New Boys Hoops Coach, ELC Shines

The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session Monday night at the District’s Central Office with all members present.  At this meeting, the Board hired all coaches and extra-duty staff, including a new Head Boys Basketball Coach.  They also got a demonstration from the Black Knight Robotics Team, and got good news on the testing scores for the Early Learning Center.
The final meeting of the old board was called to order by President Tom Hauser at 6 p.m. sharp.  The election results from the April 2 Municipal Election were certified, and Board Members Cindi Black-Rodgers and Judy Toops were sworn back into office.  The old board adjourned.
Superintendent Gabe Edgar then took nominations for the position of Board President, and Hauser was once again the only nominee.  Hauser then took nominations for Vice-President, and once again Lex Cavanah was the only nominee.
Moving to the new Board, there was no ‘Public Participation.’ Under ‘Acknowledgements’ and ‘Thank-You’s,’ Ma Vic’s and Frank Lodder were recognized for a $400 donation to the Early Learning Center for the purchase of iPad apps.  Kendra Gladbach was also recognized for her contribution on the All-State basketball team.
The Consent Calendar was approved, the agenda was amended, and both were approved.  In the Consent Calendar were resignations from Tina Ayers (Elementary and MS Cheer duties), Julie Carl (Secondary), and Kent O’Laughlin (Head Boys Basketball Coach).
Unfinished Business
The lone item on the agenda under ‘Unfinished Business’ was the approval of the cooperative agreement with Father McCartan Memorial School for athletics and activities under MSHSAA.  The agreement was reviewed last month, and passed by a 5-0-2 vote with Cavanah and Hauser abstaining from the process.
New Business
Tom Lodder presented the annual review of the District’s Transportation Program. Lodder noted that the District had seen a drop in miles due to the removal of the Alternative School in Chillicothe, as well as narrowing down the Career Center choices to just the Linn County Area Career and Technical Center (LCACTC) in Brookfield.  Lodder did note more ineligible riders due to the District taking the Bucklin students to the LCACTC.  However, the District is reimbursed for these miles from Bucklin. The report was approved unanimously.
Chris Rollison and members of the Black Knight Robotics Team talked about their program and all of the success they have achieved.  Black Knight Robotics has been covered in previous editions of the LCL in depth, and these same facts were presented for the Board.  Rollison and team then went outside to show off the actual ‘bot’ in action, shooting frisbees for the delight of the Board Members and Administration.
A policy concerning the District’s banking needs was reviewed.  Currently, there are conflicting policies and regulations concerning this service in the District. Superintendent Edgar seeks to amend both policy and regulation to allow the District to bid out services every three years.
A policy concerning the Administrative Staff was amended to include a 1.85 percent multiplier for Superintendents who earn their sixth contract with the District and have obtained a Doctoral Degree.  This was passed unanimously.
Activities Director Kent O’Laughlin presented a proposal to even the playing field for varsity coaches in the District.  Currently, the Head Football Coach makes more than the Head Basketball and Head Wrestling Coaches at the varsity level.  O’Laughlin presented three alternatives for the Board, all with the goal of paying the Head Coaches of the three highest pressure sports the same amount.  This items will be reviewed and decided on at a future meeting.