Although the Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education only has four items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting, those four items have significant importance to the district for the future.
The first item on the agenda is the Community School Improvement Plan, which is required by the Department of Education and provides a list of goals and objectives for each school district.
“Carla Wheeler (Director of curriculum, instruction and assessment) and her committee did a lot of work on the plan once again this year,” Superintendent Brad Pollitt said. “We took the plan to the last meeting for the board to look at and consider before a vote is taken this month.”
The plan lists both strengths and areas of concern for the district in the areas of education, staff, community and parent involvement, facility improvements and safety.
Both an internal and external analysis was completed to revise the plan which is updated annually by a committee of administrators, teachers, board members, students, parents and guardians, and community members.
The board will also vote on the possible adoption of a resolution in support of State Fair Community College’s Building Strong Futures initiative and the college’s work to improve the technical education program in the communities the college serves.
“SFCC provides educational opportunities for our students and helps to prepare them for jobs in technical fields as well as many others,” Pollitt said.
Pollitt commented that many of those students are hired by local businesses and industries, allowing them to remain in Sedalia, which benefits the community.
The final item for decision involves the guidelines for a student representative to the board of education.
Earlier this year members of the board asked Smith Cotton High School Principal Wade Norton to explore the interest level of the students in such a representative.
After a series of discussion meetings with interested students Norton developed a proposal and set of guidelines for the board to consider. If approved the student representative will be selected in May and will begin to serve on the board in August.
In new business the board will discuss the salary schedule for the 2017-18 school year. Pollitt said the administration was meeting with the teacher salary committee today prior to the meeting.
“The administration is proposing a raise but that will be based in part on what the insurance rates will be,” Pollitt said.
The insurance rates would not be available until late Friday afternoon and were not available at press time.
The board will also be provided the monthly attendance figures at tonight’s meeting.
The board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Elementary, 610 S. Engineer Ave. For more information, call the central office at 829-6450.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484