The Scott City R-I Board of Education met in regular session on March 16, 2016. Board members Beth Cox, Gary Elders, Heraleen Bowers, Brad Uelsmann, Scott Amick, Lisa Schaefer, and Justin Braun were present.

The Board conducted the following business.

  • Middle School Drama Sponsor Whitney Miller along with three middle school drama students, Raegan, Harley and Breahnna, told the Board of their upcoming play that will be held on April 8th and 9th. They also told the Board of different activities they do for Drama Club and their recent trip to the River Campus to see the play by SEMO drama students.
  • Craig Milde of Dille & Traxell Architects gave the Board copies of the proposed secured entry renovations for the elementary, middle school and high school. He also talked to the Board about the cafeteria renovations and the different options for the flooring, showed them pictures of the proposed new cafeteria tables, and discussed renovations of bathrooms and the proposed new concession stand. Mr. Milde told the Board a conservative estimate of the cost for the new secured entry ways, the addition to the middle school office and the cafeteria floor and renovations was approximately $215,000. He also told them the renovations of 7 of the bathrooms would, conservatively, be approximately $20,000 each for a total of $140,000. The Board was given a timeline for the project, which showed the renovations possibly extending through mid-September. The Board was told advertising for bids could possibly be done in late April.
  • High school principal Mike Johnson informed the Board that after reviewing third quarter grades there was a total of 8 F’s. He also informed the Board the Band scored a 2 at District Competition and two Robotics teams were currently in Iowa for Super Regionals. Middle school principal Mike Umfleet informed the Board bus inspection by the highway patrol had been completed with a 100% pass rate.
  • Superintendent Lee told the Board the state budget was being finalized and he would keep them informed. The Board was told he was working on the 2016-17 budget and there was a possibility that an additional teacher may need to be added next year in the fourth grade because of the large class and a part-time teacher in special services because of the increasing caseloads. He also told them he would be attending the MEHUP insurance meeting on Thursday where he would be receiving the school’s health insurance rates for the 2016-17 school year. He also informed them the February attendance was above 95% for the District.
  • Gary Miller informed the Board he had someone willing to donate some paint for the outside of the FEMA Building if they wanted to have a Ram head painted.
  • The Board approved the 2016-17 school calendar with the proposed start date for teachers being August 8th and the proposed first day of school being August 11th, which is more than ten days prior to the first Monday in September. The proposed end date would be May 12, 2017.
  • The Board approved the request from the Boys and Girls Club Steering Committee for use of the district facilities.
  • The Board voted to allow the advertisement and sale of used weight equipment on April 7.
  • High school principal Mike Johnson told the Board the high school was looking into a computer program that would allow academically talented students to take classes that are not offered on campus as an option. The program would also be available for those students that need to take classes for credit recovery and for those students that wish to take classes for early college credit.
  • Discussion was held concerning the need to have a policy to determine the funding of school of trips and the criteria involved in the determination. Superintendent Lee informed the Board he had polled other conference schools and most of the schools depend on fund raising to pay for any non-MSHSAA trip. Different options were discussed such as paying the sponsors’ expenses and the bus drivers expenses or paying up to a certain dollar amount for such non-MSHSAA competitions. The Board asks Mr. Lee to develop a policy for the Funding of School Trips for their consideration at the next Board meeting.
  • The Board approved choice one for the pre-school renovations which involves taking a wall down between room #20 and #22 on Fornfelt hallway and incorporating one bathroom stall from the restroom that is next door to accommodate the preschool program.
  • The April board meeting was rescheduled for April 13th in order for it to be within fourteen days of the election.
  • Board President Beth Cox read a statement about Board conduct.

In closed session, the following action was taken

  • The Board voted to extend the contract of April Garner as Elementary Principal through the 2017-2018 school year.
  • The Board voted to extend the contract of Marcia Daniels as Special Services Director by one year.
  • The Board re-employed the following teachers for the 2016-17 school year, giving them a tenured contract: Steven Hendricks and Jana Porch.
  • The Board re-employed the following probationary teachers for the 2016-17 school year: Kyle Clay, Crystal Villanueva, Whitney Miller, Judy Hoffmeister, Brian Breeding, Elizabeth Perkins, Elizabeth Kluesner-Moser, Amber Rose, Angela Huckstep, Jenelle Lee, Taylor Poore, Sarah McClard, and Annah Voshage.