Bearcat Board Story

October 14, 2019

The school board of the Gasconade County R-I School District met Thursday, October 10th in both regular and executive sessions. Members of the Hermann High School FFA National Farm Management Team were present and recognized for their accomplishments at the state level and given well wishes for the upcoming competition. These students shared with the board that they are working three nights a week to hone their skills before they compete. Pictured below are: Megan Schneider, Luke Bader, Matthew Lampkin, Lance Bader, and Board President Mark Brooks.
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During the meeting.....

In regular session, the board accepted monthly administrators and departmental reports. Dr. Smith presented the board with an update on the district's financial status as well as an update on facilities. In the facilities report, the board reviewed the need for work to be done to stop the erosion of the creek along Highway 100. There will be more specifics coming on the plan for this work in the upcoming months.


Dr. Smith updated the board on the progress of the needs assessment for the strategic plan. Meetings have been scheduled with staff and community for the week of October 21st. Following these input sessions, Dr. Smith plans to present the board with preliminary information at the November Board meeting.


The district received six proposals from purchasing card providers. Of the six, the field was narrowed to three vendors who have been asked to give a presentation and demonstration of their product. Dr. Smith plans to have a recommendation for the board at the November meeting.


Transportation Director Chip Stutzman presented the board with an addition to the Schwartz Bus Company contract to provide a bus equipped to transport students in wheelchairs. The district does not currently have a bus equipped as such but may consider this option when purchasing the next school bus. The board moved to approve this addendum to the contract.


The board considered policy updates from MSBA and approved them as "first read" except for one policy, JHCD, which will require changes before moving forward. Dr. Smith presented the board with a budget revision which was also approved by the board. The board moved to approve the normal monthly treasurer's reports and bill payments before moving to the executive session.


In closed session, the board accepted the resignation of paraprofessional Katie Cook and approved the addition of Diane Shoemaker and Brandy Howard to the list of substitute teachers.