The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session on Monday night at the District’s Central Office with all board members present. The meeting was called to order at 5 p.m. sharp by President Tom Hauser.
At this meeting, the Board decided to go forward with their Summer Journey program for now, discussed Title I funding, and accepted a bid for the concrete work on the track at Chester Ray Stadium.
There was no public participation, and the agenda was amended and approved. Under ‘Acknowledgements’ and ‘Thank-You’s,’ Superintendent Gabe Edgar noted a letter the District had received from Walsworth Publishing Company to let them know that their 2013 yearbook had been entered into the Gallery of Excellence. The District also expressed gratitude to Walsworth Publishing Company and Matt and Laurie Cupp for their donation of office furniture to the District.
Under Old Business, the Board approved two mandatory policy updates from MCE. The Board has no choice in this matter, and they were approved unanimously.
Next, the Board addressed concerns about the Summer Journey program, considering the Hold Harmless state of the District as relates to state funding. As noted in the report of last month’s meting, the District is still under contract to Edison Learning for the next two years.
Superintendent Edgar presented three sets of figures to the Board. The options presented were: to continue with Edison, do things as they have been done with the District leading the way, and reducing costs by 20 percent with the District leading the way.
The Administration recommended that the Board stay with Edison for the remaining two years of their contract, and then, if the District is still Hold Harmless, pursue a District-led summer school program. The remaining two years of the contract would be done as “break-even” years, with that exact number to be determined at a later date between the District and Edison Learning.
Also, the District will make efforts to pay ahead the contract amount for the next two years, so that they are even with Edison before the contract ends. Superintendent Edgar assured the Board that this would only be done if it did not place undue stress on the District’s finances. With no change to current procedure, no formal vote was taken.
An update on the pending bond issue was presented to the Board. A slogan, and materials to promote the bond issue have been established. Superintendent Edgar will make a presentation about the bond issue at the Golden Tiger Luncheon this Friday, and the Administration will continue presentations after the first of the year to promote the issue.
Under ‘New Business,’ the building administrators gave reports on the figures for parent-teacher conferences. If a parent still has not had a conference with their child’s teacher, they are encouraged to contact the appropriate building at the school and get one scheduled.
Page 2 of 2 - Dawn Lichtenberg presented the Board some information about the District’s Title I monies and instruction. Lichtenberg reviewed the procedures, as well as the number of teachers and students, in the program. Currently, the Title I funding is used exclusively at Disney Elementary in the kindergarten through fifth grade. Her report was approved unanimously by the Board.