The Monett R-1 Board of Education has moved forward on finding a successor for Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann and filled other vacancies at the regular February meeting.
The board met Sunday and decided to seek applicants for the superintendent's job by posting notice of the vacancy on the district's website and to advertise statewide. Applications will be accepted through March 15. Interviews will follow and a successor will be named shortly thereafter.
Jungmann, who is leaving to take the position of deputy superintendent with the Liberty School District, said the board is confident a pool of qualified candidates will be available.
In closed session during the Feb. 23 meeting, Karen Brosi, counselor at the Southwest Area Career Center (SWACC), resigned to pursue an administrative post in another district. Gary Brown, a special education teacher at Central Park Elementary, resigned, effective immediately.
Laura Crawford was hired to replace Brown. She recently relocated to McDonald County from Oklahoma and started immediately.
Letters of retirement were accepted from Becky Head, who teaches family and consumer science, and from Pat Mullen, speech implementor.
All of the district administrators were rehired for an additional year.
The board moved forward on replacing the old lights at Burl Fowler Stadium. Jungmann said the district plans to acquire lighting systems similar to those in use at Neosho and Carl Junction.
The current wood poles will be replaced by fewer metal poles. The new lights will use significantly less energy, will spill less light due to better shields and have a 25-year warranty.
Board members are talking to several vendors to get proposals in hopes of having lights in place this fall. The lights will be similar to ones purchased in cooperation with the City of Monett for the ball fields at North Park.
Board members completed their walk-through of all the district's campuses on Feb. 18 and made a list of improvements to complete over the next five to 10 years. Jungmann compiled the list and asked board members to prioritize the list and create a payment schedule.
"In the last 15 years, we've had upgrades at each campus," Jungmann told The Times. "The good news is the majority of items on the list are small. Central Park Elementary, the oldest building, is in the most need of improvement."
Pam Haldeman, architect with Sapp Design Associates, is still developing a plan for a storm shelter to serve the middle school and intermediate school complex. Jungmann said a long-term space solution for the middle school will likely involve adding more classroom space as Haldeman works on a campus design to alleviate current traffic issues.
The board asked Haldeman to prepare a bid packet for adding acoustical panels for the high school gym. Jungmann said board members hope the tiles will remedy much of the chronic echo in the high school gym.
Looking at the age of buildings, the board asked Toth and Associates, which works closely with Sapp, to take a close look at the E.E. Camp gymnasium, built in 1954. Board members wanted to learn of any structural problems or maintenance concerns.
Work is progressing on a final punch list for improvements completed at Monett Elementary and Central Park Elementary. Jungmann reported major projects have been finished.
Following talks with the city, board members received a draft of an agreement to share costs with the Monett Police Department to support a school resource officer. Jungmann said the district is looking at nearly splitting the expense with the city to continue the service.
The need for snow days appears to have passed. Jungmann said high school graduation will take place on Friday, May 18.
Board members approved the mid-year bus ridership list. The number of students rose by 20 from the beginning of the year, putting the current count at more than 1,200 students who ride the bus to school, Jungmann said.