Superintendent's Corner 

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

    Thursday, April 23, 2020

    The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Josh Kingston. This meeting was conducted on Zoom in which all members appeared virtually on screen due to COVID-19 stipulations. Dr. Phillips was present in the Adell LMC and projected the Zoom meeting on the large screen. The audio of the meeting was projected through speakers so as to allow members of the public the opportunity to attend and give comment if desired. The LMC was also arranged to allow for social distancing.

    Consent Agenda

    The consent agenda was approved which included the Treasurer's Report, March Minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $282,470.76. The May board meeting was set for Thursday, May 21 at 5:30 PM in the Adell Library Media Center. No public comment was given.

    Superintendent's Report

    Dr. Josh Phillips presented a cash flow report and discussed the budget for the remainder of FY21 as well as FY22 in light of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic upon the district's funding. Dr. Phillips also discussed plans for the remainder of the COVID-19 Building Closure, plans relative to cleaning and projects once the stay-at-home order is lifted, and plans for summer cleaning and maintenance. The district intends to continue removing vinyl tile in high school classrooms as well as the cafeteria. In turn, the district will rent concrete polishing equipment and seal the floors in each of these spaces.  Dr. Phillips also discussed the implications of our building closure and social distancing upon opportunities for summer athletics.  Unfortunately, in accordance with MSHSAA and Governor Parson's guidance athletes may not have any type of camps, open gyms, workouts, etc. until after our last scheduled day of school.  Our coaches are working to create a schedule of allowable activities to occur beginning May 21st.  Athletes will wash hands before and after activities, maintain social distancing, not share equipment or water bottles.  Any athlete feeling ill should not attend any activity.  Additionally, our custodial staff will sanitize indoor spaces utilized by athletes and personal sanitation supplies will be on hand for athletes to utilize during the activity.  

    New Business

    A. The board discussed COVID-19 mitigation measures in place to protect students and our community. Macks Creek School is committed to continuing the education of all our students while taking steps to ensure their safety and health during this Outbreak. Macks Creek teachers are continually preparing packets of lessons which are picked up by parents on Friday's or delivered directly to student homes. The district conducted surveys to determine specific student needs and made Google Chromebooks available to all students. As a result, teachers are routinely meeting with students via platforms such as Google Meet and Zoom.  Teachers are also maintaining "office hours" when students can email and receive immediate feedback from teachers.  For example, our high school math teacher has been meeting with students virtually in small groups and providing specific, tailored feedback in response to struggles students are encountering when completing math problems. All core content teachers have scheduled time for students to login and participate in virtual classroom meetings. The district WI-FI is available to the public and can be accessed in the parking lots around our campus.  The WIFI password is *245$tAT3rDN!. The district is also distributing food to families. Each Friday, families may pick up food here at school from 9-11. The district is delivering food to any family in need that is not able to pick it up.  The district has been averaging between 2,000 - 2,500 meals per week. We appreciate our hard working cooks and the team that meets each week to distribute all of the food and milk.  

    B. The board approved the administration's plan to survey seniors and the parents of seniors to learn their preference relative to hosting the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020.  In light of everything the Class of 2020 has missed during this last half of their senior year, the district desires to honor their wishes as much as possible.  Data collected from these surveys illustrated the class and families would like to have as traditional a ceremony as possible.  Realizing social distancing orders will still be in place on May 15, when the ceremony was initially scheduled, the administration post-poned the ceremony to June 30.  It is the district's hope restrictions governing large-group gatherings will be lessened and there will not be a limit upon the number of guests each student may invite.  The district will closely monitor the outbreak and release specific details regarding the ceremony in the future. We appreciate our seniors and our hearts are broken for them as they have missed out so many things this year.  

    The meeting was adjourned and the board entered closed session at 6:20 PM.  

    The board accepted the resignations of Adam Stewart, Alyssa Chambers, Jennifer Hopkins and Zachary Buscher.  Each of these teachers will be leaving our school to assume new responsibilities elsewhere.  We are grateful to each of them for their service to our students and wish them the best! 

    In March, the board voted to rehire all certified teachers for the 2020-2021 school year.  In April, the board voted to rehire all classified employees for the 2020-2021 school year.  

    Lastly, the board voted to hire Jessica Cowan to serve as our High School English teacher.  Mrs. Cowan is currently an English Language Arts (ELA) Resource Teacher/Learning Specialist for Jefferson City Public Schools. In her current capacity she serves students with IEPs providing differentiated ELA instruction in a variety settings. The board also voted to hire Katie Danek to serve as an Elementary teacher.  Mrs. Danek is a Macks Creek Alum who served as our preschool paraprofessional while completing her education degree.  More details will be shared about each of these teachers in the future. We are excited to welcome both of them to our Pirate family!  

    The meeting was adjourned at 6:49 PM.   

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