At its September meeting, the Purdy R-2 Board of Education reviewed the district's new Teacher Incentive Program (TIPS), which replaces the Career Ladder program that lost state funding this year.
Superintendent Jerry Lingo said the district budgeted what had been paid into last year's Career Ladder program, plus another $10,000 in savings, to pay for TIPS. The available $59,000 would enable the district to support some of the services provided under Career Ladder previously.
Cindy Burnside, a faculty coordinator for Career Ladder, said the district had only one-fifth of the money previously available. As a result, teachers would commit one-fifth of the time they put into Career Ladder.
Burnside said the certified staff decided to commit all that time to student contacts, such as tutoring, and parent contacts. The amount of time dedicated to student and parent contacts would be close to past years.
Eligibility to participate in TIPS would depend on years spent teaching in Missouri, just like Career Ladder. In Stage 1, a teacher could earn an additional $300 a year. Stage 2 work carries a $600 payment, and Stage 3 work is worth $1,000 annually.
Burnside said the state had paid 90 percent of Stage 1 for Career Ladder in the past and down to 20 percent for Stage 3. If state-funded Career Ladder comes back, she expected a simpler formula where the state pays about 40 percent of the total.
Board members approved the plan and the extra duty stipends for the year. In the past, two faculty members have opted against taking a stipend so they could count their extra hours toward Career Ladder. This year three faculty members asked to have their stipend since Career Ladder is absent. The board approved adding vocal music teachers Lauren Lee and Sharon Vaughn as well as middle school business teacher and technology assistant Mark Trent to the stipend list.
In light of the new state law on cyber-bullying, High School Principal Bob Vice asked the board to approve changes in the student handbook. Cyber-bullying was specified by name as an unacceptable behavior. Harassment and stalking as defined by specific state laws were also added to the school violence list subject to disciplinary action.
Vice stressed district policy already banned bullying of any kind. The new law only asked that cyber-bullying be specified by name and added to the district's bullying policy.
The changes were approved and will be posted in the on-line handbook. The additions will be added to the hard copy version of the handbook in the next printing for the 2011-12 school year.
Lingo reported enrollment for the district by mid-September is at 678. The tally is down only eight students from the first count done for the state last year, better than Lingo had expected. .
The high school was up 11 students from a year ago. The middle school was down six and the elementay school was down 13. Record enrollment remains at 739.
Dianna Laswell, head of media center resources, told the board the library has been rearranged this year. The elementary library, behind the computer lab, had much more traffic, since the library is used by 10 elementary students checking out small books for every one high school student using the facility.
The elementary and high school areas traded spaces, Laswell said, resulting in a better flow of traffic and a quieter setting.
The library is making gains toward the state standard for volumes. The library is still 2,000 volumes short of what the state would like to see, even though $1,000 in books were added over the past year.
Both Laswell and Vice used the SmartBoard in the school board room to demonstrate resources available through the district's web page. Laswell showed how students could check on the status of their library books and renew them on-line.
|Vice said teacher Robert Jones and the high school publications class have redesigned the web page. The site inlcludes the daily bulletin, calendars and school menus. Assignments issued by teachers are added daily. There are also links to other school-related web sites, such as the FFA chapter and the Missouri State High School Activities Association site.|
Swadley said over 200 visitors came to the school for Grandparents Days at the elementary school.
Representatives from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks recently visited the recycling operation. Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro accompanied the group and called the effort a model for other districts. Julie Leeth, executive vice president of the Community Foundation, commended the board for having such a program and wrote that she would like to see it replicated at other districts.
The board will next meet at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 18.