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School Board Minutes October 23rd 2018
School Board Minutes October 23rd 2018
Corey Randall
Thursday, October 25, 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

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 Kristi Groseclose to approve the agenda.  Motion carried 7-0.


CONSENT AGENDA – 6:00 p.m.

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

Kathy Yearns moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried 7-0.


Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to approve the bills except 36578.  Motion carried 7-0.


Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to approve bill 36578.  Motion carried 6-0-1.


FINANCIAL REPORT – 6:06 p.m. – Melissa Tennyson

Total revenue is $351,059 and total expenses are $600,320 for the month of September, 2018.  Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Jennifer Pantry to approve the financial report.  Motion carried 7-0.



A thank you note was received from Jenny and Clayton Kaden.


OLD BUSINESS – 6:07 p.m. - none


NEW BUSINESS – 6:08 p.m.

a.  Program evaluations

Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to approve Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, and High School program evaluations.  Motion carried 7-0.


b.  Substitutes

Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Kristi Groseclose to approve TERRI BRUNER and MARY STOKER as additions to the substitute teacher list for 2018-2019.  Motion carried 6-0-1.


c. Early graduation request

Kathy Yearns moved, seconded by Kristi Groseclose to approve the early graduation request of Tyler Truitt upon completion of academic, CPR, and attendance requirements.  Motion carried 7-0.


Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to approve the early graduation request of Kobe Coop upon completion of academic, CPR, and attendance requirements.  Motion carried 7-0.


d.  Bond issue community meeting

A community meeting will be held Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School commons to answer any questions.


e.  November meeting will be:  November 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.


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

Enrollment: PK-6 339

August Attendance: 97.02%

Upcoming Events:

●October 23-26 School Bus Drivers Appreciation Week

●October 23-26 Red Ribbon Week

●October 25 Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:00 P.M.

●October 27 PTO Carnival 5:00-7:00

●November 9 Veterans Day Assembly at 1:30

●November 14 Second Quarter Midterm

●Tutoring began September 25. We have 35 students attending.

●The RAMS Student Leaders have started planning activities for Red Ribbon

Week including dress up days and a door decorating contest.

●The dental truck from Northeast Missouri Health Council began seeing students

October 16 and 17 and will return every Tuesday and Wednesday until enrolled

students are completely cared for.

●Mrs. Smith, with the assistance of PTO, is planning a GeoBee for 4th-8th grade


●The Book Fair was October 16-19 7:45-4:00 with Family Night on October 18

until 7:00 P.M


HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL – Kyle Windy – 6:22 p.m. - absent

  • Enrollment numbers:   Senior/Junior High 251
  • Attendance for September: 96.00%  (96.77% for the year)
  • Family and Consumer Science received a grant this fall to purchase RealCare Baby infant simulator.  With this grant 10 baby boys and girls were purchased as well as diaper bags, car seats, books, online program and charging cart for all babies when not in use.  Students will sign up to take a baby home on Friday and return on Tuesday morning.  Students will be responsible for caring for the infants while in their care from dressing, feeding, rocking, and playing with the infant. These babies are programmed to send information to the computer and even a phone app showing all care that is given to the baby.  Also purchased with the grant was 3 other infants; Shaken Baby (head lights up when shaken to show the parts of the brain that is damaged when shaken), Drug baby (baby continually cries and shakes), and Fetal Alcohol baby (this baby resembles an infant born to a mother who drank alcohol while pregnant).   These will not be going home with students but will be utilized in class.

Up-coming events:

  1. Nov. 6th                       Fall Sports Banquet 6:30
  2. Nov. 7th                       ASVAB Testing
  3. Nov. 9th                       Veteran’s Day 1:30
  4. Nov. 10th                     WLW Wrestling
  5. Nov. 12th                     Professional Development
  6. Nov. 14th                     2nd Quarter Mid Term
  7. Nov. 15th                     7th – 12th Parent/Teacher Conference 4:00 – 7:00
  8. Nov. 21st – 26th           Thanksgiving Break No School


SPECIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR – Raven Weaver –6:25 p.m.

October is DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH. A resource titled Disability History and Awareness: A Resource Guide for Missouri contains information about Disability etiquette, laws and history, as well as promotional ideas and resources.  The Guide can be found at


The goals of disability history and awareness instruction in House Bill 555 are:

(1) Instilling in students sensitivity for fellow students with disabilities and encouraging educational cultures that nurture safe and inclusive environments for students with disabilities in which bullying is discouraged and respect and appreciation for students with disabilities is encouraged;

(2) An understanding that disability is a natural part of the human experience; we are all more alike than different; and regardless of disability, every citizen is afforded the same rights and responsibilities as that of any other;

(3) The creation of a more inclusive school community, where students with disabilities are included in every aspect of society, and every student is acknowledged for their unique gifts, talents, and contributions; and

(4) Reaffirmation of the local, state, and federal commitment to the full inclusion in society of, and the equal opportunity for, all individuals with disabilities.


Special Olympics

The athletes are continuing to practice for the bowling competition that will be take place at Leisure World in Kirksville on November 3. Schuyler will have four student athletes participating and two adults.  State Bowling is scheduled for March 29-30.


Basketball practice will begin November 8. 


Thanks to Becky Douglas, Julia Erwin and their families for helping us participate in the homecoming parade this year. 

Mrs. King


SUPERINTENDENT – Robert Amen – 6:28 p.m.

Veteran’s Day ceremony will be November 9 in the High School at 1:30 p.m.  Superintendent Amen met with the tax commissioners in Jefferson City about the windfarms.  More meetings to follow.



Kristi Groseclose moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns 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 7-0 by roll call vote:  Kirk Newland – yes; Shannon Smith – yes; Jennifer Pantry – yes; Kristi Groseclose – yes; Nakila Blessing – yes; Kathy Yearns – yes; and Kirk Cohagan – yes.




ADJOURNMENT – 7:27 p.m.

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