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School board could expand MHS athletics

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Monett R-1 Board of Education began looking at the possibility of adding sports programs at Monett High School during the board's April board meeting,

David Steward, high school principal, and Daryl Bradley, athletic director, provided a study on potential expansion of school athletics. Four specific sports were reviewed, including girls soccer, girls golf and boys and girls swimming. Meetings were held with board members, coaches and students. The student body was polled to gauge interest.

"There were no surprises in the report," said Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann. "The sport with the heaviest response was girls soccer, which has a strong potential to reach female Hispanic students not reached in other programs. The others have potentially good participation but may take a while to grow."

The report, with its estimates of costs, was taken under advisement. Jungmann said expenses for coaches, equipment, travel to events and entry fees was minimal. Soccer and golf could come into play for the 2012-13 school year. Swimming would rely on completion of the Monett Area YMCA facility.

"We have not studied what the Y will charge us," Jungmann said. "They use our facilities now. I think our partnership can be increased, so that we could use theirs."

Facilities review

Board members looked at facilities renovations planned for the summer. The high school wrestling room will move to the former city gymnastics building. Bids will go out this week to expand the high school weight room to include the wrestling room.

Lighting will be replaced in the kitchen at Monett Elementary School, the last renovation needed on the campus project.

Jungmann said the district is also looking to add an electronic sign at the high school to announce events, to make acoustical changes in the gymnasium and to place brighter lighting in the commons. All three will be listed as alternates in the summer bid package.

Changing lights at Burl Fowler Stadium will make up a separate bid package. District participation in upgrading lights at the North Park baseball field will wait until the city moves forward on the project, Jungmann added.

Board members Marty Scabarozi, Ken Gaspar and David Beckett have visited performing arts centers in Clever, Nixa and Ozark. The board is seeking ideas for combining a storm shelter with a performing arts facility. Jungmann said visits will be made to more facilities over the coming months, including Ava).

Financial action

Board members voted to raise school lunch prices by five cents for the coming school year. Breakfast prices will remain the same.

New federal guidelines force the district to increase its meal prices each year. Jungmann said the regulations are designed to keep districts from subsidizing regular meal prices with the higher rate paid for students qualifying for free and reduced meals.

The average price for school lunches at the present time is $1.70. Prices need to rise until they reach the target level of $2.50. By raising prices by the minimum amount each year, Jungmann said it will take the district years to balance out the prices.

Board members opted to continue reviewing details of the preliminary energy savings report for the next 60 days. The next step will involve an expensive full energy audit.

Cost of the audit will be considered in a five-year facilities plan.

Board members voted to approve a $50 increase in tuition for the Southwest Area Career Center. The cost per student next school year will be $2,200.

Personnel action

Jason Smith was hired to teach what had been the at-risk program at the Southwest Area Career Center, which will become an embedded credit in communication arts. Smith has been teaching in the Verona School District.

Tyler Rickard, a Monett High School graduate, was hired as a member of the middle school faculty. He will teach physical education and math. Rickard may have additional classes at the high school, Jungmann said.

Jungmann submitted a small series of policy changes submitted by the Missouri School Boards Association for laws that go into effect July 1. The law makes it mandatory for any school district to inform the potential employer about sexual misconduct allegations made about any past employee.

Previously, the law had limited the amount of information the district could release. Jungmann said the new law makes the past employer legally liable if anything happens in the new job if information has been withheld.

"The law will change the way we do reference checks," Jungmann said. "The intent of the law is that if the allegations have been substantiated, we must make sure that person is not working with kids."

Action on the policy changes are expected at the next meeting, which will be held on May 24.

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