A look at what happened at the regular meeting of the board of education…
Monday, March 19, 2019:
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Josh Kingston. The board approved the agenda and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
The consent agenda was approved which included the Treasurer's Report and March Minutes, as well as the bills, payroll, and witholdings in the amount of $254,550.46. The next regular board meeting is set for April 23 at 6:30 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
- Spring sports are underway. All springs sports schedules for baseball as well as high school and middle school track are posted on the district website and available through the district's app. Our Athletic Director has included times and directions to each location.
- The district received 100% on the Highway Patrol's Annual School bus inspection for 2019. Thank you to the hardworking team at Stoufer's Tire & Motor and to Larry Teer, Eric Hoover and all our bus drivers!
- Our district's safety committee recommend augmenting the personal address (PA) system to ensure everyone is able to hear important information. As a result, speakers were recently added to the high school hallways and preschool classroom. The installers also updated software and made improvements to the PA system settings.
- District employees participated in open enrollment for health care and other benefits on Monday. For the 2019-2020 school year faculty and staff receive $350 per month toward their choice of 7 different health care plans, a board paid life insurance policy and a board paid long-term disability policy.
- The district has openings for next school year for a K-12 Counselor, MS/HS History Teacher, K-12 PE Teacher and High School Math teacher. Anyone interested in applying should visit http://www.moteachingjobs.com for more information. Dr. Phillips recently attended the Missouri Job Opportunities in Education (MOJOE) at the University of Missouri to meet candidates and share information regarding our district. The MOJOE job fair connects educational professionals with college students completing degrees in education from Central Methodist University, Columbia College, Hannibal-LaGrange University, Lincoln University, Stephen College, University of Missouri, and Westminster College.
- Dr. Phillips briefly highlighted the ballot issue voters are asked to consider on April 2nd. He shared because of the way the ballot language must be written voters may be confused. For that reason he has visited with various groups and shared through various media, it is truly a "no tax increase". The district is simply seeking to switch 10 cents from one fund to another so as to become eligible for small school funding that is already being divided among other districts.
- The board approved the following policies and regulations:
- The board discussed the Class of 2019 Senior Trip agenda. This year 9 seniors and two sponsors are flying to St. Petersburg Florida where the students will fish, snorkel, sight sea and visit a theme park. Mr. Kolwyck reported this group has done an excellent job raising funds and is ready to depart at the end of next month. In accordance with guidelines established for the senior trip, the Class of 2020 has determined they will travel to Galveston Island, Texas next year. By selecting a location at the end of their Junior year, these students will have the summer to consider the trip, begin saving money, and be ready to make a non-refundable deposit to attend the trip at the beginning of their Senior year.
- The board received the Principals' report from Mr. Kolwyck and Dr. Phillips. Our Art department is working to beautify our campus and is coordinating with our principals to create various murals. The very first mural is complete and was installed earlier this week. Below is a photo of the 6 foot tall mural across from the Nurse's office in the entrance to the elementary school:
Students are excited to begin work on various other mural projects during the fourth quarter of this year and next school year. Below is a concept the students created for one of the walls in the high school hallway:
Students who earned Pirate Pride and the Elks Lodge Character Awards were celebrated. Current enrollment for the elementary is 200 students which is a decrease of 2 from last month. The average daily attendance for the elementary for the month of February was 91.34% which is a decrease from this time last year and is low as a result of various flu and stomach bugs. 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 was 93.03%. Both principals shared data relative to types of discipline incurred since last month's board meeting. Mr. Kolwyck highlighted the accomplishment of senior Kelsi Kinney earning her State FFA Degree (only 3% of Missouri students achieve this honor).
The regular board meeting was adjourned at 6:10 PM and the board went directly into closed session.
The Macks Creek R-V School District accepted the resignations of Mrs. Grace Cotten and Ms. Summer Helton. Our district is grateful to both teachers for their service to our students and wishes them the best.
The board approved the rehiring of all tenured and probationary teachers for the 2019-2020 school year. Our district is fortunate to have so many outstanding educators working with our students! Next year, our current business teacher, Mrs. Wendy White will serve as our Library Media Center and Technology Director and our long-time counselor, Ms. Kristy Eidson will become our Middle/High School business teacher. Both teachers are looking forward to transitioning into their new positions while continuing to provide outstanding services to our students.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 PM.
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