The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session on Monday night with all Board members present. Over the course of the meeting, the Board talked about a new and upgraded phone system, approved the Board’s goals, and talked MAP/EoC data.
President Tom Hauser called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m. sharp, and after a short meet-and-greet for new teachers to the District with the Board of Education. There was no public participation, and the Marceline Yearbook Staff was recognized through a letter from MHS Alumni Denise Quinn of Smith Motor for their professionalism in their sales this year.
The consent calendar and agenda were approved unanimously after a motion and second by Kim Corbin and Judy Toops.
The sole item under Unfinished Business was the approval of the Board of Education’s 2012-13 goals. The goals are as follows:
1. Each Board member will participate in at least one MSBA or local development activity between August 2012 and October 2013.
2. All Board members will attempt to become more knowledgeable regarding the meaning of test scores and their relationship to instructional strategies. All Board members will acknowledge and participate in activities designed to recognize student and staff achievement. Board members who feel qualified to assess the quality of instructional delivery will visit classrooms during class time.
3. The Board will continue discussions with administrators regarding the goals, process and effectiveness of staff evaluations. Board members will only become involved in the evaluation process when employment decisions are involved.
4. Each Board member will consistently follow established procedures in addressing concerns with staff members. Avoidance of micromanagement behavior will be a point of emphasis.
5. Board members will attend a brief training session prepared by local educators, on the topic of “Understanding Test Results.”
6. The Board will review administrative practices relating to advertising openings, interviewing candidates, and selecting new employees.
7. The Board will hear a report from local school officials on the current state of the use of technology to improve student achievement, and on possible implementations and innovations that could be used locally to improve student achievement.
8. The Board will hear a report from local school officials and the PDC committee on resources needed to stay current with changing trends. The District will stay current with the changing state mandates for teacher evaluations. The Board will work closely with administration to make sure the evaluation tool is improving student achievement.
The goals were approved unanimously after a motion and second by Matt Cupp and Cindi Rodgers.
The first item under New Business was a presentation from Patrick Murphy of VES Systems of St. Louis, concerning the District’s aging telephone and voice mail system. The original system was installed over 12 years ago, and a switch to a VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocols) system seems to be the direction that most businesses and schools are headed to.
Page 2 of 2 - Murphy has been working closely with R-5 Technology Instructor Chris Rollison to design a plan for the District. Murphy presented a plan utilizing Avaya IP Office, that would keep most of the existing Nortel phones, at a cost of $18,805.
The plan includes three switches for the system, training for staff, 30 new phones, and the ability to “twin” (i.e., have one number ring both lines) a land line and a mobile number for better availability of faculty and staff.
Superintendent Gabe Edgar expressed a desire for the District to switch phone and internet providers, seeking better customer service and faster internet speeds. The VES plan would not be provider-dependent, and would allow the flexibility of running phones anywhere where a network connection is present.