The Scott City R-I Board of Education met in regular session on February 12, 2014. Board members Scott Amick, Beth Cox, Sally Porch, Gary Miller, Lisa Schaefer, and Gary Elders were present.

The Board conducted the following business.

  • After reviewing the updated Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, the Board voted to accept the plan as presented by CSIP coordinator Vicki Helderman. The Plan connects District goals with the current state MSIP 5 standards as well as the inclusion of local goals. The plan was developed by a committee made up of parents, students, faculty members, administration, board members, and other community members.
  • The Board began formulating a plan for a No Tax Increase Bond Issue by suggesting names of individuals or groups of people that might be interested in serving on a committee to help guide the issue. Over the past few years, the District has refinanced its bonds and lease certificates to achieve lower interest rates. Those refinancing actions have created savings for the district as well as provided an opportunity for additional options with regard to the facilities. At the November 2013 Board Meeting, representatives from LJ Hart & Company provided information to the members of the Board concerning the possibility of issuing General Obligation Bonds to provide funds for either a project for facility improvements or to pay off the existing lease financing. The District currently maintains a 49 cent debt service levy. After analysis of the payment schedule information, the District has some different options available to it. One option would be to consider future building needs where a new money bond issue could be as large as $1,100,000 and not require an increase in the 49 cent debt service levy. Another option would be to consider a bond issue to prepay callable lease certificates in an effort to make additional operating funds available that are currently used to meet the annual net lease payments. A third option would be to consider maintaining the current levy by performing a prepayment of $225,000 on the outstanding bonds with approval of the Board of Education as part of the tax rate hearing process for the next fiscal year.
  • After reviewing two calendars developed by the calendar committee, the board approved the 2014-15 school calendar. The start date for students was set for August 13, 2014, and the end date was May 20, 2015.

In Closed Session, the following business was conducted.

  • High school principal Mike Johnson's evaluation was reviewed. The Board voted to extend the contract of Mike Johnson through the 2015-16 school year.
  • Middle school principal Mike Umfleet's evaluation was reviewed. The Board voted to extend the contract of Mike Umfleet through the 2015-16 school year.
  • Elementary school principal Courtney Kern's evaluation was reviewed. The Board did not take action on her contract. Mrs. Kern's current contract extends through the 2014-15 school year.
  • The Board approved a list of coaching changes for the spring baseball and softball seasons.