The Morgan County R-II School District Board of Education is actively searching for a new superintendent of schools. In their meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18, the board heard from Bob Watkins with the Missouri School Boards’ Association. Watson is facilitating the search efforts by taking applications, meeting with prospective interviewees, and narrowing the field to qualified candidates who are likely to “fit” with the district. As of Feb. 18, there were eight applicants.
“My role is to do due diligence and dig,” said Watson. “I will tell you honestly who is strong and a possible fit. … Not many districts are looking for superintendents, which is exactly where you want to be.”
The process includes closing applications Feb. 27. The following week, March 3, Watson will review applications with the R-II board. Interviews will then be conducted March 6-7.
In other business, the district will soon be soliciting bids for summer campus improvements and maintenance. Priorities include the replacement of heating and air-conditioning units. The district has 140 rooftop units. Of those, 40 to 50 are 25 years old or older.
Other projects on the “short list” include flooring, doors, and roofing on some campus buildings. Partitions for computer lab enclosures in the elementary school library are also planned.
In the facilities plan are parking lot repairs, anchoring playground equipment, installing a storage area in the middle school girls locker room, a grand master key system, FACS lab renovation at the high school, glass display cases, skylights in certain hallways, and more.
The 2020-2021 school calendar was approved. First day of school for students is Aug. 24. Last day is May 21.
Summer school is planned June 1-26 and will include reading and credit recovery, drivers education, health, personal finance, and extended school year. No transportation or food services will be provided.
Kim Murdock, elementary school principal, will be paid a stipend for taking on the responsibility of overseeing district compliance with federal programs.
The Health Schools, Healthy Communities is in the last year of a five-year grant. A contract was signed to extend the program two years.
High school English classes have been participating in the Reading Counts program, with the goal of increasing reading fluency and comprehension. A “mega testing day” is planned March 10 in which high school student will take either a pre-ACT, ACT, or Work Keys exams.
In the middle school, several students traveled to Missouri S&T for a Future City competition. This is the first year R-II has participated. The theme was “clean water” and students had to design a resilient system to maintain a clean drinking supply.
At the elementary school, the PTO kicked off their annual cookie sales. Students have been participating in Courtwarming and Matwarming spirit days. Students who achieve 100 percent on their evaluation, will receive a T-shirt and a paw print. A “Boys in Crisis” workshop was attended by guidance counselor Sara Moon and Tamra Wilson.
The balance in the district’s accounts as of Friday, Jan. 31 was $9,576,250.40.
The next meeting of the Morgan County R-II Board of Education is scheduled 7 p.m. Monday, March 16 at the middle school library in Versailles.