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School Board Minutes 8-21-2019
Corey Randall
Thursday, August 22, 2019





Present Absent

Kirk Cohagan, President

Shannon Smith, Vice President

Nakila Blessing, Member

Kristi Groseclose, Member

Wanda Homer, Member

Kirk Newland, Member

Jennifer Pantry, Member 


Steve Carvajal, Superintendent of Schools

Kyle Windy, High School Principal

Katie Wayman, Elementary Principal

Vickie Pierce, Secretary

Melissa Tennyson, Director of Finance


CALL TO ORDER –  6:00 p.m.

President Kirk Cohagan called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

APPROVAL OF AMENDED AGENDA – 6:00 p.m. (Oath of Office)

Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Jennifer Pantry to approve the amended agenda.  (Oath of Office) Motion carried 5-0.  

Superintendent Carvajal gave newly appointed board member Wanda Homer the Oath of Office.  

TAX LEVY HEARING –  6:01 p.m.

The tax levy information was given by Superintendent Carvajal.

APPROVAL OF TAX LEVY FOR 2019-2020 –  6:05 p.m.

Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to set the tax rate for 2019-20 at $3.4202 for the operating levy and $0.7798 for the debt service levy for a total rate of $4.2000.  Motion carried 6-0.

CONSENT AGENDA – 6:05 p.m.

  1. Minutes of previous meeting (July 18, 2019)

  2. Bills

  3. OPAA report

  4. FBG report

Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Wanda Homer to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried 6-0.

Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Nakila Blessing to approve the bills.  Motion carried 6-0.

FINANCIAL REPORT – 6:10 p.m. – Melissa Tennyson 

Total revenue is $226,815 and total expenses are $185,750 for the month of July 2019.  

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to approve the financial report.  Motion carried 6-0.

PUBLIC COMMENT TIME – 6:12 p.m. - none

OLD BUSINESS –  6:12 p.m. – no old business

NEW BUSINESS –  6:12 p.m.

a.  Approval of the Annual Secretary of the Board Report for the 2018-2019 school year.

Wanda Homer moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to approve the Annual Secretary of the Board report for the 2018-2019 school year.  Motion carried 6-0.

b.  Adoption of resolution to authorize bond prepayment

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to adopt the resolution authorizing the redemption of $140,000 principal amount of general obligation refunding bonds, series 2015A and authorizing the publication of notice of redemption.  Motion carried 6-0.

c.  Compliance Plan

Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Nakila Blessing to approve the 2019-2020 local compliance plan.  Motion carried 6-0.

d.  Authorize bids for triple jump & pole vault

Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to approve to advertise for triple jump and pole vault bids.  Motion carried 6-0.

e.  Pole Vault equipment 

Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to approve the purchase of pole vault equipment.  Motion carried 6-0.

f.  Approval of resignation

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Wanda Homer to approve the resignation of teacher MELISSA HULL.  Motion carried 6-0.

g.  Custodian of records

Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Nakila Blessing to approve VICKIE PIERCE as the custodian of records.  Motion carried 6-0.

h.  Substitutes

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Nakila Blessing to approve Michael Ayer, Denise Bruner, Dianne Clark, Virginia Jones, Reba Morgan, Jacinda Rhoads, Samantha Slane, Kayle Stump as substitutes and Terri Wobken as sub bus driver.

i.  Approval of bus routes

Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to approve the bus routes for 2019-2020.  Motion carried 6-0.

j.  Amend Regulation 4320

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to amend Regulation 4320.  Motion carried 6-0.

k.  September meeting will be Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL – Katie Wayman – 6:22 p.m. 

Enrollment PK-6 (as of 8/14/19): 341  

Attendance (as of 8/14/19): 96.25% 

 Upcoming Events: 

  • August 20 Parent Meetings: PK & K 5:30, 1st 6:00, 2nd 6:30 

  • August 22 Parent Meetings: 3rd 5:30, 4th 6:00, 5th/6th 6:30 

  • August 26 Instrument Rental Night 7:00 

  • August 30 School Picture Day 

  • September 6 Grandparents’ Day Celebrations 2:30-3:30 

  • September 10, 12, and 24 Health Screenings 

  • September 16 PD Day 

  • September 17 PTO and Title Information Meeting 6:30 

  • September 18 Midterm 

  • September 20 Homecoming, Early Dismissal 


  • We had a fun PBS kickoff of a schoolwide game of Mr. Potato Head Trivia on August 14. We reviewed expectations with students last week. We will kick off this week with our first Star Students! 

  • Caring Communities will be providing some funding for our tutoring program again this year. 


  • School is back in session! 

HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL – Kyle Windy – 6:24 p.m.

Enrollment numbers:  Junior/Senior High 243

  • Great turnout for Open House and 7th grade Orientation on August 8th.

  • Dual credit: 16 juniors and seniors are one or more dual credit courses this semester.

  • Students are very impressed with all the improvement and updates with the building.

  • Ryan Kaden won a grant of $500 from the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation. This year, there were 411 applications.  From that pool, 98 grants were awarded.  Among other items, Mr. Kaden will be using the grant to buy some buffalo parts to accompany a unit on Missouri's Native Americans and a battle shirt and guerrilla shirt for a unit on the Civil War.  Thanks to the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation for supporting our schools.     

MAP Results

2018 7th grade Math 2019 7th grade Math

46 Tested 52 Tested

17 Advanced/Proficient % 37>#span class="Apple-tab-span"### 24 Advanced/Proficient 46% (Increase 9%)

2018 8th grade Math 2019 8th grade Math

32 Tested 33 Tested 

9 Advanced/Proficient 28>#span class="Apple-tab-span"### 7 Advanced/Proficient 21% (Decrease 7%)

2018 7th grade English 2019 7th grade English

46 Tested 52 Tested

20 Advanced/Proficient 43>#span class="Apple-tab-span"### 23 Advanced/Proficient 44% (Increase 1%)

2018 8th grade English 2019 8th grade English

41 Tested 42 Tested

15 Advanced/Proficient 37>#span class="Apple-tab-span"### 22 Advanced/Proficient 52% (Increase 15%)

EOC Results

2018 Algebra 1 2019 Algebra 1

42 Tested 44 Tested

12 Advanced/Proficient 29>#span class="Apple-tab-span"### 20 Advanced/Proficient 46% (Increase 17%)

2018 Algebra 2 2019 Algebra 2

25 Tested 35 Tested

1 Advanced/Proficient 4>#span class="Apple-tab-span"### 8 Advanced/Proficient 23% (Increased 19%)

2018 English 1 2019 English 1

29 Tested 36 Tested

13 Advanced/Proficient 45>#span class="Apple-tab-span"### 25 Advanced/Proficient 69% (Increased 24%)

2018 English 2 2019 English 2

40 Tested 25 Tested

15 Advanced/Proficient 38>#span class="Apple-tab-span"### 11 Advanced/Proficient 44% (Increased 6%)

Government Field Test

Biology Fall Release

Up-coming events:

  • Aug 26th – Meet the Rams 6:00

  • Aug 26th – Fall Sport Pictures

  • Aug 30th  – School Pictures

  • Sept.17th – 20th Homecoming Week

SPECIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR – Raven Weaver – 6:25 p.m. 

  • Our Local Compliance Plan has been updated to match the Revised Missouri State Plan for Special Education.  

  • Schuyler R-1 school district has received a letter from The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) informing us that our public agency’s determination category is Meets Requirements in Implementing the Requirements and Purposes of the IDEA, and to provide a brief summary of the regulatory requirements related to these determinations as well as information about the date that was used to make this determination. The Special Services staff was very pleased to hear this good news and should be commended for a job well done.

  • Joetta Walters, Northeast Regional Professional Development Special Education Consultant, has been working with our special education department to ensure we are in compliance with all special education laws.  

  • I have been collaborating with partner agencies including Mark Twain Behavioral Health, Preferred Family Health Care, Senate Bill 40, Kirksville Regional Center, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Kirksville Area Technical Center, Glenwood Headstart, and others to coordinate services for our students for the upcoming school year.

  • The Special Education staff has been preparing for students to come back and begin services.  They have been meeting with our service providers along with general education teachers and grade-level teams.  

SUPERINTENDENT – Steve Carvajal – 6:27 p.m. 

Approximately $3,400 of prizes/coupons were donated by local businesses and given out to the staff on their first day back.  All of the donations were very much appreciated. There have been some HVAC and roof issues which are being repaired. Our new full-time School Resource Officer is Mike Davis.  Flag poles will be going up and gravel has been put down around the field house.  


Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Wanda Homer to go into executive session as provided in Rs.Mo.610.021 (3, 13)  (Personnel Issues) and 610.021 (6, 14) (Student Issues). Motion carried 6-0 by roll call vote: Kirk Newland – yes; Shannon Smith – yes; Jennifer Pantry – yes; Nakila Blessing – yes; Wanda Homer – yes; and Kirk Cohagan – yes.


Approval of certified teacher

Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Wanda Homer to approve MORGAN ROBERTS as a teacher for the 2019-2020 school year.  Motion carried 6-0.

ADJOURNMENT – 7:38 p.m.

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Nakila Blessing to adjourn.  Motion carried 6-0.