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California school board addresses guests, new legislation

by Kaden Quinn | May 25, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
California R-1 School Board President Derek VanLoo awards California High School student Treavor Peacher with his diploma May 11, 2022, during the school board meeting. (Democrat photo/Kaden Quinn)

California High School student Treavor Peacher, who worked closely with the Mo Options Program throughout his high school career, received his diploma during the latest California R-I School Board meeting.

Board President Derek VanLoo gave Peacher the diploma during the May 11 meeting.

Peacher told the board he looks forward to pursuing a potential career in the music industry.

In a much anticipated event, the California High School Class of 1972 presented a plaque to the high school during the meeting. The plaque is to be placed between the front doors of the high school, where students can read an inscription stating, "As you pass through these doors, embrace what is. Steer toward what yet may be." The board discussed the donation during its April meeting.

The board recognized Alan Sparks, who received the Missouri State High School Activities Association 2022 Distinguished Service Award for almost 30 years of service to the district.

The board deliberated about bids for lawn mowing services and bank depository services.

After debating which services would provide the most affordable and reputable lawn care to the school district, the board selected Yardworks Lawn and Landscape LLC out of the four bids presented. Board members tabled further discussion on bids for bank depository until a later date.

The Missouri School Board Association updated board members regarding new state laws. Members agreed to provide a designated space for lactation support for teachers and students in accordance with new legislation. This area will also be open to the public if needed.

Board members also approved policies regarding professional short-term leave. According to the policy change, a new type of leave will be established for victims of domestic and sexual violence. This leave allows employees time to care for themselves or their family and household members.

The board, which opposes corporal punishment, would not approve policy including corporal punishment.

Members agreed on policy for seclusion and restraint. This is based on HB 432 which removes "isolation" from practice (a student must be in a classroom with a faculty member during this time). The policy also notes safer methods of physical restraint if necessary.

In other action:

The board approved 14 new staff hires and five resignations for the school district.

  photo  Democrat photo/Kaden Quinn: The California High School class of 1972 visited school board members to present the school district with a specialized plaque.
  photo  Democrat photo/Kaden Quinn: The California R-I School Board recognized Alan Sparks for his years of service to the school district. Sparks received the Missouri State High School Activities Association 2022 Distinguished Service Award for his dedication to local sports.

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