S-C board decides on providers for upcoming year

By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]

By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]


The Sedalia 200 Board of Education met Monday night approving several items including an insurance carrier for the districts employees.

The board voted to remain with Blue Cross/Blue Shield as their health insurance carrier and chose Guardian Insurance to provide life insurance for the district’s 650 employees.

“We bid out our insurance every three years,” Superintendent of Sedalia Schools 200 Brad Pollitt said. “Our health insurance came in with a two and a half percent increase this year which was lower than we had initially budgeted.

“The district will once again pay the full premium for each of our employees,” Pollitt added. “It is a tremendous benefit for our employees that the board continues to make as a priority.”

Under the new agreement, the district will pay $498.28 per employee for the 2016-17 school years.

District employees have the option to pay additional premiums to add their spouse and children to their plans. Those employee paid premiums also saw a two and a half percent increase in premium rates.

The district also pays for a $20,000 life insurance policy for each employee through Guardian Insurance.

The board also heard a report from Pat Sturgiss, Health Services Coordinator for the District.

In information contained in the board packet Sturgiss reported that the district’s nurses received 48,845 office visits through April of this year.

The nursing staff also provides vision and hearing screenings and dental health care to district students in specified grades or whenever a student is referred for screenings.

“We are continuing with the process of moving all of our records into an electronic system,” Sturgiss told the board. “And we have become more involved in the meetings of our students who are on 504 Plans.”

Sturgiss also noted that all eighth grade students and seniors next year would be required to have a meningitis vaccination according to state law prior to the start of school next year.

The board also heard a report from Dr. Nancy Scott, assistant superintendent for human resources and federal programs regarding the district’s homeless population.

Under federal guidelines, the district currently has 793 students who are classified as homeless.

“We continue to provide services for students who meet the definition for homelessness under the McKinney-Vento provisions,” Scott said. “That definition is totally different from how HUD (the Department of Housing and Urban Development) classifies homelessness.

“When most people hear the term ‘homeless’ they think of someone who is living on the street, seeking shelter and that is not the classification of the Federal government,” Scott added. “According to the McKinney Vento classification a student may be classified as homeless if there are two or three families who live together in one dwelling that is not fixed regular, adequate or if it is substandard housing, or if the student is couch surfing moving from house to house.”

The district has applied for a $150,000 Homeless Children and Youth Grant under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act through DESE.

The District will be notified in July if they have been awarded to grant.

In other actions, the board voted to accept the following bids:

• Crescent Parts of Sedalia for $16,433.88 for air filters.

• Interlight of Hammond, Indiana for $5,518.00 for light bulbs.

• Clayton Paper of St. Joseph for $48,482.50 for 2,150 cases of paper. The bid includes 640 cases for Smithton, Otterville, La Monte, and Stover, which Sedalia 200 is reimbursed for.

• Higgins Asphalt of Tipton for $64,062 to repair the parking lot at Whittier High School and the playground at Skyline Elementary School.

• RICOH Print Services of Columbia, for a five-year agreement for $211, 374.84 annually for printing and copying services.

The current contract will carry a one to three percent potential annual increase and is a 25 percent savings over the current contract.

• A total bid of $89,685.96 from nine bidders for janitorial supplies. The companies awarded bids are, Smith Paper of Sedalia; Clayton Paper Dist. Of St. Joseph; Nu-Life Laboratories of Prairie Village, Kansas; Springfield Paper Company of Springfield, Missouri; Interboro Packaging of Montgomery, New York; Hillyard of Columbia; Withers KC Sanitary of Kansas City; GB Maintenance Supply of Kaiser, Missouri; and Royal Paper of Columbia.

Accepted donations from Patty Abney of the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Stevenson to Whitter High school for donations to provide meals for students who attend evening classes at Whitter and funds for a field trip for the students to attend a Kansas City Royals baseball game on May 18.

The board also accepted a donation to Whittier from the Sedalia Lions Club for $5,000 for supplies for students needs for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year and the 2016-17 school year.

Heard the district building and attendance reports. As of April 11, the district attendance rate is at 90.87 percent, which Pollitt commented was a huge accomplishment for the District.

Pollitt addressed the board concerning possible changes to the S-C Hall of Fame.

Pollitt told the board there are very few individuals who have been nominated to the Academic Hall of the Activity Hall stating that there are several outstanding individuals who have not been nominated to those two halls.

He commented that the administrators have been discussing possible changes to the nomination process but stressed that in no way would the standards for the halls be watered down.

Diedre Esquivel of the Sedalia School District Foundation Inc., reported that the Foundation awarded $27,000 in scholarships to graduates of the class of 2016.

Forty-three awards were presented in scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000 on May 6.

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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