A look at what happened at the regular meeting of the board of education…
Monday, November 19, 2018:
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Josh Kingston. The board approved the agenda and was led in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by members of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Chapter President, Emilie Donathan discussed the group's plans for the last half of the school year which includes in-depth preparation for district competition in the spring. Fundraising Chairman, Mason Willis echoed Emilie saying the group "hopes to send as many students as possible to state this year."
The consent agenda was approved which included the Treasurer's Report and October Minutes, as well as the bills, payroll, and witholdings in the amount of $270,609.01. The next regular board meeting is set for December 17 at 5:30 PM in the Adell Library Media Center.
No Public Comment was given.
During the Superintendent's Report, Dr. Josh Phillips highlighted the following:
- A Financial Report
- The selection of a more "user-friendly" domain name for the district as we migrate to a new platform.
- Timeline of release of 2018 Annual Progress Report data
- Thanks to the generosity of Jones Tile, the Greenview Elks Lodge and the Strutz Family 22 Macks Creek families received a complete Thanksgiving meal with all of the fixings and a desert.
- Selection of date and location for the annual Macks Creek R-V Faculty & Staff Christmas Dinner
- Safety and Security Update
- The board approved the program review of the district's Counseling Program. Mrs. Eidson reported she has spent 14% of her time teaching counseling curriculum to students in grades K through 12 this school year. Additionally, she spent 11% of her time assisting students with individual planning and 64% on responsive services. Such services include individual counseling, small-group counseling, consultations and making referrals to other agencies. She also highlighted the district's partnership with Central Ozarks Medical Center and therapy sessions with Dr. Michael Cundiff (provided here on campus free of charge). Lastly she spent 10% of her time relative to program management, community relations, consulting and collaborating, participating in committees, and community outreach. In addition to sharing information regarding time and task, Ms. Eidson highlighted the A+ and Dual Credit Programs and shared the district testing schedule. Each year many graduates take advantage of the tuition-free college courses as they work towards a degree. Many high school students are now taking advantage of dual-credit courses which allow them to earn college credit before they graduate. By taking the courses as high school students they receive discounted tuition and can reduce the amount of time they will spend in college by as much as two years if they take enough classes to earn an Associates degree. Macks Creek high school students may begin taking dual-credit courses following their freshman year.
- The board approved the Homeless Program Review as presented by Homeless Liaison, Mr. Lee Dobbs. Our district has 32 students who meet the criterion to be considered homeless. As Mr. Dobbs described students may be considered homeless if they lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. They are students who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (generally referred to as being "double-up"). They may also be students who are living in emergency or transitional shelters, abandoned in hospitals, who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private placed not designed for or normally used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings. They may also be living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings or substandard housing. The majority of Macks Creek homeless students are considered "double-up". Mr. Dobbs also discussed the rights of homeless students as well as his duties as our district's homeless liaison.
- The board approved the At-Risk Program Review as presented by Mr. Dobbs. Our At-Risk program currently serves 15 students who qualify based on several factors including academics, behavior and domestic situation. Many students require a daily one-on-one focus while others benefit from periodic consultation to ensure they are staying on track relative to a given class and ultimately are on pace to graduate.
- The board approved the English Language Learner Program Review was presented by Mr. Dobbs. He discussed eligibility and the number of participating students. He also highlighted the services provided to our students and requirements for exiting the program.
- The board received the Principals' report from Mr. Kolwyck and Dr. Phillips. Current enrollment for the elementary is 199 students which is an increase of 4 from last month. The average daily attendance for the elementary is 97.76% which is a slight decrease from this time last year. The current enrollment for grades 7-12 is 145 which is an increase of 1 over this time last year. The average daily attendance for the high school is 95%. Both principals shared data relative to types of discipline incurred since last month's board meeting. Dr. Phillips shared about opportunities for 5th and 6th grade students to have the salad bar as a meal choice. Mr. Kolwyck highlighted information learned at recent meeting of high school principals including the 2019 school calendar, small school teacher recruiting ideas, and MAP/EOC test preparations. He also shared information in regards an increasing number of area school districts transitioning to a 4-day week.
The regular board meeting was adjourned at 6:30 PM and the board went directly into closed session.
The Macks Creek R-V School District wishes to congratulate Mrs. Wendy Conklin who recently made the decision to retire. Mrs. Conklin who is currently serving as our librarian has spent her entire 25 year career here at Macks Creek School! Prior to assuming the duties of librarian she taught in the primary grades.
The Macks Creek R-V School district would like to welcome Mr. Zachary Buscher to the district. Mr. Buscher will be taking over 2nd grade from Ms. Alyssa Rodrigo in January. Mr. Buscher will also serve as our assistant boys basketball coach. Mr. Buscher is graduating with a BS. Ed. degree from Lincoln University in December with a certification to teach grades 1-6. He recently completed his field experience at Pioneer Trail Elementary and his student teaching at Fatima Elementary.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:00 PM.
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