MCC School Board Met
Discussed Graduation, Health Insurance Changes, Algebra 7
Murray County School Board met on Monday, May 10th. The meeting minutes from last month and the financials were reviewed. The agenda was approved. Moving on the personnel changes. The contracts for Todd Burlingame and Jacob Scandrett were approved for renewal. They also offered new contracts to Tyson Crosby for the High School Health and PE position and also the 3rd Grade position to Selina Ludolph. They accepted the resignation of Brenda Loosbrock for B- Volleyball and the termination of Paraprofessional Crystal Domeyer. Post experience reviews were submitted for Ashley Haken and Kaitlin Cole.
Parent Kim Hause was present at open forum to discuss 7th grade algebra and the importance of keeping that program available to the students. Hause was frustrated that students and parents were not informed of this change and asked Mr. Scandrett what information was used to make this decision. She asked the School Board to re-consider this change for our students and their futures. She doesn’t want any student to feel limited in their growth and thirst for knowledge.
Burlingame gave the Board the Elementary update. They will offer the summer skills books again this coming summer with a picnic in the fall for those who have completed it. MCA testing is almost completed. Summer School plans are underway with summer breakfast and lunch happening again. The Jr. Kindergarten is looking to have 8 to 12 students this next year. This program will allow those students who aren’t quite ready yet to be better prepared for the following year. End of year events are scheduled, including K-12 picnic on May 14th, May 19th is the last Wednesday Homework help, Little Rebels Graduation is at 6pm on May 20th. The Ecology Bus is coming for 5th graders on May 25th. The Kindergarten graduation and 6th Grade graduation are May 27th. June 1st is the last full day of school for students. Report cards will be sent home on June 3rd.
Superintendent Meyer read Secondary Principal Jacob Scandrett’s report to the Board. They celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week last week. A big thank you to all of our hard working and dedicated teachers. The last week for Seniors is that of May 24th. This includes finals, awards and rehearsal. Prom was a success and feedback has been good. He also reported that he has been able to find an additional $2,700 for the Medical Careers Class. Graduation will be Sunday, May 30th at 2pm there are no longer limits on attendance, but masks are still required.
Meyer then provided the Board with an update on what is happening in the district. The legislative session will adjourn on May 17th. The school district will be changing their health insurance carrier from SWWC to Health Partners starting on July 1st. Open enrollment has begun for staff and they will have until May 24th. Health Partners will also offer the dental option. The Group Life Policy will adjust to a standard plan effective July 1st and this will save the District over $37,000. Lisa Rademacher and Meyer will meet with the Property and Casualty Insurance Agent to discuss the upcoming rates that continue to climb due to what’s going on in the country. The kitchen inspection report came in with no issues. Administration will be grilling burgers for staff on June 2nd where they will also recognize staff.
James Wajer, Athletic Director, updated the Board on what’s been going on. Congratulations to Brealyn Damm for placing 3rd in State Speech competition. Masking guidelines have started to change. No longer required outside as long as less than 500 spectators. Track will complete the season with the limiting of 4 teams, with the exception of the track conference meet which will happen normally.
The Board next moved on to new business. First was to declare a number of Dell Laptops as surplus. These have been replaced/upgraded with ESSER funds. The Board held the first reading of Policies 427: Workload Limits For Certain Special Education Teachers And 501-510: School Weapons Policy, Search Of Student Lockers, Desks, Personal Possessions, And Student’s Person, Student Attendance, Student Dress And Appearance, Distribution Of Nonschool-Sponsored Materials On School Premises By Students And Employees, Student Discipline, Corporal Punishment, Extended School Year For Certain Students With Individualized Education Programs, Enrollment Of Nonresident Students, School Activities. They next approved the agreement with Meulebroeck, Taubert & Co. PLLP for their auditing services. The cost will not exceed $14,000 for their services per year. Rademacher did update the Board on her experience with Meulebroeck, Taubert & Co. PLLP and she has always been pleased with their work.
Old Business included the old dust collector and declaring it surplus. This was approved. They also approved the resolution accepting the following donations: Hadley Lions 1,000.00 Digital Sign Ad, Casey’s General Store 3.40 Elementary General, Southwest Health and Human Services 1,115.00 SHIP Grant. Thank you to those individuals and organizations.
The staff recognition lunch will be June 2nd at noon and the next school board meeting will be June 14th at 6pm. The meeting was adjourned.