A look at what happened at the regular meeting of the Board of Education...
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Note: This meeting was held in-person at 245 State Road N in the Adell Library Media Center. Unless otherwise indicated, all future board meetings will continue to be held in-person. Board members will be seated so as to allow for social-distancing. Anyone wishing to attend a board meeting is encouraged to contact the district office in advance (at 573-363-5909 Option 3). Please call ahead to ensure the district has time to make plans to provide adequate social distancing for the safety of everyone in attendance.
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President Michael Parrack. Vice President Byron Willis, Secretary Stacy Trusty, Treasurer Jim Wehmeyer and members Scott Gould and Sara Stoufer were in attendance. MDSN Xabier Montez and Mrs. Jennifer Schatzer were also present.
The Board was led in the Pledge of Allegiance by Macks Creek Alumni Xabier Montez. Midshipman Montez shared about his experience at the United States Naval Academy where he is currently studying astrophysics. MDSN Montez has been afforded many opportunities at the academy and was excited to share with the board members. He also visited with Macks Creek Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors about his experience on Thursday challenging and encouraging them to pursue their dreams and continue to work hard in school. We are extremely proud of Xabier and wish him the very best as he furthers his education and serves our Nation!
MDSN Montez, USNA
The consent agenda was approved which included the Treasurer's Report, November Minutes, as well as the bills, payroll and withholdings in the amount of $321,564.60. The January board meeting is set for the 20th at 5:30 PM in the Adell Library Media Center.
In addition to a cash flow report, Dr. Phillips highlighted the following:
- DESE has released the Macks Creek School Report Card for last school year. This annual document does not include MAP results, student group performance data or comprehensive and targeted status information as students were unable to participate in state testing during the school closure for COVID-19 in the spring of 2019. Our report card can be viewed utilizing the following the link: https://apps.dese.mo.gov/MCDS/home.aspx.
-All students in the State of Missouri will participate in the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) and End of Course testing this school year. As shared above, this data is utilized to determine the effectiveness of teaching and learning at individual schools and our entire state.
-Christmas Meals and Gifts were provided for 24 MC families! The district would like to thank the following groups for their generosity and kindness:
-First Baptist Church of Macks Creek – purchased gifts for 5 families
-Macks Creek School Faculty & Staff – purchased gifts for 9 families
-Macks Creek School w/ help from anonymous donor - purchased meals for 14 families
-Greenview Elks Lodge – Purchased Gifts and Meals for 10 families
-The Daugherty and Mitchell families for all of their work organizing, shopping, and wrapping
-The faculty who teamed up and went shopping
-Dr. Phillips shared information from MODOT Director Patrick McKenna regarding winter weather and Missouri roads this season. Mr. McKenna indicated at the current time MODOT is critically understaffed and is experiencing an exceptionally high turn over rate. Staffing issues and COVID issues could impact their time frame for clean up during and following inclement weather. Their goal is to have major roads cleared within 5 hours after precipitation has ended and all other secondary roads within 7 hours. However, this time frame could be impacted by staffing and issues related to the COVID. This could also vary from region to region. Supply lines could also be impacted by these same issues. Mr. McKenna wanted to remind everyone to be attentive to the TRAVELER INFORMATION APP. MODOT works hard to keep this current so travelers have the most up to date information on road conditions in their area.
- Dr. Phillips shared the following information regarding signing up for the April 6, 2020 School Board Elections:
-Two 3-year terms
-Sign-ups are from Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 8 AM to Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5:00 PM.
-May file at the Macks creek R-V District office at 245 State Road N, Macks Creek MO.
-Terms rotate according to a 2 – 3 – 2 Schedule
-Must be Macks Creek R-V School District residents, at least 24 years of age, have paid all state and local taxes by the close of filing, and no felonies.
The board reviewed the district's COVID-19 Emergency Operating Plan, but took no new action at the regular meeting. However, the board did meet in Special Session on Monday, December 14 and voted to amend the plan to reflect the most recent guidance issued from the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) regarding a change in quarantine guidance issued by the CDC on December 2, 2020. Macks Creek employees and families now have two additional choices to shorten the 14-day quarantine period for close contacts. Nurse Stubblefield will share these two options with parents if their children are identified as close contacts. Anyone wishing to learn more about these shorter quarantine options may contact Nurse Stubblefield or Dr. Phillips. The board viewed the following COVID-19 report, which was current as of December 16th:
-Elementary– 4 cases YTD w/ 0 active
-Middle/High– 6 cases YTD w/ 1 active
-Staff Totals (Pre-K-12) – 5YTD & 3 active
-Student Totals – 10 YTD with 1 active
-Elementary in Quarantine – 10
-HS in Quarantine - 18
-Total K-12 in Quarantine – 28 (YTD – 130)
-Staff in Quarantine –5 (YTD - 17)
The board voted to approve 2019-2020 Fiscal Audit as presented by KPM CPA’s. Mrs. Jennifer Schatzer with KPM CPA's presented the entire audit, sharing the district's finance records have been accurately reported. Mrs. Schatzer also shared the district received the highest audit rating possible. The complete audit report is available for review in the district office at any time.
The board voted to approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of Series 2021 General Obligation refunding bonds to refinance the Series 2015 General Obligation bonds.
The principals presented their report to the School Board highlighting attendance, discipline, recent events and upcoming events. The board also watched "Pirate News" which may be watched by clicking here: School Board Edition: Pirate News.
The board entered into closed session at 7:23 to discuss staffing decisions for the 2020-2021 school year. The meeting was adjourned a 7:52 PM.
The Macks Creek R-V School Board Members sat for a photo during the July regular board meeting. From top left to right: Michael Parrack, Byron Willis, Jim Wehmeyer and Scott Gould. From bottom left to right: Stacy Trusty, Cheri Nations and Sara Stoufer.
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