The board of education was able to meet on Monday March 23, 2020 for its regular monthly meeting. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm in the Library by President Mylissa Jennings. The board adopted an updated agenda that had a discussion item for the COVID-19 added in new business.
The board heard a financial update from Mr. Marnholtz. The district started February with $1,200,865.04. The district received $229,574.28 and expended $169,042.33. The district closed the month of February with $1,261,396.99. Mr. Marnholtz discussed with the board the potential impacts that the dip in the economy could have on the budget for the remainder of the year and next.
The board approved the consent agenda to pay the bills and transfer any funds. The board heard the inspection from the Johnson County Dept of Health for the kitchen. Mr Murphy shared his report with the board which showed the enrollment for the school to be at 167 students (83 K-6 and 84 7-12). He also discussed what had been occurring in the classrooms prior to spring break. Alana Rehn, Kody Jones, Emily Helmich, and Annie Dillon were recognized for their efforts during the past month.
Mr. Marnholtz shared his report with the board, which included items on the COVID-19 impact. He reminded the board to file their PFD with the ethics commission. The board received the information from Thrive that they will no longer be working with K-12 schools for meal service. They will fulfill the remainder of the contract to end the school year. The board was provided the information from the Governor's Executive Order on moving the April election to June 2, 2020. The district will not be impacted by the change as there are only three people running for the three open seats.
During the Old business portion of the meeting, the Board approved the updated 19-20 school calendar. The district was required to add two days to the calendar due to the cancellation of school on January 16 due to the flu and to add hours that were needed due to the winter weather days. The calendar was approved which changed the last day of school to May 19, 2020. The district also approved the 20-21 school calendar. The calendar will be posted on the district website. The school year will start for students on August 24, 2020 and end on May 14, 2021.
In the new business portion of the meeting the board heard an update from Mr. Marnholtz on the COVID-19 impact to schools. The board during the discussion heard about the impact the emergency declarations in Johnson County and Jackson County would have on the district. The board also discussed the impact that school closings has had on families and students. Mr. Marnholtz discussed the lunch service that started Monday as well as the impact on support staff of the district. The current plan that was discussed was to limit the hours for support staff, but maintain current payroll to not harm the employees by the shutdown. The board discussed the importance of keeping the students and staff safe during these unprecedented times.
The board approved the new salary schedule which added a last step onto the schedule at step 25. The board approved the new certified salary schedule to allow steps for the certified staff on the schedule for hours and a year of service.
The date for the reorganization of the board was set. The board will organize on April 15, 2020 during the regular monthly meeting. The incumbent members of the board will take their oath of office for the next term. The three members are Matt Arne, Mylissa Jennings, and Chris Postlethwait.
The board was presented the insurance update from Mr. Marnholtz. The update included an increase of premiums for the district. The board approved remaining with the MEUHP for insurance. To help staff members the board approved increasing the amount that is paid by $75 per month.
The board was presented the impact that the new calendar would have on the support staff. With the increased hours in the daily schedule and the decrease number of days that the school will be in session, a shift to the schedules for the support staff had to occur. The ultimate goal for the district is to not allow a harm to employees take home pay due to the changes.
The board held an executive session per RSMO 610.021 (3) (6). During the executive session the board hired a new instructional coach, and new math teacher. The board also approved the rehiring of all current certified staff.