Lastly, the footage can be easily shared with college coaches who may be interested in recruiting our athletes after they graduate high school. The annual subscription is $7,000 per year. Many patrons have expressed a desire to be able to view games when they cannot be present. The automated camera installed in the gym will ensure none of the action will ever be missed. In addition to streaming basketball games, our Veterans Day Ceremony, Music productions and Graduation Ceremony may also be shared. Lastly, by taking equipment to our baseball and softball home games those events may be live streamed as well.

The board entered into closed session at 6:46 PM.

The board accepted the resignation of Ethan English who served the past year as a custodian. Ethan has decided to pursue a college degree and we wish him the very best! Dr. Phillips will be posting for a part-time student worker to help with custodial work each evening school is in session when school resumes in August.

The board discussed special education staffing for the coming school year.

The board voted to hire Mrs. Stephanie Hubbard to serve as a special education teacher for the 23-24 school year. Mrs. Hubbard will join our team as our elementary special education teacher. She has lived and worked in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. She shares “it only took a half of a century, but it finally dawned on me that the bitter cold of these states isn’t my thing. I want to live the rest of my life where there are four seasons, but the coldest one doesn’t last the bulk of the year. I am thrilled to be in Missouri where I plan to live, work, and eventually retire. I am very excited about this position, working with awesome people, and getting to live in such a beautiful area.” Stephanie is married to her husband Michael Hubbard and they have two “almost grown” children. Her daughter and son are both passionate about basketball and are pursuing business degrees in college. She and her husband recently relocated to a farm in Wheatland where they live with their aussiedoodle named Merle. In addition to keeping up with Merle, her other hobbies include walking in nature, reading, being on or by lake water, being a spectator at district events, and shopping. Stephanie has served in education for over 30 years. She has taught students at every grade level. She shared, “I started my career as a special education teacher in an elementary cross-categorical classroom. I went on to teach in a regular second grade classroom, but then returned to special education for the bulk of my career.” In addition to teaching, she has served as a transitions coordinator, special education director, and as superintendent in two Wisconsin districts before moving to Missouri where she most recently served as superintendent of Climax Springs. Stephanie is passionate about improving student outcomes and is excited to return to the classroom! 

The board voted to accept the resignation of Mr. Ryan Hedrick. Coach Hedrick has served the district the past several years as a physical education and health teacher working with our students in grades PK through 12. Coach Hedrick has also served as Softball coach and our Athletic Director. He is leaving the district to serve in Russellville Schools as an Assistant Principal. We are grateful to Ryan for his committed years of service to our school community and wish him the best in his future endevours!

The meeting was adjourned at 7:16 PM. B

Below are photos of the results of the cell phone survey reveiwed by the board and a photo of Mr. Kris Paschel at the Teacher of the Year Nomination Banquet. In addition to the pie charts below, the board also reviewed comments left by patrons, which were too numberours to include. The board is grateful to the 86 respondents to the survey!

Cell Phone Survey #1

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Mr. Kris Paschel

Superintendent's Corner

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

Thursday, June 29, 2023

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Sara Stoufer. Vice President Scott Gould, Secretary Stacy Trusty , Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer and members Ray Husong, Liz Stoner and Byron Willis were in attendance.

The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Next the board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, May minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $327,225.61. The July Regular Board meeting is set for the 20th at 5:30 PM in the District Office at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

The board heard the superintendent's report as shared by Dr. Phillips included the following:

  • The district expects to take delivery on a 2024 International School bus next week.

  • Dr. Phillips shared dual-credit students, basketball players, softball players, cheerleaders and vocational-agriculture students have all been hard at work. Many students are taking advantage of dual-credit offerings during the summer and lightening their course load during the regular school year. Our athletes have been busy playing in tournaments, leagues and scrimmages. Our Vo-Ag students have participated in camps and other activities.

  • Caleb Phillips visited Washington D.C. as an electrical cooperative representative three weeks ago as a part of an annual "Youth Tour" sponsored by Electrical Coops throughout the United States. Caleb applied to participate and after submitting an essay and going through an interview process, was selected as one of two represenatives for Southwest Electric and as one of 104 who represented Missouri. He also applied and was accepted to Missouri Boys State. The American Legion Zack Wheat Post 624 in Camdenton sponspored his participation in “a week to change a lifetime” on the campus of Lindenwood University in St. Charles. Students who are interested in attending Youth Tour as well as Girls State or Boys State must have completed their junior year of high school, must be activey involved within the school community, well-rounded and in good academic standing. Prior to Caleb, Macks Creek Alumni, Alexia Mayer and Makenna Campbell were most recently chosen by Southwest Electric to participate in the Youth Tour. To learn more about the Youth Tour please click here. To learn more about Girls State, please click here. To learn more about Boys State, please click here.

  • Our district is thankful to the Alumni Association for hosting another successful banquet and we are proud of Laurie Jones, Lee Dobbs who were recognized as Teachers of the Year as well as Carl Coffey who was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame. To learn more about the banquet please click here.

  • We are thankful to our staff for providing summer food to students every week! To learn more or to sign your children up to participate please click here. The program is completely free to any child ages birth up until at 19 and includes 2-gallons of milk, seven breakfasts and seven lunches. Participants do not have to live in our school district and there isn't any paperwork required to sign up.

During New Business, the board approved updates to the district's Contiunous School Improvement Plan. To view the entire plan, please click here.

Dr. Phillips previously applied and received approval for the district to participate in the Missouri's Baseline Teacher Salary grant as well as the Career Ladder through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The board granted approval for the district to participate in both programs. The district will receive reimbursement in the amount $81,945 for the baseline salary grant which requires no match on the district's part and covers 100% of the difference between where the teacher is currently on the salary schedule and $38,000. This amount also includes 14.5% of the portion of each teacher's salary the district is required to contribute to the Public School Retirment System. In the coming school year, through Career Ladder based on their years of service, 4 teachers may earn an additional $1,500, 4 teachers an additional $3,000, and 17 teachers an additional $5000. The State will fund $61,800 and the District will fund $42,200. To view the district's approved Career Ladder Plan please click here.

The board also adopted the FY24 Budget. Here is a summary:

The budget for 2023-2024 will allow the district to purchase necessities and continue to make improvements to programs and facilities.  The budget compares prior year revenues to the current year and reflects the goal of maintaining a healthy unrestricted fund balance around 40%. This budget is designed to meet the educational needs of all children in our district.

The district anticipates 60 full-time employees and three part-time for FY24. Full-time personnel receive $500 per month to spend on health insurance, a $50,000 life-insurance policy and a long-term disability policy (a total board paid benefit of $6,140).  Enrollment is expected to be 320 (PK-12).

This budget reflects several factors that have an impact on where dollars have been allocated:

  • The budget was developed with an expected 100% funding of the foundation formula and full funding of transportation by the State.  If these expectations are not met, the district has sufficient reserves to fund this budget and maintain a fund balance of approximately 40%. 

  • Teachers were given their step on the certified salary schedule and $500 was added to the base, increasing it to $33,500. However, through the State’s Teacher Baseline Salary Grant all teachers will make at least $38,000. An additional $2000 was added to the salary schedule for any teachers making over $38,000. A corresponding 5% pay increase was given to all classified staff and administrators. It is important to note the adjustments to the district’s salary schedule to increase the baseline salary are funded with a state appropriation equal to 100% of the amounts specified and may not be available in subsequent years.  Additionally, the schedule includes local columns funded by the district that also may not be available in subsequent years based upon state funding.

  • This budget provides for Career Ladder. Four teachers may earn an additional $1,500, 4 teachers an additional $3,000, and 17 teachers an additional $5000. The State will fund $61,800 and the District will fund $42,200.

  • The district’s Food Service Program is supplemented by the USDA’s Free and Reduced Lunch program. All students participating in after school activities will continue to receive a free healthy “super snack” through the Child and Adult Care Food Program.  

  • Elementary students will continue to receive healthy snacks through the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. 

  • We will continue to make improvements to facilities while upgrading technology and improving curriculum.

  • This budget reflects $133,055 in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Funding.  These funds are earmarked in accordance ESSER guidelines to address our students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs due to the effects of lost instructional time as a result of COVID-19. As such we will continue to use ESSER III to augment our guidance program.

  • Lastly, this budget reflects funding to purchase a new school bus.

This adopted budget serves as the administration’s authorization to operate Macks Creek School in accordance with the laws of the State of Missouri and the policies of the Macks Creek R-V School District.

Lastly, the board, as per Missouri statutes, approved the amendment of last years's budget to match actual figures.

The board did not meet in closed session and the meeting was adjourned at 6:45.

Superintendent's Corner

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

Thursday, May 17, 2023

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Sara Stoufer. Vice President Scott Gould, Secretary Stacy Trusty , Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer and members Ray Husong, Liz Stoner and Byron Willis were in attendance.

The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Next the board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, April minutes, May 4 Special Board Meeting minutes as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $274,351.11. The June Regular Board meeting is set for the 29th at 5:30 PM in the District Office at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

The board heard the superintendent's report as shared by Dr. Phillips.

Dr. Phillips shared the following:

  • The district will receive our newest school bus, Bus #20 before we start back to school in August. The board approved the purchase of the bus in March. The bus is a 71-passenger, 2024 International purchased from Midwest Transit.

  • Issues relative to water blowing in an causing a leak near the entrance to the elementary school should be fully rectified. Contractor Ronnie Stoufer has identified the cause of the issue and taken steps to keep the weather out going foward. Additionally, repairs were made in the area surrounding this leak.

  • Our hardworking custodial and maintenance staff has a schedule of summer work in place that includes floor refinishing, painting, deep cleaning, gym repainting and miscellaneous painting thourough our campus.

  • After eleven years of utlizing the same centralized copier, scanner, and printing equipment, the district has entered into an agreement with Ricoh for $527 per month to upgrade to brand new software and equimpment. Everything will be in place before our teachers return to school in August. While new features will be available, the equipment will allow staff to utilize a the new menu or if they prefer, call up the menu utilized the past 11 years to run the equipment.  

  • After one year of a cooperative agreement with Skyline Schools for our students to play football, only four Macks Creek athletes were interested in playing football this fall. When the initial agreement was struck with Skyline, the understanding was Macks Creek High School would have approximately a dozen students actively participating. Unfortunately, due to insufficient numbers on our part, the co-op cannot be maintained. We wish to thank our neighbors at Skyline for this incredible opportunity, as well as the warm welcome to the team last season and regret we couldn't encourage greater participation. We also wish the Skyline football program the best going forward!

  • The district is upgrading our phone and intercom system which have been utilized since 1998. Recenlty, both sytems have experienced significant equipment failure for which parts or complete replacements are no longer manufactured. To that end the district is upgrading to a system that utililizes voice over internet protocols through a company called Crexendo. Once this occurs we will no longer have a traditional telephone bill and will have a variety of other features not currently available with our more traditional sytem. One feature that will enhance safety will allow pin-point indentification of the exact location of any 911 call made on our campus. Another feature will allow certain users to make and receive calls on their cell phones as if they are using the telephone in their classroom or office.

Under New Business, the board adopted Policies 3230, 4130, 4412 and Regulations 0320 and 6190. The policy revision are relative to school board elections, payments from fedral awards/cash management, expenditures for certificated staff and staff contracts, respectively. The regulation updates are relative to virtual education. All Macks Creek policies are available for review at any by visiting https://moconed.com/district/MacksCreekRV/district.php. A link is also always available under Parent Resources and Documentation on our website.

Also, under new business the board voted to accept the bids from Hiland diary, Woods Supermarket, Thompson Propane, MFA oil and Stoufer Tire and Auto for goods and services for the 23-24 school year.

The board heard the principals' report of from Dr. Jori Phillips and Mr. Trusty. Please click here to review the slide show our principals shared.

The meeting was adjouned at 6:11 PM.

The board voted to reassign Lynn Bowman to serve as full time elementary secretary. Mrs. Bowman has served as a full-time subsitute teacher and special education para-professional. The district is excited to welcome her to this new role.

The board voted to hire Alexia Mayer to serve as a para-professional next school year. Miss Mayer is a Macks Creek Alumnus who his currently attending college to be earn a Bachelor's Degree in Education. The district is excited to welcome Lexi back to our campus in this new capacity.

The board voted to hire Rebeca Slater to teach preschool next school year. Mrs. Slater has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education as well as four years of prior experience in education including serving as a preschool teacher. She left education for several years to serve as case worker for the Children's Division and is currently employed by the Camdenton School District as a homeless liaison. She is passionate about helping children and families and loves working with students. She is excited to return to the classroom.

The board assigned the extra duty of coaching Cross Country and Track to Renae Ratliff. Mrs. Ratliff serves the district as the Secretary to the Superintendent. Mrs. Ratliff has prior experience with both sports and is excited to take on the head coaching role.

The board also voted to assign the extra duty of head baseball coach to Jeff Treat. Mr. Treat is currently teacing PE and serving as our head boys basketball coach as well as head Track & Field Coach. He has prior experience as a head baseball coach an is excited to return to the baseball diamond next spring.

Lastly, the board hired Mrs. Jody Etheron to teach Middle School Social Studies. Mrs. Etherton has 8 years of teaching experience. She is currently serving at Miller Schools as Special Education Teacher and Process Coordinator. Mrs. Etherton has Masters of Education and is certified to teach elementary educatoin, 5-9 math, 5-9 science, 5-9 social science, early childhood special education, and K-12 cross-categorical special education. She is passionate about teaching and learning and is looking foward to sharing her love of learning with our students. Mrs. Etherton shared "I teach in a way that is enjoyable and easy to understand. I try to link the concepts to real life situations to help students grasp them. I strive to see students not just get by, but deeply learn the concepts and be able to apply them in their lives. I feel every student can learn and teachers need to reach them where they are and encourage them to do the very best they can."

The meeting was adjourned at 6:34 PM.

Superintendent's Corner

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

Thursday, April 20, 2023

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Michael Parrack. Vice President Byron Willis, Secretary Stacy Trusty and members Ray Husong, Scott Gould and Sara Stoufer were in attendance. The board certified the results of the April 4, 2023 election and adjourned.

Outgoing Board President Michael Parrack led our newest boad member, Mrs. Liz Stoner in the oath of office. Please click here to learn more about Mrs. Stoner. Macks Creek School wishes to thank Mr. Parrack for his 12 years of service to our school board. Mr. Parrack has provided valuable leadership and insight. Mr. Parrack led the district through a successful bond issue campaign and through the construction of the K-2 wing in 2016. He has helped the district to stay financially sound while increasing salary and benefits for Macks Creek employees regulary. He has also been instrumental in challenging the district to develop processes to more effectively serve all students. Mr. Parrack regularly volunteers at Macks Creek School events. He is always ready to roll up his sleeves to serve in the kitchen, officiate a basketball game, park cars, serve on a committee or attend school events ranging from ball games to musicals. To say Michael is passionate about Macks Creek School is an understatement - thank you Mr. Parrack for your faithul service to our children these past twelve years!

Dr. Phillips called the new board to order. The board selected Sara Stoufer to serve as President, Scott Gould to serve as Vice President, Stacy Trusty to serve as Secretary and Jim Wehmeyer to serve as Treasurer. Thank you Sara, Scott, Stacy and Jim for your willingness to serve in each of these capacities!

The board was led in the Pledge of Allegiance by the Wrestling Club. Coach Kris Paschel shared information about the club's inaugural season. Please click here to see the group's entire presentation. Next the board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, March minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $274,351.11. The May Regular Board meeting is set for the 17th at 5:30 PM in the District Office at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

The board heard the superintendent's report as shared by Dr. Phillips.

Please use the following link to view the complete board presentation, including all old and new business, shared at the meeting by clicking here.

The board approved the senior trip agenda. Thirteen seniors and two sponsors will fly to Destin, FL where they will stay in a seaside condo, enjoy the beach, swim, snorkel, deep sea fish, parasail, shop, sight see and hopefully relax! The group will depart early Monday morning and we hope they all have a safe and fun time!

Next the board approved a summer food program. This program is sponsored United States Department of Agriculture. Macks Creek School will partner with Encounter Cove to administer the program. Through the program, anyone ages birth through age 18 is eligible to participate. One time per week staff from our school will be on-hand to distribute a gallon of milk along with 7 lunch and 7 breakfast meals. The only requirement to participate is to sign up ahead of time and pick up the meals with the child or children who will be eating them each week. No paper work is required and children do not need to be members of the Macks Creek R-V School distict. To sign up for the program, please contact Mrs. Martha Mankey here at school at 573-363-5909, Option 1. We ask if you do sign up, you honor the commitment to pick up the food once each week. The program will run May 19 - August 22.

Next, the board heard the principals' report from Dr. Phillips and Mr. Trusty.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:06 PM.

During closed session the board voted to approve a 2% pay increase for all classified employees . Next, the board voted to rehire all classified employees for next year.

The board voted to hire Mr. Brian Knox to serve as our 5th and 6th grade social studies teacher next year. Mr. Knox has spent the past 5 years serving students as a Communication Arts teacher at the Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks. Brian is passionate about theatre. He has a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre from Drury University and hopes to use his skills in theatre to bring productions to Macks Creek School. Brian spent several years touring the United States with Theatre IV and Poetry Alive. With both theatrical companies he performed in productions tailored to school children relative to figurative language and history. Brian is also passionate about basketball and will be serving as our assistant boys basketball coach. Welcome to Macks Creek School Mr. Knox!

The board accepted the resignation of Mrs. Rebekah Todd. Mrs. Todd has served as a Kindergarten teacher the past 10 years. She is leaving us to take a position much closer to her home as she has commuted a long distance to serve our students every day for many years. Elementary principal, Dr. Phillips shared that she is "kind and patient" with her students, has a "cool and calm demeanor" and always shows love to eveyone. The quote that hangs above her door, from the writer of Winnie the Pooh, describes the inspiration she provides for her students: “You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” We will miss you Mrs. Todd and wish you the best in all your future endevours!

The meeting was adjourned at 7:36 PM.

Superintendent's Corner

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

Thursday, March 23, 2023

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Michael Parrack. Vice President Byron Willis, Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer, Secretary Stacy Trusty and members Ray Husong, Scott Gould and Sara Stoufer were in attendance.

The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance and heard public comment from Tiffany Coyle, Nicole Bell, Joanna Bell and Liz Stoner. Next the board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, February minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $321,446.49. The April Regular Board meeting is set for the 20th at 5:30 PM in the District Office at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

The board heard the superintendent's report as shared by Dr. Phillips.

Please use the following link to view the complete board presentation, including all old and new business, shared at the meeting by clicking here.

The board voted to approve the salary schedule for 2023-2024. In doing so the board increased the base teacher salary to $33,500 and authorized Dr. Phillips to apply for the minimum teacher salary grant setting the minimum salary at $38,000. All teachers already making over the minimum salary can expect an increase of $500 plus their step on the salary schedule next year.

The board approved the benefit package for next school year, setting the monthly board-paid insurance premium at $500. The board also voted to provide board paid health-insurance and long-term disability while making a wide variety of ancillary benefits available for each full-time employee.

The board voted to purchase a 2024 International School Bus in the amount of $128,531.00.

The board heard the principals' report as shared by Dr. Phillips and Mr. Trusty.

The regular meeting was adjourned at 8:05.

During closed-session, the board voted to rehire all probationary and tenured teachers for next school year. The board also approved all extra duties for our teachers for next school year.

The board hired Mr. Chris Bothwell to serve as our Middle School Science teacher next school year. Mr. Bothwell is certified in science education and has previous teaching experience. He has also served here at Macks Creek School as a substitute teacher in recent years. Mr. Bothwell is passionate about the subject and believes in a hands-on approach where students spend the majority of their time learning in a laboratory setting. With the addition of Mr. Bothwell to our middle school, an additional section has been created which will reduce the class sizes in science, social studies, math, and communication arts. Welcome to our team Mr. Bothwell!

Lastly, the board accepted the resignation of Mr. Luke Overton. Mr. Overton has served as our middle school history teacher and coach the past two years. Mr. Overton shared he has taken a position closer to his family so he can help his grandparents on the family farm. He also shared "I have felt like I am at home at Macks Creek and have greatly appreciated the guidance, instruction, and welcoming atmosphere that I have enjoyed these past two years. I am sorrowful that I have to leave." We wish you the best Mr. Overton!

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 PM.

Superintendent's Corner

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

Thursday, February 9, 2023

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Michael Parrack. Vice President Byron Willis, Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer, Secretary Stacy Trusty and members Ray Husong, Scott Gould and Sara Stoufer were in attendance.

The board was led in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by members of the Macks Creek FBLA. Caleb Phillips and Lowell Charlton discussed the history of the chapter as well as future plans. The group had a great deal of success at Districts this year, with 9 students earning the opportunity to compete at State competition in 17 different areas! For more information about FBLA Districts please click here. Caleb and Lowell explained that FBLA isn't broken into classes based upon school size. As a result, our students excelled against competition from Camdenton, Waynesville and Lebanon. Ashlee Klinksick and Leanna Tower took 2nd place in Graphic Design. Both young ladies gave their presentation to the board. The slide show utilized during Leanna and Ashlee's presentation is included further below.

The board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, January minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $272,410.82. The February Regular Board meeting is set for the 23rd at 5:30 PM in the District Office at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

Please use the following link to view the complete presentation shared at the meeting by clicking here.

The board voted to maintain the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan as it stands.

The board discussed calendar options, studied survey feedback and approved Calendar Option B for the 2023-2024. Calendar Option B was the most popular option as revealed by survey data from the school community as well as faculty and staff. The board read each of the comments of respondents and appreciates everyone who took the time to respond to the surveys. The board approved calendar option for next school year can be viewed by clicking here.

The results of the Community Survey were as follows:

The results of the Faculty & Staff Survey were as follows:

The board heard the Principals' report. The slides shared during their report can be viewed using the link above.

The board adjourned the regular meeting at 6:56 PM and entered directly into closed session. The board voted to accept the resignation of Mrs. Martha Mankey, Mrs. Taylor Dority and Mrs. Kathyrn Allen.

Mrs. Mankey is retiring this year. She has diligently served our elementary school as secretary for the past 12 years. Martha shared that a teacher and students once made a card for her that depicted "an octupus using its tentacles to hold the phone, push buttons to let others in and out, make a copy, write a tardy slip, write a bus pass, look up a sub, and order supplies all while greeting a new family"! She related that while she felt this picture was an accurate description of her responsibilities, "everything was for good and I enjoyed it all." Dr. Jori Phillips shared "she is dearly loved by all faculty, staff and students. She leaves behind some very big shoes and we are all going to miss her more than she knows!" Mrs. Mankey, we wish you the best in your retirement and count our blessings that you chose to serve at Macks Creek School - thank you for making our school a better place these past 12 years!

Mrs. Taylor Dority will be leaving us after four years of faithful service to our preschool students and families. Thank you Mrs. Dority for all your work to lay a solid educational foundation for our youngest students. We have also appreciated her willingness to serve in other capacities, such as our high school cross country coach this year. We are going to miss you Mrs. Dority!

Mrs. Katie Allen has served 10 years in our elementary school as a 3rd grade teacher and as our 5th and 6th grade social studies teacher. Mrs. Allen is a hard worker who strives to make learning fun for her students. Mrs. Allen has a can-do attitude and has also served in a variety of extra-curricular capacities through different after-school clubs and even as a coach during her tenure here. We will miss you Mrs. Allen!

The board voted to extend the contracts Dr. Jori Phillips (as Elementary Principal) and Mr. Jason Trusty (as Middle/High School Principal). Macks Creek School is grateful to our hardworking principals!

The meeting was adjourned at 7:47 PM.

Superintendent's Corner

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

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Michael Parrack. Vice President Byron Willis, Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer, Secretary Stacy Trusty and members Ray Husong, Scott Gould and Sara Stoufer were in attendance.

The board was led in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by members of Mrs. Green's second grade class and Mrs. Willis' second grade class. The students answered questions from the board regarding what they are currently studying as well as their favorite and least favorite parts of school. Several students indicated they enjoy reading, math, art, recess and lunch! The board wishes to thank the parents who brought their children to this meeting and for the opportunity to visit with them.

The board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, December minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $452,747.96. The February Regular Board meeting is set for the 9th at 5:30 PM in the District Office at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

Please use the following link to view the complete presentation shared at meeting: https://5il.co/1nik0. Please note, the board voted to maintain the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan as it stands. Additionally, the board discussed calendar options for the 2023-2024 school year which will be presented to the school community for feedback before it is submitted to the board for approval at the February board meeting. The board also voted to approve a Resolution opposing open enrollment.

The resolution is as follows:

THE MACKS CREEK R-V SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION RESOLUTION OPPOSING LEGISLATION REGARDING OPEN ENROLLMENT

WHEREAS, the Board of Education has resolved to focus resident taxpayer resources upon the education of students who reside in the District;

WHEREAS, no credible research shows that open enrollment improves student achievement; and

WHEREAS, open enrollment will result in a significant adverse financial impact on public schools;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Macks Creek R-V School District hereby resolves to oppose any legislation providing for open enrollment in Missouri public schools of non-resident students.

Next, the board heard the principals' report from Dr. Jori Phillips and Mr. Jason Trusty. Please use the previously shared link to view the Principals' report.

The board adjourned the meeting and entered into closed session at 7:33 PM.

The board voted to hire Ethan English as a part-time evening custodian.

The board evaluated the performance of Superintendent, Dr. Josh Phillips and voted to renew his contract through June 30, 2026.

Superintendent's Corner

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

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Slide from BOE Meeting held on December 13

Slide from December 13 BOE Presentation

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Michael Parrack. Vice President Byron Willis, Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer, and members Ray Husong, Scott Gould and Sara Stoufer were in attendance.

A slide from the December 13th Board meeting

Slide shared during the December 13 BOE meeting...

The board was led in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by members of the High School Cheerleading squad. The group performed a cheer they recently designed and performed at a competition held during the MCE Tournament.

Slide shared during the December 13 BOE meeting...

The board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, November minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $386,727.30. The January Regular Board meeting is set for the 18th at 5:30 PM in the Adell Library Media Center at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

Superintendent's Report

Dr. Phillips highlighted a strong desire by teachers and students to be in school on February 3, 2023. A student-led group created a petition to be in session on this date for Homecoming. The petition asks that the date "be banked as a snow day or exchanged on our school calendar as an alternate day off." The petition was signed by nearly 100 students and 36 faculty and staff members. Dr. Phillips shared adjusting the calendar to accommodate this request is very realistic as February 3 is already listed as a snow make up day on the calendar the board approved in February of 2022. Dr. Phillips indicated he would adjust the calendar of snow makeup days to move February 3 to the front of the list. After the utilization of this date along with makeup time already built into the calendar, the next 5 days missed for snow will not need to be made up. The adjusted schedule is as follows:

Revised School Calendar

Old Business

New Business

CPA, Jennifer Schatzer stepped the board through the FY22 audit in its entirety. Macks Creek School received a satisfactory rating which is the highest rating that a district can be given through this process. Please use the following link to learn more details about our most recent. audit : FY 22 Audit Summary The board approved the audit.

Our Registered Nurse, Rachel Stubblefield shared the Nursing Program Review for the Board's approval. Here are some statistics our hard working nurse presented to the board:

A. Vision Screening Information

172 students were screened for vision:

  1. 29 failed the screening and 8 passed when rescreened

  2. 19 vision referrals were sent home

  3. Of the 19, 6 have now have glasses, 4 have been cleared by a doctor, 6 are scheduling an appointment with an optometrist, 2 are no response from home and 1 refusal to take further steps.

B. 8 COVID-19 Tests were performed and all 8 were negative.

C. Headlice screenings yielded two case, both of which quickly addressed the issue and returned to school after missing a day.

D. 32 Student injuries and 0 staff

F. 2,150 Nurse Visits (2005 were able to return to class and 145 were sent home)

G. A single 911 call to date

H. November 16th Fluoride Varnish, Dental Screening and Application Results

  1. 183 Students received fluoride varnish

  2. 196 received a screening by a dental hygienist

  3. 17 were identified with urgent needs (7 are under care, 10 are making appointments)

I. The Dental Van will be onsite in February and made available to all.

The board approved discussed our entire nursing program including the work of the Wellness Committee before approving Nurse Rachel's Program Review. Thank you Nurse Stubblefield for all of your hard work and dedication to keeping our Macks Creek school family healthy!

Next the board discussed the formation of a Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) Committee . This work group will me four times in January to re-draft our district's plan. The board discussed dates and the hiring of an outside consultant to facilitate this process. The work group will be comprised of school board members, administrators, faculty and staff, parents, as well as business and community leaders. Dr. Phillips will publish more information about the CSIP Committee and their work.

Lastly, the board heard the report of elementary principal, Dr. Jori Phillips and MS/HS principal, Mr. Jason Trusty. Their report is below:

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Adjourn

Superintendent's Corner

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

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Cover for BOE Meeting Slide show

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Michael Parrack. Vice President Byron Willis, Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer, Secretary Stacy Trusty and members Ray Husong, Scott Gould and Sara Stoufer were in attendance.

The board was led in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by members of the Macks Creek FFA. The group highlighted their recent trip to the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis.

Fair Oaks Dairy

Helping with a breach calf birth

Fair Oaks Dairy

Pork Farm

Fun at Fair Oaks Dairy

Group Photo at Fair Oaks Dairy

Golf

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Expo

Rodeo

Rodeo

Rodeo

Rodeo

Public Comment

Consent Agenda

The board approved the consent agenda which included the Treasurer's Report, October minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $274,345.41. The December Regular Board meeting is set for the 13th at 5:30 PM in the Adell Library Media Center at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

Dr. Phillips shared the following during the Superintenent's Report:

  • Purchased and installed a new oven utilizing a USDA Food Service Grant

  • Bus Repairs – Bus 23 in the shop 

  • Project to apply rubberized membrane to the High School Roof will start shortly.

  • Approval of our FY22 Audit in December

  • Wrestling Club is now practicing

  • MSIP 6 & CSIP Update – Spring 23

  • Annual Progress Report – Late Winter/Early Spring 

  • Staff Christmas Party – Wed, Dec. 14 at RJ’s

During Old Business, the board reviewed the district's Safe Return to In-Person Instruction plan and did not make any changes.

During New Business the board reviewed and approved the following program reviews:

  • Homeless & Foster Care Program Reviews (Action)

  • ELL & Migrant Program Reviews (Action)

  • At-Risk & Counseling Program Review (Action)

Below is information shared by High School Counselor, Mr. Alexander Jones, Elementary Counselor, Mr. Tanner Glodt our Career and College Advisor, Mrs. Candy Bothwell and our At Risk Coordinator, Mr. Lee Dobbs (who also serves as our Homeless Liaison, Migrant and ELL Coordinator). The board approved each of the program reviews as presented.

Program Review Slides

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Lastly, the board heard the report of Macks Creek Elementary Principal, Dr. Jori Phillips and Secondary Principal, Mr. Jason Trusty. The information they shared is below:

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Principals Report

Principals Report

Principals Report

Principals Report

Principals Report

Principals Report

Principals Report

Principals Report

Principals Report

Principals Report

The board voted to adjourn at 7:30 PM. No Closed Session was held.

Macks Creek School Board Members

The Macks Creek R-V School Board Members during the May 2023 regular board meeting. From top left to right: Ray Husong, Jim Wehmeyer, Byron Willis and Scott Gould. From bottom left to right: Sara Stoufer, Stacy Trusty and Liz Stoner

Mission Statement

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