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May Board of Education Report
May 19, 2016
The Monett R-1 School District Board of Education met on Thursday evening, May 19th, at 6:00 p.m. The following business was conducted during the board meeting:
Minutes from the regular April Board of Education meeting and the May special meeting were approved.
The consent agenda was approved, including the following items:
- Pay Bills
- Approve Guidance/Counseling Program Evaluation
Board Recognition and Program
Dr. Hanson recognized Mr. Doug Childress for his six years of service on the Monett School Board.
Dr. Hanson thanked him for his dedication to the students of Monett R-1.
Mr. David Williams, MHS Principal, and Mrs. Kristy Sivils, MHS Agriculture, recognized members of the Monett FFA Chapter for their accomplishments at state level competition. Mr. Williams also recognized the chapter for being ranked in the top 10% in the state, making them a Gold Emblem FFA Chapter.
Dr. Jonathan Apostol, Monett Middle School Principal, recognized the following MMS student accomplishments:
- Youth Art Month - Every year, art teachers across the state of Missouri were able to submit artwork for the State Capitol. Amy Barker, MMS Art teacher, submitted two student pieces for display at the capitol. Chloe Bartz and Emily Mondragon were selected to represent Monett Middle School.
- Josten's Photo Selection - Abby Patton's photo was one of 5,000 student entries across the nation to be placed in Josten's photo book. Of the 5,000 entries submitted, only 50 of the entries made the book.
- Alisa Moua - Monett Middle School hosted the Big 8 Art Show. Entries from 6th, 7th, and 8th graders were submitted in different categories. Of all the entries, Alisa Moua was selected as Best of Show. Additionally, Alisa's work was selected as the Principal's Art Award and will be displayed in the Monett Middle School main office for the 2016-2017 school year.
- MMS Student Council – The MMS Student Council has been recognized as Honor Council for its work this school year, and this is the 11th time it has received this prestigious award. The award is criteria based, and if a school meets all of the prescribed criteria, that school receives the award. The Honor Council Award, established to honor student councils that have a comprehensive program that promotes student activities and student leadership, is the highest honor that the Missouri Association of Student Councils bestows upon one of its members.
Teena Fare, Special Education Director, recognized the district’s speech-language therapists: Morgan Hastings, Judy Seawel, Suzanne Sloan, Elizabeth Stotlemeyer, and Carrie Zahn. The month of May is nationally recognized as Better Speech and Hearing Month. The theme this year, Communication Takes Care, accurately reflects the work of the Monett R-1 Speech-Language Department throughout the school year. The therapists work continuously to serve students who require therapy services and to provide support to teachers in promoting better speech and language skills within the classroom for all students.
Second grade students from Ms. Forrest's, Ms. Holbrook's, and Mrs. Chapman's classes presented the results of their work on a project-based effort to determine how to use one of the "old" MES buildings to make it useful for learning. Students have spent the last three months researching viable plans for renovating one of the deserted buildings that previously housed MES students. Students interviewed school officials, the general contractor in charge of building the new MES building, and an architect from Kansas City to gain relevant information before completing their research. The project encompassed a total of nine grade-level learning standards and seven of the nine were assessed through the work on this project. All project-based units provide a strong focus on critical-thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication and must include a public audience component for presentation of the final product.
In administrative reports, Superintendent Brad Hanson presented updates and information about the following:
- Legislative session wrap-up
- Federal Guidelines for Transgender Restroom Usage
- Building-level written reports
Review of Summer Project List
Dr. Hanson updated the board concerning improvements at Central Park Elementary, HVAC projects at Monett High School, security updates, and parking lot repairs/improvements.
Curriculum and Instruction
In the area of curriculum and instruction, Dr. Evans, Assistant Superintendent, reported the final Tutoring, Enrichment and Mentoring (TEAM) report to the Board of Education. This past year 77 Monett teachers logged over 3,400 hours providing after-school intervention, mentoring, and enrichment opportunities to small groups of students assisting with increasing student achievement. The end-of-the-year survey indicated that over 95% of the teachers believe TEAM made a difference in providing the “extra” help/enrichments students needed.
Dr. Evans also presented the Back-to-School Workshop schedule highlighting the new teacher induction program and the opening meeting dates. The first general meeting with faculty and staff has been scheduled for August 10th, and students’ first day is August 16th.
CTA Salary and Benefits Consideration 2016-17
The Community Teachers Association (CTA) Salary and Welfare committee members shared a few long-term goals that included maintaining a competitive base salary, providing incentives to retain experienced teachers, incentivizing pursuance of higher education, providing incentives for healthy choices to increase wellness, and increasing the reimbursement for unused sick leave. The Board will consider the proposal and make a final decision at the June meeting.
Review Substitute Teacher/Paraprofessional Pay Scale
Dr. Hanson presented the 2016-2017 substitute teacher/paraprofessional pay scales to the Board. The Board approved the pay scales.
Review Property/Casualty and Worker’s Compensation Broker Bids
Dr. Hanson shared the Property/Casualty and Worker’s Compensation Broker Bids. The Board approved the bid from Connell Insurance.
Review Parking Lot Repair/Sealing Bids
Dr. Hanson updated the Board concerning bids received for various parking lot projects. The Board approved Dr. Hanson’s recommendation to accept the bid from APAC. Work will begin this summer.
Review Construction Testing Services
Dr. Hanson presented the construction testing services bids for CPE and parking lot improvements. The Board approved Dr. Hanson’s recommendation to accept the bid from Terracon.
Review MSBA Policy Revisions
The Board received a number of Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) policy revisions to consider. The Board will conduct a 30-day review before making final recommendations.
Review of Random Drug Testing Policy
Dr. Hanson, Mr. Williams, and Dr. Apostol updated the Board regarding the proposed Random Drug Testing Policy.
Set Dates for June Board Meeting and Budget Work Session
The Board will meet for a budget work session on June 16th to study the proposed budget for 2016-17. The next regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting was set for June 30th. The July board meeting was set for July 18th.
Review 1:1 iPad Purchases
The Board approved Dr. Hanson’s recommendation to purchase iPads for MES and CPE. This purchase is part of a larger pilot that will provide a 1:1 device for every student in the district.
When the board returned from closed session:
The Board approved the classified employment list for 2016-17.
The Board approved the extra-curricular assignment list.
The Board accepted the resignations of Caressa Blankenship and Deb Hamilton.
The Board approved to employ Lori Schmidt, Process Coordinator; Tom Hubbard, MHS Special Education; and Brandice Shores, MES ELL.
Upcoming Calendar Events
May 23rd - 26th: K-6th Grade Girl's Basketball Camp at MES Gym
Tuesday, May 31, 2016: Summer School begins (7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.)
June 1st - 3rd: K-6th Grade Boys Basketball Camp at MES Gym
Friday, June 3, 2016: Summer School will be held because of Memorial Holiday
Friday, June 10, 2016: No Summer School
Friday, June 17, 2016: No Summer School
Thursday, June 23, 2016: Summer School ends
June 27th - 29th: 3rd - 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Camp at MHS Gym
July 11th - 14th: Cubs Mighty Mite Football Camp - Burl Fowler Stadium
July 18th - 22nd: MMS Football Camp - Burl Fowler Stadium
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