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August 20th 2018 Schuyler Board of Education Meeting Minutes
Corey Randall
Wednesday, August 22, 2018



REGULAR SESSION     QUEEN CITY, MO     MONDAY     AUGUST 20, 2018          


Present                                                            Absent

Kirk Cohagan, President                                

Shannon Smith, Vice President

Nakila Blessing, Member

Kristi Groseclose, Member

Kirk Newland, Member

Jennifer Pantry, Member

Kathy Yearns, 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.



Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to approve the agenda.  Motion carried 5-0. 


TAX LEVY HEARING –  6:01 p.m.

The tax levy information was given by Superintendent Amen.


APPROVAL OF TAX LEVY FOR 2018-2019 –  6:15 p.m.

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to set the tax rate for 2018-19 at $3.4182 for the operating levy and $0.7818 for the debt service levy for a total rate of $4.2000.  Motion carried 5-0.


CONSENT AGENDA – 6:15 p.m.

  • Minutes of previous meeting (July 19, 2018)
  • Bills
  • OPAA report
  • FBG report

Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried 5-0.


Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Nakila Blessing to approve the bills except 36317 and 36290.  Motion carried 5-0.

Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Nakila Blessing to approve the bills except 36317.  Motion carried 4-0-1.


Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Nakila Blessing to approve the bills except 36290.  Motion carried 4-0-1.


FINANCIAL REPORT – 6:25 p.m. – Melissa Tennyson

Total revenue is $234,351 and total expenses are $250,163 for the month of July 2018. 

Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Jennifer Pantry to approve the financial report.  Motion carried 5-0.



A check was presented to the Schuyler R-1 Nursing Department from the Schuyler Co. Church of Faith that was raised during Bible School.


A thank you was received from the Ron Pantry family.


OLD BUSINESS –  6:27 p.m. – no old business


NEW BUSINESS –  6:27 p.m.

a.  Work study request

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to approve the work study request of Kobe Coop.  Motion carried 5-0.


b.  Approval of the Annual Secretary of the Board Report for the 2017-2018 school year.

Nakila Blessing moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to approve the Annual Secretary of the Board report for the 2017-2018 school year.  Motion carried 5-0.


c.  Custodian of records

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Nakila Blessing to approve VICKIE PIERCE as the custodian of records.  Motion carried 5-0.


d.  Moberly Area Community College dual credit agreement.

Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to approve the MACC Dual Credit Agreement.  Motion carried 5-0.


e.  Substitutes

Nakila Blessing moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to approve Dianne Clark, George Clark, Hannah Kaufman and Alex Macomber as additions to the teacher substitute list and Connie Kethe-para & office substitute.


f.  Approval of bus routes

Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Jennifer Pantry to approve the bus routes for 2018-2019.  Motion carried 5-0.



g.  Crisis Plan

Discussion was held on the current Crisis Plan and Parent Reunification Plan.


h.  Modular removal

Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to approve the demolition of the modular classroom building.  Motion carried 5-0.


i.  September meeting will be Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.


ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL – Katie Wayman – 6:58 p.m.

Enrollment (8/16/18): PK-6 343

Attendance (8/16/18): 96.45%

Upcoming Events:

●August 21 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 30 Picture Day

●September 6 PTO and Title Information Meeting 7:00

●September 7 Grandparents Day 2:30-3:30

●September 11, 18, and 20 Health Screenings

●September 13 Midterm

●September 17 PD Day

●September 21 Homecoming, Dismiss at 1:05 for Parade at 2:30 in Queen City


●We had a fun PBS kickoff of a schoolwide game of Clue 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 provided some funding for our tutoring program

again this year.


●School is back in session!


HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL – Kyle Windy – 7:00 p.m.

Enrollment numbers:  Junior/Senior High 247

  • Great turnout for Open House and 7th grade Orientation on August 16th.
  • We signed up seven students for summer school.  We had two student’s complete courses this summer.
  • Dual credit: Several juniors and seniors are taking advantage of twelve different courses for college credit this semester. 

Up-coming events:

  • Aug 23rd – Meet the Rams 6:30
  • Aug 30th  – School & Sports Pictures
  • Sept. 13th – Mid Terms
  • Sept.17th – Parent/Teacher Conference 4:00-7:00



SPECIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR – Raven Weaver – 7:01 p.m.

  • The Special Education Department would like to welcome Ashten Davis to our team.  She will be our Jr. High Special Education Teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • The Special Education Department is currently providing services for 102 students in Schuyler County including locations at: Headstart, Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Program, Elementary, and the Jr/Sr High.
  • The Special Education Department has been meeting with elementary grade level teams and also individual teachers in the Jr/Sr High to ensure procedures are in place for our students to be successful.  Classroom teachers and special education teachers are collaborating to make sure students’ needs are being met.
  • Mr. Amen 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 data that was used to make this determination. The Special Education staff was very pleased to hear this good news.
  • The Schuyler Paraprofessionals attended two outside trainings this year:
  • Thompson Center Training
  • LASE Behavior Training
  • The Special Education Department has been working with outside agencies including Mark Twain, Senate Bill 40, Kirksville Regional Center, Preferred Family Health Care, and others to coordinate services for our students.

Special Olympics

Schuyler Special Olympics is excited to announce the game of Bocce is back! We have 4 athletes participating and learning this new sport. A big thank you to Roger Wilson for donating the PVC pipes for the court.

  • Area Bocce will be September 9, 2018 in Kansas City.  
  • State Outdoor games will be in Jefferson City September 28-30.
  • Bowling will start in the fall (September/October).

Ready. Set. Drive It Home

The athletes are participating in the Ready. Set. Drive It Home Raffle! SOMO is excited to share that Missouri Automobile Dealers Association has generously donated a 2018 Ford Explorer for our Drive it Home Raffle this year. Raffle tickets are $5 each. Remember that for every raffle ticket sold by our Schuyler athletes/teams, SOMO will provide a $2.50 credit for State Games Assessments to be used in 2019! Please pass the word to buy a ticket to help support our athletes.  Contact Tammy King for more information at 660-766-2296.

--Coach Tammy King

SUPERINTENDENT – Robert Amen – 7:03 p.m.

See agenda items and the Superintendent met with Ameren and Terra-Gen about the wind farms.



Kirk Cohagan moved, seconded by Kirk Newland 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 5-0 by roll call vote:  Kirk Newland – yes; Shannon Smith – yes; Jennifer Pantry – yes; Nakila Blessing – yes; and Kirk Cohagan – yes.




ADJOURNMENT – 9:08 p.m.

Nakila Blessing moved, seconded by Jennifer Pantry to adjourn.  Motion carried 5-0.