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May 17th Schuyler Board of Education Meeting Minutes
Vickie Pierce
Monday, May 21, 2018

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Kirk Cohagan, President

Shannon Smith, Vice President

Kristi Groseclose, Member

Kirk Newland, Member

Jennifer Pantry, Member

Kathy Yearns, Member


Nakila Blessing, Member


Robert Amen, 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.


Kirk Newland moved, seconded Shannon Smith to approve the agenda.  

Motion carried 6-0.

CONSENT AGENDA – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Approval of minutes of previous meeting (April 19, 2018)

  2. Approval of bills

  3. OPAA report

  4. FBG report

Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to approve the April 19, 2018 minutes.  Motion carried 6-0.

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to approve the bills.  Motion carried 6-0.


Total revenue is $325,235 and total expenses are $508,953 for the month of April 2018.

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

PUBLIC COMMENT TIME – 6:10 p.m. – no public comments

OLD BUSINESS – 6:10 p.m. – no old business

NEW BUSINESS – 6:10 p.m.

a.  Summer school staff and pay rate

Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to approve the list of summer school staff and pay rate of $20/hour for certified teachers, regular hourly pay rate for paras, and $5,000 for summer school director.  Motion carried 6-0-1.

b.  Resignations

Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to accept the resignation of TAYLOR ELGIN.  Motion carried 6-0.

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to accept the resignation of BRITTANY CROSSGROVE.  Motion carried 6-0.

c.  2018-2019 School Calendar revision

Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Jennifer Pantry to amend the 2018-19 Schuyler R-I School Calendar changing March 4, 2019 professional development to March 11, 2019.    Motion carried 6-0.

d.  Location for prom

A discussion was held about the possibility of having prom at Whippoorwill Acres next year.  

e.  Queen City Ball Field

There is no interest of the school using the Queen City Ballfield at this time.

f.  High School Dishwasher

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Kristi Groseclose to purchase a new Jackson WWS Model Tempstar dishwasher for the High School for the amount of $8,078.    Motion carried 6-0.

g.  June board meeting will be June 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL – Katie Wayman – 6:41 p.m.

End-of-Year Enrollment: PK-6 347

April Attendance: K-6 92.99%

May Attendance: K-6 92.99%

School Year Attendance: 2017-18: 95.04%  2016-17: 94.97%

4-day vs. 5-day Attendance: 4-day 2017-18: 94.24%

5-day 2016-17: 94.15%

April P/T Conference Attendance: 27.9%

Upcoming Events:

  • May 18 End-of-Year Awards Assembly and PBS Activity Day


  • Summer School is May 29 through June 22 for 18 days. Breakfast and lunch are free to any Schuyler residents 18 and under.


  • Four students completed the year with perfect attendance!

  • 33 students earned Six Flags tickets by reading 360 minutes!

  • Numerous other awards will be awarded tomorrow in classrooms, grades, and whole school.

  • Great year! Thank you for the opportunity to serve our students, staff, school district, and community in this capacity!


  • Enrollment numbers: High School 237

  • Attendance for April: 93.64%  

  • Attendance for the 2017-18 school year: 94.10% (increase 0.84%)

90/90 Attendance Rule: 84% (increase 2%)

  • We had 80 students attend Prom.  A special thanks to the prom committee who did an extraordinary job in their preparation and decoration of the gym.  We had 101 students attend After-Prom. Parents did an outstanding job organizing the event.

  • The Prom Sponsors met and talked with Whippoorwill Acres, located by Tri-County Electric, and think this would be a great place to have Prom. This would require moving the Prom date up to April 13, 2019 next year as the last weekend is already booked. Sponsors are discussing the possibility of holding a dinner in the future.

  • Missouri State High School Activities Association: Award of Excellence –

Exemplary Display of Sportsmanship, Ethics & Integrity

Male Recipient – Carson Tallman & Female Recipient – Teagan Wilson

JH Male Recipient – Noah Newland & Makinley Aeschliman

  • A+ Information

23 out of the 36 2018 graduates qualified to be designated A+ eligible meeting all required criteria - 95% attendance, 2.5 grade point average, advanced or proficient on Algebra I EOC, and 50+ hours of mentoring. 64% of the 2018 graduating class qualified for the A+ scholarship.  

  • Parent Teacher Conferences Information:

     April 19, 2018: 31 Parents/40 Students 17%

     Feb 15, 2018: 48 Parents/72 Students 30%

     Nov. 21, 2017: 32 Parents/46 Students 19%

     Sept. 28, 2017: 48 Parents/63 Students 26%

  • Inter-State Studio discussion regarding class picture in digital format.

  • FFA Judging contest have concluded for the year.  We had four teams go to district contest in Columbia this year in the areas of forestry, dairy foods, entomology and poultry.  

  • This year at judging competitions the Schuyler R-1 FFA members earned 6 Missouri Farm Bureau Sponsored IRCs (Industry Recognized Credentials) by 6 individuals.  These IRCs are earned by those individuals who scored proficient or higher in a certified TSA judging event.  We had 6 individuals score proficient on knowledge and practice for their events.  They were Corbin Bulechek for Poultry, Hunter Byrn for Forestry, Christina Kerby, Lauren Morris, Jessica Seaton, and Lynnedee Winn all for Dairy Foods

  • Schuyler R-1 FFA members participated in 5 CDE contest events in the months of March and April.

  • Schuyler R-1 FFA Trapshooting team participated in the Higbee Trapshoot on April 7th,  Spring Break’em Trapshooting event at Bosco’s gun club on Saturday April 14thth , at this event Schuyler had the top three individuals shooting on two different teams.  Wade Cooper took home first place and Easton Kerby and Ty Hart took home 2nd and 3rd respectively, this shoot was in preparation for the State FFA Trapshoot at Linn Creek on April 28th.  The Schuyler FFA Trapshooting team shot very well in very windy conditions, but as of yet final placing has not been posted.  

  • State FFA Convention was held April 19th and 20st in which time 11 members attended activities those two days. Ryan Rigdon and Wade Cooper served as voting delegates on April 19th

  • This year’s FFA Banquet will be held on May 23 or 24th at 7pm, we would like to extend an invitation to all board members to join us in recognizing all of this year’s accomplishments.

  • Congratulation to the following track athletes for qualifying for the State Track Meet:  Tahli Gray 400 meter, Hannah Whitlock shot put

  • NHS Update:


Government 48 students tested 23 – Advanced & Proficient 47.91% (decrease 9.59%)  

17 – Basic & Below Basic 52.09%

Up-coming events:

  • May 18th – 19th     State Track Meet

  • May 21st    High School Spring Banquet/Senior Night 6:30

  • June 11th – 15th   Girls Team Basketball Tournament

  • June 18th – 22nd     Boys Team Basketball Tournament  

  • June 27th – 29th Basketball Clinic

SPECIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR – Raven Weaver – 6:50 p.m. – written report

Extended School Year Services (ESY): We have 18 students who will receive ESY services for the 17-18 school year.  Services include: Academics, Social Skills, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Language Therapy.

Special Olympics:

We have three Schuyler athletes qualify for State Track!

State Track will be held in Springfield, MO June 1-3.  

Students will get to participate in the following events:

The Parade of Athletes

Victory Village

Healthy Athletes Program




Athletes Input Council

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT – Robert Amen – 6:50 p.m.

Superintendent Amen gave an update on an Ag building addition, discussed housing of the buses during the school year and emergency evacuation plans, summer maintenance and cleaning has begun.


Kirk Newland 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 Newland – yes; Shannon Smith – yes; Jennifer Pantry – yes; Kristi Groseclose – yes; Kathy Yearns – yes; and Kirk Cohagan – yes.


ADJOURNMENT – 8:39 p.m.

Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to adjourn.  Motion carried 6-0.