CCR-1 High School Students Vote For Prom Changes
By Mike Scott
Students and parents will see a change at this year’s prom. According to High School Principal Jason Harper, juniors and seniors voted 112-25 to eliminate the Prom Banquet from the evening’s activities. Harper announced the change request at the Thursday, February 11 meeting of the CCR-1 School Board.
“We’ve had fewer students attending the banquet during the past few years,” said Harper. “And this will be better financially for the students.”
The Prom and banquet are funded by magazine sales, which have fallen in recent years.
“This is the students’ prom, and they voted overwhelmingly to go this way,” Harper added.
Board member Kristi Webber expressed concerns about students going out of town for dinner, and losing the traditions of announcing the Prom King and Queen and the passing of the cane. Both traditions will now take place in public, at the start of the Promenade.
“We want to make clear that we (the school board) are not making this change. The students voted in favor of it, “ said CCR-1 Superintendent Ritchie Kracht.
The board also discussed the effect of snow days on the school year. Because of the amount of snow day, the last day of classes will be May 26. That could be pushed still later if the district incurs more days closed.
Board member Carmen Arnold noted that in 1969, the district held classes on three Saturdays during March to make up days.
The board also approved a tentative schedule for summer school. The district plans to start classes on Tuesday, June 1 and run through Friday, June 25.
Superintendent Ritchie Kracht also gave an update on the school’s bond issue, which will be on the ballot for the April 6 election.
The District currently has a debt service levy to pay off the bonds on the high school and new addition to the middle school. It is currently $0.75 per $100 of assessed valuation. This current tax rate is scheduled to expire in 2020. District financial consultants advise that if the bond issue passes, the length of the bond payments will be extended to 2030. Debt service taxes will not go up; the new bond issue will just extend the length of time needed to pay off the bonds. Taxpayers will continue to pay the current $0.75 levy. If the bond issue passes, it will generate $4,000,000 to make facility improvements throughout the district. A four-sevenths vote is needed for the proposition to pass.
Top priority projects to be completed include: a new bus lane behind Black Hawk Elementary and increased parent parking areas, electrical upgrades at the middle school, a new wastewater treatment facility at Running Fox Elementary to comply with DNR regulations, energy efficient windows and roof replacements at the middle school and both elementary schools, site drainage at all schools and parking lot
improvements at the high school, air conditioning in the middle school and both elementary schools, increased security lighting for middle school and high school parking lots, and lighting upgrade at the middle school. The complete list of projects can be found on the school website at www.clarkcounty.k12.mo.us.
The Clark County R-1 facilities committee will meet on Wednesday, February 17. The meeting will be in the Middle School Library at 6:00 p.m. The focus of the meeting will be to develop a strategic plan to inform school patrons about the bond issue on the April ballot. It will also be an opportunity for parents and patrons to gather information and ask questions about the bond issue. All interested parents and patrons are encouraged to attend.
Kracht also discussed the district’s current financial condition
We’re doing okay, but that could change and probably will,” he said.
According to Kracht, the amount of state funding for next year is uncertain, with possible cuts to Parents As Teachers, Summer School, Career Ladder and other education programs.
“Everything is under consideration,” Kracht said. “The next two years will be worse.”
In other business, the board:
--Extended the food service contract with OPAA through the 2010-2011 school year.
--Discussed concerns with maintaining 95 percent attendance. Currently the district is 94.98, and historically attendance slips in the spring.
--Reported that current Average Daily Attendance (ADA) is 907.31, the highest since January 2005.
--Approved a diesel fuel purchase bid. MFA was the low bidder for four truckloads.
--Jason Church reported that the Middle School PE program would utilize the popular “Boot Camp” one day per week for four weeks.
--Approved an FCCLA trip to Columbia in March. Ten female students will travel with Miss Horton.