March 6, 2003
School Board Approves Sale Of Building Trades Home, Begins Plans For Next Year
The Board of Education met in regular session February 27, with six members present. Member Doug Shalley was absent. The meeting was called to order by president, Ellen Aylward. There were two items of old business and six items of new business for the board to consider.
Report of MARE Conference - George, Gary, Paul, and Supt. Huff represented the Board of Education at the annual Missouri Association of Rural Education Conference (MARE) held February 21st and 22nd at the Holiday Inn at the Lake of the Ozarks. This conference is held annually and presents information crucial to rural schools of the state in a timely and informative manner. This year the primary focus of the conference was on legal issues concerning education, the serious lack of funding for Missouri schools from state sources, and the MSIP regulations that are currently being implemented by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for cycle 3 MSIP. The featured presenter on Friday at the conference was Tom Mickes of the School of Law Firm of Doster Mickes Jame & Ullom LLC. Mr. Mickes' law firm is considered to be a preeminent legal firm in the mid-west on issues pertaining to school law. Saturday's most attended sessions dealt with the impact state funding will have on schools and what measures educators need to know in order to prepare their districts' for the drastic shortfall that will occur with respect to the state's educational budget for fiscal year 2003-04. This annual conference is one of the best conferences held in Missouri and board members who attend always confirm that their time was well spent. Since this was only a report on a conference attended, no action was required by the board.
Review Building Trades House Bids - The board received a bid from Karri and Chris Feeney, which met the floor price of $85,000 established by the board at the January meeting. The board voted six to zero to accept the bid submitted by the Feeneys for the 2002-2003 building trades house.
Approve Procedural Evaluations - The Board of Education received two of 37 procedural evaluations required by DESE annually. The two reports received were the Elementary and Secondary Guidance reports prepared by Mrs. Moore and Mr. Bondurant. The board expressed their appreciation for the time spent by each of these individuals in preparing the procedural evaluations and for the work they do all year long on behalf of our youth. The board accepted each report with a six to zero vote.
Approved FBLA Trip Request - Mrs. McCabe presented a letter to the board requesting permission for an overnight trip to Columbia on April 14th and 15th for the FBLA. This is their annual state contest to which they have gone each year for the past five years. The board voted six to zero to approve the trip as requested.
Pre-Bid Cement Work for Building Trades House - Annually the Board of Education solicits bids from local contractors for cement work for the building trades house that will be built the following year. At the request of local contractors, this bidding process has been moved from June to March. The board voted six to zero to grant permission to solicit bids for the 2003-2004 building trades basement. The submitted bids are to be considered by the board at the March meeting.
Report on State Funding Issues - Supt. LeRoy Huff reported to the board on the current status of school funding generated by the state of Missouri. In his comments Supt. Huff told the board that in fiscal year 2001-2002 the district received $1,326,339 through the foundation formula when prior year adjustments were excluded. In 2002-2003 (this year) we were scheduled to receive $1,343,090, using DESE's proration figures. However, this dollar figure and the current proration factors are currently being revised downward because of the state budget shortfall. Huff reminded members of the board that next year state aid will be drawn on 621.74 students. This year state formula moneys were drawn on 665.34 students. This is down from 706.43 students on which aid was drawn last year. This translates to a reduction of 84.69 students in only two years' time with respect to the formula or 12 percent fewer students who drive the state aid formulas. Supt. Huff made the comment that the picture is crystal clear as to what is happening to the district's state formula moneys. If this were the best of economic times we would be loosing state aid, but in these tough economic circumstances our state education dollars will be reduced more because not only are fewer students being drawn on, but there will be less dollars drawn on per student. Therefore districts with declining enrollment will suffer larger than normal declines in state aid.
The latest word from Jefferson City is that the proration factor next year could be as low as .87 on line 1A and .82 on line 1B. Should these figures prove to be accurate the district could loose more than 20 percent of state formula moneys if no adjustments to the district's operating levy occurred. No board action was required concerning this agenda item as it was for information purposes only.
Retired Certified Employees Recognition Center - Many schools devote a prominent area in the school in which to recognize staff that has retired from the school with a minimum of years of service to the school prior to their retirement from education. This recognition usually takes the form of a picture accompanied by years of service, and area or areas of service to the school. The board believes this to be a most fitting tribute to those who have labored for many years to educate our children and authorized by a six to zero vote the creation of the concept and will be establishing appropriate criteria as more information becomes available.
In executive session the board reviewed the evaluation of principals. Mr. Moore is in the second year of a three-year contract so no action on his contract was required. Mr. Shalley was offered an extension of his contract through June of 2004. The board action makes the length of both principals' contract the same. The board expressed their appreciation to Mr. Moore and Mr. Shalley for the work they do on behalf of our students and staff and told both that they look forward to working with them next year.