The Smithville MO Board of Education met for the monthly meeting on May 20th.
The BOE recognized several student accomplishments. Students of Smithville Primary were receognized for both academic and personal achievements.
Students of Smithville Upper were recognized for the MCTM Regional Mathematics Competition and Missouri Department of Conversation poster contest.
Smithville Middle School students were recognized for their accomplishments in Sons of the American Legion Essay Contest, MCTM Regional Mathematics Competition, Student Council, Undefeated Academic Bowl Team, Lakeside Singer High School Honors Choir, and Duke Talent Identification Program.
Smithville High School students were recognized for National DECA, State Band, State Choir, Missouri Scholars 100, National Merit Scholar, State FBLA, State & National Gymnastics, Scholar Bowl, Student Council, Perfect ACT Score, First Robotics, CTE Business Completor, Chemathon, and FFA
Smithville educator Scott Vitek and the Smithville SWAT robotics team was given the Tradition of Excellence Award. In early May, the team brought home the Robot of the Year award from the Missouri State Robotics competition. The team has also earned other awards including the Greater KC Regional Finalist and Innovation in Control Award, the Oklahoma City Regional Champions and Industrial Design Award, and the World Championships Archimedes-Tesla Division Excellence in Engineering Award.
The Smithville BOE listened to a presentation made by Donna Deeds, the Executive Director of Northland CAPS. The presentation included the future of the CAPS program, statistics on student performance, student demographics, and growth in the program.
Wayne Krueger, Asst. Superintendent of Support Services, updated the board on several items: The regional mult-hazard mitigation plan for Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, and Ray counties had been updated. Documents for residency verification for 2015-16. The documents must be submitted from July 20th to August 6th, 2015. Hickman Mills has joined the health insurance consortium that Smithville participates in. And effective June 1st, the district is transferring automobile, inland marine, and non-owned insurance coverage to Wright Specialty. This will save the district money on it’s premium.
Assistant Superintendent Michelle Kratofil updated the board on academic services. The district will be moving to a weighted grade system. Standardized testing for the 2014-15 school year was complete. The district will receive unofficial results in June from the state.
Ashley Jones, the director of human resources, discussed the rebranding of Smithville School District. New district and athletic logos should be finalized in June.
Dr. Todd Scheutz discussed the Key Communicator list. Individuals appearing on the list will be invited by the district as a sounding board for ideas for the district administration and board. These meetings will be small and will take place monthly in the evening for those involved. Scheutz also announced that he will be launching internal “listening tours” to better understand the internal needs of the district. It is his goal to reach each building every quarter.
Numerous pieces of old business were addressed:
- The fiscal year 2015 and proposed fiscal year 2016 budget will be presented at the June board meeting.
- Textbooks were recommended for 2015-16.
- Asst. Superintendent Krueger discussed financial challenges the district is facing with the budget. The 2015 budget will conclude with a $300,000 deficit. Mr. Kruger also introduced the idea of a Budget Resizing Committee to look at adjustments to the district budget.
- The BOE heard a presentation from Shawn Logan and Stephanie Dominguez, co-chairs of the district Salary and Benefits Committee. They discussed the history of raises and salary adjustment calculations in the district, competition of salaries in reference to area school districts, a comparison of maintenance salaries to teacher salaries, administrative salaries, and administrator salaries. Salary increases for the 2015-16 school year may result in a 1% decrease on district reserves. This would bring the reserve fund down to about 23.5%.
- Dr. Scheutz discussed HB 42, recent legislation passed in Jefferson City that deals with the student transfer crisis in Missouri. Dr. Scheutz plans on drafting a response that will educate the community of the potential affects of this legislation on Smithville School District.
- Graduation locations for 2016 were also discussed. The Mabee Center at William Jewell and the KCI Expo Center was toured by representatives of the district.
New business included several miscellaneous items. Most notable are new positions that will be approved in June and a presentation by two teachers, Matt Henshaw and Lori Mertz, on the Teachers Integrating Learning Technology (TILT) program.