Board Meeting in Review – September 16, 2019

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The regular meeting was held starting at 6:30 p.m.

Correspondence included a thank you note from a graduate who received the Ruth Creps Scholarship.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, a few community members asked questions about the investigative report regarding Johnnie Stewart, whether issues concerning teachers will be documented, and whether it was possible for a parent to report something anonymously on behalf of their student.

An elementary teacher thanked the board for approving an extra kindergarten class last year and said it has made a huge improvement in first graders this year as a result.

Karl and Kyle Drake, of Drake Certified Public Accountants presented the board with a draft of the annual audit.  The audit will be finalized soon after they have received some information that will not affect the numbers, therefore the audit will be approved at the next board meeting.  The general fund statement shows just over $1,000,000, which is a $400,000 increase over last year.  The district will be making one more payment on the 2009 bond debt.  Internal funds now have to be wrapped into the general fund.  Overall, the district is in good shape financially.

Superintendent Denney reported to the board that the state budget is not set yet, so we’re still not sure what we’re working with this year.  There is expected to be an increase of 2.9% in the Foundation Allowance, to a minimum of $8,111.

Enrollment at this time is 1140 students total, but numbers are still expected to change.  Count day is October 2nd.

The board approved the purchase of 16 new cafeteria tables for the elementary.  Mr. Ayers was able to get samples for evaluation.  The tables will be upgraded to include a plywood material rather than particle board, and stiffer edges that should last for a long period of time.

Superintendent Denney reported to the board members on the following:

  • Our school liaison officer, Dep. Roe, made an announcement to the high school student body on the changes in vaping laws.
  • Homecoming activities will be taking place before the next board meeting.
  • The school year has gotten off to a good start.
  • The Junior Medal of Honor will start next month.

The board members commented on the following:

  • The board appreciated community comments
  • The board was happy to hear positive feedback regarding classroom aides last year
  • Thank you to anonymous teachers who provided clothing and school supplies to a student in need.

The board went into closed session at 7:23 p.m. to discuss pending litigation and potential settlement with the district’s legal counsel (Johnnie Stewart – tenure proceeding).

The board resumed open session at 8:23 p.m.

The board passed a motion to give the Board President and Vice President the authority to represent the board in discussions to settle all employment issues between the district and Johnnie Stewart, within the parameters discussed in closed session.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:26 p.m.

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