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By Marlana Smith
The North Shelby Board of Education met Wednesday, February 16, 2022, in the high school library. Board President Scot Shively brought the meeting to order with all members present.
FFA member Ava Williams was presented a certificate from Shively for receiving first place in the 2021 Missouri Teach Ag State Public Speaking Contest.
Kim Gaines informed the board of replacing the two shower poles in the girls’ locker room with wall mounted shower heads.
Gaines also informed the board about the many pieces of harmful legislation being proposed in the legislature this session.
Gaines stated, “Right now, public education is under fire in the legislature and in the national news media. Representative Pollitt’s open enrollment bill –HB 1814–is most concerning right now because it will pit school districts against one another and could force consolidation of smaller schools if they lose too many students.”
Technology Coordinator Lisa Arment discussed information on the technology throughout the school. There are approximately 350 Chromebook/iPad devices in the school. So far this year, Arment has had to troubleshoot/repair 78 Chromebooks.
There are seven classrooms in the elementary and nine in the high school that still need interactive panels (clear touch). The music/band room is also in need of one, but according to Arment, they are more interested in a 75-inch TV which is considerably cheaper.
Clear Touch panels are appoximately $2,750 plus shipping. Approximate price to purchase 17 interactive panels is $51,000. This would be done in phases.
No motion was made at this time.
High School Principal Report
Kerri Greenwell provided the following information to the board:
Thank you to everyone, near and far, who donated to the silent auction to help North Shelby student, James Kelley. Over $20,000 has been raised so far.
National Honor Society hosted a blood drive February 9.
The North Shelby Junior Scholar Bowl Tournament was held February 12. North Shelby’s A Team won consolation.
Congratulations to Dylan McEwen for winning first place Area 3 Proficiency Award in Agribusiness Processing. He will compete at the State Convention in April.
The first possible practice day for spring sports is Monday, February 28.
Elementary Principal Report
Jennifer Rich provided the following information to the board:
The Sprint Scholar Bowl Tournament was held February 5. North Shelby represented our school wonderfully. The fifth grade team competed against the sixth grade team for the championship. Sixth grade won! Members on this team are: Ty Bacon, Caleb Barrick, Cooper Belt, Kale Pollard, Domenic Williams and Aiden Wilson. Members on the fifth grade team are: Brody Belt, Toby Copenhaver, Jace Foreman, Maddy Jones, David Miller, Lane Pollard and Scarlett Yoder. Both teams will compete at Knox County Tournament on March 4.
Kelly McEwen is completing her final week long training for PAT this week. She has been working very hard with trainings, scheduling visits, and holding group connections in conjunction with South Shelby PAT. She is also working on Pre-K, K Screening which will be held March 14-16.
Michelle Ratley, band teacher, submitted proposals regarding new band and color guard uniforms. The board voted to purchased 40 band and seven color guard uniforms. The cost is $18,920 ($473 each) for band uniforms and $1,211 for color guard uniforms.
Gaines attended a meeting Wednesday, February 16, regarding employee health insurance. The district received a 9.3% increase. The board approved the rate increase for the 2022-2023 school year.
The board approved the resignation of Mary Davidson as food service cook.
The board also approved the hiring of Ashley Parsons as the district Food Service Director for the 2022-23’ school year. There will now be two cook positions available for next year.
The board also approved the hiring of Stephanie Penn for JH/HS science for the 2022-2023 school year.
The board renewed the contract of Mrs. Jennifer Rich, elementary principal for next school year.
All votes were roll call (7-0).