The Scott City R-I Board of Education met in regular session on June 12, 2013.
The Board conducted the following business.
- Jerry Tucker, technology director, and Chris Bradshaw, webmaster, presented information to the Board concerning the status of technology in the District. The Board was informed that the District maintains over 500 computers including eight computer labs and five mobile carts. The presentation was made using Libre Office software, which a free and open source software to which the district has been transitioning. By utilizing the free software for such things as an office suite as well as for the maintenance of the district website and other areas, the District has saved thousands of dollars on the purchase of software in order to use the monies on upgrading hardware. Over the past couple of years, the classrooms have been updated to include Interwrite boards with projectors. Network servers have been repurposed and hardware has been placed on rotation cycles.
- Principals Mike Johnson, Mike Umfleet, and Courtney Kern presented updates to the student handbooks for 2013-14, which were approved by the board.
- The Board accepted the proposal from Central States Bus Sales for the purchase of a bus.
- The Board approved the 2012-13 tentative final budget.
- The Board voted to increase the tuition rate for the 2013-14 school year to $5950.
- After reviewing the estimated revenues and expenditures for the 2013-14 budget, the Board voted to increase base pay on the certified salary schedule by $100 to set the base pay at $29,000. Certified staff will be allowed two movements on the schedule as in previous years. The average percent increase in salaries will be two percent. The increase of two percent will be applied to support staff as well.
- The Board approved the proposed 2013-14 Budget, which shows estimated revenues of $8,346,604 and expenditures of $8,813,047. The budget contains anticipated plans to begin construction on the FEMA Safe Room project, which is still awaiting final approval from FEMA officials. The Safe Room is being funded through a $1.5 million grant through FEMA which is supported at the rate of 75% FEMA funds and 25% District funds.
In Closed Session, the following action was taken:
- Voted to accept the resignation of kindergarten teacher Jill Pinkston, who will be retiring at the end of the current school year.
- Were notified of the resignations of bus driver Connie Cassout and teacher assistants Kim Eifert and Lauren Bond.