The Scott City R-I Board of Education met in regular session on November 20, 2013. Board members Scott Amick, Beth Cox, Gary Miller, Lisa Schaefer, and Gary Elders were present. Board members Daniel Lance and Sally Porch were not present.
The Board conducted the following business.
- Tom Pisarkiewicz and Loren Severs of L.J. Hart and Company, reviewed different options available to the District concerning the prepayment of general obligation bonds. The options included presenting a no tax increase bond issue in April 2014 or April 2015, prepay a bond payment to continue the current debt service levy, or do nothing. The Board, after reviewing the information, decided to table the information until a later date.
- Teacher Nick Grassi and elementary counselor Jamie Sander presented information to the Board about the Elementary Care Team program. The Care Team services students that are considered at-risk, but do not qualify for special services. The program is based upon positive behavior supports and interventions and has already showed signs of success for the students who are participating.
- Superintendent Diann Ulmer reviewed data gathered through the use of teacher walkthrough evaluation forms completed by the building principals and special services director. The data collected in the classrooms includes such things as instructional strategies used by the teacher, the monitoring of depth of knowledge levels, the use of classroom objectives, the classroom learning environment, etc. Mrs. Ulmer informed the Board that information from the data helps guide professional development activities as well as monitors the use of instructional strategies that can help improve student academic achievement.
- Principals Mike Umfleet, Mike Johnson, Courtney Kern, and Special Services Director Marcia Daniels presented the Network for Educator Effectiveness System (NEE) for use in teacher evaluations beginning in August 2014. NEE is a comprehensive evaluation system based on new Missouri standards for educators and includes a web-based platform for storing and managing data on each educator in the building/district. The system trains evaluators to make consistent and reliable assessments of educators’ professional effectiveness, engagement with students, professional development activities, and
- achievement of goals. NEE focuses on helping educators grow and improve, to help improve overall student achievement.
- The Board accepted the proposal from Stanley, Dirnberger, Hopper, and Associates for the purposes of conducting the District's annual audit. The contract will include the audits for the next three years.
- The annual election notice for members of the Board of Education was approved. There will be three, three-year terms available. The opening date for filing will be Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. The closing date for filing will be Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. The election will be Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
- Superintendent Ulmer distributed updated MUSIC Policies and Regulations to be reviewed for the next board meeting.
- Principal Mike Umfleet informed the Board that bus drivers plan to participate next month in A.L.I.C.E. training, as it pertains to buses. Principal Mike Johnson informed the Board of recent meetings with Mineral Area College concerning potential opportunities for students to take dual college credit classes at no charge. Superintendent Ulmer reported to the Board that the District will soon have new digital surveillance cameras to replace the analog system that was failing. In addition, the baseball and softball bleachers were delivered and are being assembled, and two of the basketball goals in the high school gym have been scheduled for repair.
In Closed Session:
- The annual review of mid-year teacher evaluations was discussed, but no action was taken.