The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. to hold a School Calendar Hearing to review and receive public comments regarding the proposed 2014-15 school calendar. After public comments and discussion, the Board voted and approved the 2014-15 calendar.
The Monett R-1 School Board of Education met on Thursday evening, December 19th, at 6:10 p.m. for the regular board meeting. The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
Minutes from the regular November meeting of the Board of Education were approved.
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
- Paying the bills
- Approving MSBA Board Policies
- Approving Surplus Property List
- Approving A+ Program Evaluation
- Approving Technology Program Evaluation
Board Program – Teen Bullying Summit
Beth Nation, English teacher at Monett High School, spoke to the Board highlighting the Teen Bullying Summit hosted by the Southwest Center for Educational Excellence (SWCEE) on November 15th. Thirteen surrounding school districts participated in the summit, representing over thirty teams comprised of four students and one sponsoring adult. Monett High School organized twenty students representing five teams to learn about the effects of bullying and strategies to prevent bullying in our schools. The teams continue to meet and have started Character Council as an initiative to become more intentional about creating a positive school climate for students, parents, community members, and faculty. The initial goals of the group were to highlight the talents and accomplishments of students, create a channel for reporting bullying, and emphasize the good things happening at the high school by being proactive.
Mr. Hanson provided the Board with an article entitled, “Who Likes the Core?” The article highlighted survey results of 14,000 teachers from across the country. The results indicated that 76% of teachers surveyed think that the common core will have a positive impact on learning. In addition, Superintendent Hanson shared information with the Board regarding issues related to the Commissioner of Education and recent news articles regarding her leadership. Board candidate filing started on Tuesday, and filing is open until January 21st. Four people have filed for three Monett School Board of Education seats. The election is scheduled for the first week in April. Lastly, the Board reviewed building level reports.
FEMA Project Update
Mr. Hanson announced that both FEMA projects being planned for Monett High School (new performance arts center) and Monett Middle School (new cafeteria/multi-purpose room) are still on pace to go to bid in January. SAPP architects are still working on the final details.
Burl Fowler Project Update
Mr. Hanson reported that over the past several months, a community group has secured significant contributions earmarked towards installing artificial turf at Burl Fowler Stadium. The funding campaign continues seeking additional community pledges. The board will begin the process of seeking official bids for this project in the near future. Our architects, Sapp Design and Associates, will lead this bidding process and will supervise the project when approved.
Mr. Hanson explained that the upgrade of the surveillance and security system at Scott Regional Technology Center resulted in surplus cameras and a digital video recorder that will be repurposed to other buildings in the near future.
Review Capital Projects List
Mr. Hanson reviewed the three-year capital project plan, specifically focusing on items the Board will want to consider for the next budget year. This list will be prioritized as the budget continues to be developed and finalized this spring.
Mr. Hanson explained that with four snow days prior to Christmas, he has been looking at the current school calendar, analyzing ways to recapture school days without having to bring students back to school after Memorial Day. Mr. Hanson proposed using January 20th, which currently is scheduled as a teacher professional day, making it a day of student attendance and the first snow make-up day.
The Board approved making January 20th as the first make-up day. Mr. Hanson stated that the office would start notifying patrons of the change.
When the board returned from closed session, no action was taken.