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March 2013

The Scott City R-I Board of Education met in regular session on March 20, 2013. The Board conducted the following business.

  • High School Principal Mike Johnson reported information to the board concerning the MSIP 5 College and Career Ready Standard 4. The standard found on the annual performance report scores the district on the percentage of students who have successfully completed a dual credit course or an advanced placement course. In order to get more students to enroll in these courses, the high school staff and students are researching ways to raise money to help students pay for the cost of the college credits. A scholarship fund for dual credit classes is being developed. The scholarships will be funded through private donations, fund raisers, and a portion of the school web store sales.
  • A revision to the policy for weighted grades was approved by the board. The revision included wording that would make all dual credit and advanced placement courses weighted in addition to the ones already on the list.
  • The Board granted permission for Three Rivers Community College to hold college level classes in the high school building during evening hours. The space for the classes will be made available from 4:00 pm- 9:15 pm, Monday - Thursday.
  • The Board voted to maintain membership in the MEUHP Health Insurance Consortium for employees. Insurance premiums for next school year are expected to increase by approximately 12%, due in part to the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires additional fees be surcharged. Superintendent Diann Ulmer told the board that the ACA will bring about many changes soon with regard to employment of staff and health insurance eligibility. The ACA is a fluid document with new information being released on a regular basis.
  • The board approved the quarterly revision of the 2012-13 school budget which shows estimated expenditures of $7,799,389 and estimated revenues of $7,818,489.
  • Middle School Principal Mike Umfleet, who is also a transportation director for the district, reported to the Board that a recent Missouri State Highway Patrol inspection was conducted on the buses. The fleet of buses achieved a 100% passage inspection rate.
  • Superintendent Ulmer told the Board that the FEMA Tornado Safe Room project is still waiting approval from FEMA officials. In addition, she reported the staff of each of the building levels is revising procedures for intruder drills following the A.L.I.C.E. training. Also, surveillance cameras will soon be installed on all route buses, the web store is nearing completion, and the baseball field home run fence has been moved inward in response to the new regulations for bats.

In Closed Session, the following action was taken:

  • Voted to accept the resignations of Cecelia Harris as speech language pathologist and Ricky Keller as special education teacher effective at the end of the school year.
  • Voted to hire Nick Grassi as special education teacher/at-risk teacher and Jordan Williams as middle school assistant football coach for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Voted to hire the following teachers for the 2013-14 school year giving them a tenure contract: Layna Kirchner, Cynthia Tew, Seth Ward, Christopher Bradshaw, James May, Nancy Townsend, and Shelly Meier.
  • Voted to hire the following probationary teachers for the 2013-14 school year: Steven Hendricks, Mitchell Madrey, Amy Coffey, Mark Dannenmueller, Keisha Panagos, Jana Porch, Whitney Tankersley, Lindsay Aycock, Laura Enderle, Tiffanie Grassi, Katie Hendricks, and Jodi Palish.