California School Board meets

The California R-I School Board met Wednesday, July 17, with five members present.

Open session was short, with the board going into closed session for the remainder of the meeting.

Since school is not in session, the majority of the open session involved routine business such as payment of bills and approval of various consent agenda items.

The 2013-14 High School Handbook was approved as was the standard Conflict of Interest Ordinance for the Moniteau R-I School District.

The milk bid of Prairie Farms / Central Dairy was approved as was the bread bid from Flowers Bakery, Springfield.

A change for high school students for the coming school year is to allow students to use cell phones when assembled in the commons area before school, but having to turn them off when school starts.

The board also approved replacement of the parent notification program in use, TextCaster, with an enhanced system called SchoolReach with apps which can be put on Iphones. Present features are for Pinto Alerts with California R-1 School District emergency information, school closings, early dismissals and event reminders sent as email or text messages directly to mobile phones, wireless PDAs or pagers. This system will have a feature for anonymously reporting bullying. There is a system to help control possible misuse or overuse of the "bully reporting" feature.

The next regular monthly meeting will be Aug. 21. The board will meet early for a walk-through to check the work done on the facilities during the summer.

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