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Elsberry R-II School Board approves several items during monthly meeting

Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:50 am

It was an eventful evening for the Elsberry School Board on Wednesday, March 13 as they met for their monthly meeting.

With school board members Kandi Kinsler, Alan Lagemann, Sean O’Brien, Matt Jones and Mike Bange present, as well as, Superintendent Tim Reller, Ed.D, Principals Jason Miller, Steve Hill and Toni Wankel, Anne Anthony and six other visitors, O’Brien called the meeting to order and recognized the visitors. He allowed them the opportunity to speak before the board on any item not currently on the agenda.

O’Brien took a moment to recognized the work of the staff and how well everyone worked together during this tragic time.

No amendments to the agenda were necessary.

Lagemann moved and Jones seconded the motion to approve the agenda consisting of the Minutes of the February meetings and the Payment of Bills.

Dr. Reller reported year-to-date revenues were at $522,319.01 and year-to-date expenditures were at $654,745.98. He also noted the district did not receive a county tax payment in February so March’s statements will reflect two months of county revenue. Dr. Reller went on to say there was approximately $98,000 in architectural fees, which will be reimbursed to the district if the bond issue passes.

“Attendance ADA is holding steady and enrollment is trending in the right direction,” stated Dr. Reller. “Our estimated ADA is 734 students.”

Moving on to further business, Dr. Reller read communication from Cheri Rountree thanking the board for their donation on behalf of the late Jane Howard. He also read a letter from Kayla and Larry Carter thanking the District for their help with the services for Jillian Young. Dr. Reller then gave an update on the MOLEAD training and the Districts’ Accountability Plan.


In regard to the No Bond Issue, Dr. Reller reported he has been out in the community talking with several community groups. Bids are due Thursday, March 21. On a final report, Dr. Reller gave a preliminary budget update, where according to him a re-assessment could possibly be a half percent to one percent down on real estate. There has been no estimate given yet for personal property.

Julie Basler and Summer Hagemeier then gave updates on the Guidance Programs and


Carol Spratt and Diane Dietrich gave an update on the Title I Program.

With no old business to report Jones moved and Kinsler seconded the motion to approve time clocks beginning in the 2013-2014 school year for non-certificated employees. Moving on to the next item listed on the agenda Alan Lagemann moved and Mike Bange seconded the motion to approve direct deposit for all employees beginning in 2013-2014, as well as setting a Special Board Meeting date for April 3 at 7 p.m.

Other items approved during the meeting included adding a Middle School Math Position for 2013-2014, to replace the transformer at the high school and to accept the bid from Seth Sadler in the amount of $1200 to add an access road to the transformer area.

Following monthly reports from Toni Wankel, Jason Miller, Steve Hill and Joe Hensley the board voted to adjourn into executive session for the purpose of hiring, firing, discipline or promotion of employees pursuant to 610.02. The next meeting official school board meeting will be on Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the Elsberry High School Library.

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