SCHUYLER R-1 SCHOOL DISTRICT
MINUTES OF BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR SESSION QUEEN CITY, MO THURSDAY OCTOBER 22, 2020
Jennifer Pantry, President
Shannon Smith, Vice President
Andy Akers, Member
Wanda Homer, Member
Kirk Newland, Member
Mike Scheib, Member
Kevin Wheeler, Member
Steve Carvajal, Superintendent of Schools – arrived at 7:40 p.m.
Katie Wayman, Elementary Principal
Kyle Windy, High School Principal – absent
Raven Weaver, Director of Special Services
Vickie Pierce, Board Secretary
Tiffany Newland, Director of Finance
CALL TO ORDER – 7:00 p.m.
President Jennifer Pantry called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA – 7:00 p.m.
Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Andy Akers to approve the agenda. Motion carried 7-0.
CONSENT AGENDA – 7:00 p.m.
a. Minutes of previous meeting (September 17, 2020)
c. OPAA & custodian report
Kevin Wheeler moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Motion carried 7-0.
Mike Scheib moved, seconded by Wanda Homer to approve the bills. Motion carried 7-0.
FINANCIAL REPORT – 7:04 p.m. – Tiffany Newland
Total revenue is $360,911 and total expenses are $652,053 for the month of September, 2020. Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Mike Scheib to approve the financial report. Motion carried 7-0.
PUBLIC COMMENT TIME – 7:05 p.m.
A thank you note was received from Early Childhood teachers, Anita Amen and Robin Jackson for the new laptops. There are concerns from softball parents that a few softball games were being cut short or starting too early in order to start football games earlier. This will be reviewed next year when scheduling. A parent had questions about Covid-19 and quarantining students. This will be addressed in the Superintendent report.
OLD BUSINESS – 7:12 p.m.
a. Approval of labor exchange/advertising recommendation
Kevin Wheeler moved, seconded by Wanda Homer to table the recommendations until the November board meeting. Motion carried 7-0.
b. Snow removal
Kirk Newland moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to approve the seasonal snow and ice removal agreement of $8,220 from Tyson March for the 2020-2021. Motion carried 7-0.
NEW BUSINESS – 7:16 p.m.
a. Program evaluations
Shannon Smith moved, seconded by Mike Scheib to approve Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, and High School program evaluations. Motion carried 7-0.
Kevin Wheeler moved, seconded by Wanda Homer to approve Madeline Amsinger, Jenny Droste, Kayley Hagl, Beth Haley, Makayla Lee, Katie Poston, Katie West, Vivian Whaley as additions to the substitute list for 2020-2021. Motion carried 7-0.
c. Basketball plan – see Superintendent report
d. November meeting will be: November 19, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL – Katie Wayman – 7:33 p.m.
September Enrollment PK-6: 338
September Attendance: 98.57%
● October 19-23 School Bus Safety Week
● October 23 End of 1st Quarter
● October 23 Picture Retake Day
● October 27-30 Red Ribbon Week
● November 2 PD Day 8:00-1:00
● November 2 Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:00-7:00
● November 2-15 Online Book Fair
● November 20 Midterm
● November 23 SCHOOL IN SESSION
● November 25-30 Thanksgiving Break- No School
● RAMS Student Leaders have started planning for Red Ribbon Week. They are also beginning to make plans for recreating and/or updating PBS lessons.
● We will be reimbursed for student meals September 1-December 22 under the nationwide waiver for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Please let me know if you have any questions about the program.
● The dental truck dates are not yet determined.
HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL – Kyle Windy – 7:35 p.m. – absent
· Enrollment numbers: Senior/Junior High 238 (2 virtual)
· Attendance for September: 93.79%
· August thru October 2020: 94.50%
· 90%-90% Rule: We are at 83.70% attendance
· As a part of Homecoming 2020 the student council voted to organize a hat week in honor of Special Olympics. Students could pay $1 and wear their hat to school for the day. Through this fundraiser we were able to raise $118. Good luck with all your events this year!
· Student Council tried to not let Covid put a damper on Homecoming this year. Homecoming week was held at the JH/HS the week of Sept. 21-25. Each day kids dressed up differently to the theme “Round Up the Mustangs”. The teachers assisted StuCo with a contest and hid miniature plastic horses throughout the school during the entire week. The junior class won this contest. On Friday, we dismissed regular classes and went to the football field for Battle of the Classes. Teachers were each assigned games to organize and run. The seniors won the Battle of the Classes Competition. School dismissed early for a parade at Lancaster. There were 32 entries in the parade (which was about the average on any other year). After the parade, the Student Council members decorated for the dance. We held this year’s homecoming dance on the playground. The game started at 7:00 and the coronation was held during half time. Gavin Veatch and Kristin Ward were crowned this year’s king and queen. Class banners were made by each high school class and the banners were hung on the fence at the game and judged. The sophomore class won the banner competition. All three class winners will receive ice cream from the Student Council. Immediately following the football game, the dance began. Booster Club built a fire and provided Casey’s pizza and s’mores for the dance and StuCo purchased soda. The dance wrapped up a little after eleven. We were glad to be able to have a normal homecoming week. Thanks to everyone for all the support!
Sincerely, JH/HS Student Council
· The package our school has purchased from Rosetta Stone includes 5 languages—Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, and English as a Second Language. We
currently only have students taking Spanish. This year we have 9 in Spanish 1 and 2 in Spanish 2. The goal is to complete at least 1 level each semester. Since there are 5 levels, a student should be able to get all the way through the program or pretty close if they take 2 years of Spanish. Most of the students are progressing very well through the program so far. Rosetta Stone focuses on language immersion, so it is different than traditional foreign language instruction, but students should end up with a greater vocabulary and usage of the language. We are also utilizing the worksheets that come with Rosetta Stone, as reinforcement for what students should be learning online. Sometimes it is difficult to pick up on the language rules or vocabulary since Rosetta Stone uses indirect instruction, so I assist students when necessary. I have a background in Spanish with two years in college. Some Fridays, we use Spanish flash cards, Spanish Bingo, or other Spanish games, videos, or stories. As part of Rosetta Stone, students participate in 8 live tutoring sessions with a native speaker. We also study culturally significant days, including El Dia de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), Feliz Navidad (Christmas), Carnaval (late February before Lent), and Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May).
· Our numbers for marching band participation are 13 in the junior high and 11 in the high school with 2 additional 8th graders involved in the field show in order to fill holes caused by attrition and an early-season doctor’s order for injury.
The band’s total attrition rate from last year to current is just under 38%. Very few students and/or parents are expressing the reason for not continuing. Those that remain have been very successful these past few weeks and continue to improve.
Saturday, Oct. 3rd The Bighorn Brigade brought home 3rd place in the Scotland County virtual field show competition. Saturday, Oct. 10th both junior high and high school bands went to Kahoka for the Clark County Parade of champions. The Junior high placed 3rd in the parade, The High school placed 4th in the parade and 2nd in their very first live field show competition. This is the first year I have split 7th-8th grade away from the high school. Both groups represented the school well competitively and socially. This is the first year for field show competition and the first year for flags to be involved at all with the field show.
We will be playing in the South Shelby Marching Invitational Saturday, October 24th. If you would like to experience what we do feel free to spend the afternoon with us on the road. Thank you for your support
· Haylee Burn made it to state golf.
Fall Sports Update:
Softball – 23
Softball JH – 12
Football – 20
Football JH – 23
Trap Shooting – 10 boys and 7 girls
Cheerleaders – 12
JH Cheerleaders – 9
Cross Country – 6
Girls Golf – 3
HS Band – 11
JH Band – 14
Color Guard – 5
· SAC – 24 members
· FFA – 46 members
· FCCLA – 45
· FBLA – 55
· Student Council – 41
SPECIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR – Raven Weaver –7:44 p.m.
Schuyler R-1 School District is currently providing special education services for 96 students ages 3-21 years of age.
The Special Education Department would like to thank RAIL (Rural Advocates for Independent Living). They provided our school with 15 reusable (clear plastic to be able to see the mouth) masks for our staff.
The Special Education Team has put a plan in place for each child receiving special education services if we would have to use our AMI-X (Alternative Method of Instruction-Extension). The plan put in place for each student was specially designed by the IEP team including the parents.
The Jr High & High School Student Council organize a hat week during Homecoming and raise money. Students could pay $1 and wear their hat to school for the day. Through this fundraiser the Student Council raised $118 and donated to our Schuyler Special Olympics team.
SUPERINTENDENT – Steve Carvajal – 7:45 p.m.
· Superintendent Carvajal discussed the Covid-19 plan for basketball games. Schuyler players/cheerleaders/pep band will have tickets to give out to their family/friends to attend. Each incoming away player will be given tickets for admission. No cheerleaders or pep band will attend away games and there will not be any away cheerleaders or pep bands at our home games. The school will work with the health department to stay within the guidelines with attendance. The specifics will be posted on our school website.
· There was a Lewis & Clark Conference meeting on October 20th. There will be another meeting in two weeks where Schuyler will present a plan and reasons why we need to continue 8-man football and express that we would like to stay in the conference.
· The lighting project is done at the school and has received a $10,175.04 rebate from Tri-County.
· The school will receive another $39,060 of Cares monies that the Governor has released.
· A concrete repair patch has been completed on the south end of the sidewalk.
· We hope to open the new weight room to the public on November 1st. Specifics and fee amounts will be on our website.
· Kathryn Magers, Administrator for the Schuyler Co. Health Department, was in attendance to answer Covid-19 questions. Discussion was held on quarantining students and staff. The school will follow the Health Department guidelines that are put in place by the CDC and Health and Sr. Services.
REQUEST FOR EXECUTIVE SESSION – 9:02 p.m.
Jennifer Pantry moved, seconded by Mike Scheib to go into executive session as provided in Rs.Mo.610.021 (3, 13) (Personnel Issues). Motion carried 7-0 by roll call vote: Kirk Newland – yes; Shannon Smith – yes; Andy Akers – yes; Mike Scheib – yes; Kevin Wheeler – yes; and Wanda Homer – yes and Jennifer Pantry – yes.
RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION – 9:37 p.m.
ADJOURNMENT – 9:38 p.m.
Kevin Wheeler moved, seconded by Shannon Smith to adjourn. Motion carried