Nevada R-5 School District PRESS RELEASE
811 West Hickory
Nevada, Missouri 64772
The Nevada R-5 Board of Education met in regular session, at 7:00 p.m. on July 22, 2009 at the District
Office board room. In attendance were board members, Steve Cubbage-President, Chris Ellis-Vice
President, and members, Nora Quitno, Scott Kennedy, Joy Hawks, and Mike McCaffree. Others in
attendance were Superintendent, Dr. David Stephens, Assistant Superintendent, Tyson Beshore, Board
Secretary, Melissa Hendrix, and Nevada High School Principal Thomas Moore. Russ Warren, KNEM-
KNMO radio and Steve Moyer, Nevada Daily Mail, represented the local news agencies. Board member
Larry Forkner was not in attendance.
President Steve Cubbage called the meeting to order asking for approval of the consent agenda, which
included approval of the meeting agenda, minutes of the previous meetings, payment of bills and monthly
reports. The consent agenda was approved by a 6-0 vote.
In the report of the Superintendent, Dr. Stephens updated the board on the ADA final numbers from the
2008-09 school year. The final ADA numbers helped the district recoup approximately $100,000 of the
$200,000 anticipated decline in revenue. Dr. David Stephens informed the board of their reservations for
the upcoming Missouri School Boards Association Fall Conference to be held October 22-25, 2009. Dr.
Stephens also updated the board on the progress of student random drug testing policy development. A
policy development committee will meet on Tuesday, July 28, to develop a draft policy. Tyson Beshore
will facilitate the meeting. Dr. Stephens informed the board that the Safe School Healthy School Grant
was not granted. He also stated that the grant was not approved for any Missouri school but that we
would try again next year.
There was no unfinished business.
In new business, the board approved MSBA policy section “K” and “DD” 6-0. This section concludes the
MSBA Policies and all will be posted on the district website soon.
As new business continued, Dr. Stephens discussed the levy ballot and filing requirements. With a 6-0
vote the board passed a resolution calling for a special election to be held on November 3, 2009. With a
6-0 vote the board approved the ballot language of Proposition 1. The board will place Proposition 1 on
the ballot asking for a continuation of the current tax rate ceiling of $3.5648 per one hundred dollars of
assessed valuation and eliminate fully the Proposition C sales tax rollback. Upon approval, this
proposition would allow the district to retain qualified staff, maintain facilities, and meet operating needs
without increasing the tax levy for the 2010 tax year and each year thereafter.
The board voted unanimously to hold a public hearing Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. to set
the Annual Tax Rate.
Mr. Beshore updated the board on the Free and Reduced Lunch Application. The applications will be
available at every school and on the district’s website. The maximum household income has increased
allowing more families in the district to qualify for free or reduced meals this school year. The board
approved the application 6-0.
With a 6-0 vote the board approved a lease agreement with Municipal Services Group as the leaser for
the two 71 passenger school buses being purchased by the district.
By a 6-0 vote, the board adjourned to Closed Session immediately following the regular meeting in
compliance with 610.021, RSMo for the following purposes highlighted in bold print.
610.021 (1) RSMo Legal actions involving the district, attorney communications
610.021 (2) RSMo Leasing, purchase or sale of real estate
610.021 (3) RSMo Hiring, terminating, disciplining or promoting
610.021 (5) RSMo Proceedings involving mental or physical health of individuals
610.021 (6) RSMo Actions or records relating to students
610.021 (9) RSMo Preparations for negotiations with employee groups
610.021 (10)(11)(12) Testing materials, bid specs, sealed bids, software codes
610.021 (13) RSMo Personnel records, evaluations, applications
610.021 (17) RSMo Confidential or privileged communication with auditor
The board, voting 6-0 approved the minutes of the previous executive session. The following employment
actions were approved by a 6-0 roll call vote:
Linda Gower – Paraprofessional Heartland
Marsha Gerster – Paraprofessional Heartland
Brice Leonard – Paraprofessional Truman
Neil Barnes – High School Football Assistant
Luke Clark – High School Football Assistant
Jamie Alexander – High School Football Assistant
Kellan Foster – Middle School Football
Abby Ward – High School Volleyball Assistant
Ryan Talley – High School Softball Assistant
Kyle Talley – High School Basketball Assistant
A motion to adjourn the executive session by roll call vote 6-0 was approved.