Board to discuss operational matters

By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]

By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

The Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education will meet tonight to consider several student programs for the upcoming year.

Board members will be presented with the 2015-16 Assessment Calendar for testing.

“We plan to give the same standardized tests for the upcoming year as we did last year,” Superintendent Brad Pollitt said. “We give all the tests the state requires and with that number it is difficult to find the time to give any additional assessments.”

The district gives the required grade level MAP tests and End of Course Exams. Last year the district also administered the ACT test to all juniors.

The District is expected to release student scores from the spring testing cycle in the upcoming weeks once the State scores are provided to the District.

The board will also vote on a renewal agreement with State Fair Community College and its Nursing cooperative Program. Under the terms of the agreement, SFCC will provide instruction to S-C students in the practical nursing program.

The board will also consider an agreement for services to Sedalia 200 students from the Children’s Therapy Center Job Preparation Program at the Ewing Vocational Center.

Other items for decision include the addition of two extra duty positions at the high school.

One position is a pep band sponsor and the second is for the addition of a Spitz Club sponsor.

“Wade (Norton, high school principal) came to us about adding these two positions,” Pollitt said. “It should be a positive way to attract more participation and attendance at our basketball games.”

Members will also be provided a report from Assisitant Superintendent Dr. Nancy Scott on the Title III ELL (English Language Learners Program) in the District.

The Board will discuss hiring an asset management adviser. This position would assist the district with future investments.

State statutes limit how a school district may invest their money. The management adviser would help in planning investment possibilities.

In addition to decision items, the board will hear an update on the construction, which began July 6, in the Harriet Wolfe Media Center at Smith-Cotton. Four thousand square feet from the existing facility has been converted into two computer labs, a conference room and two classrooms.

The board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Smith-Cotton High School Heckart Center, 2010 Tiger Pride Blvd.

Prior to the regular meeting, at 6:15 p.m. the District will conduct its tax rate public meeting.

For more information on either meeting, 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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