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September 19th 2018 Schuyler Board of Education Meeting Minutes
Corey Randall
Thursday, September 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

Katie Wayman, Elementary Principal

Kyle Windy, High School Principal

Raven Weaver, Special Services Director

Vickie Pierce, Secretary


CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m.

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



Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to approve the agenda.

Motion carried 6-0.


CONSENT AGENDA – 6:01 p.m.

  • Minutes of previous meeting (August 20, 2018)
  • Bills
  • OPAA report
  • FBG report

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


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


FINANCIAL REPORT – 6:03 p.m. – Melissa Tennyson

Total revenue is $301,829 and total expenses are $247,812 for the month of August, 2018.  Kathy Yearns moved, seconded by Kristi Groseclose to approve the financial report.  Motion carried 6-0.


PUBLIC COMMENT TIME – 6:03 p.m. – none


OLD BUSINESS – 6:04 p.m. - none


NEW BUSINESS – 6:08 p.m.

a.  Snow removal

Kathy Yearns moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to approve the seasonal snow and ice removal bid of $7,392 from Snowman for the 2018-2019.  Motion carried 6-0.

  •  Tutoring teachers and pay

Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Nakila Blessing to approve the list of teachers for after school tutoring at a pay rate of $20/hr.  Motion carried 5-0-1.


  •  Substitutes
  •  Assurance of Religious Expression
  •  Roof repair bid
  •  Curriculum approval
  •  Board policy resolution
  •  MARE conference

Kathy Yearns moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to approve Ron Harrison & Karley McCollum (classroom substitutes), Ashley Yearns (para substitute), and

Kermetta Wilson (bus driver substitute).  Motion carried 6-0.


Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to approve the Assurance of Religious Expression.  Motion carried 6-0.


Kathy Yearns moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to accept the roof repair bid of $6,615 from Peyton-Roberts Contracting.  Motion carried 6-0.


Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to approve the 7-12 and PK-6 curriculum for the 2018-19 school year.  Motion carried 6-0.


Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to approve the Board Policy Resolution.  Motion carried 6-0.


Superintendent Amen reported the MARE conference will be held October 17-19           for any board members interested in attending.


i.        October meeting will be Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.


ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL – Katie Wayman – 6:18 p.m.

Enrollment: PK-6 336

August Attendance: 97.08%

Upcoming Events:

  • September 20 Finish Health Screenings
  • September 21 Homecoming, Dismiss at 1:05 for Parade at 2:30 in Queen City
  • October 9 Dental Screenings
  • October 9 Science Family Night
  • October 10 PK-3 Land of Smiles dental program
  • October 12 End of First Quarter
  • October 15 PD Day
  • October 15-19 Book Fair
  • October 17 Flu Clinic
  • October 18 and 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:00


  • Tutoring will begin September 25.
  • The RAMS Student Leaders will begin meeting as a committee this month. All 5th and 6th graders were given the opportunity to participate on the committee if they completed an application. They will be doing activities around the building such as decorating, planning and hosting events/celebrations, reading to/with younger students, and being positive role models.


HIGH SCHHOOL 7-12 PRINCIPAL REPORT – Kyle Windy – 6:20 p.m.

  • Enrollment numbers:   Junior Senior High 249           (251 – 2017/18)
  • Attendance for August:   97.77%                               (95.95% 2017/18)

7th graders:      51 students

            8th graders:      44 students

            9th graders:      40 students

            10th graders:    29 students

            11th graders:    42 students

12th graders:    43 students

  • Parent/Teacher Conference –   17.7 % parents attended the Sept. 17th conference

25.71% parents attended last year

The last 5 years…..


2014/15                36.04%

2015/16                35.63%

2016/17                22.47%

2017/18                25.60%

2018/19                17.70%

  • MSHSAA - Updates 
  • Please note that per HB-300 regulations, MSHSAA has released its annual Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Report regarding the impact of student athlete concussions and head injuries and the efforts that have been made to minimize damages from school sports injuries on the MSHSAA website. This report is located by going to
  • This year we have 8 students taking Spanish through Rosetta Stone (7 in Spanish 1, 1 in Spanish 2).  Just like last year, the goal is to complete at least 1 level each semester.  Since there are 5 levels, a student should be able to get all the way through the program or pretty close if they take 2 years of Spanish.  The students are progressing very well through the program so far.  As a reminder, Rosetta Stone focuses on language immersion, so it is different than traditional foreign language instruction, but students should end up with a greater vocabulary and usage of the language.  Partway through the year last year, we did start utilizing the worksheets that come with Rosetta Stone, as reinforcement for what students should be learning online.  We are doing that again this year, and will probably add flash cards as well.  As part of Rosetta Stone, students participate in 8 live tutoring sessions with a native speaker.  In addition to Rosetta Stone, we studied culturally significant days last year, including Feliz Navidad (Christmas) and Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May).  This year we are going to add El Dia de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead).      Mary Stuart
  • Service Activities:  The FFA was busy this summer hosting back to back service activities in the community.  On June 26 5 FFA members, Mr. Hanes and Bruce Mollick cooked and served burgers and hotdogs along with drinks, and popsicles for the NexGen High Prairie Wind Farm open house.  We had a very large turnout but the FFA members worked hard and kept a very consistent flow through the Multi-purpose Room.  Then two days later on the 28th the FFA again helped support the Tri-County Electric Annual Meeting.  This time 4 FFA members were busy passing out frozen treats and serving drinks along with presenting the colors to open the meeting.
  • Blood Drive: The summer blood drive was held on July 11th, and 29 units of blood were collected.  The November Blood Drive is scheduled for November 20th from 2:30-6:30 and we have a goal of about 30 units.
  • Farm Bureau Meeting:  On Aug. 30th we had 6 FFA officers help serve a meal for the Annual Farm Bureau meeting held in the high school commons.  We then we able to hear U.S. Representative Sam Graves, and Assistant Director of Agriculture for Missouri speak.  
  • August Meeting: The chapter hosted a meeting/parent’s night on Aug 22th to help get greenhand members signed up, measured for jackets, and allow members and parents to pay dues.  There was a larger than expected turnout with several members and guests coming to enjoy an evening of fellowship and learning about FFA events, at this point we have signed 7 new members up.  September Meeting will be scheduled for the last week of Sept. in order to finalize Fruit Sales plans
  • Farm Progress Show:  On August 28th the FFA attended the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa with 27 members.  The day started out very early and very nice, we arrived at the show about 9am and began touring booths and visiting with various industries, however severe weather played a factor and about noon the show grounds were evacuated.  The FFA met and gathered everybody at the main headquarters which was a very sturdy permanent building and took refuge from the storm.  After it was decided to cancel the day’s events and the storm subsided the FFA boarded the bus and headed home.  We stopped in Altoona for a quick bathroom break and again in Pella for supper, and to let the 2nd round of storms pass.  We arrived back at Schuyler R-1 Schools safe and sound about 8:30 pm
  • Trapshooting:  We have had 10 active members and one other that practiced but has not competed in trapshooting this year.  We have had a successful season so far beginning with the Madison shoot held on Aug 25th in Macon.  In that shoot the team placed 3rd with Easton Kerby taking home top individual score with a perfect 50/50.  One week later was the shoot we hosted at Boscos on Sept.1, at that shoot we placed 2nd out of 56 teams and Easton Kerby was 1st high individual, out of 250 shooters again shooting a perfect 50/50 but this time had to compete in a shootoff with a shooter from Elsberry.  The Memphis shoot held the afternoon of ours, with a score of 228/250 we took home 3rd place as a team, and had the 1st place individual, Ty Hart with a score of 49/50,  The weekend of Sept. 8th, we were to travel to Milan and Green City however these shoots were cancelled due to inclement weather.  The next shoot will be the Macon FFA shoot on the 22nd of Sept. and will be back in Macon on the 25th to compete at Area III shoot and again on Oct 6th for the District shoot.
  • Area Leadership Conference: This annual event was held at the school on the evening of Sept. 12th with over 450 FFA members in attendance and the Area III officers along with 1 State Officer, One National officer candidate and the Director of Agriculture for Missouri, Chis Chinn.  Director Chinn gave a very lively and enthusiastic speech to the delegation ten hosted four breakout sessions with members  the event was a success with several area advisors indicating they would like us to host again next year.  The Schuyler Chapter had 19 members in attendance and then stayed to help clean up.
  • FFA Record books:  10-12th grade FFA members and students have been getting caught up on their summer record book entries on the new computer based record book system.  The freshmen students and members have started their record books and are currently using the classic paper system but will switch to the computerized version once they have learned the basics of record keeping.
  •  Fruit Sales: Our annual and largest fundraiser will begin October 2.  We will be using 4Seasons  again this year and will set goals at our September Meeting
  •  Future Plans:  Members of the chapter plan on attending National Convention, State Convention, and several CDEs.  Mr. Hanes will be conducting SAE visits throughout the year and summer with a goal of making a minimum of one site visit for each member.
  • Mr. Hanes wants to thank the board for their continued support of the Vocational Ag & FFA program and for the opportunity you have given to him to help guide the program this year and in years to come.

Up-coming events:

  • Friday, September 21st                  Early Out 1:00/Parade 2:30
  • Thursday, September 27th             College Fair
  • 3.Friday, October 12th                      End of 1st Quarter
  • Friday, October 15th                      Professional Development
  • Friday, October 19th                      Senior Night


SPECIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR – Raven Weaver – 6:23 p.m.

Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Program:

  • Enrollment: 31 students
  • Teachers: 2
  • Paraprofessionals: 3

The Special Services staff has held 12 scheduled meetings with families, outside agencies, and staff about individual students since school started.


Pre-Employment Transition Services

Provisions for these services have been made possible by recent changes to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIDA). This was signed into law July 22, 2014.  The PETS program focuses on supporting student with disabilities, ages 16-21, to ensure they receive the skills and training necessary to reach their educational and career goals.  PETS includes

  • Job Exploration
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Counseling for Post-Secondary Education
  • Instruction in self-advocacy to include peer mentoring

Some examples of what PETS can do for our students: Job Exploration, Work-Based Learning Experiences, Counseling for Post-Secondary Education, Workplace Readiness Training, and Instruction in Self-Advocacy & Peer Mentoring.  

Special Services Staff has started required training for the Missouri Assessment Program-Alterative test.  The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) is the statewide alternate assessment for English language arts, mathematics, and science for grades 3-8 and grade 11.

We have been working with outside agencies including Mark Twain Behavioral Health Center, Adair Co SB40, Kirksville Regional Center, Preferred Family Health , Northeast Regional Health Services, and others to coordinate services for our students for the school year.


Schuyler Special Olympics


Bocce is a new sport for Schuyler.  Our athletes practiced for four weeks before the Area Bocce in Kansas City help on September 9.  We had three athletes compete and bring home medals (two bronze and one silver). Our athletes really enjoyed the new sport and look forward to participating in it next year.  



Bowling practice will start next week in Kirksville.  We have four school aged athletes and two adults. Area Bowling will be November 3.

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT – Robert Amen – 6:24 p.m.

The Superintendent reported on the storm damage of two sheds, old scoreboard and a transformer.  The modular has been torn down and the playground fence will be put back in place.  An update of meetings concerning the wind farms was given.



Kathy Yearns 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 6-0 by roll call vote:  Kirk Newland – yes; Shannon Smith – yes; Kristi Groseclose – yes; Nakila Blessing – yes; Kathy Yearns – yes; and Kirk Cohagan – yes.




ADJOURNMENT – 7:38 p.m.

Kathy Yearns moved, seconded by Kristi Groseclose to adjourn.  Motion carried