A look at what happened at the regular meeting of the Board of Education...
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Note: This meeting was held in-person at 245 State Road N in the Adell Library Media Center. Unless otherwise indicated, all future board meetings will continue to be held in-person.Board members will be seated so as to allow for social-distancing. Anyone wishing to attend a board meeting is encouraged to contact the district office in advance (at 573-363-5909 Option 3). Please call ahead to ensure the district has time to make plans to provide adequate social distancing for the safety of everyone in attendance.
Regular Board Meeting
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Michael Parrack. Vice President Byron Willis, Secretary Stacy Trusty and members Scott Gould, Cheri Nations and Sara Stoufer were in attendance. Emma Waters, Bailey Taylor and Chelsey Brown were also in attendance.
The consent agenda was approved which included the Treasurer's Report, September Minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $279,609.22. The November board is set for the 19th at 5:30 PM in the Adell LMC.
In addition to a cash flow report, Dr. Phillips highlighted the following:
-Baseball Light Project (new poles, wiring and ballasts)- complete
-Installation of basketball hoop height adjusters in main gym - complete
-Camden County approved $131,966.79 in Corona Virus Relief Funds for the district which includes:
1. $9,417.79 in reimbursement for COVID Related expenses
2. $94,929.00 for future payroll, supplies and handheld devices for lower elementary students.
3. $8,000 in funds to match Missouri Student Connections - Access (MSC-A) grant funding to purchase 31 wireless hotspots for households without internet and put two exterior access points on our campus.
4. $19,620 in funds to match Missouri Student Connections - Connections (MSC-C) grant funding to outfit our school buses and SUV's with WIFI and purchase 3 years of service.
-DESE announced it will be distributing an additional $61.5 million in Corona Virus Relief funds based on a rate of $67.00 per student to Missouri Schools. Macks Creek School's portion of these funds will be $21,946.
-The Youth League has decided to postpone the Biddyball program until after the high school basketball season due to concerns regarding spreading COVID-19 at games and practice.
-Dr. Phillips highlighted masonry tuckpointing and roofing projects that will begin this spring and into the summer.
-Lastly, Dr. Phillips updated the school board regarding the measures the district continues to take to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep all students, staff and families safe. Nurse Stubblefield has applied for COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Kits being distributed by DESE. Dr. Phillips also included the following statistical summary:
Elementary– 3 cases YTD w/ 1 active
Middle/High– 4 cases YTD w/ 1 active
Staff Totals (Pre-K-12) – 2 YTD & 0 active
Student Totals – 7 YTD with 2 active
Students in Quarantine – 13
Staff in Quarantine – 2
A. The board voted to approve the senior trip agenda as presented by Emma Waters, Bailey Taylor and Chelsey Brown. The trip includes airfare, lodging in Port Orange Beach, a trip to Universal Studios and a trip to Walt Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida. The seniors reported they are on track to meet their fund raising goals and appreciate the support of our school community.
B. The board voted to set the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021 for Friday, May 14 at 6:00 PM.
C. The board authorized Dr. Phillips to trade in the district's 2005 Dodge Caravan and purchase an 8-passenger 2013 Ford Expedition from Camdenton Auto Sales. The Expedition will be utilized to transport small groups of students to events, transport teachers for professional development as well as other school business. The purchase price with the trade is $11,400.
D. The district approved the Exceptional Pupil Cooperative Agreement for the 2020-2021 school year. In order to provide the best possible special education services for students, the district belongs to the Exceptional Pupil Coop of the Ozarks (EPCO).
E. The board voted to approve Dr. Phillips plan to utilize matching funds from Camden County CARES funds and MSC-A and MSC-C grant funds to purchase individual internet hot spots to check out to students, a wifi solution for school buses and SUV’s, and install external wireless devices for the public to utilize on campus.
F. The following information was shared during the Principals' Report:
The board entered into closed session at 7:03 PM.
The board voted to utilize County CARES funding to hire Mrs. Valerie Keehler and Mrs. Lynn Bowman to serve as full-time substitute teachers. It has been difficult to find substitutes during the pandemic. Having two substitutes available at all times will ensure we are ready to adapt to the challenges of COVID-19. When either lady is not being utilized as a substitute they will work with small groups of students to reduce class sizes and increase social distancing. Mrs. Keehler and Mrs. Bowman have been serving as substitutes on a regular basis and we are grateful to have county funding to be able to make them full-time members of our team!
The board voted to hire Mrs. Tara Johnson to serve as a full time cook/custodian. This position is also made possible through the use of Camden County CARES funding. With Mrs. Johnson's help we will be able to more deeply sanitize our campus and more efficiently serve students meals in classrooms (as opposed to the cafeteria in accordance with our COVID-19 reopening plan).
The board also voted to hire Mrs.Tena Strader to serve as a part-time cook. Mrs. Strader is currently a part-time school bus driver and substitute custodian. This position in not funded through CARES.
To create more social distancing in our 5th and 6th grade classrooms, the board voted to utilize county CARES funding to hire an additional full time teacher. We are excited to welcome Mrs. Amber McDonald to the Macks Creek Pirate family as our 5th & 6th grade Math Teacher. Mrs. McDonald, a veteran of the United States Air Force, is completing her degree in education through Central Methodist University where she will graduate this December. She is excited about becoming a Pirate and shared "I believe strongly in the unlimited capacity of children to succeed in life and in education. As an educator, I consider it my duty and privilege to inspire and create opportunities for that success."
The meeting was adjourned at 7:33 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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