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Schuyler R-1 School Board Minutes for March 15, 2018
Schuyler R-1 Central Office
Sunday, March 18, 2018



REGULAR SESSION          QUEEN CITY, MO              THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018



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

Raven Weaver, Special Services Director

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.


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

2018-2019 SCHOOL CALENDAR HEARING – 6:00 p.m.

Superintendent Amen presented the 2018-2019 school calendar.     

CONSENT AGENDA – 6:16 p.m.

  1. Minutes of previous meetings (February 15, 2018)

  2. Bills

  3. OPAA report

  4. FBG report

Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Kirk Cohagan to approve the consent agenda items.  Motion carried 5-0-1.

FINANCIAL REPORT – Melissa Tennyson- 6:21 p.m.

Total revenue is $763,353 and total expenses are $717,555 for the month of February, 2018.                                  Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Kirk Cohagan to approve the financial report.  Motion carried 6-0.

PUBLIC COMMENT TIME – 6:23 p.m. - none

OLD BUSINESS – 6:23 p.m. – none

NEW BUSINESS – 6:23 p.m.

a.  Approval by consent agenda the following program evaluations

  1. ESOL, Homeless Plan

  2. Title I & Consolidated Federal Programs

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

b.  Approval of 2018-2019 school calendar

Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Nakila Blessing to approve the 2018-2019 school calendar as presented with the start date of August 14, 2018.  Elementary hours 8:05 am – 3:30 pm and High School hours 8:00 am – 3:25 pm. Motion carried 6-0.

c.  Substitutes

Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Ron McElhinney to approve AMY FINKE, JAMIE FOWLE, and ERIN MARTIN as substitute teachers for the 2017-2018 school year.  Motion carried 6-0.

d.  Summer school discussion

Mrs. Wayman gave a review on how summer school would be facilitated.  Approval of summer school will be on the April agenda.

e.  Prom discussion

A discussion was held on the policy in regards to home schooled students attending prom.

f.  The next regular board meeting will be April 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Oath of Office of the elected board members and selection of officers will be held April 9, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL’S REPORT– Katie Wayman –  6:49 p.m.

February Enrollment: PK-6 347

February Attendance: K-6 92.99%

Parent/Teacher Conference Attendance (Feb. 15): 186 parents of 344 students = 54%

Upcoming Events:

  • March 16 Spring Pictures

  • March 28 Dental Screenings at 8:30

  • March 29 Third Grade Famous Missourians

  • March 30-April 2 Easter Break

  • April 2 Paraprofessional Day

  • April 4 Grades 6-11 Sports Physicals and Kindergarten Screenings

  • April 9 PD Day

  • April 13 Fourth Quarter Midterm

  • April 16 Sixth Grade Field Trip

  • April 19 Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • April 20 Grades 4-6 to Literature Festival at Truman


  • Tutoring in February (1, 8, 13, 27 - other days cancelled due to weather or P/T conferences) serviced 150 students.

  • Jill Lane, Food and Nutrition Specialist with MU Extension, has been providing food safety and nutrition lessons to K-2 students.

  • Miss Silvers has facilitated a student-led (5th/6th grade students) Kindness Week March 13-16.


  • Our Special Olympics basketball team qualified for State at the Eastern Regionals February 17.

  • Loose Change War for grades PK-6 for PBS fundraiser is March 1-23. Ends with celebration and possible pies in the face for staff and admin on March 29.

  • March is Music in Our School month. Mrs. Dixon has organized music at breakfast and prizes to be given away each day to celebrate.


  • Enrollment numbers: Junior/Senior School 266

  • Attendance for February:   93.48%

2016/17 Attendance December thru February – 91.77%

2017/18 Attendance December thru February – 93.59%

  • Girls Basketball finished 16-11. Sixteen letter-winners on this year’s squad. Teagan Wilson was second team All-Conference and second team All- District. Dystine Priebe was third team All-Conference. All-State and other recognitions are not in at this time.

  • Girls softball team finished 10th in Class 1 for Missouri Fastpitch Coaches Association Academic All-State with a 3.73 GPA. Teagan Wilson, Rachel Eggers, Chloe Buckallew, Marissa Buckallew, Tierney Lonberger and Allison Engle all received individual honors for Academic All-State. 

  • Participated in the state wide Tornado Drill on March 6th.

Up-coming events:

  • Mar. 16th   Spring Sport Picture’s

  • Mar. 28th   Dental Screening

  • Mar. 30th – April 2nd   Easter Break

  • April 4th Hoof and Horn Physicals

  • April 9th Professional Development

  • April 13th Mid Terms

  • April 19th 7th- 12th   Parent/Teacher Conference 3:30-7:30


I attended the 2018 Spring Law Conference and the 2nd Annual Spring Collaborative Conference on Evidence Based Practices in Columbia, MO.   

Conference was held by Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education (MO-CACE), Missouri Association of School Psychologist (MASP), Council for Exceptional Children, and University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Guest speaker included Erin D. Gilsback, Esq., Executive Director of EdLaw Interactive and practicing school law attorney with the PA-based law firm of Steckel and Stopp.  An experienced speaker at the state and national levels on matters regarding school law and a frequent author on education law topics.

Special Presentations covered: Eligibility: Emotional Disturbance, Discipline: Disciplinary Removals for Special Circumstances, and Serving students identified as At Risk for Dyslexia, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Planning Guidance, and Accessing Mental Health Resources Across the State of Missouri.

Special Olympics

The Schuyler Special Olympics team played two good games competing at regionals.

The first game went into overtime,  the second game was won by 2 points.  The adult team played two very fast paced games and played hard, but come down short.  

The Special Olympics school team will be leaving March 15th to travel to Saint Joseph, MO. for State Basketball and Bowling.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT – Robert Amen – 6:53 p.m.

  • A 2001 school bus will be placed for sale by bid.  

  • The school will advertise for an elementary teacher.

  • Vance from VSR designs has been in contact with Superintendent Amen about the athletic facility design.


Ron McElhinney moved, seconded by Shannon Smith 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.


Superintendent Amen answered some questions on the athletic facility.

ADJOURNMENT –  7:35 p.m.

Ron McElhinney moved, seconded by Kristi Groseclose to adjourn.  Motion carried 6-0.