The Purdy R-2 Board of Education filled staff positions for the 2012-13 school year during its May meeting.
Resignations were approved from Rana Antle as school nurse, Stephanie Fuller as a special education aide and Stacie Beck as food service cook. During a special meeting on May 17, a resignation was accepted from Grant Young, who served as a physical education teacher, coach and athletic director.
Elijah Ernest was hired as a high school physical education and health teacher.
Samantha Burt was hired as the elementary music teacher for the coming year. Burt succeeds Sharon Vaughn, who retired.
Mary Ann Stewart was hired as a food service cook. Pam Dixon transferred from a special education aide to a food service cook.
Superintendent Jerry Lingo reported the district had saved several thousand dollars over the past five years by joining a natural gas consortium through the Missouri School Boards Association.
Counselor Katie Whitehead provided a summary of plans by the Class of 2012 graduates. Thirty class members planned to attend a two-year college or trade school. Eight intended to go to a four-year college or university. Two graduates made arrangements to join the military and one planned to seek employment.
Two seniors did not graduate.
Scholarships awarded to the graduates totaled $463,980, not counting the value of A+ benefits to the 22 students who qualified.
Jeff Swadley, elementary principal, reported attendance in May fell to 95 percent from 96 percent in April.
Details were offered about the annual Famous Missourians Wax Museum presented by fourth grade students who recite speeches describing the historic figures they choose to represent. Field Day, an outdoor activity involving a wide range of physical challenges, went exceptionally well, prompting compliments from many parents.
The retirement assembly for Sharon Vaughn featured a return performance by Vaughn's first Eagle Echoes choir and a "Name That Tune" challenge for teachers. The staff presented Vaughn with a piggy bank filled with more than $100 as "Vaughn's Vacation Fund."
Swadley said 311 students had signed up for summer school by May 17.
Janet Boys, middle school principal, reported attendance was over 95.5 percent for April and May, better than last year. Based on performance tests, 20 students who participated in the English language learners class had improved their skills enough to leave the program.
Bob Vice, high school principal, reported attendance for the year was almost 95 percent, up 1.25 percent from a year ago.
End-of-course exams scores showed improvement over the previous year. In algebra I, 14 students scored at the proficient level, up from seven in 2011, which was up from two in 2010.
The 45 students in communication arts had an average score five points higher than in 2011, the second year for such a gain. The percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced improved nearly 23 percent over the last two years. Proficiency scores for communication arts II jumped from 39 percent in 2011 to 60 percent in 2012.
The board will next meet on June 18.