Ralls County R-II Board Update

June 15, 2020

During the reorganization meeting and regular meeting held on June 11, 2020, the following topics were covered:
Jake Moss, Scott Hodges and Ron Evans were sworn into office by Superintendent Lewis. The certified election results were shared and recognition was given for all of the effort shown during the campaign for the two supported ballot questions to enable facility improvements to Ralls County R-II School district in the next five years. The following officers were elected: Ron Evans-President, Pete Hilgenbrinck-Vice President, Jason Liter-Treasurer, Michael Boling-Secretary, Ritchie Palmer-MSBA Delegate, Jake Moss-MSBA Delegate Alternate.
Building administrators shared information regarding Summer School dates and planning, Summer Sports and Activities, Conditioning and Practices, Preschool Screenings, Bus Barn completion and movement of items to new location, Bus servicing, therapy dog update, and handbook updates.
Facilities and long-range planning projects were discussed including the bids collected for the parking lot expansion at the elementary. This project offered an alternate bid #2 to add additional parking, which was voted affirmative by the board. A five-year warranty will be added to the heat/cooling unit in the Mark Twain library for $1,525.
Bids were approved for ECSE transportation, vision support services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and testing services.
Program review for Technology was shared and approved.
Summer school 2020 and Athletic/Activities practice/conditioning were approved. Athletic/Activities are approved to begin June 16th. Summer School will operate from July 6th-24th.
The 2020-2021 budget was approved with an estimated deficit budget of $54,000.
Fund transfers were approved along with authorization to close out the 2019-2020 budget with budgetary amounts matched to actual expenditures and revenues.
A program report was shared and approved for Health & Wellness.
Facilities and Long-Range planning discussions occurred for future projects now that the ballot issues have passed. A discussion was held about the cost of change orders, prioritizing project timelines, setting up a webpage for financial transparency and the timeline for bond and lease purchase paperwork for funding. The Superintendent was authorized to approve change orders with consultation up to $15,000 in 2020 Vision projects and a committee of Ron Evans, Ritchie Palmer, and Scott Hodges was established to meet regarding change orders under $49,999.
District curriculum revisions were shared and the final updated information will be brought to the July regular meeting.
Handbook revision recommendations were shared from each building as well as athletics and transportation, these will return as a discussion item at the regular July meeting.
The tax levy hearing will be held just prior to the regular August meeting on Thursday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m.
The board and administration entertained the idea of a retreat, a date was not selected at this time, the item will return for further discussion at the July regular meeting.
CSIP progress on goals and activities were shared and discussed.
There were no reports available on Academic achievement, attendance, and transportation. The food service report from April was shared.
A closed session was held for personnel issues.
The next regular meeting will be July 16th at 7:00 p.m.