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By Mark Requet
The Shelby County R-IV School Board held its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 14, in the elementary library.
Shelby County R-IV Superintendent Troy Clawson said work on the high school HVAC is progressing nicely. He said that they were about to start on duct work and have been laying out a path.
Clawson spoke about some new requirements for testing for lead in the water. He said he thinks the water is safe at the school, but there are some old fixtures that possibly need to be replaced.
A walkthrough plan is scheduled for June 22 for prospective bidders. Bids are due July 6, with the anticipation that the bid will be approved on July 12. Clawson said he would like for the sewer replacement and floor to be done before school starts in the fall, then they could finish the rest of the work during the school year. He’s hoping to get the heaviest, dirtiest and loudest part of the project done before school starts.
District Continuous Improvement and Multitiered System Support
The school was selected to be a part of a pilot, new wave list for the next five years. It helps blend behavior/active performance and curriculum.
“In simpler terms its going to utilize them to be our frequent directors, working with our teachers to see where kids are falling short when we test them, and where things can be approved,” stated Clawson.
Elementary Principal Katie Stueve reported that she has been in contact with the staff about goals for next year. She said that they have had a good group of kids for summer school.
Middle School Principal Curt Bowen reported that they had five students in summer school.
Bowen added that he got a letter from the Missouri State Highway Patrol congratulating him and the school district on receiving 100 percent on the bus inspections.
Bowen said there were two changes to the schedule and that going to four-day school was a good time to change. One was academic intervention, supplementing a classroom to get additional help in a core area or a weakness area that they see. The other change is ACASUPB (academic support) which is looking collectively at their grade levels on what they need to focus kids on to get them ready for high school or get them over the hump, referring to either testing skills or asking students how they stay organized during the day.
Asked about bus repairs, Bowen said unless it’s under warranty, they usually like to stay local to get them repaired.
High School Principal Tim Maddex reported they had 12 students in summer school. He reported that Luke Magruder, Trey Countryman, Braedyn Wester and Owen Stueve made the Academic All State Team in baseball. The baseball team had the 11th highest GPA average in the state, with a 3.34 grade point average. Magruder and P.J. Schmidt were also selected to All-State Baseball honors as well.
Maddex said they had 144 to 199 discipline referrals, but the cell phone referrals went up 50. He said they focused on cell phones this year as one of the goals and the staff did a good job. He added that only one kid reached a level three infraction and that was during the last an emergency response app called E3. Staff had some training on it. “It will ring the Chromebook, desktop and cell phone, and for us as administrators, it tells us what it is and once we get everything set up, it will even alert the police, 911, fire department, or whatever we need to do automatically,” added Maddex. He said the teachers will begin their training for the app in August.
The board discussed the 2023-24 Shelby Co. R-IV Preliminary Budget.
The board approved a motion to approve the 2022-23 Shelby Co. R-IV – District Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP).
The board approved a motion to approve the K-8 District Assessment for Reading/Math-iReady.
The board approved a motion to approve a quote for concrete improvements at Softball/Baseball Fields, repairs, and an additional sidewalk at middle school building with Maupin’s Grade Rite.
In executive session the board:
• approved a motion to hire Para-Professional/Aide Josie Rentschler for the 2023-24 school year.
• approved a motion to hire Para-Professional/Aide Diane Barton for the 2023-24 school year.
• approved a motion to hire Mendy Schaefer for the High School Student Council Co-Sponsors for the 2023-24 school year.
• approved a motion to hire Arielle Million for the High School Student Council Co-Sponsors for the 2023-24 school year.
• approved minutes from previous meeting, current month’s bills, and consent agenda items as presented.