Next year's professional development calendar, and how to fund that professional development, were just a couple of the many items on the agenda during the regular June meeting of the Chillicothe R-2 Board of Education held last night (Tuesday) at the Administration Building.
Superintendent Roger Barnes said prior to fiscal year 2011, the district was required to set aside one percent of its state funds for professional development. That had changed recently, with the state legislature voting to relax those standards.
"In fiscal year 2011, '12 and '13, professional development was not fully funded," Barnes explained. "The state legislature relaxed that rule and said 'Do what you can.' We did not have to use one percent of our state funds."
Barnes told the board that the one percent requirement would go back into effect for the 2013-14 school year.
"This year, it came back up in legislature," Barnes said. "The House voted to extend that relaxed fund waiver, but the Senate did not. It's back and forth, so for next year, we will have to budget one percent of our state funds into professional development."
Barnes said the R-2 district originally had around $35,000 budgeted for professional development. In order to reach that one percent mark set by the state legislature, another $25,000 had to added. The board voted to approve the professional development calendar for the 2013-14 school year, as well as the allocation of state funds to reach the one percent requirement.
The board also voted to increase the base for the extra duty salary schedule during the 2013-14 school year. This would affect those who work extra hours to serve students including department/grade chairs, coaches, music instructors and sponsors.
The board accepted a roofing bid for Dewey School. The board received one bid from Dean Peyton Contracting Company, Inc., out of Chillicothe. The $49,184 bid would go toward the installation of 1/2 inch XPS insulation and 1/2 inch gypsum roof board over the existing roof on the one-story area above the offices, art room, library and entrance area. Dean Peyton Contracting Company will also install a new Kynar coated metal drip edge and counterflashing around the perimeter of the new roof. The roof will carry the manufacturer's 20-year warranty.
In the multi-purpose room, the contractor will tear the shingle off the room on the south half and screw down 1/4 inch secure rock roofboard with EPDM rubber roof membrane in the valley area up to the ridge. The bid also includes the installation of synthetic underlayment and three tab shingles on the remainder of the south slope, with new flashing around the ductwork coming out of the roof.
Lastly, the board voted to pursue a $250 Missouri Farm Bureau mini-grant that would assist in the cost of a first-grade course about the importance of dairy cows. The grant would include a field trip to Shatto Dairy, is Osborn, Mo.
Page 2 of 2 - "The students will learn and broaden their knowledge of farm life, as well as the process involved to raise dairy cows," reads the grant application. "This grant will allow them the experience and learn about where milk comes from, as well as milk products such as butter, ice cream, cheese and yogurt. They will also get to experience the process used to change/make the different milk products. Students will complete a non-fiction book about what they have learned."