Lebanon R-3 Board of Education Meeting May 10, 2011
The meeting was called to order by President Steve Hite at 6:00 p.m. at the LTCC Practical Nursing Classroom.
Those in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
Prior to the regular meeting, the Board heard energy conservation presentations from Energy Education and
Springfield Mechanical. Both programs guarantee energy savings and the savings generated will pay the costs of the
programs. In addition, both programs show an additional savings for the district to put back into the budget for
The board approved the agenda after adding “purchasing two school busses” under action items and approved the
consent agenda. Included in the consent agenda was the approval of the April 12th, 2011 minutes; personnel report
which included the retirement of Mileen Stephens – HS Counselor; resignations of Kelly Postlewait – Sign Language
Interpreter; Ashley Bough – PE; Missy Arl – English Language Learner; Jennifer McCoy – French/Yearbook
Sponsor; Lori Scott – HS Vocal Music;; Erica Marsala – HS Math; Kara Gordon – HS Math; Jeremy Leake – Sped
Paraprofessional; Megan Jackson – JH Sped Paraprofessional; Tyler Richardson – JH Paraprofessional; Jessica
Berghager – JH Cheer Coach; and Jennifer Ramroth – JV Girl’s Basketball. Contracts were offered to Shalyn Howe –
Asst. Principal at Esther; Dana Admire – Kindergarten; Diana Mitchell – Counselor at Esther/Maplecrest; Elaina
Basnett – Maplecrest Vocal Music; Alyssa Evans – 4th grade teacher; Valorie Hopkins – 4th grade teacher; Leah
Emerick – 5th grade teacher; James Lafferty – 5th grade teacher; Jason Gadberry – JH Vocal Music; Brittni Jessen –
JH PE; Allen Sutton – HS Social Studies; Daniel Pitts – HS Counselor; Nicole Rasch – HS Language Arts; Michael
Van Cleave – HS Math; Shannon Piehl – HS French/Yearbook; and Ellen Long – LTCC Business Education.
Transfers included Denise McNeil to Esther Librarian; Amanda Collins to HS Counselor; Trisha Palmer to English
Language Learner; Leslie Uder to Boswell Librarian; Amanda Willard to Boswell PE; Lauren Mitchell to 1 st grade;
Craig Reeves to HS Asst. Principal; Christy Elsea to HS Vocal Music; and Cathy Scott to Title 1 Math/Reading at
In addition, the payment of bills totaling $1,429,844.62 and treasurer’s report were approved.
A short video from the Missouri School Board Association was shown to get the latest updates on
important education issues and upcoming events produced by MSBA.
There was no LEA report.
Kevin Lowery recognized numerous students for their accomplishments at Lebanon High School.
Mr. Lowery recognized and thanked Laclede Electric for funding two smart boards through their
Operation Round Up program. In addition, the Boswell Family was thanked for donating the
funds to purchase new signage for the front of Boswell Auditorium.
LTCC Director Gail Holcomb presented information on the tech center. Student accomplishments
were recognized and more information can be found in the district’s e-News. Ms. Holcomb, who
is retiring at the end of the year, was thanked for her years of service in the district.
Mr. Bauer thanked the Kiwanis Club for donating $3644 that was raised from a bowling
fundraiser. The money will help sustain the J+ Program as the funding is drying up for the
Rebecca Hamilton, district hygienist, thanked Laclede Electric for donating many health hygiene
items for students through their Sharing and Caring Program. Numerous individuals were thanked
for donating resources to help students with Prom related expenses. More information can be
found in the e-News.
Review and Evaluation of Programs:
This was the first year that the district will not receive the state payment for Career Ladder. The
district is utilizing a locally funded Career Ladder plan. Kim Lloyd, Career Ladder chair,
presented information on the hours logged and what activities were included this year. The
Board was appreciative of the work done by staff and will vote to continue the program at the
June board meeting.
The Board reviewed a power point presentation from Joe Knapp and Dr. Widhalm on the
challenges with FY 12’s budget. The district is utilizing “flat funding” for the next school year
which gives the district the revenue target to match up with expenditures. The district is looking
at trimming approximately $250,000 to $300,000 from the budget.
The Board saw a power point presentation on the proposed MSIP 5 standards. The challenges
were pointed out as to how they would impact Lebanon R-III. The power point can be found on
the district’s web-site.
The Board heard a preliminary report on the number of seniors who will be graduating this year.
Graduation is set for Friday, May 27th in the Cowan Civic Center.
The Board appointed board member Jason Riggs to the Lebanon Education Foundation who
will serve as a liaison member.
The Board voted to amend the current health insurance plan with Coventry Health.
The Board declared various items as surplus property. The district will be selling the Building
Trades home on 1607 Woodhill Road through a bidding process. The bidding process will be
advertised by the district in the near future in the Lebanon Daily Record.
The Board approved building level fundraisers for the 2011-12 school year.
The Board approved KidGuard student insurance plan for the 2011-12 school year.
The Board set May 31st as a date to review budget reduction opportunities that have been
identified. The list can be found on the district’s web-site.
The Board approved lease purchasing two 2009 Bluebird busses at a price of $58,750 per bus.
The district will finance the purchases over a five year period.
Dr. Widhalm gave the Board an update on legislative matters that are currently being discussed
on public education in Jefferson City.
Dr. Widhalm and the Board discussed the energy conservation programs that were presented
earlier in the evening. A recommendation will be brought to the Board at the June board
meeting. If a program is approved, no upfront cost to the district will be required.
The Board discussed personnel, legal matters and real estate matters in closed session.
The Board came out of closed session and took the following action:
A contract was offered to Tom Merriott to be the Junior High Principal for the 2011-12 school
year. A press release will be forthcoming on the hire.
The meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on June 14,
2011 at the Central Office.