The Scott City R-I Board of Education met in regular session on December 17, 2014. Board members Beth Cox, Scott Amick, Heraleen Bowers, Gary Miller, Lisa Schaefer, Gary Elders, and Brad Uelsmann were present.
The Board conducted the following business.
- Representatives from LJ Hart & Co. presented the preliminary financial analysis for the general obligation bonds, Series 2015, associated with the passage of Proposition Kids in the November election. The new money bonds were approved by about 73% of the voters to construct and renovate entrances to the existing building to enhance security, to renovate the cafeteria, complete some roof repairs, and prepay existing lease financing.
- One of the local goals in the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan includes community collaboration. Members of the high school club Guidance Advisory Students (GAS) and their sponsor LaDonna Pratt, along with the middle school club Rams Rockin' Against Drugs (RRAD) and their sponsors Sara Bradshaw and Nancy Townsend, spoke to the Board about activities in which they participate that help the district meet the local goal. High school students Lauren and Michaela reported to the Board about the Arrive Alive campaign, Red Ribbon Week, and a campaign to not drink and drive. Middle school students Sam, Joe, Hudson, Cody, Paige, Hope, Tony, and Elizabeth presented a powerpoint of pictures concerning the work they did at Wappapello Lake during National Public Lands Day. The students described the beautification activities that took place at Wappapello Lake following the mass flooding of the area in 2011.
- The Board approved the quarterly revision of the 2014-15 Budget.
- After reviewing the proposed changes to the student attendance policy, the Board approved the new policy to become effective with the 2nd semester beginning January 6, 2015. The changes were prompted by recent revisions to Truancy Court guidelines.
- The Board approved the bid from G&S Architectural Products of St. Louis for the purchase of the stage curtains for the Performing Arts Center located in the FEMA Safe Room. The bid of $30,295 for material and installation included front and back curtains measuring 50' wide and 17' tall and side leg roto drapers, 3 on each side, measuring 8' wide and 17' tall. The other company bidding on the project was Hi-Tech Communications of Sikeston, MO.
- Brett Dille, of Dille and Traxel, LLC, was selected as the architect for the construction of the new secured entrances as a result of Proposition Kids.
- Principal Mike Johnson presented to the Board a list of students who have been approved for part-time attendance for the remainder of the school year.
- Superintendent Diann Ulmer reported to the Board three individuals have already filed for the April 7 board election, including Sally Porch, Beth Cox, and Gary Miller. Filing for the offices will continue through January 20. Two, three year terms will be available.
In Closed Session, the following action was taken.
- The Board accepted the resignation of Mitch Madry, communication arts/theatre teacher, effective at the end of the school year.
- The Board accepted the resignation of Steven Hendricks as volleyball coach effective at the end of the school year.
- The Board hired Kerry Thompson as assistant boys' basketball coach.