Unapproved Minutes from the June 9, 2016 Regular Meeting of the Rock Port R-II Board of Education
President Richard Dewhirst called the regular meeting to order at 7 p.m. Other members present were Afton Schomburg, Harold Lawrence, Dan Lucas, and Clay Vogler. Member Rochelle Henagan entered the meeting at 7:07 p.m. and member Jeremy Davis was absent. Others in attendance were Superintendent Craig Walker, High School Principal Jonnie Kemerling, Board Secretary Debbie Young, and Teresa Mertens.
The agenda was adopted, and the minutes of the regular meeting of May 12, 2016 were approved. Mr. Walker reviewed the financial information for the month ended May 2016. The transfer of funds, the May final check register, the June check register to date and the activity account checks were approved. Thanks you notes were received from Trudy Heitman and Jamie Evans.
During scheduled audience the board heard a presentation from the Title One teacher, Teresa Mertens. She gave the board information on the STARS 360 assessment program. She stated the elementary school is already using the STARS reading assessment and the Accelerated Reader program with much success. By subscribing to the STARS 360 program the teachers will also have access to the math assessments. This program meets the criteria for determining Title One eligibility, and it is much more cost effective and user friendly than the Acuity assessment programs. She shared information on the student assessments, parent reports, and positive reviews this program is receiving. Board members had the opportunity to ask questions. President Dewhirst thanked Mrs. Mertens for her presentation. It was noted that Mrs. Evans was unable to attend due to her daughter’s wedding. Her report was reviewed in her absence. May 19, 2016 was the last day of school for the 2015-16 school year. Elementary attendance for May was 96.51%. We finished the school year with 166 students in K-6. A surprise retirement send-off was held by the students for Ms. Brubaker to celebrate her career at Rock Port since 1977. The BruCrew will miss her! Summer School 2016 started on Wednesday, May 25, with 137 students enrolled in grades K-7. That’s 74% of our kids choosing to join us for more learning and fun! HS Summer School: Mrs. Kari Acton is teaching HS Speech, and Mrs. Amy Skillen is teaching a Multi Media class.
Mrs. Kemerling reviewed several upcoming dates and activities. She reported May attendance for the high school was 96.48% and attendance for the year was 96.41%. We finished the year with 160 students in grades 7 – 12. In addition to our Summer School offerings in the JH/HS, our athletes and coaches have been working hard running through various team camps for elementary, junior high, and high school BB and high school VB.  Coach Vogler is also seeing a large number of athletes in the weight room (71 students). We have received several results from this spring’s state testing.  Rock Port showed tremendous success in several areas.  Great job to our hardworking teachers and students!  The following percentages per test represent the number of students who scored proficient or advanced: English 1 EOC- 87%, English 2 EOC- 89%, Algebra 1 EOC- 96%, Biology EOC- 52%, American Government EOC- 100%, and 8th Grade Science MAP (GLA- Grade Level Assessment) – 61%.  The average composite score for our juniors (all required to take test) taking the state-mandated ACT test was a 20.612903.  This month I will be graduating from Missouri’s Leadership Academy.  This has been a year-long cohort program with other administrators offering intensive professional development for school leaders.    The 275 Conference planning committee met on June 1.  We continued our discussions and planning for the conference-wide professional learning day that will be held at NWMSU on Monday, September 19.
Mr. Walker reviewed the final construction report from CPMI. Richard Janssen reported that Foundation Services will settle for the amount held in retainage, and he will be closing out the project. Mr. Walker also gave an update on the track repairs which are scheduled to resume near the end of June. More information should be available in July after the contractor begins working. Mr. Walker stated the new doors have been installed on the old gym. This improvement was made possible by a generous donation from the Booster Club. We have also recently purchased a floor covering and storage system for the new gym through a donation from Atchison-Holt Electric. They plan to hold their annual meeting at the school this summer.
The board then proceeded to address items of new business.
Approval was given to the final 2015-16 bus routes, the 2016-17 management agreement with Lunchtime Solutions, an increase of 10¢/meal to the price of breakfast, an increase of 5¢/meal to the price of lunch, and a tuition increase of $5.00/month to all tiers of full and half-day preschool. Consideration was given to bids for playground mulch, and the low bid from B-J Services was approved. Approval was given to the technology improvements presented for 2016-17, the Special Education Local Compliance Plan, the Rock Port R-II Reading Plan, and the STARS 360 program. The elementary faculty & student handbooks and the high school student & activity handbooks were reviewed. After a brief discussion, approval of the handbooks was tabled to the July meeting thus allowing the board members additional time for reviewing the changes. The preliminary 2016-17 budget was reviewed and approved as presented. An extra-duty contract was approved for Shawn Shineman as assistant high school football coach. The meeting was then adjourned.