The Scott City R-I Board of Education met in regular session on January 21, 2015. Board members Beth Cox, Scott Amick, Gary Miller, Lisa Schaefer, Gary Elders, and Brad Uelsmann were present. Board member Heraleen Bowers was not present.

Prior to the start of the official meeting, the members of the Board of Education took a tour of the FEMA Safe Room to see the progress of the construction.

The Board conducted the following business.

  • The Board approved a resolution authorizing and directing the issuance and delivery of $1,750,000 in general obligation bonds. Representatives from LJ Hart & Co. presented the 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.
  • The Board received information concerning recent updates on the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. The Board was asked to review the updates to discuss and approve the plan at the February Board meeting.
  • The Board received a proposal concerning changing the graduation policy and requirements for incoming freshmen next school year. The total number of credits to graduate would remain the same at 24 credits. The change would be made with regards to what was required. As a result of the CSIP process, members of the CSIP committee are recommending the addition of a .5 credit ACT test preparation class to help meet the new state requirement of administering the ACT to all high school juniors. The Board was given alternatives to the existing credit requirements for graduation for them to review/ discuss/approve at the February meeting. High school student Austin, counselor LaDonna Pratt, and math teacher Vicki Helderman informed the Board of the increase in the Scott City senior average ACT score with those students who participated in the elective ACT prep course.
  • The Board review the attendance rates for first semester. The district attendance rate was 95.29%.
  • The Board certified the election ballot for the April 7 election. The following were certified: Sally Porch, Beth McDonough Cox, Gary Miller, and Justin Braun. There are two, three year terms available on the board.
  • Superintendent Diann Ulmer distributed a copy of the monthly field report on the FEMA Safe Room. A tentative timeline for the building was shared as well. Seating is scheduled to be installed around February 9 and a punch list on the project could begin around February 23.

In Closed Session, the following action was taken.

  • The Board accepted the resignation of Tiffanie Grassi, kindergarten teacher, effective immediately.
  • The Board hired Sarah McClard as kindergarten teacher for the remainder of the school year.