Salary Rates Increase, New Softball Coach Hired
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By Marlana Smith
The North Shelby Board of Education met Tuesday, April 20.
The meeting was called to order by Board President Scot Shively. The agenda was approved and a motion was made to go into executive session at 6:35 p.m.
The board voted on extra-duty assignments for the 2021-22 school year.
A motion was made to hire Denise Shockley as varsity softball coach. Shively, Shawn McEwen, Keith Killen, Joshlin Yoder and Brandy Uhlmeyer YEA and Bill Reitz and Amy Presson NO. Motion passed, 5-2.
The following aides/paras were hired: High School, Shockley and Cheri McKenzie and elementary, Jessica Linberger, Kaitlyn Mersman, LaNise Nastav and Jennifer Linberger.
The board hired Debra Barrick, Brenda Rogers, Roxie Stoneburner, Lauren Gander, Mary Davidson, Jennifer Thrasher, Ashley Parsons, Trey Million, Greg Linberger, Roger Barrick and Sarah Livers for support staff.
DJ Reitz was hired. Bill Reitz abstained.
The board hired Kim McEwen. Shawn McEwen abstained.
The resignations from Jacob Rich as varsity football assistant and Barbie Parrish as junior high football and basketball cheer coach were accepted.
The board hired the following for extra duty: Ray Bacon, JH FB asst.; Bridgett Bass, varsity track asst.; Seth Bass, varsity football; Mark Copenhaver, JH boys’ basketball; Landon Daniel, varsity girls’ and boys’ basketball; Scott Gaines, JH boys’ football and varsity baseball, Lauren Gander, JH track asst.; Haley Hardy, JH softball and JH girls’ basketball; Jennifer Linberger, accompanist; Jessica Linberger, JH track; Angie Resa, softball volunteer (no pay); Renee Shinn, varsity track; Cody Stoneburner, varsity boys’ basketball asst.; Katie Wiley; JH scholar bowl; Jaime Williams, varsity girls’ asst. and Ashley Dunn, JH football and JH basketball cheer coach.
Dan Uhlmeyer was hired as varsity baseball asst. Brandy Uhlmeyer abstained.
The following class sponsors were hired: Jaime Williams, seventh, Scott Gaines and Melissa Smith, nineth, Lisa Arment and Seth Bass, 10th, Bridgett Bass and Renee Shinn, 11th and Jennifer Chandler and Landon Daniel, 12th.
Holly Klusmeyer and Kathy Jackson were hired as eighth grade class sponsors. Bill Reitz and Scot Shively abstained.
A motion was approved to hire the following for organization sponsors: Jennifer Chandler, FBLA, Jennifer Chandler and Lisa Arment, TRACTION, Cristy Jones, FCCLA, Harold Eckler, FFA, Seth Bass, FCA and Bridgett Bass, Science Club.
Amanda Cook was hired as Student Council sponsor. Cook was also hired as a varsity softball asst.
The board voted to hire Kathy Jackson as FCA sponsor. Scott Shively abstained.
A motion was made to leave executive session and return to regular session at 8 p.m.
The April 6 board election results were certified. Brandy Uhlmeyer and Ryan Wiley were sworn in by Board Treasurer Debbie Barrick. Superintendent Kim Gaines was appointed as temporary chairman. Scot Shively was elected as Board President. Shawn McEwen was elected as Vice President. Debbie Barrick was elected Treasurer and Brenda Rogers Secretary.
Board member Bill Reitz was recognized for his nine years of service to the board. He was presented a plaque by Scot Shively.
Gaines informed the board the district received a 100 percent on the recent bus inspections.
Gaines, along with other area superintendents, have been meeting with Senator Cindy O’Laughlin to discuss issues in education. She said the next meeting is planned for Friday, May 7 at Paris.
Gaines presented the board with the salary proposal for next year. She proposed a $1,500 increase to the base and a $25 increase from Lanes 6-11 on the salary schedule. The starting base pay will increase from $33,000 to $34,500 for the 2021-22 school year. Gaines stated, “Our teachers deserve this raise. They work hard all of the time, but this year has been difficult in many ways. I was conservative last year, not knowing how the financial situation in the state would be affected by all of the shutdowns. When the Governor released the funds he withheld for this school year and the projections going forward looking positive, I felt now was the time to do this. Also, we need to try and stay competitive with other area schools; we are all drawing from the same teacher candidate pool.”
Two bus bids were presented to the board—Midwest Transit and Central States Bus. The board accepted the bid from Midwest Transit for a 2022, 65 passenger IC bus. The school will receive a trade-in value of $5,500 for an older bus. The cost for this bus will be $83,816.
MCE Policies 0311-board member statement of practices, 3165—federal procurement standards, and 4120-employment procedures/MSHP criminal background checks were approved, along with regulation 3165-federal procurement standards.
High School Principal Report
Kerri Greenwell provided the following information to the board:
Congratulations to Andi Belt and Aliza Yoder for being selected to attend this year’s Helping Youth Maximize their Agriculture eXperience (HYMAX) Academy.
The American Government class held a seventh-12 grade mock election March 25. Students were able to vote on the exact same items as a person from Shelbyville voted on at the April 6 election. The Government class acted as poll workers and checked in students before they voted. Students were required to bring a photo ID in order to confirm their identity and cast their votes.
Congratulations to Caroline Linberger for making the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 1 All-State Team and the KRES All-Star Team.
Congratulations to these musicians for earning the following ratings at State:
Gold: Jackson Strain, vocals and Sarah Killen, vocals.
Silver: Elizabeth Meyers, flute; Riley Stoneburner, flute; Dylan McEwen, trumpet; Austin Wilson, trumpet and Linberger, French horn.
Bronze: Connor Harrison, French horn.
Also, congratulations to the band for receiving straight I ratings at the concert contest in Paris.
Congratulations to the Junior High Scholar Bowl Team for winning second place at the North Shelby Tournament and to Jared Johnston for earning second on the All-Tournament Team. The team also won the Scotland County Tournament for the third year in a row and Johnston received second on the All-Tournament Team.
Ms. Taylor Pitford took students interested in the art profession to Culver-Stockton College on April 23.
The high school spring concert and auction will be May 5 at 7 p.m.
Prom is May 8 at the Bethel Colony Barn from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Grand March is outside at North Shelby at 7 p.m. Invitations were sent electronically this year.
Graduation practice will be during fourth block on May 10.
Seniors will leave for Branson on the evening of May 10 and return late May 13.
Graduation is May 16 at 3 p.m. in the high school gym. The guest speaker will be Chris Duerr, KHQA Sports Director.
Sports physicals are May 18 beginning at 9 a.m.
Music and Scholar Bowl Awards Night is May 20 at 6:30 p.m.
The last day of school is May 25. The awards assembly will begin at 9 a.m. School will dismiss at 12:30 p.m.
Elementary Principal Report
Monica Hinshaw provided the following information to the board:
Classroom teachers have gone to observe Bridges Math lessons in Kirksville this March. Bridges Math, published by the Math Learning Center, is the math program that will be implemented next year in the elementary (K-5).
Map testing will begin in the elementary April 27.
Fifth and sixth grade band students will participate in the band concert May 5.
The elementary spring program will take place May 6.
The board accepted letters of resignation from Michele Trenhaile-Parents As Teachers, Jacob Rich-assistant varsity football, and Barbie Parrish-JH cheerleading sponsor.
The board voted to offer contracts to Houston Bichsel-1/2 high school business and 1/2 science; Keely McCarty-elementary position; Heather Christine-H.S. Vocational Agriculture; Anne Barratt-K-12 Art; Taleka Vanskike-elementary para and Michelle Kraft-1/2 time elementary para.