School board members heard a presentation about the Pierce City School District becoming a Professional Learning Community (PLC) and continued discussion on the school's building project during the R-6 School Board's Aug. 24 meeting.
Pierce City High School teacher Crystal Charles gave the PLC presentation, which represents a new way for faculty to work together that substantially affects the practices of schooling.
According to Charles, the three main components of becoming a PLC involve focusing on learning, collaboration and results.
"The relationship between teachers and students can make a difference," said Charles. "If teachers are teaching and students are not learning, there's something wrong."
Board members agreed the program will be a step in the right direction to verify students are learning what they are being taught and to commit to continued improvement. Teachers will meet once a month for training, which will be provided by Southwest Professional Development.
|Additionally, each of the school's buildings will have a team of teachers working together to provide a better system for educating students.|
Architect Richard Werner was present to provide board members with an update on the building project.
According to Werner, the complete set of documents defining the project will be available in two weeks. A draft copy of construction specifications, which will provide an overall view of the project, will be available for the upcoming November bond issue.
School Board President Jim Barchak said he wanted the community to know that the school board invested the funds for the new art and music room and have not asked for assistance from outsiders.
In the superintendent's report, Russ Moreland told board members that the school had been advised by both the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and legislators that the school district should not expect funding for the Career Ladder program during this school year.
Moreland said he has informed staff members that the school district will pay their portion of Career Ladder to teachers, which is approximately 50 percent, but not to plan on receiving the state's portion of funding.
Last year, the Pierce City School District received about $88,000 from DESE for their portion of Career Ladder payments to teachers. Future funding of the program will not be known until after next spring's legislative session.
In other business, board members:
|* Set the district's operating tax levy at $2.75 and the debt tax levy at .66 cents.|
* Set gate and game pass prices for the 2009-10 school year as follows:
The gate price for Varsity games will be $4 for adults and $2 for students.
The Jr. High/Jr. Varsity gate price will be $2 for adults and $1 for students.
Season game passes will be $35 for students, $50 for a single adult and $125 for a family.
* Authorized Special Services Director Izetta Osmond to sign a physical therapy agreement with Cox Rehabilitation for the 2009-10 school year.
* Hired Danny Withnell as a part-time maintenance personnel.
* Approved a four-year bus contract with H&M Busing.
The next regular school board meeting will be held on Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Pierce City High School library.