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School Board Minutes 12-20-2018
Corey Randall
Thursday, December 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

Melissa Tennyson, Director of Finance

Vickie Pierce, Secretary


CALL TO ORDER – 5:00 p.m.

President Kirk Cohagan called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.


(New Business-Approve substitute teacher)

Kathy Yearns moved, seconded by Jennifer Pantry to approve the amended agenda.    Motion carried 5-0.

CONSENT AGENDA – 5:00 p.m.

  1. Minutes of previous meeting (November 19, 2018)

  2. Bills

  3. OPAA report

  4. FBG report

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

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to approve the bills with the exception of 36904, 36923, 36925, 36950.  Motion carried 5-0.

Kathy Yearns moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to approve bill 36950.  Motion carried 4-0-1.

Kathy Yearns moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to approve bills 36904, 36923, 36925.  Motion carried 4-0-1.

FINANCIAL REPORT – 5:10 p.m. – Melissa Tennyson

Total revenue is $319,821 and total expenses are $470,110 for the month of November, 2018.  Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to approve the financial report.  Motion carried 5-0.

PUBLIC COMMENT TIME – 5:10 p.m. - none

OLD BUSINESS – 5:10 p.m. - none

NEW BUSINESS – 5:11 p.m.

a.  Approval by consent agenda the following program evaluation

  1. Special Education Programs

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to approve the Special Education Program evaluations.  Motion carried 5-0.

b.  Substitute

Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to approve BRANDON MOELLER as an addition to the substitute teacher list for 2018-2019.  Motion carried 5-0.

c.  Approval of policies and regulations

P-1320, 1445, 2745, 2810, 2812, 2825, 3470, 4130, 4560, 4865, 5610, 6116, 6135, 6140, 6160, 6445, 7230

PR-2765, 4411, 4831, 6190


Kathy Yearns moved, seconded by Kirk Newland to approve the presented policies and regulations.  Motion carried 5-0.

d. Resignation

Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Jennifer Pantry to accept the resignation of KATIE ALDERSON.  Motion carried 5-0.

Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Kathy Yearns to accept the resignation of varsity football cheer coach SARA SMITH.  Motion carried 4-0-1.

e.  January meeting will be Wednesday, January 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL – Katie Wayman – 5:25 p.m.

November Enrollment: PK-6 340

November Attendance: K-6 96.34>#/p###

Upcoming Events:

●December 20 Formal Luncheon & Winter Parties 2:30-3:30

●December 21-January 2 No School

●January 2 PD Day

●January 15 GeoBee Preliminaries Programs

●Mrs. Dixon and Mr. Aeschliman organized awesome performances of our

elementary and high school students’ musical abilities.

●Mrs. Stuart is organizing an author visit in April for lower elementary students. To

help fund this event, she hosted Usborne Books book fairs on December 13 and

19 in the elementary library from 6:00-8:30.

●Tutoring concluded December 13. We will begin again January 15.

●The RAMS Student Leaders made cards for Schuyler County Nursing Home

residents. Their coat drive was very successful!

●We will have a GeoBee for 4th-8th grade students. There will be an in-class

preliminary round on January 15th before the evening event January 24th for the

top 2 finalists from each grade.

●We will begin 5th/6th grade Campus Bowl in January. Mr. Koser is volunteering

to coach.

HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL – Kyle Windy – 5:27 p.m.

  • Enrollment numbers: Junior/Senior High    246 17/18 year     242  18/19                

  • Attendance for November:        94.52% 17/18 year     95.32% 18/19

  • Attendance for 1st semester:        93.96% 17/18 year     95.93% 18/19

  • Attendance for 90/90 rule:        84.20% 17/18 year     89.00% 18/19

  • Dec. 14th Courtwarming Activities  

Teacher Jail (1st-3rd)

Battle of the Classes (5th-6th)

Pep Rally (7th)

  • Parent/Teacher Conference 11/15 we had 40 parents covering 48 students – 19%

  • Parent Teacher Conferences 9/17 we had 33 parents covering 44 students – 17.7%

  • Career Fair - 26 sophomores attended the Career Fair at KATC on Friday, December 7th. The students were able to choose four sessions to attend from several career paths they might be interested in pursuing. The students asked quality questions and were respectful; representing Schuyler in a positive fashion.

  • There are 12 seniors participating in mentoring this semester. 50 hours of mentoring is a requirement to qualify for A+. There are 23 scheduled to participate in mentoring next semester.

  • FAC’S classes have been busy.  Food’s class sold pies for the Thanksgiving holiday. A total of 85 pies were made and sold. 8th grade Exploring Careers class is starting to assemble and decorate their gingerbread houses and judging will take place next week. All houses were made from scratch and decorated. Houses will be judged on stability, creativity and appearance.  7th/8th Discovering FAC’s completed a unit on Housing and Design where students created tiny homes. They had to do research, create a floor plan, and then recreate their dream tiny home in a shoe box. All 20 students had fun working on these and did an amazing job. These homes were on display in the FAC’s classroom during the varsity tournament. A lot of compliments were given from other schools about the student’s creativeness. These same students were extremely excited to be competing in Cupcake Wars these past two weeks. Students were given the “Holiday” theme and groups had to make, bake, and decorate 12-18 cupcakes. Judging was held last Tuesday.  Health class will be finishing up the semester with 1st Aid/CPR. Lifeline Pregnancy Help Clinic shared their program “Purefreedom” with high school health class as well as the 8th grade health classes. Pure Freedom is a sexual risk avoidance education program taught by a licensed educator. This three day program is created to develop students’ skills in making healthy life choices through an interactive presentation. Child Development has been visiting the preschool classes once a month to do an activity with the students. Not sure who enjoys it more the preschool students or the high school students. Either way everyone involved has a great learning experience.

  • On Monday, December 3, eleven Schuyler government students traveled to Columbia to participate in the Show Me the Constitution competition.  Participants included Savannah Rhoads, Allie Scheib, Shari Watts, Chase May, Blake Wallace, Shailyn Anders, Madison Lowe, Zoe Berry, Kaitlea Garr, Cody Pinson, and Becca Longano,This event is sponsored each year by the Missouri Bar Association. In it, student teams present to a panel of judges about constitutional and government topics.  The group of judges is drawn from the Missouri Bar Association and included a federal district judge, a retired Army Colonel, a city magistrate, and many practicing attorneys from around Missouri. The student teams worked together to create essays. The essays were then shared presented to the panel of judges in a four minute oral presentation. Following the oral presentations, the judges questioned the student teams about their paper’s topic for the next eight minutes. After responding to the questions, students received feedback from the judges. 

Central High School of Springfield was declared the winner of the day’s contest. Still, Schuyler students did themselves, their community, and our school proud. Judges noted 

Up-coming events:

  1. Jan. 2nd – Professional Development No School

  2. Jan. 3rd – School Resumes

SPECIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR – Raven Weaver – 5:33 p.m.

Special Education Program was evaluated.

SUPERINTENDENT – Robert Amen – 5:33 p.m.

Superintendent Amen discussed MAP scores, painting of the hallway and multi-purpose room, and bids in January for a Early Childhood bus.


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 5-0 by roll call vote: Kirk Newland – yes; Shannon Smith – yes; Jennifer Pantry – yes; Kathy Yearns – yes; and Kirk Cohagan – yes.


ADJOURNMENT – 6:46 p.m.

Kathy Yearns moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to adjourn.  Motion carried