Stucker says Orrick school district in good shape

Orrick School District Superintendent Marcus Stucker reported last month that financially the district is in good shape and currently the district is at 67 percent of the 2008-2009 school year’s budgeted expenditures.
Stucker also reported that the CRBC had donated $500 to the school district for use of its facilities.
He stated, in regard to the 2009-2010 school calendar, that Missouri school districts cannot begin classes more than 10 days prior to the first Monday in September. With the adoption of the school calendar for next year, the students will have a longer Christmas and Spring break.
Summer School contracts were approved as was approval of the school district’s decision to join the Insurance Consortium.
The district’s Technology Plan was approved by the board as was the vocational education.
In other reports:
• Elementary Principal, Keri Cavanah gave the board the monthly report for the elementary school. She stated that kindergarten enrollment had gone well and that the elementary was planning a PLC Day which encourages and promotes literacy and the love of reading to students. The PTO Carnival was Friday, May 1, in the high school gym.
• Elementary Track and Field Day is Friday, May 15. Cavanah said she had been in contact with Orrick Mayor Marilyn Butler and plans were in progress for this day. May 15 will also be the day for the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Breakfast.
• High School Principal Brock Dover presented the board with his report. Junior High attendance for the month of April was at 95.9 percent, while high school attendance had been slightly lower at 92.9 percent.
• Students of the month for April are: High School: Paul Steele and Jr. High: Elizabeth Lafferty.
• Dover reported that the MAP testing went well and that the eighth grade class won the Pepperoni Playoff during testing days with 99 percent attendance.
End of Course testing was May 1, and May 4 through 8. Algebra II, Integrated Math II, English I, and Government classes tested while American History and Government was not tested.
• The Spring Musical “Grease is the Word” had good attendance and congratulations were given to Mr. Mace and Mr. Moll and the entire cast and crew for a wonderful production.
• The Personal Finance team, which consisted of Tyler Kent, Turner Twyman, Amanda Rodenberg, and Jessika John, took an online test March 25 which placed them in the top 20 teams in the Kansas City Region. This also qualified them to participate in regional competition on Thursday, April 16 at Kauffman Legacy Park. Orrick placed 14th in the regional competition against schools such as Savannah, Blue Springs South, Center, and William Chrisman.
• The Senior trip is May 12 through today and high school graduation is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17 in the high school auditorium.
• The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Monday, May 18, with the closed session being held at 7 p.m and the open session being held beginning at 7:30 in the high school library/media center.

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