Bearcat Board Story

December 14, 2018

The school board of the Gasconade County R-I School District met last night in regular and executive sessions.

During the meeting.....

A group of FFA students from the High School gave the board a presentation on their Living to Serve Plan. The students wrote and received a $1200 grant. They used the funds to plan, shop, and make meals for the community. The funds left over will be donated to the Backpack Weekend Food program operated by the Hermann Community Food Pantry. The school district is very proud of the efforts of these students and impressed with their dedication.

The board was given a presentation by Mr. Ben Sachs and Mrs. Ali Sachs for new marching band uniforms. The anticipated cost is between $25,000 and $30,000. The Band Boosters have been asked to pledge money to the project to help cover some of the cost for the district. The board approved going out for bids with several companies and hopes to have bids back by the January meeting.

Six Hermann High School students applied for the Belcher Scholarship writing an essay on the theme: What advice would you give an incoming 9th grader at your high school to help them maximize their high school experience? The board read the essays without names attached and voted to submit the essay of Miss Hannah Bader to MSBA for consideration of the scholarship.

The student body of HHS voted Miss Jenna Rood as the next advisor to the Board of Education. Jenna will begin her service to the board at the January 2019 meeting.

Dr. Smith presented the board with the results of the Climate and Culture survey. He recommends working to improve school pride, evaluating student participation in extracurricular programs, involving staff in decision making as often as possible, and continuing to evaluate salary schedules throughout the district.

The next meeting of the board will be moved to 6 pm on Tuesday the 8th of January due to the Chamber of Commerce's Gerald Engemann Memorial Awards Banquet to be held on January 10th, which several board members plan to attend.

Schwartz Bus Service was approved for an addendum contract to provide transportation for a special needs student.

School board filing is now open for the April 2019 election. As of today three candidates have filed: incumbents Dot Schoening and Mike Pratte, as well as newcomer Tim Schulte.

In closed session, the board approved Miss Alida Bader to be added to the list of substitute teachers and accepted the retirement letters of Leah Lerbs and Gary Leimkuehler.