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Pierce City School Board buys equipment to reduce outside contract costs

Monday, April 25, 2011

Pierce City Board of Education members held a routine meeting in March with several items of business handled. The board approved the purchase of a Kawasaki Turf Tiger lawn mower with a 61-inch deck at a cost of $11,693.

Superintendent Russ Moreland said the mower would be fiscally responsible in that the district would no longer have to contract mowing services to a third party. Moreland also said that the mower should pay for itself in about a year and a half compared to the cost of contracting out mowing for the football field and other areas of the campus.

R-6 board members also heard about three middle school students, Vera Pickard, Kenzie Drollinger and Eva Zebert, who attended the Missouri Association of Student Councils State Convention in St. Louis. Gayla DeGraffenreid, middle school principal, said the three learned character traits for successful leaders: caring, respect, responsibility, trust and family.

In his report to the board, Steve Garner, high school principal, said Jostens had delivered caps and gowns to students on March 8. Baccalaureate and Graduation ceremonies are set for Sunday, May 15.

Teresa Abramovitz, elementary school principal, reported enrollment in kindergarten through fifth grade is 309 and attendance is at 93 percent.

The official last day of school is Thursday, May 26 with the end-of-year banquet for staff set for Friday, May 27.

Board members also received reports on the district's guidance and counselor programs.

Services provided by the district include individual and group counseling; classroom guidance; bullying prevention; educational planning; career planning; crisis intervention and character education, among others.

The presentation also identified strengths of the program including a counseling team focused on student success, career and educational planning, and assistance helping students and families connect with community agencies as needed.

Goals for improvement include making the school a positive learning environment for all students, as well as keeping up to date on workshops, educational tools and technologies available to schools.

Upcoming calendar events include:

* Annual Spring Auction at 5:30 p.m. on April 9.

* Board reorganizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. on April 14.

* Baccalaureate at 4 p.m. on May 15, followed by graduation ceremonies at 6 p.m.

* Eighth grade graduation at 7 p.m. on May 16.

* Last day of school on May 26.

The next regular meeting of the Pierce City R-6 Board of Education will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27.

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