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Purdy school board focuses on business issues

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Purdy R-2 Board of Education focused on business issues during its December meeting.

Property insurance through the Missouri United School Insurance council (MUSIC) expired on Dec. 31, 2012. Board members voted to renew the policy with a $2,600 increase in the premium.

Superintendent Dr. Steven Chancellor said the district received a 24 percent credit for 2012. Only a 19 percent credit was offered for 2013. The district also added the recycling building for coverage for an additional $90.

Board member Ken Terry suggested the board look at an umbrella policy. Currently the district has a total coverage of $1.2 million. For an additional $5,000, the coverage could be boosted to $15 million. Chancellor agreed that was inexpensive for insurance and would investigate.

The board agreed to continue with coverage with MUSIC at the quoted rate for the present.

The annual audit report from the Springfield accounting firm of Davis, Lynn and Moots was approved. Chancellor said the auditors found one material finding due to a lack of segregation of duties in the small office. Otherwise, he found the report "pretty clean" and without problems.

Josh Wiseman was added to the substitute teacher list.

Board members approved a substitute property list that included televisions and many old uniforms that will be sold on a bid basis.

Following up on the draft of a master plan drawn from the fall board retreat, action teams organized to focus on specifics of the plan will have their first meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 10. Chancellor said the teams will break the individual strategies down to action plans.

The backpack program, spearheaded by local churches led by Trinity Lutheran Church at Stones Prairie, had received a $5,000 Lutheran Community Economic Outreach Bridge Grant through Thrivent for Lutherans. For every $1 donated, Thrivent will match with half that amount, up to $5,000. The local fundraising goal is the end of March.

In administrative reports, Principal Jeff Swadley said seven more children were added to the Angel Tree list, bringing the total number of students aided by the holiday outreach up to 50.

The Family, Career and Community Leaders of American (FCCLA) Chapter at the high school distributed 225 Christmas bags to families in the district.

Middle school principal Janet Boys said teachers from each grade level planned to attend the Readers Workshop in Neosho on Jan. 8. They hoped to bring back ways to improve instruction.

Boys showed board members a video of the Purdy Marching Band competing at the Missouri Southern State University marching band competition. Purdy won first place at the event.

Attendance at all three campuses was over 96 percent through November, 2012. The high school total represented the highest number in 11 years, a tenth of a percent above the fall of 2011's record, said Principal Bob Vice.

The board will next meet on Monday, Jan. 21.



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