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By Mark Requet
Shelby County R-IV Superintendent Troy Clawson submitted his resignation during closed session, effective at the end of the school year, during the school board meeting Wednesday, September 13, 2023, in the middle school library.
Clawson reported the HVAC work is progressing. The school is waiting on the fans to arrive for the weight room. Once the fans are in, they will start connecting the duct work and then the whole system will be on.
Clawson said there were a few other small jobs that were getting close to being done.
The restrooms are progressing, but they hit a slow patch because the floor needs to be leveled still.
Clawson has spoken to Wendy Brumbaugh, who helped write a Missouri State Parks Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant years ago for the playground equipment, about a Missouri State Parks Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant. Estimates for the total cost of replacing the surface on the elementary playground are between $243,000 to $319,000. Labor was a big part of the cost and if the grant is approved, the cost would be half, which would be beneficial for the school.
Clawson also gave updates for the Financial Report and the CSIP- Cross Reference.
High School Principal Tim Maddex said they will be taking all sophomores to the “Build My Future” event in Macon on September 20. This event is designed to help students that want to attend trade schools or go into the workforce, make decisions about their future after high school.
He also gave an update on Monday Academy. There were four students who showed up for the first Monday Academy. He added that student athletes are being watched closely on their grades. They normally see a little dip in grades in the second quarter and Monday Academy attendance may grow as a result.
Middle School Principal Curt Bowen said several kids interested in Monday Academy and three attend the event, could see that number increasing in the future. Bowen gave a quick update on the bus transportation.
Elementary Principal Katie Stueve said they sent out 80 invitations for Monday Academy, with 43 students attending. Additional invitations will be sent if the need arises. Stueve thanked Mrs. Tara McWilliams for all the work she did on getting information ready and helping the teachers get ready for Monday Academy.
The board approved the Facilities/Buildings and Grounds/Activities – Needs and Improvement.
The board approved the 2022-25 Shelby County R-IV Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP).
During closed session, the board accepted recommendations to hire Sidni Esposito as High School Secretary, Judy Livingston as a Library Volunteer, Channing Black as the Dance Coach for the 2023-2024 school year, and Diana Hatcher as a Volunteer Dance Coach for the 2023-2024 school year.
The board accepted letters of resignation for Custodian Chris Hines and Superintendent Troy Clawson. Clawson’s resignation will be at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.