Board to set tuition rate for upcoming year

By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]

By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

The Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education will meet tonight to hear evaluations of several essential programs for the District. It will also consider ways for the district to save money in the future.

The program evaluations for special education, gifted and at-risk students will be presented. Each month the board hears program evaluations of the various departments in the district.

“The evaluations are a good way for the board members to hear firsthand what the departments are doing on an annual basis,” Superintendent Brad Pollitt said. “The head of each department is on hand to give their report and answer any questions that board members may have.”

At the meeting, the board will hear a proposal by Dr. Harriett Wolfe, chief financial officer, to set the tuition rate for Sedalia 200 schools at $7,800 for the 2015-16 school year.

“Each year DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) supplies us with a formula that we use to establish our tuition rates,” Pollitt said. “This year the recommended rate is $300 higher than last year based on their formula.”

Most of the students who pay tuition come from the Dresden School District. Dresden is a kindergarten through eighth grade district. Sedalia 200 enrolled 46 students from Dresden in the 2014-15 school year.

The board will also be asked to vote regarding a program it adopted last year concerning the district’s sick leave incentive policy.

“We know that our teachers are our most valuable resource,” Pollitt said. “And while we certainly don’t advocate them coming to school sick, we want them to be in the classroom whenever possible.”

The board approved a policy last year where certified staff is paid $50 a day for each sick day they do not use. Non-certified staff are paid $35 for unused days. The money is paid to the staff in June.

“We started the program last year and we found it went over really well,” Pollitt added. “It was a benefit to the staff but it also cut down on the amount of funds the district had to pay in substitute pay.”

The District pays $10 per hour for certified substitutes and $9.50 for non-certified subs.

According to board policy, the sick leave incentive program must be voted on yearly.

In another measure designed to capitalize on potential revenue, the board will be asked to consider hiring an asset management advisor.

“School districts are very limited in how they can invest their money,” Pollitt said. According to Missouri statutes, it can only be invested in a no-risk venture.

“We would like the board to explore the possibility of hiring a firm that specializes in these types of investments,” Pollitt added. “The firms would specialize solely on state law and how we can best invest our money. We really just want to see if there is any interest in this from the board.”

The board is also expected to vote on

• The student discipline code handbook

• The crisis response manual

• A revised board meeting schedule for 2015-16

• Nominations to the Athletic Hall of Fame.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Horace Mann Elementary, 1100 W. 16th St. For more information, call the central office at 829- 6450.

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

Sedalia Democrat

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

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