Cole County R-1 School Board Meets

The Cole County R-1 School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Under new business, the Board adopted the agenda, administrators presented their reports and voted to approve the consent agenda as presented. The Board approved a payroll fund transfer of $190,000.

The Junior Beta Club members, who won at the State Convention in Poplar Bluff, presented their projects to the members of the Board. The Junior Beta students said they enjoyed getting an opportunity to compete against 1,500 other Beta students from schools across the state. The students did very well and qualified to compete at the Junior Beta National Convention in Greensboro, N.C., this summer. The Beta Club is planning to do fundraisers to earn the funds needed to attend. The Beta Club is also looking for donations/sponsors to help with the costs as well. For those interested in making donations to help the students compete at the National Beta Convention, please contact Gala Spencer or Matthew Wessel at the middle school, phone number 573-782-4915. The students said they greatly appreciate the support.

The high school data team also presented their “Data Boards” with information they gathered during the “Professional Learning Communities” (PLC) time held on Thursdays. The data the staff presented was very insightful concerning the test results of the End of Course (EOC) exams, attendance, tardies, student discipline and teacher referrals. The Board members and administration praised the staff for their hard work and dedication to improving student learning.

James Stark and Chris Hart presented some proposed designs for the new building at the track. This building would house the concession stand, restrooms, locker rooms and storage for the track and lawn care equipment. They also presented two options on bleachers with one set which would seat 220 people and a larger set which would seat 420 people. The Board voted to approve the ARRA DNR Loan for the track lights and electrical installation.

The Board voted to approve the Country Kids Daycare Agreement to transport their kids to a safe location in the event of a disaster. The Board also left the tuition rate the same as last year at $6,250 for the 2012-13 school year.

In closed session, the Board voted to accept letters of resignation from Ben Powell, Rosanna Lopez, Kevin Shivley and Donna Howard. The Board voted to employ David Cook as a vocational agriculture teacher, FFA Advisor and Young Farmers and Wives Co-Sponsor for the remainder of the school year.

The February Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16.

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