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Purdy school board focuses on finances

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Purdy R-2 Board of Education focused on several financial issues during their October meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Steven Chancellor presented the board with the annual Secretary of the Board report, prepared by the Springfield accounting firm of Davis, Lynn and Moots. Board members viewed the report on their new iPads.

Chancellor said he and board secretary Anna Marie Erwin could prepare the report on their own next year.

A new financial report was presented that provided greater detail on revenue breakdowns and year-to-date totals compared to the previous three years. All investments and funds held by the Missouri Securities Investment Program (MOSIP) were broken down separately. Chancellor said the details offer another snapshot of the district's money.

Looking closer at the district's investments, Chancellor suggested bringing the money back locally since the MOSIP interest rates were earning only one-half of 1 percent. Looking at rates offered by First State Bank of Purdy, Security Bank and UMB, board members decided to place the district's $1.6 million with First State, in light of the bank's long history of working closely with the district.

Chancellor recommended keeping a minimum amount with MOSIP to keep the account open. Certificates of deposit would be purchased with staggered redemption dates for each fund as determined by the superintendent. Board president Randy Henderson said First State would buy bonds to cover insurance on the large amount to guarantee its safety.

Janet Boys, the district's compliance agent for federal programs, reported Purdy expected to receive $323,921 to fund programs under Titles 1, 2, 3 and 6. The total was $43,960 less than last year, the continuation of a declining trend, after funding was down $39,000 in the previous year.

The district will have $29,000 less for Title 1, which funds staff for pre-school and aides targeting math and communication arts services at the elementary and middle schools. Money in the past has been used to buy SMART boards and laptops to support technology in the district.

This year Boys said funds were used to add a third section under Title 2A to reduce class size at the elementary level. After-school tutoring was considered a need and funds were adjusted to keep full-time Title I teacher Donna Terry in that role.

New federal Title 6 money has become available to help the district sore its curriculum and standards in a new database. Parents will have the option of logging in to see how a child is progressing on core subjects.

Strategic planning

Chancellor discussed holding an annual series of r­etreats with board members. The first was set for Nov. 3 at Little Flat Creek Lodge. Formulation of a vision for the district over the next five to 10 years was planned.

A second winter session was discussed. Chancellor expected subcommittees would be formed to create strategies, including some community member participation. He anticipated adopting a plan for the coming year in April or May.

Fifty-five employees had signed up for the health risk assessment. Flu shots were available at no charge.

In 2015, the state will be shifting to new performance standards. Chancellor said he has started introducing the faculty to the new assessments, which appear to be similar to the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests used in the past.

The district will work with a university consultant who has expertise in breaking down the standards to match with curriculum. Chancellor called the effort "one of the major things we'll focus on this year."

Board members commended the food service staff for passing the fall inspection with the county without a violation.

Daliah Bradley and Jennifer Duncan were added to the list of substitute teachers.

The board approved making Erwin the new custodian of records and Chancellor the non-discrimination and harassment compliance officer with whom employees could file a grievance. At Chancellor's recommendation, Gerry Wass was named wellness coordinator, a new position.

Principals' reports

Jeff Swadley, elementary principal, reported there were 191 grandparents and "volunteer adoptees" that attended the annual Grandparents Day at the school.

Boys announced the annual school talent show will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10. The Marching Band took first place at Missouri Southern State University's Homecoming parade.

Bob Vice, high school principal, said all 12 students who auditioned for the All-District Honor Choir were accepted. Nine juniors and seniors were accepted for the All-State Honor Choir. In upcoming events, the Veterans Day assembly will be at 10 a.m. on Nov. 9 in the high school gym. The fall sports athletic banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 13. The high school vocal music department will present a music revue, "Back to the '80s," at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 17 in the elementary gym.

The next board meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 19.

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