Nevada R-5 School District PRESS RELEASE 811 West Hickory Nevada, Missouri 64772 417-448-2000 The Nevada R-5 Board of Education held a public hearing, at 6:30 p.m., to set the 2009-10 Tax Rate. Dr. Stephens proposed a tax rate of 3.7517, which includes an incidental rate of 3.6165 and a debt service rate of .1352. The board approved the 2009-10 tax rate of 3.7517 by a vote of 7-0. The public hearing was adjourned by a vote of 7-0. The Nevada R-5 Board of Education met in regular session, at 7:00 p.m. on August 12, 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, Larry Forkner, and Mike McCaffree. Others in attendance were Superintendent, Dr. David Stephens, Assistant Superintendent, Tyson Beshore, Board Secretary, Melissa Hendrix, Nevada High School Principal Thomas Moore, Nevada High School Teachers Jenny Allard and Cyndi Bullard. Russ Warren, KNEM-KNMO radio and Ralph Pokorny, Nevada Daily Mail, represented the local news agencies. President Steve Cubbage called the meeting to order asking for approval of the consent agenda, which included approval of the meeting agenda (with the revision of adjournment to closed session in compliance with 610.021 (3) RSMo and 610.021 (13) RSMo as posted August 11, 2009), minutes of the previous meetings, payment of bills and monthly reports. The consent agenda was approved by a 7-0 vote. In the report of the Superintendent, Dr. Stephens reminded the board of the upcoming Missouri School Boards Association Regional Meeting to be held September 22 and Fall Conference to be held October 22-25, 2009. Dr. Stephens also updated the board on the development of the student random drug testing policy. The policy has been sent to the school attorney. After receiving the policy back a special board meeting will be held for approval of the policy for implementation for the 2009-10 school year. A review of the upcoming “Back to School” meetings for all certified teaching staff and paraprofessionals were provided by Dr. Stephens. Dr. Stephens discussed the recent release of Missouri Assessment Program MAP Test results for Nevada students and the status of “adequate yearly progress” under federal legislation for No Child Left Behind. The district did not meet “adequate yearly progress”, due to percent proficiency in two subgroups. Dr. Stephens noted that the percent of Missouri schools not making AYP has increased this year, and will continue to do so as the Annual Proficiency Target increases each year for the next five years. There was no unfinished business. In new business, the board approved the A+ Schools Commitment Declaration 7-0. Mr. Moore, High School Principal, addressed the board about a change to the D/F policy at the high school. Currently page 11 of the High School student handbook states, “All work that is turned in prior to 3:00 p.m. deadline will be graded and included in that week’s grade.” The proposed change would be “With the possible exceptions of major exams, major projects, or other unforeseen circumstances, all work that is turned in prior to 3:00 p.m. will be graded and included in that week’s grade report. If an assignment can help a student return to or maintain eligibility for the next week, the teacher has the discretion to grade and include the student’s assignment on the grade report even though the entire assignment set may not be graded or included until after the Friday grade reporting deadline.” The board approved the change by a vote of 7-0. Dr. Stephens addressed the board on a change to the High School Activity policy. The st proposed change for Section B. 1 offense would include “loss of play up to 20% of contests.” The board approved the change 7-0. As new business continued, Dr. Stephens discussed the levy ballot and to change the ballot language to include the new tax rate ceiling of .6165. The change in the tax rate ceiling was due to a decrease in assessed valuation. The board approved the ballot language by a vote of 7-0. The Cedar Ridge contract for the housing of the Early Childhood program and the Title I preschool was approved at the cost of $1,433 a month. The contract was approved 7-0. By a 7-0 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 Executive Session The board, voting 7-0 approved the minutes of the previous executive session. The following employment actions were approved by a 7-0 roll call vote: Phil Edwards - Maintenance Supervisor Todd Earnest – Transfer to Maintenance Pete Moffett – Retirement effective 8/31/09 Kevin Ogle – Transfer to Maintenance A motion to adjourn the executive session by roll call vote 7-0 was approved.
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