See the latest from the Marceline School Board.
The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session this week with all members present. This was the first meeting of the newly-elected board, and this reorganization was the main event of the evening.
Departing board member Lex Cavanah was presented a bell from Superintendent Dr. Gabe Edgar, and left the meeting as the old board was adjourned. New and returning board members Matt Cupp, Charlie Jobson and Emily Burns then took the oath of office from Secretary Candi Ervie.
From here, the board unanimously selected Tom Hauser to remain as President, and Cindi Rodgers to take the role of Vice President. With the formalities out of the way, the board got down to business.
The new board unanimously agreed to place a bond issue on the April 2018 ballot. The issue could be asking for as much as $2.1 million, in a no-tax-increase initiative. The funds would be used for repairs on the high school roof, a new student parking lot, and the repurchase of Chromebook technology. More details will be presented at a later school board meeting.
The board heard evaluations of the transportation program, as well as activities/athletics.
Transportation Director Tom Lodder reported that mileage on the district’s fleet of buses was remaining steady over the years. The district is reimbursed at a rate of $6000 per year to transport Bucklin R-2 students to the Linn County Area Career and Technical Center.
Athletic Director Greg Hough reported on the various accomplishments of Tiger and Lady Tiger athletes this season. He then reported that they would be looking to add games to the basketball, track, and boys golf schedules next season. He also let the board know that Bucklin/Macon County and Bevier have withdrawn from the Tiger Hoops Classic. They have been replaced by Macon and Putnam County.
In other board news:
- Under acknowledgements and thank you’s, Mike Wrenn was thanked for his donation to the PAT program. Logan Swanson was recognized for being selected to the Missouri Scholars Academy.
- The co-operative agreement for athletics and activities was renewed with Father McCartan Memorial School.
- The district purchased a pair of new buses from Midwest Transit at a cost of $83,267, with a trade-in of $39,000. This left a total expenditure of $44,267. This was the low bid, and Edgar noted the overall satisfaction that the district has had with this vendor.
- In the Superintendent’s Report, Edgar stated that he will be presenting a new Chromebook policy. This policy will seek to reduce the non-educational use of the technology when it is at home with students.
- In Closed Session, the board accepted the resignations of Ramah Troutman and Carmen O’Dell. They also accepted the coaching resignation of Kirsten Ewigman from her coaching duties. The board then hired Kathy Harlan as the MS and HS Counsellor.