Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Carthage R-9 Board receives update on Carthage 2020 and Beyond, accepts two resignations

(From the Carthage R-9 School District)

The Carthage R-9 Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, February 18, 2019, 6:00 pm, at Carthage Junior High School. Present were board members Tony Diggs, Lee Elliff Pound, Justin Baucom, Niki Cloud, Jeff Jones, and Bill Lasley. Elizabeth Streich was present; however, she left prior to the start of the meeting.

Mr. Collier and Chase Shockley led the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Collier, 8th grade social studies teacher, introduced Chase Shockley, who read his Patriot Pen essay. His essay won local and state competitions.

The Board approved the consent agenda for the purpose of approving the meeting agenda, minutes of previous meeting, payment of bills, date for Board reorganization meeting, contract for a school bus, acknowledgement and guarantee for Show Choir participation in BattleFest, and monthly financial reports.

Artists of the Month awards were distributed to February winners.

After distributing copies of the proposed 2019-20 school calendar and providing an opportunity for public comment in accordance with state law, the Board adopted the calendar, as presented. The 2019-20 school calendar is posted on the district’s website at www.carthagetigers.org, or you may contact the District Office, 710 Lyon Street, 417-359-7000, to request a copy.

Dr. Ragsdale, Carthage Intermediate Center Principal, provided an evaluative report on At-Risk for 2017-18. The graduation rate continued a trend above 90% reporting 91.1%. Attendance districtwide was 90.3% (90/90 calculation), which remains above the MSIP accountability measure set at 90%.

The Virtual Learning Center served 262 students, including 120 students graduating with VLC credit. Summer school attendance district wide continues to climb as 2,128 students attended in 2018. There were 35 students enrolled in the Missouri Options Program with a 72% passing rate. The student learner/work program served 50 students.

Over 2,000 students participated in extended learning activities such as mentoring, tutoring, and early literacy. This reflects an overall increase from the last several years.

Mrs. Elliff Pound provided an update on the Carthage R-9 School Foundation activities. The Foundation will be distributing Major Saver earning checks to each school in the next couple of weeks. Foundation scholarship applications were due by the second week in February and the scholarship committee will meet soon to select 2019 recipients. The Flanagan Speech Contest, Boylan Art and Writing Contest, and Art Exhibitor Showcase will take place in April.

Dr. Baker updated the Board regarding the following announcements:

 More people attended Community Session #3 compared to previous Carthage 2020 and Beyond meetings. We presented information regarding our present facilities, budget (including funding mechanisms), and bonding new construction projects. I think most people were surprised how much student attendance affects our state funding. All information presented during the evening is posted on our district website – www.carthagetigers.org. Scroll to the bottom to Superintendent Spotlight – click “Click here to learn more about district news” – click “Carthage 2020 and Beyond” – click “Community Session #3.”

The PowerPoint and participants’ responses, comments, and questions are posted. Our next Carthage 2020 and Beyond meeting is Monday, March 11, 6:30 pm, in the high school commons. Curriculum and instruction are the main topics for the evening.

 Recognition was given to Kale Schrader for his performance at the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships in Columbia, Missouri. Kale completed his undefeated season with a Class 4 state championship.

 Currently, the last day of school is set for May 22, 2019, with graduation set for May 16, 2019.

In closed session, the Board accepted resignations and approved the employment of certified and support staff as follows:

Resignations (effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year):
LaTricia Belt Science High School
Jessica Bunch 4th Grade Mark Twain Elementary

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