Stucker says Orrick finances in good shape heading into next year

Orrick Superintendent Dr. Marcus Stucker said financially the district is in good shape with good, solid revenues.
Stucker discussed the 2009-2010 budget at the Orrick Board of Education meeting on Monday, May 18. He said he did not anticipate an increase in the assessed valuation of the district. He also stated that the district should be receiving state money for Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDA) in the amount of $90,000; Title I should be receiving $23,000 and pre-school should be receiving $80,000. He also stated that the district should be saving approximately $70,000 in health insurance, which should aide in supplementing teacher’s salaries. The board voted to increase the base salary to $30,500. This current school year the base was $29, 750, making an increase of $750 per year. Stucker also stated he anticipates 21 students attending Excelsior Springs Area Vocational School this next school year. The cost per student is $2100, costing the district approximately $44,000. All board members were in agreement that this is a wonderful opportunity for students and money well spent on a good investment for their futures. The tuition rate for out of district students was set at $8558.31 per year, per student. This rate is comparable with surrounding districts.
In other actions:
• High School History teacher Sandra Pendleton presented the board with the completed career ladder plans for this current school year. Twenty four teachers had successfully completed these plans and were requesting the program continue next year. Stucker stated that the program was definitely in the budget and would remain so as long as the state continued to fund the program.
• Elementary Principal Keri Cavanah gave her report to the board. She presented the Evaluation form for the Instructional Climate for the District. Strengths mentioned in this report for the district were:
• District Policy IKE Promotion, Acceleration, and Retention are currently in place. The district has a discipline policy in place that complies with all MSIP (Missouri School Improvement Plan) reports.
• Cavanah also reported that there are 102 students enrolled in summer school with only nine of those students being mandatory in order for them to progress to the next grade level. She also announced that there had been eight students recognized with perfect attendance. Each received two free tickets to a Royals baseball game and a $25 Savings Bond from the Bank of Orrick in honor of this achievement. Cavanah also stated that the After School Latch Key program was doing well with 12-15 students attending this program. The Before School attendance, however, had only approximately three students in attendance. She also gave the board the report on the Elementary Reading Data, Curriculum audit, and teacher evaluations. In the area of Reading Data, there were 13 Regular Education (non-IEP) students that were below grade level in reading in grades K-6.
• Brock Dover, high school principal, gave his report to the board. The Junior High attendance for May was 94.49 percent while the High School was a bit lower at 92.8 percent.
• Summer School starts June 1 and runs two full weeks from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch being served daily.
• There are 25 students enrolled in Driver’s Education. Trey Cavanah will teach this class.
• Final grade cards should be ready for pick-up today.
• Dover told the board that the End of Course (EOC) testing went very well as did the Senior Trip to the Ozarks and the Awards Night ceremony. Dover said the owners of the lodge where the students stayed complimented the students’ good behaviors and manners that the Orrick students displayed. Dover also brought the board’s attention to the good work that Cavanah had done in regard to the Orrick Beautification Day held Friday, May 15.
• Dover also said that graduation went well with OHS graduating 32 seniors in its Class of 2009.
• The board then voted to go into closed session. When it reopened for the public meeting once again, the board voted to rehire the support staff as well as the spring coaching assignments for the 2010 spring sports events.
• Assignments for the spring sports are as follows: Boys Track, Pat Richard; Assistant Boys Track, Elliott Rice; Girls Track, Missy Werle; Boys Golf, Sam Griffin; Assistant Golf, Courtney Adams; Assistant Boys Basketball, Jerrad Hansen, who will also coach Jr. High Football in the fall; Jr. High Girls Basketball, Laura Deason.
Other extra duty will be determined by the salary schedule.
• This week, the district’s maintenance department will begin their summer schedule of four day-a-week workdays with some working Monday-Thursday while others work Tuesday-Friday.
• The district will retain the services of Mid-West Compu-Tech for the district’s technology services. Likewise, the district will be contracting again with Randy Small for the buses for the school’s transportation system.
• The board voted to extend a teaching contract to Jerrad Hansen for the position of Junior High math. Hansen will also be the Jr. High football coach as well as assistant boy’s basketball coach.

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