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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • R-3 Board Approves Bids

  • The Brookfield R-3 Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday with all members present. At this meeting, the Board received an insight into some of their insurances, and approved bids.
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  • The Brookfield R-3 Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday with all members present.  At this meeting, the Board received an insight into some of their insurances, and approved bids.
    The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. sharp by President Jim McIntyre.  The agenda was approved unanimously, as was the consent agenda.  Motions and seconds for these items came from Jeff Vogel, Marc Amer, Toni Fay and Mike Sattman, respectively.
    Program Evaluations
    Kevin DeVoy and Bill Morris from DeVoy-Baker Insurance met with the Board to discuss the District’s Property, Liability and Worker’s Compensation Insurance.  DeVoy noted that the pair have handled the District’s insurance, in one form or another, for over 30 years.
    Currently, all of the above-mentioned coverages are done through Continental Western.  From now on, these insurances policies will be renewed at the same time.  The move to Continental Western this year saved the District $3500.  This was a review item at the meeting, and an opportunity for the Directors to learn about the procedure.
    Financial Report
    Superintendent Dr. Paul Barger noted that the Governor holding back funds from the budget, combined with the uncertain nature of HB 253, has created some uneasiness concerning funding for education.  Board members will be kept abreast of the situation as it develops.
    Unfinished Business
    The Board approved 17 new MSBA policies that were presented to them last month.  These were all policies that MSBA mandated, and updates to existing policies.  This was done unanimously after a motion and second by Dennis Fletcher and Amer.
    Also, the Board had the second reading of the two new policies that MSBA is seeking to implement, and did not vote on a pair of other policies, pending review by the District‘s attorney.
    A new set of policies was prsented to the Board as well, these coming in at the end of May.  They will be voted on at future meetings.
    The Staff Health and Safety Policy was amended to remove tuberculosis testing.  This falls in line with the legal requirements, and removes some liability from the District.  This was a unanimous vote after a motion aand second by Fletcher and Sattman.
    The training for the new teacher/leader evaluation Marzano system was completed for the administration and observers.  They all passed a test to signify the completion of their training.  The R-3 District is in a consortium for this system with Keytesville, Bucklin, and Linn County this year.  Marceline is looking to join the consortium, according to Dr. Barger, in the future.  The Marzano model will be mandated starting next year in the state of Missouri.
    Page 2 of 2 - This summer, the District’s maintenance staff has been busy with improvements in the various buildings on campus.  They are preparing to paint the hallway by the high school office.  All carpets in the elementary, middle and high schools have been laid.  
    The new doors for the playground in the elementary have arrived and will be installed this week.  The access control and interior doors have been ordered, but have not arrived. By the end of this month, a walkthrough will be done by the security company.  The gate on Tiny Tot Drive will be installed soon, and the sidewalk along the back of the campus is scheduled to be poured as well.
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