Purdy R-2 Board of Education members received updates on enrollment and federal programs at their October meeting.
Superintendent Jerry Lingo provided a breakdown on the first official student count of the year submitted to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Lingo said the good news was enrollment rose by two over last September. If the district could hold its numbers and gain more as the year progresses, the trend of recent years resulting in lower state funding could be reversed.
End-of-September numbers showed the balance of gains at the high school Where is enrollment is up 18 from last year. Middle school numbers tallied five under last year while the elementary total was down 11.
According to Lingo, the district high was 739, or 82 higher than the present total.
Middle School Principal Janet Boys provided a summary of district participation in federally funded programs. Recognizing funding may run short term, Boys said the district has put Title I money into technology rather than more personnel.
Thirty wireless laptops and software have been acquired for the elementary and middle schools to put a maximum of 10 per classroom. Elementary Principal Jeff Swadley said his teachers have an average of six computers per classroom teacher, some of which have been purchased with local funds over time.
A hands-on SmartBoard was acquired for the preschool program. Interactive software enables more than one student to use it at a time. Computers purchased with Title I money can be moved into mainstream classes after five years.
Title I brings $346,473 to the district, Boys said. Title II and IV funds have been cut, and Boys does not expect them to return. The amount is based on need, determined by the number of students on free and reduced meals and standardized test scores. Boys said the application process becomes more complex each year.
Board members asked about specific populations for which the district gets financial help. Boys said Purdy has about 10 percent of its population, between 70 and 80 students, classified as having limited language proficiency. Purdy also has 19 migrant students.
The district used to get funding for supplemental programs. Boys said Red Ribbon Week is now funded through the health classes. Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) is paid for by the Barry County Sheriff's Department.
Lingo reported existing concrete on the east side of the elementary building was extended south to the playground. The move would provide more parking for the faculty and reduce mud on the children's shoes. The elementary school fund and the Parent Student Teacher Organization will pay for the project.
Board members voted to approve Edie Thomas as the migrant program coordinator and Nancy De Brava as the homeless coordinator. The substitute teacher list was updated. Gary Sorrells, of Monett, had retired after working as an administrator in the Monett, Pierce City and Verona school districts, has signed on as a new substitute.
Swadley commended Donna Patterson's efforts in coordinating the annual Computers in Education campaign. The effort raised more than $700.
Fourteen Purdy students qualified this year for the All-District Honor Choir. The marching band received second place at Mt. Vernon's Apple Butter Makin' Days and third place at the Maple Leaf Festival in Carthage. The flag corps got second place in Carthage.
The annual Purdy School Talent Show will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the elementary gym. The high school music and drama departments will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Cinderella" at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 and 20.
The next board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 15.