Monett schools review programs

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

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Members of the Monett School Board reviewed a number of programs at the November meeting.

Among programs under review were those that are federally funded, Title I through V, which includes improving academic achievement of the disadvantaged; preparing, training and recruiting high quality teachers and principals; language instruction for limited English proficient and immigrant students; 21st Century Schools student support and academic enrichment grants; and flexibility and accountability.

According to Melissa Huff, assistant superintendent, these programs provide more than $1,121,000 in federal revenue to the district.

Each Title program has a different group of people involved with the implementation of program goals. Groups and administrators meet throughout the year to both review those goals and the effectiveness of the program.

A portion of the funds are set aside for non-public institutions, including St. Lawrence Catholic School in Monett and St. Mary’s Catholic School in Pierce City. Non-public funds target students who live within the Monett R-1 District, qualify for free or reduced price lunches, but attend non-public schools. In addition, funds are set aside for homeless students, parent involvement and professional development.

Huff said Title funds can be used for all students in kindergarten through sixth grades, and some of the funds are used to pay instructional coaches’ salaries.

However, with the passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), there have been numerous changes to Title funding requirements.

Board members also reviewed the school health services program, which has a staff of five registered nurses and one licensed practical nurse. Each staff member is assigned one or more campuses to provide student medical services and maintain immunization records for that campus. In addition, staff conduct annual hearing and vision screenings, puberty education and dental screenings at age-appropriate campuses.

Each campus is stocked with an automatic electronic defibrillator, epi pens, albuterol and Narcan, and hosted immunization clinics at the beginning of the year. Interested staff is CPR trained.

Steve Garner, operations director for the district, said the new turf for the football field has arrived, and should be completely installed by mid-to late December, weather permitting.

Garner also noted he was working with Solera to study the potential financial savings to the district if implementing a solar program for energy use.

Garner said grounds crews were ready for winter, with all equipment prepped in advance of inclement weather.

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