Superintendent’s Corner

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

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

    Consent Agenda

    The consent agenda was approved which included the Treasurer's Report, May Minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $486,344.02. The July board meeting is set for the 26th at 5:30 PM in the Adell Library Media Center at 245 State Road N here in Macks Creek.

    Superintendent's Report

    In addition to a cash flow report, Dr. Phillips highlighted the following:

    CTS has begun work installing HVAC in the gymnasium, replacing each of the end units attached to our geothermal system, making upgrades to the geothermal system and converting all of the lighting on campus to LED.

    Our custodians and maintenance staff are hard at work deep cleaning, painting, and polishing floors. With the exception of finishing hallways, the entire elementary school will be fully restored and ready for students in the fall by the end of this month. The staff will then focus upon the high school. Great job everyone!

    The 63rd annual Alumni Banquet will be held this Saturday, June 26th at 7:00 PM. Please click on the following link for more information: https://www.mcreek.k12.mo.us/article/483277?org=macks-creek-rv-school-district

    New Business

    A. The board approved amending the FY21 budget to actual figures.

    B. The board adopted the FY22 Budget presented by Dr. Phillips. The complete budget document is available for review in the district office. Below are a few highlights:

    The budget for 2021-2022 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 35%. The 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 FY22. 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). Teachers may provide tutoring and receive $15 per hour. Enrollment is expected to be 325 (PK-12).

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

    • The budget was developed with an expected 95% funding of the foundation formula and a 2.87% increase to the assessed valuation. If these expectations are not met, the district has sufficient reserves to fund this budget and maintain a fund balance of at least 35%.
    • Teachers were given their step on the certified salary schedule and $1500 was added to the district’s health insurance cap for every full-time employee. A corresponding 0.6% pay increase was given to classified staff and administrators. The base teacher salary is $32,500.
    • The district will continue to provide 100% free breakfast and lunch to all students through the Community Eligibility Program. All students participating in after school activities are also eligible to receive a free healthy “super snack” through the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
    • Elementary students will also 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 $363,277 in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) II Funding, but does not reflect an anticipated $806,182 in ESSER III Funding. The district has submitted and received approval to spend 100% of ESSER II funds on a Guaranteed Energy Performance Contract (GEPC) to perform HVAC upgrades that will incorporate needle-point ionization technology to improve indoor air quality. The district is awaiting the allocation of ESSER III funds and the approval of its plan to use 80% ($644,945.60) to fund the aforementioned GEPC and 20% ($161,236.40) 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. All of these funds will be issued to the district on a reimbursement basis and the budget will amended as more information regarding the allocation and spending process becomes available.

    C. The principals presented information regarding summer professional development, summer school and information discussed at this month’s meeting of the school leadership team. The leadership team is comprised of both principals and various elementary and high school teachers selected to serve by their colleagues.

    The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM and the board went directly into closed session.

    The board voted to hire Mrs. Marie Skinner to serve as our Middle School English teacher. Mrs. Skinner has a Bachelor’s degree from Central Methodist University in Middle School English Language Arts (ELA). She also has a BSBA in Business Management of the University of Central Missouri. Because of her business background, Mrs. Skinner readily understands the importance of helping students become effective communicators, critical thinkers and collaborators. She is looking forward to ensuring her students learn ELA fundamentals while “having technology integrated within the classroom.” She shared she enjoys “implementing different learning strategies to make lessons exciting and engaging” for her students. We are excited Mrs. Skinner has joined our team!

    Mrs. Joy Willey has announced her retirement. Joy has served as our district’s bookkeeper for twenty-six years! During this time Joy has served with 5 different superintendents. She has also learned different software systems and adapted to countless new rules and regulations. Through all this time, she has ensured every Macks Creek employee received a pay check each month and all our accounts remain in order to effectively serve our students! Joy is an extremely talented musician and has enjoyed singing and performing at different school events through the years. She has also served as a student mentor and volunteered to help with many things. Joy has been a great friend to many coworkers and is a fervent prayer warrior. Joy will continue serving through December of this year training our next bookkeeper. We are going to miss you Joy! We are forever grateful for your hard work and devotion to the Macks Creek School family though the years!

    The board authorized Dr. Phillips to begin the search for a new bookkeeper.

    The board voted to employ Mrs. Lynn Bowman, Mrs. Valerie Keehler and Ms. Mackenzie Hicks to serve as para-professionals for next school year. Help is needed in the preschool classroom, special education classroom and as a long-term substitute teacher. All three ladies have diligently served as long-term substitutes for the district previously. We are excited to have them serving as full-time members of our team!

    The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 PM. 

    Superintendent’s Corner - MAY 2021

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

    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 Scott Gould and Sara Stoufer were in attendance.

    Consent Agenda

    The consent agenda was approved which included the Treasurer's Report, April Minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $314,732.36. The June board meeting is set for the 22nd at 5:30 PM in the Adell LMC.

    Superintendent's Report

    In addition to a cash flow report, Dr. Phillips highlighted the following:

  • Ronnie Stoufer and Stiles Roofing completed all roofing projects. The district office/preschool and 5/6 grade wing have new metal roofs. Additionally, repairs and maintenance were performed on the gym, high school, Vo-Ag walkway, Vo-Ag building and the flat portion of the K-2 roof.
  • CTS will begin work installing HVAC in the gymnasium, replacing each of the end units attached to our geothermal system, making upgrades to the geothermal system and converting all of the lighting on campus to LED this summer.
  • The old concession stand has been demolished. The foundation and concrete walls will be repurposed into an outdoor classroom complete with benches and picnic tables. Each area has a drain so water will not stand. Our teachers have many ideas for other enhancements and are looking forward to using this new learning space.
  • Dr. Phillips thanked the board for their support and leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Macks Creek School remained open for in-seat learning this entire school year. The district is grateful to our entire school community for all the support and encouragement. We know we couldn’t have kept our school safe and open for in-seat learning if it wasn’t for everyone’s help and cooperation!

  • New Business

    A. The board considered bids for various goods and services for the 2021-2022 School Year. Hiland was selected to provide milk, Woods will provide bread, Gygr-Gas will provide propane, MFA Oil will provide diesel fuel, and Stoufer Tire & Auto will provide school bus maintenance.

    B. The board approved a partnership with Hickory County R-1 Schools to provide summer school for our students. The summer session will run from June 2 – June 29th. Transportation will be provided from our campus. The bus will depart from the north parking lot at 7:20 AM and return at 3:30 PM each day. It is not too late to sign your child up. After May 20th, please contact Skyline Elementary School at (417) 993-4225 to make arrangements or with any other questions.

    C. Principals’ Reports

    Drs. Phillips and Kolwyck expressed they are both thankful for an amazing school year sharing that “we are finishing the year strong” and that “through all of the ups and downs, the Pirate Family has persevered!”

    Here is a summary of attendance and discipline this past month:

    ADA Elementary HS
    Attendance 93% 91.19%
    Discipline 18 Referrals 27 Referrals
    Yearly Attendance 94.38% 93.4%

    Students in grades 3 – 8 finished the Missouri Assessment Program earlier this week. Our teachers worked hard to ensure students were ready to tackle this state mandated test. If students worked hard, had a good attitude and were not a distraction to others, they earned an ice cream bar from their principals. The principals were both excited to hand out several dozens of ice cream bars and would like to thank our students for their great work!

    Macks Creek High School graduated 20 students last Friday during the Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony. The Commencement Address was delivered by Mr. Jason Trusty was heartfelt and inspirational. Salutatorian, Alyssa Seaholm, encouraged the graduating class to be passionate about what they do, be kind, and leave a positive impact on everyone you meet. The night was capped off with Grant English's Valedictorian address reflecting on his time at Macks Creek and encouraging his classmates to stay strong and persevere. 

    Today, May 20th, is our last day of the 2020-2021 school year.

    The JH high athletic banquet will be held this evening and the HS athletic banquet will be held tomorrow, May 21st.

    Three students are headed to the State Track meet this weekend in Jefferson City!

    The board entered into closed session at 6:18 PM.

    The board voted to release Tori Frisbee from her contract.

    The board is excited to welcome two new teachers to the district next year! Mr. Kris Paschel will serve as our high school mathematics teacher and Mr. Luke Overton will serve as a high social studies teacher and baseball coach.

    Mr. Paschel graduated from Central Methodist University with a degree in Mathematics Education. He is proudly serving our country as a member of the Missouri Army National Guard. He also has experience as a wrestling coach and is looking forward to working with our students this fall.

    Mr. Overton graduated from Anderson University with a degree in History Education. He has experience in youth ministry as well as baseball, football, basketball and softball. He is excited to serve our students as a teacher and coach.

    The board assigned various coaching duties for next school year. Mr. Ryan Hedrick will return as our softball coach and also serve as our athletic director. Mrs. Gloria Dampier will continue to serve as our cheerleading coach. Mrs. Paige Alexander will continue serving as our cross country coach and Mr. Craig Knutter will take on the role of head coach of track and field. Mr. Ron Duggan will continue to serve as our head boys’ and girls’ basketball coach. Mrs. Leah Rich will continue as our assistant girls’ basketball coach and Mr. Austin Mitchell will serve as our assistant boys’ basketball coach. Mr. Mitchell is a Macks Creek Alum who has nearly completed his Associates Degree form Ozarks Technical College.

    Lastly, as we welcome new teachers to our Pirate Family we are looking for places for them to live within our school community. If you know of local rentals please contact the school and we are happy to pass this information along.

    The meeting was adjourned at 7:44 PM. 

    The Macks Creek R-V School Board Members sat for a photo during the July regular board meeting. From top left to right: Michael Parrack, Byron Willis, Jim Wehmeyer and Scott Gould. From bottom left to right: Stacy Trusty, Cheri Nations and Sara Stoufer.

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