The Board conducted the following business:

  • High school art teacher Elizabeth Thomas and two of her students, Jake and Lexi, showed the Board some of their pieces that had been in a recent art show in Cape Girardeau. The Board was told of the six pieces that were selected to be in the show, five of them were winning entries. The Board was also told of upcoming art shows the students would be participating.
  • High school principal Mike Johnson informed the Board of an upcoming assembly for seniors that would give them information on how to more easily transition from high school life to college life. He also informed the Board the high school band had tripled in size over the past year and they had performed very well at the recent band competition in Cape Girardeau.
  • Superintendent Lee informed the Board of the recent Fine Arts Night that was held in the FEMA Building. The night consisted of displays of art projects, performances by the drama club and performances by the band. The board was also told of legislation concerning the expansion of Charter Schools, Ameren had received the school’s grant for the lighting project, summer school dates not yet being set, and the attendance for February being 92.02%.
  • April Garner, elementary principal and federal programs coordinator, reviewed with the Board how Title money is spent. The Board was told that 58% of the elementary qualifies for free/reduced meals which is how the elementary school qualifies for Title I funds.
  • Superintendent Lee informed the Board that school districts were still being advised to budget conservatively for the 2017-18 school year. He informed the Board he would be attending a budget meeting in Jefferson City where he should receive more information for 2017-18.
  • The Board was told two Food Management Bids were received, one from Aramark and the other from Opaa, the current provider. Superintendent Lee informed the Board he had visited two other local school districts where Aramark is the provider. He told the Board he talked with representatives from those school districts and they were very satisfied with Aramark. He informed the Board that bids were very close and gave them a spread sheet in which he had calculated the district would save $49,668.86 over a five-year period if they accepted the Aramark bid. It was the general consensus of the Board to table the decision on which bid to accept until after further study.
  • Approved continuing membership in MEUHP for health insurance coverage for employees.
  • Voted to co-op with Kelso C-7 school district for middle school track and middle school football for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Approved an agreement with Dille and Traxell Architects for the roofing project with a 8% charge.

In closed session the Board:

  • Accepted the resignation of Brenton Shipman, effective at the end of the current school year.
  • Voted to offer a contract to the following probationary teachers: Kayla Essner, Nathan Faulkenberry, Taylor Hamlett, Jenelle Lee, Elizabeth Perkins, Elizabeth Thomas, Bryan Breeding, Kyle Clay, Crystal Villanueva, Karen Breeding, Taylor Glueck, Judy Hoffmeister, Angela Huckstep, Elizabeth Kluesner-Moser, Sarah McClard, Amber Rose, Sydney Scherer, and Carmen Winders.
  • Voted to offer a tenured teacher contract to Whitney Miller.
  • Voted to hire Shannon Buford as high school business teacher for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Extended the contract of Kerry Thompson as Athletic Director for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Extended the contract of Marsha Daniels as Special Services Director for the 2017-18 school