The Monett R-1 Board of Education voted to add girls soccer at the high school for the 2012-13 year at its May meeting.
Girls soccer was adopted as a way to reach out to an underserved population. Dan Janssen, who coaches boys soccer, will head the program. The season will be played in the spring.
Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann said the board would keep looking at the proposal to also add girls golf and swimming. It was unclear if there was enough interest to support a girls golf team and plenty of time to consider a swimming program before the YMCA facility, with a pool, was completed.
Assistant Superintendent Brad Hanson reported 70 teachers participated in the Tutoring Enrichment and Mentoring (TEAM) program during the past year. TEAM took the place of Career Ladder after state funding ended.
The teachers provided 3,718 hours of assistance beyond the regular class hours in tutoring, collaboration and professional development studies to improve student performance. A total of 72 teachers have signed up to participate next year. Jungmann said TEAM is open to teachers who have at least one year experience, whereas Career Ladder was limited to more experienced colleagues.
Worker's compensation insurance was renewed with the carrier Nixon and Lindstrom, of Springfield. Jungmann said the good news was a reduction in claims helped reduce the premium for the third straight year.
In contrast, the district's property and casualty insurance rose. Jungmann said the increase was expected, adding in the renovations and expansion at Monett Elementary School. With the history of storm damage in Joplin, property insurance costs rose throughout the area as well.
Monett would see additional state funding in the coming year, thanks to a ruling by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) on how to distribute money when there was not enough to fully fund the Foundation Formula.
"The solution was fairly technical, but it was the best possible answer for Monett," Jungmann said. "We'll take the funds and do the best we can with them to educate our kids. Because there isn't any new money, the money will come from other districts."
Inaction by the Super Committee in Washington, D.C. charged with reducing the federal deficit will likely trigger automatic withholding of federal money from schools, beginning in January, according to a memo from the State Department of Education.
Jungmann said the board will plan for 5 to 10 percent less federal money next year, adding up to $150,000 to $200,000. The money would go into specific programs, such as Title I, special education and Perkins funds for career and technical education at the Southwest Area Career Center.
"It will be a change, but it's not the end of the world," Jungmann said. "We will continue to run our programs but we'll hold off buying supplies until mid-year. It will not impact staffing."
Board members approved the preliminary budget for summer school. The final budget will be set when the budget for the 2012-13 school year is adopted in June. Initial projections shows increased participation was expected.
A work session on the budget was scheduled for June 26. The next monthly meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on June 28.