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2018 February Board Minutes
Robert Amen
Tuesday, February 20, 2018






Present                                                                                                          Absent

Kirk Newland, President

Shannon Smith, Vice President

Nakila Blessing, Member

Kirk Cohagan, Member

Kristi Groseclose, Member

Ron McElhinney, Member                                                            Kathy Yearns, Member


Robert Amen, Superintendent of Schools

Kyle Windy, High School Principal-arrived at 7:34

Raven Weaver, Special Services Director -arrived at 7:44

Melissa Tennyson, Director of Finance

Vickie Pierce, Secretary


CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m.

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

APPROVAL OF AMENDED AGENDA – 6:00 p.m. (Added F-Resignation)

Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to approve the agenda. Motion carried 6-0.

VSR Designs-Vance Rzepka

Mr. Rzepka discussed his company and athletic facilities.

CONSENT AGENDA – 6:47 p.m.

  1. Minutes of previous meeting (January 24, 2018)

  2. Bills

  3. OPAA report

  4. FBG report

Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Motion carried 6-0.

Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Ron McElhinney to approve the bills. Motion carried 5-0-1.

FINANCIAL REPORT – 6:55 p.m. – Melissa Tennyson

Total revenue is $1,484,440 and total expenses are $473,318 for the month of January, 2018. Kirk Cohagan moved, seconded by Kristi Groseclose to approve the financial report. Motion carried 6-0.

PUBLIC COMMENT TIME – 6:57 p.m. - none

OLD BUSINESS – 6:57 p.m. - none

NEW BUSINESS – 6:57 p.m.

a. Program evaluations: Early Childhood Special Education and Parents As Teachers

  1. Early Childhood Special Education

  2. Parents As Teachers

Ron McElhinney moved, seconded by Kristi Groseclose to approve the program evaluations. Motion carried 6-0.

b. Discussion of Scope of Work for RFP/FRQ-no motion needed

c. Substitutes

Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Kristi Groseclose to approve Emily Davidson, Emily O'Conner, Corey Randall, Margaret Stormes, Isaiah Winkelmann as classroom substitutes Motion carried 6-0.

Kirk Cohagan moved, seconded by Kristi Groseclose to approve Crystal Whitlow as a nurse substitute. Motion carried 6-0.

d. Health insurance plans

Ron McElhinney moved, seconded by Kristi Groseclose to offer HSA 3000, HSA 4000, HSA 5000, and HSA 6550 insurance plans as options to employees, with insurance policy HSA 4000 as the board paid health insurance plan. Also to allow contributions to be made to individual HSA plans if a lower premium plan is chosen by the employee. Motion carried 6-0.

e. 2018-2019 salary schedule proposals

Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Nakila Blessing to approve the 2018-2019 salary schedules with the base at $29,600 and to give each teacher one step. Motion carried 6-0.

f. Approval of resignations

Kirk Cohagan moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to accept the retirement resignation of WANDA HOMER. Motion carried 6-0.

g. The next regular board meeting will be Thursday, March 15th at 6:00 p.m.


January Enrollment: PK-6 347

January Attendance: K-6 92.99>#/p###

August-January Attendance: K-6 95.1>#/p###

Upcoming Events:

  • March 5 PD

  • March 9 End of 3rd Quarter


  • Tutoring in January (23, 25, and 30) serviced 111 students.

  • Jill Lane, Food and Nutrition Specialist with MU Extension, will be providing food safety and nutrition lessons throughout second semester to K-6 students. She began visiting Kindergarten classes February 13.


  • Mrs. Smith received a grant from Missouri Retired Teachers Association this past fall. She has used her grant to put together a classroom library. She would like to thank Mr. Smith, Mr. Vice, and Mr. McCoy for all their help. She will be attending the March MRTA meeting and applying for additional funds by submitting a video.

  • 100th day of school was February 13.


  • Enrollment numbers: Junior/Senior High 241

  • Attendance for January: 93.25%

  • Tim Moore was awarded a full scholarship for the Bridge program through Upward Bound at Truman. The Bridge program gives students the opportunity to attend two summer courses for college credit. The program acts as a bridge between high school and college. The scholarship covers tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies and a weekly stipend.

  • Thank you to all the referee and workers during the 3rd thru 6th grade Booster Club basketball league. We played six Saturdays through the months of December, January, and February. We had 37 teams participate last season and increased the number of teams to 50 this year.

  • Katie Alderson recently earned supplies thru for a classroom project called “Flexible Seating for Community, Creativity, and Collaboration.”

  • Lots of school spirit was shown throughout the week of courtwarming.  Students participated in a door decorating contest, spirit days, and Battle of the Classes.  On Friday, students could put their teacher in jail 1st thru 4th hour.  This was a StuCo fundraiser for the lettering above the ticket booth at the new football field.  We raised just over $1000.  After lunch we had a "Battle of the Classes" in the gym.  We had so much fun and several kids commented on how much they enjoyed the day.  Attendance was very high and lots of kids participated in the games.  That night Teagan Wilson and Riley Veatch were crowned this year's courtwarming king and queen and there was a dance to end the festivities of the week.  (Submitted by Julie Blessing)

  • Schuyler County was one of three counties in 2017 that had zero fatalities in Missouri’s Northeast region, which covers seventeen counties. Schuyler was presented an award from the Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety during the Schuyler County Commissioners meeting.

  • FBLA students participated in District Contests at school on Jan. 10 & 11 by taking online tests and some students attended contests on Feb. 6 in Kirksville where they had to do a performance event.  The following students placed at district contests –

Rebecca Longano & Chase May - 2nd in Graphic Design

Matthew Wheeler - 5th in Insurance & Risk Management

Lexy Kimber - 5th in Job Interview

Lexi Clifford - 5th in Intro to Business Procedures

Emma Clifford - 3rd in Intro to Business Procedures

Up-coming events:

  1. Feb. 19th, 20th, 22nd, 24th - District Basketball

  2. Feb. 23rd – FFA Breakfast

  3. Mar. 5th – Scholarship Day

  4. Mar. 8th – Donkey Basketball

  5. Mar. 9th – End of 3rd Quarter

  6. Mar. 12th –Schuyler Ag Day

  7. Mar. 13th – Winter Sports Banquet 6:30

SPECIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR – Raven Weaver – 7:31 p.m.

  • The Early Childhood Special Education teachers continue to organize services with First Steps of Northeast Missouri. We currently work with Sherry Slaughter (Intake/Service Coordinator, Region 3 – First Steps of Northeast Missouri) to coordinate services for students as they turn 3 years old and transition into our school.

Special Olympics:

The two (adult and school) Special Olympics Basketball teams will be competing at the Regional Basketball Games in St. Charles, MO. February 17th. The athletes are extremely excited for the opportunity to compete once again! The Special Olympics State Indoor Games will be held March 16th -18th in Saint Joseph, MO. Athletes will be competing in both basketball and bowling competitions. The athletes are continuing to work hard at practice each week to prepare for the upcoming competitions!


The greenhouse is coming along with a few remaining issues. Summer school was discussed. In conjunction with the Schuyler County Sheriffs Department a grant for a school resource officer will be applied for. This would possibly put a deputy at the school district approximately 20 hours per week.


Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Ron McElhinney 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 Cohagan – yes; Shannon Smith – yes; Ron McElhinney – yes; Kristi Groseclose– yes; Nakila Blessing – yes; and Kirk Newland – yes.


ADJOURNMENT – 9:03 p.m.

Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Kirk Cohagan to adjourn. Motion carried 6-0.