CCR-1 Board Considers Drug Testing For Students
“There is a concern that we have a problem at the high school,” CCR-1 Superintendent Ritchie Kracht said. “That’s why the board is looking at our options.”
At the Thursday, March 10 meeting of the Clark County R-1 School Board, Jason Church presented information regarding the costs involved in testing pools of students in extracurricular activities, students utilizing the parking lot at the high school, and pools of both groups. The Board questioned what groups, percentages, and testing times to include in testing pools. The Board asked Jason Church, Activities Director, and Jason Harper, high school principal, to gather more information and recommendations for a drug testing policy for discussion at a later meeting.
“We want to know if other schools have found it to be effective, and get community feedback, if we decide to do it,” Kracht said.
Students could not be punished at school, or have their grades affected by a positive test. The only repercussions could be to not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities, not be allowed to attend some school events, and to not be allowed to park at the school.
If enacted, drug testing would not apply to staff members.
“Our attorney has advised us against that, because it has not been tested in court. The ACLU looks for cases like that, and we don’t want to be a test case,” Kracht said.
The Board reviewed the only bid received for contracted food service that was received by the District, which was from Opaa! Food Management, Inc., for the school years of 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016. Mr. Ritchie Kracht noted that the contract reflected an 8% increase, but the contract would allow the District to maintain its current prices for lunch and breakfast for a time. The Board and Opaa! commended Jane Saxton for her excellent oversight of the food service program on behalf of Opaa! and the District.
Motion made by William Schutte, seconded by Kristy Webber, to approve the bid as presented by Opaa! Food Management, Inc., for contracted food services for the school years beginning in 2011 and ending with the 2015-2016 school year.
Aye 7. Nay 0.
Jason Harper, high school principal and vocational programs director, addressed the Board with a Clark County Vocational Program Review Report. Harper noted that the District sponsors vocational programs in the areas of Building Trades, Family and Consumer Science, Vocational Business, and Vocational Agriculture. Harper noted that the programs are stand alone, meaning that outside sources for vocational training are not available due to the geographical location of our District. Other school districts are able to travel to Hannibal or Kirksville for services. Harper cited strengths, concerns, program goals, and recommendations for the Board for each vocational program, and stated that each program is strong and successful in providing student participants valuable life and job skills for future endeavors.
The Board conducted a public hearing in accordance with Section 171.032.2 RSMo to approve the 2011-2012 school calendar with the first day of school scheduled for August 18, 2011. Following a short discussion on two calendars submitted by NEMO-NET, William Schutte moved, with Kari Bevans seconding, to approve a 2011-2012 school calendar with professional development for staff beginning on August 16 and the first day of school on August 18, 2011, and an ending date of May 16, 2012. Aye 7. Nay 0.
The Board reviewed the following MSBA policies and procedures: DK, EBBA, EHBC, GBM, GCD, GCE, GCLB, GCPD, GCPE, GDBB, GDC, GDPD, IGBA, IM, JFCL, JG-R, JGA, JGF, JGGA, JHA, JHC, JHCD, JHCF, JHD,JHG, JK, DJF-AP1, EBBA-AP, EBC-AP2, EBC-AP3, EBC-AP4, EBC-AP5, EBC-AP6, EBC-AP7, EBC-AP8, EBC-AP9, EHBC-AP, GBM-AP, IGBH-AP, JFCL-AP, JHCF-AP, JHD-AP, and KB-AP.
Motion made by William Schutte, seconded by Mark Plenge, to approve all MSBA policies and procedures as presented with the exception of JG-R (discipline), JGA (corporal punishment), and DJF-AP1 (purchasing); to implement JG-R beginning July 1, 2011; to remove procedures EBC-AP2, EBC-AP3, EBC-AP4, EBC-AP5, EBC-AP6, EBC-AP7, EBC-AP8, EBC-AP9, and GBM-AP; and to adopt version 2 of Policy JHCF and Policy JHCF-AP. Aye 7. Nay 0.
Two bids were received for mowers for the District. Wiss & Wiss submitted bids for a new Kubota ZD, 60” deck, 23 HP diesel mower for $10,700; a new Kubota ZD, 60” deck, 26 HP diesel for $11,250; and a new Kubota 72” deck, 31 HP diesel for $12,800. Trade in value of the District’s used mower was quoted at $5,600. IMI Equipment, LLC, submitted bids for a new John Deere 997, 72” deck mower for $13,600; and a new John Deere 997, 60” deck mower for $13,250.. Trade in value of the District’s used mower was quoted at $9,000. Both businesses submitted quotes within the guidelines of the specifications as described by the District.
Motion made by Mark Plenge, seconded by William Schutte, to approve the bid from IMI Equipment, LLC, for a 60” deck, John Deere 997 Commercial L. C. Diesel Max-Frame Z-Trak mower for $13,250. less the trade in allowance of $9,000, resulting in a purchase price of $4,250. Aye 7. Nay 0.
Motion made by Kristy Webber, seconded by Kevin Ross, to approve the April 14-15, 2011, overnight FFA trip to Columbia, Missouri, for the state convention meeting; proper chaperones will be in place for the 20-25 students that will be attending. Aye 7. Nay 0.
The District will advertise for bids to sand and refurbish the gym floors at the middle school and high school. The cost will be paid out of the current year’s budget, but the floors will be refurbished in July.
Motion made by Kevin Ross, seconded by Craig Hunziker, to set the date for the annual certificated and non-certificated employee review and review of bids for Black Hawk window infill and replacement and concrete slab raising and replacement, Middle School window infill and replacement, Running Fox window infill and replacement and concrete slab raising and replacement, and Black Hawk and Running Fox upper façade and canopy refurbishment on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. at the Central Office, 427 West Chestnut Street, Kahoka, Missouri. Aye 7. Nay 0.
Brad Sprague reported that he had attended a legislative forum February 15, 2011, and there was not a lot of good news regarding school finances. Tax revenues are up, but there is no new money for schools. Sprague reported that the issue of a “fair tax” may appear on the ballot, but the tax could not generate the same amount of tax dollars as the current system. Sprague did not think the issue would come up for a vote, but the possibility exists. The issue of teacher tenure was discussed at the forum, and the trend is to eliminate teacher tenure altogether. There is a bill to replace tenure with a four-tiered system to rank teachers by test scores and evaluations, with each accounting for 50% of the rank. If the measure passes, and using the proposed tier salary percentage schedule, the Clark County R-1 District teaching staff would be ranked in the four tiers with 30 teachers in tier one making base salary, which is currently $28,928. There would be 30 teachers in tier two making a salary of $31,820; 15 teachers would be in tier three at a salary of $39,775.; and 15 teachers would be in tier 4 with a salary of $63,640.
Brad Sprague reported that the District is hosting the Spring Regional meeting for region three on April 19, 2011. If five District members are in attendance from one school, the district name is entered into a drawing for a scholarship. Sprague also reported that no one from our District applied for the Belcher scholarship.
Brad Sprague read cards of thanks from the families of Martin Gray and Steve Otte, and shared cards of thanks for Board service from several District buildings.
Motion made by Mark Plenge, seconded by William Schutte, to enter into Closed Session with a closed record and closed vote as allowed pursuant to section of RSMO 610.021,
1. Section 1 (legal)
2. Section 3 and 13 (personnel)
3. Section 6 and 14 (student)
Roll Call Vote—
Aye 7 Mark Plenge, Craig Hunziker, Kevin Ross, William Schutte, Kristy Webber,
Kari Bevans, Brad Sprague
(Re-enter Open Session)
Kevin Ross reported that sports physicals could be available to the District in the spring by contacting Scotland County Hospital. The physicals would be performed at the school, and it can be arranged for echocardiograms to be performed through Blessing Hospital. Ross will gather more information and report back to the Board.
Motion made by William Schutte, seconded by Kristy Webber, to adjourn the meeting. Aye 7. Nay 0.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 p.m. The next meeting of the Board will be on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board will be on April 14, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.