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Gallatin Approves Summer School Program

Gallatin school board minutes

The Safety and Security Initiative Committee recommended adding security fence to some areas of the Gallatin R-5 campus, installing magnetic locking doors to the front of the high school and the elementary school, installing new door locks on several doors in both buildings, updating the phone system for 911, and safety training for an active shooter scenario during their report to the Gallatin R-5 Board of Education at their meeting held March 14. The board voted to approve the plans and support the committee decisions.

The active shooter training will take place in August before next school year, according to Superintendent Dennis Croy.

“The training will last about half a day and play out different scenarios with people acting out different roles,” he said. He added that all of the administrative staff at Gallatin has taken the safety training previously.

All the school staff, not just the teachers, will participate. The city police, county sheriff, highway patrol, fire and ambulance will take part in the workshop. Other schools in the district will be invited to participate.

“The more involved the better,” Mr. Croy said.

Gallatin Police Chief Mark Richards is making final arrangements as far as scheduling for the training.

In other business, the board decided on make-up days as May 21-22-23.

David Legaard of Edison Learning presented a program on summer school and the board voted to approve the program. More information will be presented to the public on enrollment, dates, times, and other areas of interest in the near future.

The resignation of first grade teacher Susan Allen was accepted.

Tenured elementary faculty were offered employment except for Andrea Henderson, who is leaving for another position. Probationary teachers Traci Burke, Lindsey Dustman, Zach Morrison, Kayli Warner and Abbie Wilson were offered contracts. Lacey Carpenter, Kimberly Ray and Christy Jessen were offered elementary contracts to either replace a teacher that is leaving the district or to take a position that is being added.

High school tenured teachers were approved. Doug Michael was voted on as a teacher seeking tenure and was given employment. Ryan Beenken, Brent Burke, Lacey Mayfield, Angel Michael, Nicole Ray and Chad Sullenger were re-employed as probationary teachers.

Extra duty assignments for 2013-2014 will be presented at the May meeting.

The high school principal reported on enrollment, attendance and activities. The board supported a proposal that would give permission for cheerleaders to participate in MSHSAA-sponsored competitions.

The elementary report included enrollment, attendance, grade reporting, testing dates, and a calendar of events for the elementary school for next month.

MSBA policies and procedures were accepted after a third reading.

Non-certified work agreements were approved and will be finalized when salary and insurance options are completed later in the spring.

The upcoming year calendar was presented and approved by the board.

The instructional climate report from the principal was tabled until the May meeting.

The board entered into executive session to discuss personnel and other business.

MEUHP is projecting a 12% increase to the base cost for health care insurance. Preliminary information was given on the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact the district.

The Salary and Welfare Committee report will be given in April, concerning the salary schedule and tutoring payment amounts. The board discussed Senate Bill 26 and its impact on school funding and how the school may need to allocate funds. The board will hear a complete report in April.

A bid for occupational therapy services from Dusty Bench of Bench Therapy Services for work in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school terms was accepted.

Board members were reminded of the following items: to help park cars for the Junior-Senior Prom on April 13; the MSBA region meeting on May 1 in Trenton; the Distinction in Performance Banquet to be held on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville on March 18.

Next board meeting was set for Wednesday, April 17.

The above are the unapproved minutes from the March 14 meeting of the R-5 school district.

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