Monday night’s Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education Meeting heard the discussion of many changes that will have impact on the approximate 5,000 students in the district regarding a number of new policies and regulations that were enacted by the legislature last session.
“Many of the policies are mandatory and we will have to adopt by law,” Superintendent of Sedalia 200 Schools, Brad Pollitt, explained after the meeting. “Others are recommended ones that will become mandatory in the 2017-18 school year.
“Twice a year we have a policy company that provides us with updates and reviews our existing policies to make sure we are in compliance with the laws,” Pollitt added. “We will vote on the policies that were discussed tonight at our October meeting.
The mandatory policies that deal with students are listed.
The Missouri Consultants provided the descriptions of the policies for Education (MCE).
Policy 2180-Pledge of Allegiance
The session increased the frequency of recitation of the Pledge of allegiance from once per week to everyday. Students are not required to recite the Pledge.
Policy 2526-Constitution and American Civic Tests
This new policy reflects the legislature’s addition of another graduation requirement, The American Civics Test.
Policy 2550-Dual Credit Scholarships
This new policy reflects legislation, which authorizes “dual credit scholarships” to eligible students in districts that wish to participate in the program.
This policy has been updated to reflect a new legislative enactment. The policy deals with administrators adhering to time limits for reporting and investigation of incidents of bullying.
Policy 2755-Cardiovascular/Heimlich training
Kindergartens through 12 grade districts are required to provide 30 minutes of training in these lifesaving procedures. The training becomes mandatory in the 2017-18 school year.
Policy 2785-Student Suicide Awareness
This policy responds to legislative enactment related to the increasing numbers of student suicide. The regulation provides awareness, procedures, training and response. The policy will go into effect July 1, 2018 statewide.
Policy 6271-Instruction for Gifted and Talented Students
This update reflects a legislative prohibition against designating students as “gifted” based on a student’s participation in an advanced placement course or an international baccalaureate course.
There are a number of other policies that the board will consider for approval in October that deal with construction and personnel matters.
One of those proposals would charge teachers who ask to be released from their contract after June 15 a late fee.
“One reason we are considering this is because the availability of teachers is continually getting smaller,” Pollitt told the board. “Many of our principals start looking for teachers as early as January or February if they know they will have a vacancy in their building as it is always better if we know a teacher is leaving for us to know early.”
Pollitt added that he would be discussing the proposal with his advisory board today.
The board also voted to approve the district’s audit.
Key financial highlights for 2016 listed in the audit include,
• Among major funds, the General Fund had $20,252,007 in revenues, $15, 732, 723 in expenditures and $3, 637, 976 in transfers to other funds. The General Fund balance increased $881,308 from 2015.
• Among major funds, the Special Revenue (Teachers) Fund had $25,747, 644 in revenues, $26,699,844 in expenditures and $952, 200 in transfers from the General Fund. The Special Revenue (Teachers) Fund balance did not change from 2115.
• All operating funds combined (General and Special Revenue Funds) had $45,999, 651in revenues, $42,432,567 in expenditures and transfers of $2, 685, 776 to the Capital projects Fund. The balance in all operating funds combined increased by $881,308 over 2015.
• Among major funds, the Capital Projects Fund had $27,053,832 in revenues, $16,449, 518 in expenditures and $2,685,776 in transfers from General Fund. The Capital Projects Fund balance increased $13,290,090 from 2105.
• General revenues accounted for $39,374,811 in revenue or 53.9 percent of all revenues. Programs specific revenues in the form of changes for services, operating grants and contributions, and capital grants and contributions accounted for $10,123,672 or 13.9 percent of all revenues. Bond proceeds accounted for $23,555,000 or 32.2 percent of total revenues of $73,053, 483.
• Total assets of governmental activities increased by $14,171,398, which represents a 43.2 percent increase from 2015.
In other actions the board voted to accept a donation of a dunk tank from a Missouri DeMolay group.
The tank will be available at districts events but only staff members will be allowed to sit in the dunking seat.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484.