SSD200 Update

News from Sedalia School District 200 - 1st Quarter, 2022

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SUPERINTENDENT: We must plan now for needed changes ahead

Sedalia School District 200 has completed the first quarter of school already, and as our fall sports and activities come to a close the winter activities are just getting warmed up! I want to thank all of our students, staff, parents and patrons for their continued support and dedication to our schools. The education of our children is paramount in the success of our community and the nation. This shared responsibility among all stakeholders requires great effort, sacrifice, and determination in providing the opportunity for success.

Part of that opportunity includes the district’s infrastructure and offering students, staff, and families safe, modern, and up-to-date facilities that provide a welcoming, efficient learning environment. Over the past several months, the district has been working with Hollis + Miller Architects along with a demographer Preston Smith. The idea was the creation of a long-range facilities plan based on expert findings concerning our facility structures and demographic predictions.

The district has three buildings that are 100 years old and three more that are 50 years old and counting. Modernizing and remodeling these types of facilities requires careful planning and extended financial resources. The “newer” buildings -- Skyline and Parkview elementaries -- are now over 30 years old, and even the “new” high school is already over a decade in age. As any homeowner understands, significant time, energy, and resources are necessary to maintain a home. The district maintains more than 900,000 square feet of facilities and just over 150 acres of land to serve more than 5,000 students and over 700 employees.

As we move into the future, our goal in this process revolves around how to best serve our students' needs. Keeping fiscal responsibility in mind, our students deserve the competitive advantage of safe, modernized facilities that best serve our community’s needs.

There will be some very difficult decisions to be made concerning changes in grade configurations, school day start and end times, and the repurposing of existing schools (especially Sedalia Middle School). The possibility of the future closure of a building and/or the need to build new should all be a matter of discussion in determining what is the best long-term solution for Sedalia’s needs.

Dr. Todd Fraley

Superintendent, Sedalia School District 200

SAFETY & SECURITY: Enhanced visitor check-in system coming soon

The district has implemented the Securly filtering system, including the “24” platform that will help monitor student searches and communication through the district’s network to identify areas of concern regarding student safety (ie. self harm, violence, bullying, and so on). The district also is preparing to roll out the Visitor Management platform within Securly which will require a form of state-approved photo identification to be shown by all visitors to district campuses. This system will link parents/guardians with their students and only require photo identification on one occasion as it will be linked to the system. The platform also runs nation-wide background checks to identify anyone who is on the registered sex offenders list.

Jason Curry

Assistant Superintendent

SPECIAL SERVICES: Focus on helping students meet potential

The district's Special Services team is off to a great start in the 2022-23 school year. Our primary daily goal continues to be to meet the needs of our students and to help them reach their full potential. We are thankful for these opportunities and appreciate the positive relationships that our team has with our families/guardians. We will be asking for your input in a survey that will be created by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a part of an assessment of our programs in the second semester of this school year. Please reach out to our teams as we work together throughout the year.

Chris Pyle

Assistant Superintendent

CURRICULUM: Tutoring options offered for students

Fall brings new opportunities for extra student support! On Oct. 4, Smith-Cotton Junior High and Smith-Cotton High School began offering tutoring after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. These sessions run for one hour each day. All students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Tutoring for our K-5th grade students begins on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Tutoring will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school for one hour. Transportation is not provided for students attending tutoring sessions. Please see the linked schedules below.

K-5 Tutoring Schedule

6-8 Fall Tutoring Schedule (Spring TBD)

9-12 Tutoring Schedule (Spring TBD)

Devon Gilmore

Elementary (K-5) Curriculum Director

Becky Brownfield

Secondary (6-12) Curriculum Director

FOOD SERVICE: Community efforts bring team together

The Leadership Team of the Food Service Department. consisting of the Administrative team and the Kitchen Managers from all buildings, have been team building by doing community projects. In September, S'mores Kits were delivered by the team to the Sedalia Fire Department thanking them for keeping our community safe.

In October, Halloween treats were delivered to the Sedalia Police Department and the Pettis County Sheriff's Department as a "thank you" for their service. We are looking forward to serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner including pumpkin pie.

Debbie Wenig

Food Service Director

Sedalia 200 Board of Education meeting roundups

Get caught up on the latest action and issues from Sedalia School District 200 monthly Board of Education meetings, which are live streamed on the district's YouTube channel.

ACTIVITIES: Hall of Fame inductions set for Nov. 22

The past two years, the Smith-Cotton Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony has been postponed, first by Covid-19, then last year by weather. On Tuesday, Nov. 22, we hope to finally get to celebrate the inductions of Jeff Mays (Class of 1982), Tom Munson (Class of 1968), Mike Riley (Class of 1976), and Solomon Watkins (Class of 2009).

A reception for family and friends of the inductees will take place in the Smith-Cotton High School Commons at 5:30 pm. The community is encouraged to attend. The induction ceremony will take place on the gym floor at about 7:15 pm between the JV and varsity boys basketball games with Jeff City.

This is a special night, not just for the inductees, but for our entire school. I hope to see many of you there.

Rob Davis

Activities Director

ROARs: Celebrating our Tigers students and staff members

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