The Board conducted the following business:
- Prior to comments from visitors Superintendent Lee gave a statement to those in attendance concerning what had happened at the school over the past few days. He gave them the timeline of events beginning with the previous Friday. He informed everyone there were certain details that could not be released to the public by law but at all times student safety was the first priority. He informed everyone that on the previous day, because of a mandatory reporting incident, the school went on lockdown as a precaution. The appropriate officials did their investigation and found the threat was not credible. At that time the lockdown was lifted and school remained in session, but that parents were allowed to pick up their children if they wished.
- Lt. Culler of the Scott City Police Department also talked to the crowd and told them that they, along with the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, and the Missouri Highway Patrol were at the school within minutes after receiving the call. They informed the crowd they investigated the alleged threat and found it to be not credible. They also told the crowd the school officials, teachers, and staff had done an excellent job keeping all the children safe. He told them the safety of the students was the number one priority of all the responding agencies.
- Several community members made comments or asked questions for the board about the following issues: wanting their children to be and feel safe; protocols in place as to where parents should congregate if similar situations should happen in the future; keeping the school parking lots clear for emergency personnel; what is being done to help those students that were, in their opinion, falsely accused; what is being done to prevent bullying in general; the status of active shooter drills for the students and their effectiveness; the use of social media by parents which lead to, in their opinion, fear being spread; the feasibility of metal detectors being installed at the entrances; allowing only clear or mesh backpacks; using hand held metal detector wands; the desire for a full time armed resource officer at the school; the locking of all outside entrances during the day; the need for everyone to be on the same page as to what to do in these situations; functions of the straps on classroom doorways; attendance issues for those students that were not here because of the perceived threats; the seriousness that bullying or other concerns are dealt with; the ability of classroom doors to be locked during such situations. Several of the parents also thanked the school teachers and administration and the different police and sheriff’s departments for keeping their children safe.
- The school board and administrators responded to the questions by noting that the option of hiring a full time resource officer was being considered, along with the possibility of the need for a school social worker. They also mentioned that outside entrances are locked during the day once school gets started, and that all threats and bullying are taken seriously and dealt with as soon as possible, but that information about discipline could not be discussed by law. In addition, they discussed that active shooter training has been scheduled for March 9th and how the training has changed in recent years. New training points include a shift from locking doors and hiding to getting out if possible and fighting back if necessary. Lt. Culler detailed that The Knights of Columbus Hall on Highway 61 is the location where parents are to congregate if such a situation should arise in the future. He added that a police officer and a school official, if possible, will also be there to keep the parents informed. The administration addressed that the straps are used on doors to help keep them from being opened during lockdown and that those students that were kept home because of the perceived threats would be excused. Mr. Johnson met with the high school students and faculty on Monday to discuss what had happened the previous Friday and to debunk the stories that were on social media. The parents and community member that were in attendance were assured by all administrators the safety of the children was taken very seriously.
- Superintendent Lee informed the Board attendance for the month of January was 92.99%. He also gave an update on recent legislative activity.
- Voted to approve policy and regulation numbers PR1300, PR2260, PR2760, R2673, R6145, and R6250.
- Approved the deletion of policy and regulation numbers PR1310, PR2130, PR4810, and PR6273.
- Technology Director Jerry Tucker and assistant Chris Bradshaw, presented to the Board their internal audit of the technology department. Their internal audit consisted of them reviewing the current inventory, rotation, software, servers, website, budgets, needs and recommendation. They also reviewed the external audit and they suggested to the Board in their opinion, a lot of the external audit recommendations were already being done and they felt some of them were not applicable to the Scott City School District.
- Approved the 2018-19 school calendar as presented. The calendar has a start date of August 16th for students and an end date of May 15th.
- Voted to move the April Board Meeting date to April 11th.
In closed session the Board:
- Voted to hire Lance Amick as high school principal for the 2018-19 school year.
- Accepted the resignation of Taylor Hamlett as high school English teacher, effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year.
- Voted to grant a one-year extension to the contract of April Garner as Elementary Principal through the 2019-20 school year.
- Voted to grant a one-year extension to the contract of Mike Umfleet as Middle School Principal through the 2019-20 school year.