Elsberry School board receives construction updates, new policies and regulations adopted

 Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8:28 am

With construction still underway, it is rumored there could be a late start date for the 2013-2014 school year. However, no official decision has been made as of yet.

With construction still underway, it is rumored there could be a late start date for the 2013-2014 school year. However, no official decision has been made as of yet.

It was a quick meeting for the Elsberry R-II School Board, who met on Wednesday, July 10 for their monthly session. With School Board President Sean O’Brien absent, Treasurer Alan Lagemann called the meeting to order with Kandi Kinsler, Matt Jones, Mike Bange and John Boedeker present. Also in attendance were Elsberry R-II Superintendent Tim Reller, Ed.D, and Board Secretary Anne Anthony.

Seeing as there were no amendments to be made to the agenda, Bange moved and Jones seconded the motion to approve the consent agenda as follows: minutes of the June 13 and 27 meetings, payment of bills and the free/reduced lunch applications. Dr. Reller then gave the June financial report, as well as, the summer school attendance report. He also reported that the new Teacher Evaluation program is being implemented this upcoming school year. However, it could be September before it is ready as the board still needs the opportunity to go over its details.

Next on the agenda was Jim Russell from Septagon who reported that the third and fourth grade wing of the school has been turned back over to the district for cleaning. According to him, over the next week or so, more classrooms will be ready for waxing and the asbestos project should have been complete by Friday, July 12. Finally, Russell reported that the roofers will be on site the week of July 15 and the following week when the rooftop units should be set.

Moving on, Bange and Jones moved and seconded the motion to accept a bid from Mike Hartley, owner of Hartley Concrete, for concrete blocks in the amount of $450. Jones and Bange also moved and seconded the motion to accept a bid from Jim Heitman for propane heaters in the amount of $100 each.

This was the scene at Elsberry R-II just a few weeks ago. Although the asbestos project and a few of the elementary classrooms are ready for cleaning and waxing, there is still a large number of items yet to be completed.

This was the scene at Elsberry R-II just a few weeks ago. Although the asbestos project and a few of the elementary classrooms are ready for cleaning and waxing, there is still a large number of items yet to be completed.

Other items on the agenda that were approved, included the Elementary Student Handbook, tuition rates as presented for the 2013-2014 school year and several policy’s such as contact and involvement with outside agencies; student use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs; safety standards and requirements; student rights and instructional services. According to Policy 6260, which references educational surrogates, The Board of Education directs the Administration to determine whether a disabled student is in need of a surrogate parent within 30 days of the date of notification that the student is living within District jurisdiction. The Administration is directed to notify the Division of Special Education at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in writing within 10 days of the determination that such need exists.

With nothing else on the agenda, the board voted and went into executive session. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14 in the High School Library. To be placed on the agenda or for questions regarding policy and regulations call 573-898-5554 ext. 211.

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