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A storm shelter at Sturgeon High School, a vote affecting the way school board members talk to the media and teacher compensation, were on the table Thursday night at Sturgeon RV’s K-8 Library.
This is where the Sturgeon RV School Board met for its May 20 meeting.
They warmed up their audience by recognizing five retired staff, introduced by Geoff Neill, RV Superintendent: Kevin Hicks, Anna Osbourne, Pat Nicholson, Rebecca Young, Chris Vasilef.
After recognizing five retirees, Board Chair Misty Doss reminded the audience that they were not allowed to address the board unless they completed the appropriate form four days before the meeting.
Then they heard a representative from McKinstry talk about solar panels and a storm shelter. Both are believed to be part of the agriculture and weightlifting building currently under construction on the south side of the high school. He said they designed a way to incorporate a 670-foot corridor / storm shelter over a total area of approximately 900 feet.
The cost of the district will be $ 146,910.07, he said. He said all occupants of the high school could take shelter there. Another representative from McKinstry said that was $ 128 per square foot, with the average cost of a storm shelter of this nature exceeding $ 200 per square foot. They said the Boone County code required the district to have shelter from the storms. “You get a storm shelter to protect your students and get it at half the price you would have paid to build one from scratch.”
Neill said the district was receiving a $ 25,000 NOVA credit for the project, reducing the price to $ 121,910.07.
In a related discussion, representatives from McKinstry said the building would be equipped with 88 rooftop solar panels, which would produce around 36 kilowatts per month, depending on the weather. McKinstry employees said it would create more electricity than the building, including the seven electric welders in Ag’s shop, would consume and generate credit, lowering their electricity bill.
They unanimously approved the $ 146,917 change order to fund the project, 7-0.
During his report, Neill presented the standards of the board of directors. Denise Flashpohler asked for their approval and board member Bethany Stone seconded them. The members of the council adopted them unanimously.
The council’s standards included a sentence or two regarding the media.
“Council members will report media inquiries to the Superintendent.” And a related sentence. “Accountability – If a board standard may have been violated, the board chair and vice chair will meet with the accused board member (s). If the issue is not resolved, Council officials will determine next steps. If the relevant Council member is an officer, the highest ranking uninvolved officer will select another Council member to serve. “
Editor’s Note: The full list of board standards, plus additional commentary from Superintendent Neill are available for reading at www.firesideguard.com
Neill sent this response to questions from Centralia Fireside Guard Regarding the first part of the standards: “The BOE has aligned its standards with district policy. Specifically, Policy 0340, which describes the BOE’s code of ethics. Under the caption “The roles of members of the Board of Education are as follows: # 11 Avoid any comments that could be interpreted as undermining the administration of the District.”. “The board of directors who wish to speak with one voice is not unusual.”
“When it comes to communicating with BOE members, their constituents and the media have access to their school’s email addresses and are not limited to contacting them. In addition, everyone is welcome to submit a request for inclusion on the board agenda or ask questions of the BOE. “
Doss responded, also by email:
“The board met with our legal advisors to set these standards and part of our goal was to make sure we adhere to our code of ethics (policy 0340). More specifically, to avoid any comments that could be interpreted as undermining the administration of the District. This does not prevent anyone from contacting board members or asking questions. Our district prides itself on its open communication and transparency. If you have any reasonable requests that have not been met, please let Dr Neill know and he will work with you to get you the information you need. “
Jean Maneke, attorney for the Missouri Press Association, who worked for many years on the Missouri Open Meetings and Archives Act, also known as the Sunshine Act cases, had this to say about the standard of the board of directors.
“A public body cannot be ordered not to speak to the media because of the First Amendment rights available to every citizen. A local rule or ordinance would violate this constitutional right. She also said: “If a council member disagrees with the rule, he would have the right to ask a court to determine whether council has the right to silence the First Amendment rights of board members in this manner. ”
The board heard from Neill discuss his proposed changes to the district’s salary grid, which included an increase of $ 800 at the base with a step of $ 450 and a step of $ 650 for a teacher’s 20th year. To encourage longevity, Neill said these changes “reflect the removal of the career ladder and the allocation of these funds to tutoring, stipends and the grassroots to meet those needs in the future. He said his budget proposal also funds other things funded by the career ladder, such as sponsorships. “It’s not a final step, but it’s a good step,” said Neill. He said a pay rise was needed. “We’re not going to attract anybody,” Neill said, “unless we increase wages.”
Board member Kevin Smith asked what teachers do for the career ladder, the answer was tutoring.
Board member Heather Dougherty said she was concerned that removing the career ladder would reduce student enjoyment. “Students love to see teachers at events.”
Faculty members said the career ladder was one of the things that kept teachers in the school district. Neill said there was a shortage of candidates and something had to be done.
No action was taken.
In other cases, they unanimously approved a payment of $ 103,275 to Stidham Electric to repair the electrical system in building K-8.
They also accepted the resignations of Ally Hemme, the high school business and Taylor Scholes, the high school guidance counselor, and voted to hire Josten Patterson as a special education teacher from grade 4 to grade. eighth. They also voted to hire Michael Trussell as a K-8 physical education teacher and college health teacher. Both have received one-year probationary teaching contracts.
Neill reviewed the scheduled summer maintenance projects, some to be carried out by district employees, others under contract. This included interior lighting for the track hangar, touchless valves for the bathroom faucets and neighborhood toilets, as well as a new door for the T-ball court and the repair of the fencing of the court. baseball SHS.
They looked at bus offerings from, two from Thomas and Midwest Transit. Thomas was $ 177,412; Midwest ‘was $ 175,994. They accepted the Midwestern offer.
From there, they discussed live streaming, cell-based video, to monitor school buses. activity. on local school buses. Jeff Carr, director of programs and transportation, said he also has an app that lets parents know how far the bus is from their home. He also gave an updated summer school. He said enrollments of virtual and in-place students had increased. He said they were looking for another replacement bus driver.
Carr said the system will cost $ 3,500, plus $ 600 a year for unlimited cellular data. Campbell said Title IV funds would cover expenses, under the heading of student security.