Lebanon R-3 School District
Lebanon R-3 Schools 321 S. Jefferson
Lebanon, MO 65536
Reported by: Dr. Duane
– Home of the Widhalm, Superintendent
A newsletter to inform the staff and public about the Board of Education actions and/or
considerations on monthly agenda items.
On Tuesday, June 10, 2008, the Lebanon R-3 Board of Education held their regular
monthly meeting at the Central Office.
The Board held a study session on a self funded health insurance plan prior to the
regular board meeting.
The meeting was called to order by Board President Brad Brown.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said by those in attendance.
The agenda was approved as presented.
Bob Taylor informed the Board that new MSBA officers were installed at a recent conference.
Kerry North, LEA chairman, thanked the Board for having the opportunity to negotiate on the
Gail Holcomb and representatives from the Association of General Contractors presented the
AGC Accreditation Plaque to Steve Gann for the Building Trades Program in Carpentry.
Katie Mitchell recognized Craig Curry for his financial contribution towards the remodeling
project at the Alternative School. In addition, Mike Alwardt with Cambarloc has donated a
brand new pallet jack to the Alternative School and HRDC.
Consent Agenda Items
These items were approved with one motion under the consent agenda format:
Approved the minutes of the May 13th meeting.
Approved the secretary’s monthly financial report. The Board approved May payments of
Approved the personnel report. The retirement of Eddy Blake – High School Industrial Art’s
teacher was accepted by the Board.
Resignations of Rachel Westfall– HS Vocal Music teacher; Polly Palmer– HS Language Art’s
teacher; and Jaclyn Dow – First grade teacher were accepted by the Board.
The Board offered a contract to Dee Marshall – Speech Language Implementer; Jeanie Horton –
HS Science; Sandy Letterman – HS Science; Matt Jernigan – Computer Lab teacher; Lori
Bertoldi – ECSE/Title 1; Hillary Stanley – JH Science; Teresa Dixon – Elementary Music; Emily
Cooper – LTCC Embedded Math; Scott Shellhorn – PC Repair and Networking Instructor;
Sherri Kyle – Elementary Special Education; Marion Pape – Elementary Special Education; Lori
Schneider – Elementary Special Education; Amanda Brixey – Kindergarten teacher; Stephanie
Embry – part time JH Science teacher; Cecilia Demuth – part time PAT educator; Valerie
Goodpaster – HS Language Art’s teacher; and Summer Hamilton – 1st grade teacher for the
2008-09 school year.
Transfers include Beth Walker to JH Art; Barry Wahl to full time JH Science; Shelby Angst to
part time PAT educator; Stan Green to welding instructor; Laura Webb to full time elementary
art; Lori Scott to HS vocal music; and Erin Slye – to 1st grade teacher.
Contracts for extra duty positions include John Lapusan – head boy’s soccer coach and 9th grade
girls basketball; Tom Searson – head girl’s soccer coach, Rod Sullens – head boy’s golf coach;
Teresa Moore – asst track; Ashley Bough – girl’s Asst. Varsity basketball; Kate Sutter – Asst.
girl’s soccer; and Tamera Hicks – Language Art’s Department Head.
Review and Evaluation of Programs
The Board heard an evaluation report on the district’s 2007-08 Professional Development
Program. Carol Pace presented the information outlining where the district spent PD money and
answered questions. The mission of the district’s Professional Development is to support teachers
with focused professional development that will improve instruction and insure that each student
achieves high levels of performance.
The Board heard an evaluation report on the district’s Parent Involvement/Volunteer Programs.
The evaluation report was presented by Pat Bauer.
The Board reviewed the district’s financial management report. Dr. Widhalm presented the report
and answered questions. The district’s fiscal year ends on June 30th and the district is projected to
take in $36.6 million and expend $36.5 million. A complete audit on the district’s finances will
be conducted this summer for the year ending June 30, 2007.
The Board heard a report on the activities that were completed by the district’s participants in the
Career Ladder Program. A total of 25,787 hours were spent by teachers outside their regular
contract hours to tutor students; work on curriculum; attend professional development activities;
mentor other staff; and other instructional activities. The report was presented by Leslie Hough,
Career Ladder chair for the district. The Board approved a waiver from Lindsey Flanders to
move to stage 2 on Career Ladder and Bob Matthews was approved to move to stage 3 on Career
The Board heard a report on the district’s Health Services Program. A total 56,973 students made
health room visits in the 2007-08 school year compared to 63,114 students who made health
room visits during the 2006-07 school year. A thorough health services report was given by Amy
The Board heard a report from activities director Ron Bandy on the spring extra curricular
activities. The number of participants, grade point average, daily attendance, won-loss records,
and team and individual awards were presented for the spring sports.
The Board reviewed and approved additional attendance committee revisions to the district’s
attendance policy. The attendance steps and procedures were outlined and approved by the
Board. The information was shared by attendance coordinator Cindy Campbell.
The Board discussed fuel saving ideas for the district’s transportation program. Ideas that were
discussed included not stopping at each house in the city limits; limiting or not taking out of town
field trips during both the regular school year and next year’s summer school; and fewer activity
The Board discussed breakfast and lunch price increases for FY 09. The final financial report will
be complete before the next board meeting. It is apparent that breakfast and lunch prices will
need to increase and the increases will be recommended at the July board meeting.
The Board reviewed costs and discussed a proposal to add bleachers at the football stadium. The
proposal involves a set of aluminum bleachers to be placed in an end zone where the band will sit
and play. This allows more seating for spectators. The lowest bid was $7500 plus shipping for a
10 row by 21” aluminum bleacher which seats 140. The Board approved the proposal to
purchase the bleachers.
The Board approved an amendment to the 2007-08 school budget to reflect the actual revenues
and expenditures. The district cannot expend more than it budgeted in the funds which are
incidental, teacher, debt and capital projects. In addition, the Board approved any necessary and
allowable transfers up to the maximum amount allowed by statute.
The Board approved the proposed salary schedules except for the certificated staff and it will be
approved in July. The schedules will have an increase of 2.5% added to the base salary plus all
employees will be moved one step on their respective schedule. A concentrated effort was made
to compare Lebanon’s certificated and support salary schedules with other schools and make
marketplace adjustments to bring Lebanon more in line with these schools.
The Board approved the FY 09 budget for the Lebanon School District beginning July 1, 2008.
The district projects receiving $38,062,754 in revenues and expending $38,075,044. A complete
budget will be developed after final approvals are given to all salary schedules and amended at
The Board approved the “less than one mile” transportation report. The report lists a total of 199
students who ride the bus less than one mile to and/or from school. Students who ride less than
one mile cannot be counted for state transportation reimbursement.
The Board approved the student handbook changes for the 2008-09 school year. The assistant
building principals presented the changes.
The Board approved revised policy GCBDA which is the professional staff short-term leaves and
The Board approved two residency requests from parents who are employees in the district and
will have a child attending Lebanon R-3 during the 2008-09 school year.
Dr. Widhalm informed the Board that approximately 1700 students are enrolled in summer
school. Summer school runs through July 1st.
Cindy Campbell gave a final report on the J+ Program and the improvements made by students
who were enrolled in the program. The program was considered a success and will be offered
again during the 2008-09 school year.
The Board discussed personnel issues in the district.
The Board discussed a legal and real estate matter.
The Board came out of closed session and took the following action:
The Board approved selling a 20’ by 150” piece of land that lies next to the drive way at Hillcrest
Elementary School. The property will be put out for bid.
Coaching contracts were issued to all coaches of spring sports.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:55 p.m.
The next regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at
the Central Office.