Board to consider additional staff for 2016-17

By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]

By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

The Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education is scheduled to meet tonight with much of their discussion to focus on plans for the upcoming school year.

Among those topics are a discussion about additional staff needed for next year, the food service contract as well as the technology plan for the district and the 2015-16 budget amendments.

“We continue to discuss the needs we are facing with our continued increase in enrollment,” Superintendent Brad Pollitt said. “We are getting bigger as a district and now is the time to consider our plans for hiring additional staff for next year.”

Pollitt said the numbers in some programs including Special Services and the English Language Learners continue to grow as more students qualify to receive those services.

“We continue to look at the areas where we have students who need additional services,” Pollitt said. “We are also concerned about our class sizes, especially in the elementary.”

Pollitt added that the district was also seeing an increase in the number of students enrolled in the Early Childhood Program at the Pettis County Co-op.

The board will be presented a report by Sedalia 200 CFO Harriet Wolfe detailing amendments to the district’s current budget.

The original 2015-16 budget was presented to the board for approval June 22, 2015, with the final amendments to the budget scheduled to be voted on during the June 20 meeting.

“Dr. Wolfe will be presenting some budget amendments to the board at the meeting,” Pollitt said. “There is nothing out of the ordinary and we budgeted conservatively again this year.”

In another item for decision, the board will consider an extension to the food service contract with OPAA.

The extension, if approved, is the last in a five-year fixed-price agreement, according to information in the meeting packet provided by Assistant Superintendent Steve Triplett.

The board will be given a report concerning the district’s technology plan.

“Mr. Allain will give the board an update on the technology plan for the district,” Pollitt said. “Technology is one of the things that is ever-changing and can become outdated so quickly, especially in education.

“We feel it is important to keep the board informed of what technology the district utilizes currently and what the five-year plan for the district is,” Pollitt added.

Reports on the district’s free and reduced lunch program and quarterly building and attendance reports will also be provided to the board.

The board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Whittier High School, 907 East 16th St. For more information, call the central office at 829-6450.

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

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

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