By Melonie Roberts
Members of the Pierce City Board of Education reviewed the district's gifted program at their April meeting.
The academic program targets first through eighth grade students at Central Elementary and Pierce City Middle School.
Elementary students participate in the program for 150 minutes per week. Middle school students participate in the program for 45 minutes per day four days per week.
Students participate in activities different than those of the traditional classroom. The size of the class encourages the maximization of student performance.
Board members also approved summer hourly rates for instructors and support staff working through summer school.
School administrators will receive $25 per hour and teachers will receive $20 per hour. Secretarial staff will receive $15 per hour and food service personnel will receive $12 per hour. A teacher's aide will receive $10 per hour.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) has approved a request from the board to form an athletic cooperative between Pierce City Schools, Trinity Lutheran School, and St. Mary's Catholic School. The new agreement includes junior high football, boys and girls basketball and volleyball.
The board also contracted with Opaa! Food management to provide breakfast and lunches for students throughout summer school.
Richard Werner of Werner and Associates was on hand to provide an update on the construction progress at the middle school and vo-ag building.
"We're about 98 percent roughed in on the electricity and 98 percent roughed in on the HVAC," Werner said. "The greenhouses should be here soon and we will hopefully get them up in time for graduation."
In his report to the board, Superintendent Dr. Aaron Cornman reminded members they should be reviewing and deciding what goals to implement on the five-year review of the district's Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP).
Dates to remember
Steve Garner, high school principal, reminded board members that high school graduation is at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 13 in the gymnasium. Board members should be in the library at 5:30 p.m. Baccalaureate will be held at 4 p.m., prior to graduation.
National Honor Society induction ceremonies will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 7 in the high school cafeteria.
Senior Awards Night has been set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8 in the high school cafeteria.
The Spring Band Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, in the high school gymnasium.
The Spring Choral Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18 in the high school cafeteria.
May 11 - eighth grade class trip.
May 14 - eighth grade graduation at 7 p.m.
May 29 - Summer school begins.
May 9 - fourth grade to Frontier Theatre.
May 10 - fifth grade to Wilson's Creek Battlefield.
May 11 - second grade to IMAX Theatre.
May 16 - kindergarten through second grade awards assembly at 8:30 a.m.
May 16 - third through fifth grade awards assembly at 9:45 a.m.
May 16 - fifth grade graduation at 11 a.m.