A new era of the Chillicothe R-2 Board of Education began at Tuesday night's regular meeting.
The board voted Robin Westphal to fill the position of president. Shawn Skoglund will fill Westphal's former position as vice president. Jason Bone was voted the board's new treasurer. Laura Schuler will remain the board's secretary.
The board also welcomed one new member. Robin Quinn ran unopposed and will fill the vacant seat left open by David Meneely. Meneely opted not to seek reelection after four years of service.
The board continues to accept bids for a food service management company. The board visited two schools recently which are currently assisted by food service management companies. Brookfield R-3 School District is serviced by Opaa! Food Management Inc., based out of Chesterfield, Mo. Carrollton R-7 School District is serviced by Southwest Foodservice Excellence, LLC, based out of Scottsdale, Ariz. Board Vice President Shawn Skoglund said he was impressed with the services provided by Southwest.
"It all depends on the bid, of course, but [Southwest Foodservice Excellence] was pretty nice," Skoglund said. "It was kind of over the top. It was similar to a college campus setting."
This food court atmosphere would offer more choices for students.
"For the high school, they had seven entrees," Skoglund said. "We normally only have one entree choice per day. It's much more like a college campus where you walk into a food court and you have all these options. It's kind of neat."
During Tuesday night's regular meeting, Superintendent Roger Barnes said the board will accept bids until noon on May 7. He anticipates the board to make a final decision on which company will service the district at their May meeting, unless a special meeting is held prior.
The board recognized a number of high school students Tuesday night. Quentin Lewis received first place at the Eagles Regional Science Fair at Central Methodist University in March with his presentation on the types of fruits and vegetables which produce the most ethanol. Lewis will deliver his presentation at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held May 12-17 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Keara Hopper and Jeremiah Dana were awarded students of the quarter honors. Hopper and Dana were recognized for having defined career paths, and for their involvement in various programs at the Grand River Technical School.
Hopper, a senior, joined the health occupations program her junior year. She plans to attend North Central Missouri College this fall to earn her associate's degree before transferring to Northwest Missouri State University to earn her bachelor's degree in nursing. She will work as a part-time EMT and emergency room nurse in Liberty. Hopper's decision to follow this career path was influenced by the death of her sister in May 2001.
"I want to be the person that can save a kid's life so their family doesn't have to go along without a loved one." Hopper said. "I lost my sister in a drunk driving accident. I just want to do everything I can to make sure another family doesn't have to go through something like that."
Page 2 of 2 - Dana, a junior, is part of the industrial welding program. After high school, he plans to attend North Central Missouri College to earn his associate's degree. Dana said he will be able to pay for school using the A+ Program and the 30 college credit hours he's already earned through the welding program.
"The GRTS really gives people like me a great start after high school," Dana said. "I plan on following through with my welding."
The board also recognized the CHS Student Council. The council was awarded a Gold Award by the Honor Council Committee of Missouri Association of Student Councils. The council received this award thanks to their contributions in promoting student activities such as school and community service.
The next regular meeting of the Chillicothe R-2 Board of Education is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21.