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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • R-5 Board Approves Audit, Summer School Contract

  • The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session Monday night with all Board members present. The Board approved their annual audit, as well as a contract to continue their successful summer school program.
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  •  The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session Monday night with all Board members present.  The Board approved their annual audit, as well as a contract to continue their successful summer school program.
    The meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m. sharp by President Tom Hauser.  After the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance, the Board amended and approved the agenda for the meeting.  The motion and second came from Matt Cupp and Judy Toops, and passed unanimously.  There was no public participation.
    Unfinished Business
    The first item under Unfinished Business required President Hauser to turn the meeting over to Vice-President Lex Cavanah due to a conflict of interest.  Said item was the contract proposed by Edison Learning for the District’s Summer Journey program.
    The contract was for three years, going back to that format after a one-year contract last session.  The District had been in a three year contract before last year.  Superintendent Gabe Edgar informed the Board that the contract took into consideration the state funding issue, and also earned a donation of $10,000 per year to the Marceline Education Foundation.  The contract was accepted after a motion and second by Cindy Rodgers and Cupp, and passed 6-0-1 with Hauser abstaining.
    Further discussion was held concerning the implementation of a girls cross country team in the fall, and a boys baseball team in the spring to the sports regimen at Marceline R-5.  The issue of dual participation was again discussed.
    Superintendent Edgar, Middle/High School Principal Dr. David Kiene, and Activities Director Kent O’Laughlin contacted all of the area and Conference schools that offer or have offered dual participation.  Comments from the superintendents and A.D.’s consistently noted the trouble with the dual participation, as well as conflicts raised between coaches and players.  The lone exception to this was reported by Linn County R-1, where no issues at all were found in the last 16 years.
    Board members questioned the Administration present for their feelings on the subject.  Dr. Kiene and Coach O’Laughlin reported that due to the logistical issues, they were against it.  Questions from the Board members also included the ways that policy could be set up for the new sports, as well as dual participation.  The matter will come up for discussion again next month, and if a motion and second are made, a vote will be taken.
    The potential revenue bond issue for the April election came up next. Superintendent Edgar reported that a list of needs was being made in each building, and that these would be presented to the Board once the matter was out of committee.
    A list of surplus items from the weight room, as well as some old televisions and other items from around the District, were approved unanimously to be labeled as surplus and sold.  The motion and second came from Cavanah and Toops.
    Page 2 of 2 - New Business
    John Gillum presented the 2011-2012 Audit for the Marceline R-5 School District at this meeting.  Each Board member was given a paper copy of the Audit.  Gillum reported a good audit for the District, and thanked the Administration, staff, and teachers for their assistance in the procedure.  The revenues reported in the end-of-the-year report previously discussed in the LCL matched the revenues reported in the audit.  The audit was approved unanimously after a motion and second by Cavanah and Kim Corbin.
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