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Orrick School District’s Board of Education met in regular session Monday evening, March 16, and heard a presentation from teacher Victoria Clymore representing the Welfare Committee’s request for the Orrick Faculty.
A survey had been given to all faculty members in the district. The top three responses were to continue with board paid insurance, pay increases for cost of living expenses and tuition reimbursement for master and specialist classes.
Other suggestions included, heat in elementary halls and workroom, not having classes in other teacher’s classrooms during their plan hours, a bell for lunch period in the high school, classroom printers, more personal days, stipend pay increase for extra duty, remodel the high school office and replace the classroom carpet.
At the conclusion of Ms. Clymore’s presentation, Superintendent Marcus Stucker and the board thanked her and the committee for their hard work and care about the welfare of the faculty. Stucker said that the board would be better able to address these financial concerns in May when the district has a clearer picture of the funds that will be available for the 2009-2010 school year.
Stucker then addressed the current financial state of the district and said it is currently in good shape financially. Budgeted receipts are at 74 percent, the same as this time last year. He said also that he will be attending more conferences in the future that will shed light on the stimulus money and he will pass that information along as it becomes available.
On Thursday, March 19, Superintendent Stucker and several board members were to travel to Warrensburg to receive the Orrick School District’s Distinction in Performance award. On April 17 school will dismiss early and there will be a cook out to celebrate this accomplishment. Also on April 17 there will be a docudrama presentation displaying the dangers of drinking and driving.
On April 7, voters will be selecting two board members. The terms of Roger Thomas and Marvin Griffin will be expiring. Thomas is not running for another term while Griffin is running for another term as a board member. Also running for school board are Jason Lafferty and Jennifer Jennings. Both candidates, along with Marvin Griffin, were in attendance at Monday night’s board meeting.
In other business, Stucker informed the board that students that pass the United States Constitution test in another state would not be required to take it in Missouri as well. One example would involve a student whose parents are in the military and they are transferred to Missouri from a different state. He also stated that those children attending kindergarten in 2009-2010 must be five years of age by August 1.
The board voted to accept the resignations of teachers Kelly Oldham and Jeff Thomas.
Stucker then presented the Technology Evaluation Report to the board. Stucker stated that he felt the district was doing very well in this department and the evaluation was excellent. The board voted to accept the evaluation as given.
Elementary Principal Keri Cavanah informed the board that the Orrick Elementary Summer School’s theme is to be “Going Green.” Currently there are five teachers that will be involved with the summer school program. Pre-enrollment will be completed by the end of April.
Secondary Principal Brock Dover then gave his monthly report to the board. Junior high attendance for March was 92.5 percent with high school attendance at 91.3 percent.
March Students of the Month were, high school, Preston Karnes; junior high, Cole Roberts.
The following students made All-Conference in the Math Contest – Danielle Ritter, Preston Karnes, and Donnie Merriman.
Mr. Dover also reported that the National Junior Honor Society traveled to Kansas City’s Grand Avenue Temple on March 14 for the service project to feed the hungry. The students took fruit, candy bars, socks, and washcloths as donations. Sponsors and volunteers that accompanied the students were Denice Thomas, Joyce O’Dell, and Gina and Bill Sands. He said the students did an excellent job and were thanked by many for their assistance.
The board announced that April 13 would be the date for the reorganization and goal-setting meeting. There would be a dinner at 6:30 p.m. prior to the meeting. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be April 20 with the closed session at 7:00 p.m. and the open session at 7:30 p.m.