The Orrick R-XI Board of Education met in regular session Monday, June 22. After calling the meeting to order, the board immediately went into closed session. After returning to open session, the board voted to approve the agenda as well as the May minutes and bills.
In his report, Superintendent Dr. Marcus Stucker said the school district is financially solid and is operating about the same as last year. Revenues are at 93 percent and expenditures are at 87 percent. Stucker said the district has saved $70,000 in health insurance costs by joining the consortium. The district currently has $87,000 in its reserve fund. An audit will be conducted July 7 and 8 on the school district’s finances, he said.
The high school office is undergoing a renovation to make it more “customer” or patron friendly. High School Prinicipal Brock Dover told the board the renovation will consist of a new entrance, student window, new furniture and new floor covering.
Dr. Stucker had recently attended an administrators’ retreat which was held at the Ray County Public Library conference room. Stucker said this was a very worthwhile conference and much was accomplished. He also announced that there would be a book study for the staff and board. He also announced that the district is considering offering an A+ program as the percentage of college-bound seniors has increased over the past 5 years.
In other news, the board:
• approved new support staff.
• approved Individuals with Disabilities Act Assurance (IDEA) statement for the 2009-10 school year, which says the district will comply with all rules and regulations and services that involve special needs students as dictated by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
• Elementary Principal Keri Cavanah said teachers will now have a lesson reflection sheet form that they will complete upon the completion of their evaluations by their building principal. The reflective sheet will allow teachers to self evaluate their lesson and presentation and evaluate and discuss this with their administrators during their post evaluation conferences.
• Approved the 2009-2010 preliminary budget.
• Revised the 2009-10 school calendar to schedule a teacher in-service day on Sept. 25. The originally scheduled day was Oct. 2 which is also Orrick’s Homecoming.
• Reviewed the School Health Services Program and Wellness Plan Evaluation Report. High School Principal Brock Dover and Elementary Principal Keri Cavanah are the personnel responsible for this evaluation and they gave the district a 4 out of 5 rating.
• Elementary Principal Keri Cavanah reported that summer school went very smoothly. The summer school theme, “Going Green,” provided students with cool activities under the direction of Aerin O’Dell. O’Dell was praised for her work.
• High School Principal Brock Dover stated that the junior high attendance for the summer school session was 94.3 percent and senior high attendance was 92.9 percent.
• Gym floors will be refinished on July 27. Aug. 10 will be the first practice day for high school football, volleyball and golf.
• Also discussed at great length was the consideration of initiating a Drug Testing Policy for students who will be participating in extra curricular activities. The board decided on a public hearing tonight at 7 p.m. at the high school library. All interested parents and patrons are encouraged to attend.
The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be Monday, July 20, with the closed session beginning at 7 p.m. followed by the open session at 7:30 p.m..
Those in attendance were: members Jason Lafferty, Art Endsley, Karen McGlothlin, Paul Were, Marvin Griffin, Tim Twyman, Board President Karla Waters; Elementary Principal Cavanah, High School Principal Dover, Board Secretary Sandra McAfee, and Orrick School Superintendent Stucker.