The Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education voted Monday night to establish the tuition rate for the district at a lower rate than recommended by the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
DESE calculations recommended the tuition rate be established at $8,354. The district set their rate for the 2015-16 school year at $7,800 based on the recommendations of Harriet Wolfe, chief financial officer for the district.
“We established the rate at that figure because it is a substantial increase for the districts who have to pay tuition to send their students to Sedalia,” Superintendent Brad Pollitt said.
Most of the tuition students are from Dresden. Sedalia anticipates having 57 students from Dresden enroll for the upcoming year based on numbers supplied at the meeting by Wolfe.
The board also voted to extend the sick leave incentive program for the 2015-16 school year. The policy, which began in the 2014-15 school year, needs to be renewed annually by the board.
“We want teachers in the classroom as much as possible,” Dr. Nancy Scott, assistant superintendent for human resources, said. “With the implementation of this policy the district saw 207 fewer sick days used by certified and non-certified staff in its first year.”
The policy last year saved the district $13,200 in sub pay.
“It’s increasingly difficult to find substitutes for the district,” Pollitt said. “This is a way to help both the staff, students, and district as a whole. Anytime the students are taught by their classroom teacher it is a win for them.”
Other than the monetary benefits, the teachers do not lose the sick days they are paid for. Staff members may accumulate 90 days of sick leave in the district.
The board voted to adopt the 2015-16 Student Discipline Code Handbook with only minor changes.
One change of significance is that e-cigarettes are not permitted in district buildings or on school grounds. The grade classifications for the new building alignments were also approved.
In other actions, the board voted to accept the program evaluations for the special education, gifted and at-risk programs.
One hundred and twenty-one winter and spring sport athletes were recognized for their post-season awards. Six of the eight spring sports teams were recognized as conference champions.
Twenty-four elementary, middle school and junior high students were recognized for their work in the gifted program. Two teams from Sedalia placed first in the state gifted competition. Two other teams were award second place finishes in state competition.
Dr. Todd Fraley, Horace Mann elementary principal, presented a pilot program under the direction of Michael Wright and the Project Lead the Way. The launch program will provide Horace Mann students exposure to the fields of biometrics, computer science and engineering.
If the pilot program is successful, Pollitt told the board the program might be introduced to all elementary schools in future years.
The board voted to give final approval to the 1990 Smith-Cotton Girls Golf Team and Ross Dey as inductees to the Athletic Hall of Fame.
The five members of the golf team won the state title that year and, according to MSHSAA records, the S-C team was the first to break 700 in the state tournament, shooting a 696.
Ross Dey, long time S-C baseball coach, will receive the award posthumously. Dey is a member of the Missouri Baseball Hall of Fame and the Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame. He also received numerous awards for both his national and international play in fast-pitch softball. The field at Liberty Park Stadium is named in his honor.
The board also established the tax rate hearing for the district to be at 6:15 p.m. Aug. 10, prior to the start of the next school board meeting. By state law, a district’s tax rate must be established by Sept. 1.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484