April 7, 2005
SCR-I School Board Discusses Long Range Planning Committee
Several months ago the Scotland County R-I Board of Education commissioned a community group to provide input on needed improvements for the SCR-I district. The Long Range Planning Committee held its first meeting March 22nd. SCR-I Superintendent Dave Shalley discussed the initial gathering at the March 31st school board meeting.
Shalley indicated the inaugural meeting was used to organize officers and review work done by the previous planning committee several years earlier. The numerous volunteers on the committee selected Greg Shelley as the chairman and elected Beverly Moore secretary,
Meeting attendees received financial information regarding the district as well as a list of past goals established for the schools. The discussion turned to possible new goals for the district, but no action was taken.
A second meeting was scheduled for April 18th when the committee will tour both school buildings and continue the discussion of future needs and goals of the district.
The bulk of the proposed improvements for the district will be dependent upon the availability of funding. Shalley presented the board members with an update on state funding for education.
He reported the formation of a funding committee by the Northeast Missouri Superintendents group to address the state funding issues. The new committee has developed three issues it wishes to see addressed by the state as both houses of the legislature continue to debate changes to the state funding formula.
The superintendents wish to see the Dollar Value Modifier (DVM) set at no lower than 1.0. In past years the formula has been funded at less than 100 percent. The group also wants the formula to be based solely on a set $3.35 tax rate. Currently districts where voters have passed higher taxes are penalized by the existing formula as the higher rates result in reduced DVM. The group’s third goal is to see school districts whose boundaries lie within more than one county, to use the highest DVM within its district boundaries.
Shalley reported that the committee’s recommendations had been approved by the joint education committee.
“This process is an ever-changing one as both houses work on the process of forming a new foundation formula,” Shalley said. “The source of revenue to fund the formula still remains a problem.”
In other business, the board opened the lone bid for cement and dirt work for the 2006 building trades project.
Hamlin Construction was awarded the bid to construct the basement, lagoon and septic tank for next year’s building trades home. The contract was awarded for $42,068.
Board members recently attended the Missouri Association of Rural Education conference at the Lake of the Ozarks. MARE Attorney Tom Mickes was a keynote speaker, outlining recent legislation that requires school district compliance. State Representative Maynard Wallace presented a legislative update on laws that are being considered by the state this session.
The board received a pair of teacher’s resignations that will take effect at the completion of the 2004-05 school year. Science teacher Suzanne Reay submitted a letter to the board announcing her resignation as she seeks to be closer to her home in mid-Missouri where her husband is employed.
Long-time home economics instructor Marsha Goucher submitted her letter of resignation announcing her plans to retire at the end of the school year.
The board accepted both resignations with regret.
Since the late 1960’s when the district became a county wide school, the high school became know as Scotland County R-I High School, a name change from the former Memphis High School.
However the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education still lists the district as the Memphis High School and the North Elementary School.
Siting confusion on grant applications and other communications with DESE, Shalley asked the board to consider a formal name change to Scotland County R-I High School and Scotland County R-I Elementary School. The board voted 6-0 to make the change official.
The board voted 6-0 to allow Transportation Director Dennis Robertson to solicit bids for a possible bus purchase.
“Dennis will look into costs of a route bus and a handicapped accessible bus,” Shalley stated. “ There is no commitment to buy a bus at this time.”
State law requires the board of education to hold a reorganizational meeting within 14 days of the completion of board elections. The board set the reorganization meeting for April 12 at 6:30 p.m. when the April 5 election results will have determined the three seats on the board.
The board also voted to reschedule the regular April meeting from the 28th to the 21st due to scheduling conflicts. The meeting will be held at the regular 6:30 p.m. starting time.
A pair of requests for overnight trips were approved by the board. Permission was granted for participants from SCR-I to stay overnight in Columbia on April 21 for the state FFA convention. Permission was granted for participants attending the state FBLA meeting April 18th to stay overnight in Columbia.
The board received, reviewed and approved the certified staff evaluations as presented by principals Rob Moore and Ken Cross.
The board voted 7-0 to offer employment for the 2005-06 school year to Jamie Hicks as he high school band instructor.