July 2024

The Summersville R-II Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, July 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance, Call to Order, and Roll Call.  During the public comments, Herman Kelly, the Shannon County Southern Commissioner, gave updates on the county and upcoming elections.  Afterward, the Consent Items were approved (agenda, minutes from previous meetings, bills for payment, and financial statement).  

In the superintendent’s report, the Board approved the final 2023-2024 budget.  The Board also accepted bids from Springfield Grocer for bread, Countryside Propane, Robert’s Wood Products for sawdust, Section 8 for pest control, and County Fuels for diesel.  Milk bids were tabled until all bids have been received.  Then, the Board approved ethics policies BBFA and BBF, Policy EHBD related to the use of artificial intelligence, and Policies BDC, DFI, FFA, GBEBC, IND, JEC, JECA, JO, KH, and procedure EEA-AP1 that reflect recent legislative changes.  Afterward, the Board reviewed the CSIP and approved the recent updates.  Finally, the Board approved a letter of resignation from Ayla Martin.

In closed session, the executive meeting minutes from June were approved.  Then, personnel was briefly discussed.  After returning to open session, the Board reviewed and approved an agreement with Cabool Schools to utilize our district SLP-A two days per week during the 2024-2025 school year.  Afterward, the meeting was adjourned.  The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be Thursday, August 8th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.    


June 2024

The Summersville R-II Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, June 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance, Call to Order, and Roll Call.  Afterward, the Consent Items were approved (agenda, minutes from previous meetings, bills for payment, and financial statement).  

Next, the building principals reported on enrollment, discipline, attendance, and end-of-the-year events in both buildings. Afterward, Mrs. Bird and Mrs. Newby presented updated elementary and high school handbooks and the Board approved some minor changes.  Spring student, parent, and staff survey results were also presented by the principals along with plans to make improvements in lower scoring areas. 

In the superintendent’s report, the Board gave authorization to accept bids for milk, bread, propane, sawdust, and pest control.  The Board then approved an updated salary schedule for the 2024-2025 school year and an updated version of policy GCPB regarding the resignation of professional staff members.  Afterward, the Board voted to amend and continue the current 2023-2024 budget until the end of the fiscal year and the 2024-2025 initial budget was approved.

In closed session, the executive meeting minutes from May were approved.  Then, the Board approved hiring Emma Keeling as the junior high volleyball coach and Tori Porter as the junior high/high school cross country coach.

After returning to open session, the Board reviewed and approved several courses of high school curriculum that were updated over the last year.  Afterward, the meeting was adjourned. The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be Thursday, July 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.   


May 2024

The Summersville R-II Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, May 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance, Call to Order, and Roll Call.  Afterward, the Consent Items were approved (agenda, minutes from previous meetings, bills for payment, and financial statement).  

Following, the building principals reported on enrollment, discipline, attendance, and upcoming events in both buildings. Mrs. Bird’s elementary report highlighted the awesome spring music concert, completing the elementary social studies curriculum, and several end-of-year field trips.  Mrs. Newby’s high school report also listed several past and upcoming events for the junior high school and high school including graduation, several students receiving recognition for sports, FFA, and choir, and several recent staff recognitions.

In the superintendent’s report, Dr. Hunt recommended a $0.05 increase to all adult and student meals that was approved by the Board.  She also gave a legislative update highlighting SB 727 and read letters of resignation from Anna Cox and Harold Merritt. 

In closed session, the executive meeting minutes from April were approved.  Then, the Board approved hiring Josh Coomer as a route driver, Dorovan Stringer as an evening custodian, Ashlin Heiney as a full-time cook, Heather Cooper as the assistant high school volleyball coach, and Tessa Goodchild as a custodian through the work-study program for next year.  Afterward, the Board approved stipends for teachers who complete the Project Lead the Way training requirements. 

After returning to open session, the Board reviewed and approved the elementary Social Studies curriculum.  Afterward, the meeting was adjourned and Board members completed the required annual MSBA online refresher training.  The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be Thursday, June 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.


April 2024

The Summersville R-II Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, April 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance, Call to Order, and Roll Call.  Next, Brittany Cochran thanked the Board for their support this year.  Following, Tony Abernathy spoke on behalf of the Gideons and requested to hand out bibles to 5th graders and seniors who wanted one.   

Next, the Board approved the Board of Education election results and dissolved the old Board.  Then, the new Board members (Dustin Cooper and Matt Briggs) were sworn in and took an Oath of Office.  Following, the Board reelected Jason Greear as the Board president and they elected Nate Cooper as the vice president.  Afterward, the Consent Items were approved (agenda, minutes from previous meetings, bills for payment, and financial statement).  Afterward, Roger Porter gave bus driver salary recommendations.    

Following, the building principals reported on enrollment, discipline, attendance, and upcoming events in both buildings. Mrs. Bird’s elementary report highlighted the completion of the elementary ELA curriculum, the successful spring book fair, and elementary Easter parties.  Mrs. Bird recognized Mrs. Jessica Kaut for being named the SES 2023-2024 Teacher of the Year and Mrs. Debbie Prisco for being named the SES 2023-2024 Rookie of the Year!  In the high school report, Mrs. Newby recognized Ms. Becky Wuertley for being named the SHS 2023-2024 Teacher of the Year!  Mrs. Newby’s high school report also listed several past and upcoming events for the junior high school and high school including a successful prom and project prom, 29 students qualifying for State FFA Convention, and HS softball placing 3rd in the BSC Conference Tournament.  

In the superintendent’s report, Dr. Hunt gave a facilities update and the Board conducted their quarterly review of the CSIP.  Dr. Hunt also presented the support staff salary schedules recommended for the 2024-2025 school year.

In closed session, the executive meeting minutes from March were approved.  Then, the Board approved hiring Bobbi Jo Bayer as the 2024-2025 high school volleyball coach.  The Board also approved extra duty stipends, athletic stipends, and support staff salary schedules and recommendations for the 2024-2025 school year.  Following, school safety was discussed.  

After returning to open session, the Board reviewed and approved the elementary ELA curriculum.  Afterward, the meeting was adjourned.  The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be Thursday, May 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.    


March 2024

The Summersville R-II Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, March 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance, Call to Order, and Roll Call.  Then, the Consent Items were approved (agenda, minutes from previous meetings, bills for payment, and financial statement).  

Next, the building principals reported on enrollment, discipline, attendance, and upcoming events in both buildings. Mrs. Bird’s elementary report highlighted the exceptional mentors at the elementary this year (Mrs. Brenda, Mrs. Stacie, and Ms. Alana), elementary sports, Elementary State Beta Convention contest winners, and upcoming spring parent/teacher conferences.  She also discussed the results from the annual Title I Parent Surveys.  Mrs. Bird recognized Mrs. Weaver for being selected as the February Teacher of the Month and Mrs. Stacie for being selected as the March Teacher of the Month.  In the high school report, Mrs. Newby recognized Lisa Haynes as the high school Teacher of the Month for February and Lisa Stephens as the Teacher of the Month for March.  The characteristic for February was professionalism and the characteristic for March is compassion.  Mrs. Newby’s high school report also listed several past and upcoming events for the junior high school and high school including the February Students of the Month, Andrew Buschmann and Garrin Greear being selected as All-District and All-Conference basketball players, and several students placing in FFA contests .  

In the superintendent’s report, the Board approved June 3 – June 27, 2024 as the summer school dates for this year.  Summer school will run Monday through Thursday.  The Board also approved the summer school salary schedule and teacher salary schedule.  Dr. Hunt gave updates on health insurance premium increases for the upcoming school year and the Board approved three health insurance policies to offer employees.  The Board also declared several items (furniture, desks, textbooks, outdated technology, etc.) as surplus property so they can be sold or donated in effort to clear out some storage areas on both campuses.

In closed session, the executive meeting minutes from February were approved.  Next, a student discipline issue was discussed.  Then, the Board voted to approve all returning probationary teachers for the 2024-2025 school year.  The Board also approved hiring Kristina Barnard as a part-time evening custodian, MaKayla Spencer as an SLP-A, Jessica Nunan as an elementary special education teacher, and Jonathan Guilbert as a junior high/high school band and choir teacher.  Following, the Board accepted a bid from David Greear for haying the field east of the elementary and the open volleyball coach position was discussed.  Afterward, the meeting was adjourned.  The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be Thursday, April 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.


February 2024

The Summersville R-II Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, February 8th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance, Call to Order, and Roll Call.  Then, the Consent Items were approved (agenda, minutes from previous meetings, bills for payment, and financial statement).  

Next, the building principals reported on enrollment, discipline, attendance, and upcoming events in both buildings. Mrs. Bird’s elementary report highlighted successful AMI days, the Little Wildcat Cheer Camp, and the elementary MAP data meeting.  Mrs. Bird also recognized Ms. Alisha Haynes for being selected as the January Teacher of the Month.  The characteristic for January was positivity.  Mrs. Newby’s high school report listed several past and upcoming events for the junior high school and high school including the FBLA district contest, the Sophomore Career Center tour, and the successful benefit basketball game we hosted on February 5th to raise funds for Brittany Cochran and Kaylea Bell.  Mrs. Newby recognized Anna Cox as the high school January Teacher of the Month representing positivity and presented the plans for the 2024 senior trip to Gulf Shores.

After the principal reports, Mr. Karr presented on district technology accomplishments and goals.  He highlighted his summer projects (primarily installing 89 new doors!), incorporating Project Lead the Way at the elementary, junior high, and high school level, strategies for dealing with artificial intelligence in an academic setting, Chromebook tracking, potential E-Rates projects, Cybersecurity, and how we are incorporating some opportunities for students interested in robotics.  We are very fortunate to have such advanced technology in our rural district!     

In the superintendent’s report, the Board approved the final 2024-2025 calendar.  Snow days were discussed and it was decided that we would not make up the two regular snow days that we have missed so far because we are still in session more than the required number of hours this year without making them up.  However, if we miss any more school days due to inclement weather, those days will have to be made up.  The possibility of utilizing snow routes on days when the main highways were clear was also discussed.  We will not utilize snow routes until next year to allow us ample time to communicate the plan with parents and staff.  Next, Dr. Hunt went over an updated Maintenance and Facilities Plan.  Afterward, the Board adopted several MSBA policy updates dealing with marijuana on school premises.  Next, the Board approved a revision of the 2023-2024 budget.  

In closed session, the executive meeting minutes from January were approved.  Next, the Board approved hiring Julie Craig as a district counselor through the Stronger Connections Grant, Tabitha Lee as the junior high softball coach, and Jared Lee as the elementary evening custodian.  The principals were then dismissed and their evaluations were discussed with the Board.  The Board approved the contracts for Dessie Bird, elementary principal, and Amanda Newby, high school principal, for the 2024-2025 school year.  Afterward, the meeting was adjourned.  The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be Thursday, March 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.


January 2024

The Summersville R-II Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, January 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance, Call to Order, and Roll Call.  Then, the Consent Items were approved (agenda, minutes from previous meetings, bills for payment, and financial statement).  

Next, the building principals reported on enrollment, discipline, attendance, and upcoming events in both buildings. Mrs. Bird’s elementary report highlighted benchmark testing, finalizing ELA curriculum (a huge accomplishment!), and elementary APR data along with plans for improvements.  Mrs. Bird also recognized Mrs. Natalie Manier for her hard work and for setting high expectations for her preschool students.  Mrs. Newby’s high school report listed several past and upcoming events for the junior high school and high school including the Drama Club Talent Show, the FFA Greenhand Conference, and the FAFSA Parent Night.  Mrs. Newby recognized Ashley Beavers, Heather Cooper, and Lisa Haynes for their help with all of the homecoming festivities.  Mrs. Newby also recognized Jack Spencer for being a favorite teacher of many students and being willing to dress up in an inflatable costume as a student incentive.

In the superintendent’s report, Dr. Hunt asked the Board to conduct their quarterly review of the district CSIP and shared the CSIP scoring guide and feedback received by DESE.  The district was awarded the 30/30 (full points) for the CSIP and will continue to ensure it is updated and used to guide district decisions in all areas.  Next, the Board updated Policy BDA to reflect the correct Board meeting day as Thursday, instead of Tuesday.  Finally, Dr. Hunt shared the results of the staff calendar surveys.  A final calendar will be approved in February.  

In closed session, the executive meeting minutes from December were approved.  Next, the Board approved hiring Jodie Brumble to coach elementary volleyball this year.  A student discipline issue was then discussed.  The Board also approved the contract for Dr. Hunt, superintendent, for the 2024-2025 school year.  Afterward, the meeting was adjourned.  The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be Thursday, February 8th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.    


December 2023

The Summersville R-II Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, December 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call.  Then, the Consent Items were approved (agenda, minutes from previous meetings, bills for payment, and financial statement).  

Next, the building principals reported on enrollment, discipline, attendance, and upcoming events in both buildings. Mrs. Bird’s elementary report highlighted the annual Turkey Trot, elementary Christmas concert, PTO Christmas store, Christmas scavenger hunt, and December Students of the Month.  Mrs. Bird also recognized the November Teacher of the Month, Mrs. Kaut, and the December Teacher of the Month, Mrs. Prisco.  Mrs. Newby’s high school report listed several past and upcoming events for the junior high school and high school including the STUCO blood drive, staff/board Christmas dinner, various club service projects, Summersville Christmas parade, December Students of the Month, and numerous athletic events.  Mrs. Newby also recognized the November Teacher of the Month, Mr. Dudley, and the December Teacher of the Month, Mrs. Michel.  After the principal reports, the board approved an alternative program to be implemented at the high school beginning second semester.

In the superintendent’s report, Dr. Hunt shared two versions of the 2024-2025 school calendar.  After gathering feedback from staff, a final calendar will be presented in February.  Then, she gave a facilities update and shared a Food Service Program Evaluation completed by Sheri Stringer, Food Services Director.  The food service program is compliant and continues to be a highlight of the district.  Afterward, Dr. Hunt shared the district’s 2023 APR results.

In closed session, the executive meeting minutes from November were approved.  Next, the high school volleyball program was discussed.  Then, the Board accepted resignation letters from Patrick Samford and Michael Charlton.  The Board also approved hiring Sydney Robertson as a high school cook and James Herndon as a high school custodian.  Afterward, the non-certified and critical shortage positions that will be listed in January were discussed.

Following the closed session, the meeting went back into open session.  Dr. Hunt gave an update on the Missouri Quality Preschools grant we received and the open counselor position that was posted as part of the Stronger Connections Grant.  This was followed by a short legislative update.  Afterward, the meeting was adjourned.  The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be Thursday, January 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.   


November 2023

The Summersville R-II Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, November 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call.  Then, the Consent Items were approved (agenda, minutes from previous meetings, bills for payment, and financial statement).  Next, the audit review was given by Nicholas Shultz from Shultz Wood, & Rapp, P.C.   

Afterward, the building principals reported on enrollment, discipline, attendance, and upcoming events in both buildings. Mrs. Bird’s elementary report highlighted Bus Safety Week activities, the PTO fall basket auction, parent/teacher conferences, Halloween parties, October Students of the Month, and Miss Merry Christmas candidates.  Mrs. Newby’s high school report listed several past and upcoming events for the junior high school and high school including Red Ribbon Week activities, 7th grade Boater Safety Training with the MSHP, FFA National Convention, the Veteran’s Day Assembly, and numerous athletic events including our high school volleyball team making it to the state quarterfinals!  The report also highlighted the October Students of the Month and the October Teacher of the Month, Marissa Mocca, who was chosen for her classroom management skills.  Mrs. Newby also presented the possibility of starting an alternative school program.  After the principal reports, Dr. Holloway presented an update on the possibility of establishing an Early Childhood Special Education program in our district.  

In the Superintendent’s report, the board approved several MSBA policy updates and set filing dates for the 2024 election.  Filing dates are December 5 – 26, 2023.  The election will be April 2, 2024.  Next, Christmas activities and the annual Board/staff dinner was discussed.  The dinner will be at Mattison’s Barn on December 7th at 7:00 p.m.  Following, the girls basketball program was discussed.  It was decided to ensure we have an adequate number of girls interested in participating before scheduling games in the future.  Dr. Hunt then gave updates on several grants the school has received this year including the Grow Your Own Grant, Cass Initiative, Teen Mental Health First Aid Grant, and the Stronger Connections Grant.  

In closed session, the executive meeting minutes from October were approved.  Next, school safety and some personnel topics were discussed along with a discipline issue and a parent issue.  Afterward, the meeting was adjourned.  The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be Thursday, December 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.


October 2023 

The Summersville R-II Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, October 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call.  Then, the Consent Items were approved (agenda, minutes from previous meetings, bills for payment, and financial statement).  Next, a Transportation Program Evaluation was given by Dr. Hunt. The transportation director, Roger Porter, was at the meeting to answer any questions about the transportation program.  Overall, the program is strong.  However, the district is trying to be proactive about hiring and retaining drivers and decreasing bus discipline issues.

Afterward, the technology director, Nathaniel Karr, gave a presentation with technology updates. This presentation included several technology upgrades that were funded through a security grant we received last year.  Mr. Karr worked incredibly hard over the summer to install several upgraded cameras around the elementary and high school campuses.  He is currently working on upgrading the exterior door system with magnetic locks.  Mr. Karr has also greatly improved the system used to organize and assign Chromebooks at the high school and completed various other technology projects throughout the district.    

Next, the building principals reported on enrollment and upcoming events in both buildings.  Mrs. Bird wasn’t able to attend the meeting so Dr. Hunt read the elementary report.  It listed several past and upcoming events at the elementary including Teach Ag Day, See You at the Pole, bus safety week activities, PTO fall auction baskets, Parent/Teacher Conferences, and Halloween parties.  Mrs. Bird’s report also highlighted the September Students of the Month, the September Teacher of the Month (Ms. Alaina), and the October Teacher of the Month (Mrs. Brenda).  Mrs. Newby’s high school report also listed several past and upcoming events for the junior high school and high school including FFA activities, a STUCO toy drive, Beta Club activities, Pumpkin Fest activities, Red Ribbon Week, and numerous athletic events.  The report also highlighted the September Teacher of the Month (Ms. Becky) and Mr. Russell for all of his hard work organizing the BSC Conference Baseball Tournament and the Alley Springs Cross Country Meet.  Both building reports also listed enrollment information and office referrals for the past month.  

In the Superintendent’s report, the board approved the latest version of the district CSIP.  This will be reviewed by the Board quarterly in compliance with MSIP 6 requirements.  The Board also approved resignation letters from MaKysha Newby, Tracy Holden, Jasmine Shoults, and Dillon Shoults.  Afterward, Dr. Hunt gave an update on the lead testing that was conducted over the summer.  The few areas of concern are currently being addressed.  

In closed session, the executive meeting minutes from September were approved.  Next, school safety and some personnel topics were discussed.  After the discussion, the Board approved hiring Michael Wilbanks and Mary Gaston for elementary custodian positions, Breanna Yarber and Sheila Racicot for paraprofessional positions, and Sydney Robertson for a cook position.  Afterward, the meeting was adjourned.  The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be Thursday, November 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.    


September 2023

The Summersville R-II Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, September 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  The meeting began with new staff members in both the elementary and high school introducing themselves to the Board.  Bill Wells and Ray Cronk then gave information on starting a Chess Club.  This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call.  Then, the Consent Items were approved (agenda, minutes from previous meetings, bills for payment, and financial statement).  Next, the building principals reported on enrollment and upcoming events in both buildings.   

In the Superintendent’s report, dates were approved for graduation and senior awards night/baccalaureate.  Graduation will be on Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. and Senior Night/Baccalaureate will be on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 beginning at 5:00 p.m.  The Board also voted to leave the tuition rate at $4,500 for the year.  Next, the Board voted to approve policies BBB-AF2, BBE-AF1, BBF-AF1, and DFJ-AF3.  They also approved policies EF-AF1 and AC-AF1 after some small changes.  Then, Dr. Hunt gave an update on the Early Childhood Special Education program and plans to potentially expand the program.  Afterward, the Board nominated Chloe Harris for the MSBA scholarship opportunity.

In closed session, the executive meeting minutes from August were approved.  Next, school safety and some personnel topics were discussed.  After the discussion, the Board approved hiring Ashlyn Heiney, Fisher Russell, and Brayden Brawley through the school’s work program.  The Board also voted to hire Laken Carr as a preschool aide and Liberty Woolsey as the assistant archery sponsor.  Afterward, the meeting was adjourned.  The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be Thursday, October 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.    


August 2023

The Summersville R-II Board of Education met on Thursday, August 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library for a special meeting to conduct the annual Tax Rate Hearing.  After the Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call, the meeting minutes were approved.  During the meeting, the Board voted to set the tax rate at $2.9542 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2023.  Afterward, the Tax Rate Hearing was adjourned and the regular August meeting began.  

During the regular meeting, the Consent Items were approved (agenda, minutes from previous meetings, bills for payment, and financial statement).  Next, the building principals reported on enrollment and upcoming events in both buildings and Mrs. Newby highlighted updates to the athletic handbook.  Following those reports, Roger Porter presented the 2023-2024 bus routes for the Board to approve.  

In the Superintendent’s report, bids for sawdust and cord wood were conveyed and discussed. The Board decided to accept/approve bids from Robert’s Wood Products for sawdust and table the cord wood bid to see if a school organization would be interested in providing cord wood as a fundraiser.  Next, the Board approved the Special Education Part B Compliance Plan, an updated Safety Program Evaluation, and the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan.  Dr. Hunt then gave a facilities update which included the completion of replacing the old gym roof, updates on repairs to both heating systems at the high school, the completion of fixing the leak in the ag building, and a sidewalk repair at the high school.  

In closed session, the executive meeting minutes from July were approved.  Next,Greg Martin presented information on a safety training program.  Following the presentation, the Board approved hiring Stephanie Smith for the high school Special Education position, Jeanine Buttress as the high school softball coach, Laurin Shockley as the assistant volleyball coach, and Carlie Mahan for the elementary custodian position.  Afterward, the meeting was adjourned.  The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be Thursday, September 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.


July 2023

The Summersville R-II Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, July 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  After the Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call, Roger Porter gave a transportation update including an overview of the results from the bus inspections this spring.  Brandon Brawley also addressed the board with concerns about students driving to athletic events and requested buses be used for certain summer athletic activities.  Next, the Consent Items were approved (agenda, minutes from previous meetings, bills for payment, and financial statement).   

In the Superintendent’s report, Dr. Hunt first asked the School Board to approve the final 2022-2023 budget.  The district finished the fiscal year $430,000 in the black, which is strong in relation to fund balance.  The Board next approved the Board Ethics policies (BBF & BBFA) that are required by the Missouri Ethics Commission. This is required every two years, but it is good practice to have these policies approved every year to stay current and to keep new Board members informed. Bids for milk, bread, propane, and pest control were then conveyed and discussed. The Board decided to accept/approve bids from Holloway for bread, Hiland for milk, Countryside Propane for propane, and Section 8 Pest Control for yearly pest control spraying.  

Dr. Hunt then gave a facilities update which included replacing the roof in the old gym this month, a leak in the ag building that needs to be addressed, options for repairing the sidewalk in front of the high school, and necessary repair work needed for both of the heating systems in the high school.  Next, Mrs. Newby presented an updated weighted course policy that was approved by the Board and will be added to the High School Student Handbook.  The meeting was then adjourned to closed session. 

In closed session, the executive meeting minutes from June were approved.  Next, the Board approved hiring Stephanie Burns to teach 6th Grade and moving Taylor LaGrand to Kindergarten.  There were also discussions about the open custodian positions and the High School Softball Coach position.  Finally, the employee leave policy was reviewed and updated.   Afterward, the meeting was adjourned.  The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be Thursday, August 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library. 


June 2023

The Summersville R-2 Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, June 8th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  After Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call, the Consent Items were approved (agenda, minutes from previous meetings, bills for payment, and financial statement).  This was followed by the principal reports.

     Mrs. Bird reported on the overall attendance for the 2022-2023 school year (95.47%); twenty students had attendance below 90%.  She also conveyed enrollment (221 students in May 2023), past events, and summer school.  Past events included the Kindergarten Graduation on May 12th, several field trips, the end of the school year on May 18th, and the beginning of summer school on June 6th.  For summer school, Fridays will be pool days at Licking, there are trips planned for Alley Springs, Twin Pines Conservation, and Fun City on June 29th.  Dr. Hunt reported on enrollment (224 students), attendance (92% in May), total office referrals in May (7 referrals), bus tickets in May (4 tickets), past events, and the ending date of summer school.  Past events included the Math Department Vertical Team meeting on May 11th, Archery Nationals on May 11th, the FFA Banquet on May 12th, and the Athletic Banquet on May 16th.  Eighty-four athletes showed up for the free physicals on May 17th.  The last day of summer school is June 29th.
     In the Superintendent’s report, Dr. Stark first asked the school board to authorize acceptance of bids (milk, bread, propane, and pest control) for the 2023-2024 school year.  Bids for saw dust are being accepted until August.  Next, the school board approved a motion to amend the 2022-2023 budget to convey actual receipts and expenditures.  With twenty-two days left in the fiscal year, there will be outstanding checks, as well as requested revenues coming in before the official end of the fiscal year.  A final 2022-2023 budget will be presented at the July meeting, and the auditors will confirm final numbers after the ASBR is completed in the Fall.  The Board also approved the initial copy of the 2023-2024 fiscal year budget.  After a resignation approval and coaching update, the meeting went into executive session.
     In closed session, the executive meeting minutes from May were approved.  There were also discussions concerning possible open positions and possible reassigning or adding of duties, a previously-discussed extra duty stipend for HS Band/Choir competitions, and the student handbooks.  Mrs. Bird went through elementary student handbook changes, and Mrs. Newby conveyed high school student handbook changes.  A written weighted course process will be presented and added to the HS handbook in July.  After the extra duty stipend was approved and a few pleasantries were exchanged, the meeting was adjourned.  The next regularly scheduled school board meeting is Thursday, July 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  

May 2023

The Summersville R-2 Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  After the Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call, the Board approved Consent Items (agenda, minutes from previous meeting, bills for payment, and monthly financial statement). This was followed by the building principal reports.  Dr. Hunt reported on enrollment (226 students), attendance (92%), office referrals, past events, and current/upcoming events.  The Teacher of the Year has been selected, but that is being kept quiet until the last day of school.  Mrs. Bird reported on attendance (97.64%), enrollment (221 students), discipline referrals, bus tickets, past events, and current/upcoming events.  Teacher of the month at the elementary school is Ashley Beavers.

     Mrs. Bird also presented completed curriculum guides in Mathematics and Science at all elementary grade levels.  After Mrs Bird conveyed the contents and expectations, there was some discussion and a few specific questions.  The Board formally approved the curriculum guides.  Mrs. Bird also shared with the Board those teachers who participate/respond to the Monday motivationals and those teachers who took on the teacher challenges in March and April.  Administrators and school board members appreciate teachers who continue to love what they do, are team players, and participate in activities outside of the classroom.  It is very much appreciated.

     In the superintendent report, Dr. Stark first presented the MSBA policy and procedure updates to be approved.  These were all based on Senate Bill 681, which, among other things, revises reading intervention requirements starting next school year.  The Board approved updates to Policy IGAB, IGC, IKE, IL, and IND.  Procedure IGAB-A1 was approved, and Procedures IGCE-AP1 and IL-AP1 were rescinded as they are now unnecessary.  Meal prices for next school year were discussed and finalized.  Next school year, breakfast will be $1.60 for everyone.  Student lunches will cost $2.45, and adult lunches will be $3.25.  Dr. Stark spent the rest of his report sharing information from the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP 6 cycle), including the Annual Performance Report (APR) and the required Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.  The first draft of the CSIP is due June 1st.  After going through every section of the CSIP, the Board approved the document.

     In closed session, the Board first approved the executive minutes from the previous meeting.  There were several topics discussed in closed session, including the remaining coaching spots still open, as well as support staff salaries, a coaching stipend, and extra duty stipends.  The Board also discussed and made decisions on a waiver of residency request and a waiver of tuition request.  After returning to open session, the Board had to attend a required annual online training session through the Missouri School Boards Association.  After that hour-long training was completed, the meeting was adjourned.  The next regularly scheduled school board meeting is Thursday, June 8th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.

April 2023

The Summersville R-II Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m.  In Public Communication there was discussion about gym usage and possibly making the high school and FEMA gyms more available for athletes who want to put in extra work.  Next, the official results of the April 2023 Board election were approved.  Michael Conner received 128 votes (74 in Texas County and 54 in Shannon County), Priscilla Bradshaw received 127 votes (76 and 51), Nathan Cooper received 118 votes (68 and 50), and Max Racicot received 65 votes (46 and 19).  This year, the top three are elected.  This was followed by the swearing in of new Board members, and Board reorganization.  Jason Greear is Board President, Sam Jewett is Board Vice President, and Janay Heiney is Board Secretary/Treasurer.  

     Next came consent items (agenda, minutes of previous meetings, bills for payment, and financial statement), building principal reports and the superintendent report.  Dr. Hunt reported on enrollment (226 students in Grades 6-12), attendance (93%), office referrals, past events, upcoming events, and sporting events.  She also announced the Teacher of the Month for April: Mrs. Lisa Stephens.  Dr. Hunt also included the Senior Trip Itinerary for April 26-29.  Mrs. Bird reported on attendance (97.05%), enrollment (225 students in Pre K through 5th Grade), discipline referrals, bus tickets, past events, and upcoming events.  Dr. Stark presented a resignation letter for approval and shared the FEMA Tornado Safe Room Operations Plan.
     In closed session, executive minutes from previous meetings were approved.  Support staff salaries were also approved, as well as extra duty stipends and athletic assignments.  A few spots remain open.  After some discussion concerning a recent student discipline situation, the meeting was adjourned.  The next regularly scheduled school board meeting is set for Thursday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.

March 2023

The Summersville R-2 Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.  After the Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call, the Summersville FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team that won 1st place in the competition on Tuesday, presented a skit for the Board and others in attendance.  They did a great job!  Next, there was open discussion concerning senior class rankings and weighted courses, at which time parents and students were given time to speak on the perceived issues.  Hopefully, there were lessons learned from this situation.  Next was the approval of Consent Items (agenda, minutes from previous meetings, bills for payment, and financial statement), followed by the Principal reports.

     In the Elementary Principal’s Report, Mrs. Bird conveyed information on attendance (94.87% as of March 16), enrollment (224 students in Pre K through 5th Grade), discipline referrals (9), and bus tickets (8).  She also reported on past events, including the Student of the Month McDonalds Lunch with the Principal, the 399th Army Rock Band that performed on March 9th, and the end of the 3rd Quarter on March 16th.  Upcoming events reported included the PTO Father/Daughter Dance on March 24th and Easter parties on April 6th.  There is no school on April 10th.
     In the High School Principal’s Report, Dr. Hunt reported on enrollment (230 students in Grades 6-12 as of March 16), attendance (93% in February), total office referrals in February (20), and the March Teacher of the Month.  This Teacher Shoutout goes to Mrs. Mocca, who has a passion for student learning and always goes well beyond expectations.  She is an asset to this district!  In this report, past events included FFA week on February 20-23 and the Jr. Beta Convention on March 1st and 2nd.  Upcoming events included the Care to Learn Dinner on March 23rd at 5:30 p.m., the Cadaver Trip on March 29th, and several FFA competitions.There is also a Blood Drive on April 12th and a Band/Choir Concert on April 13th, as well as several baseball and softball games coming up soon.
     In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Stark first had the Board approve the Summer School Dates (June 6th through June 29th) and Summer School pay, which stayed the same as the previous year.  Next, the Board approved the 2023-2024 Teacher Salary Schedule.  It is anticipated that the state $38,000 minimum grant program will still be in effect for next year.  The last item on this report was the new insurance rates and the decisions to make, in relation to what plans to offer.  After some discussion, which included an opportunity for teachers to give input, the Board decided to offer three Blue Access Plans at the same cap as the previous year ($475 each month-$525 per month for those who participate in the wellness program).  The three plans are Plan 8 ($2,500 deductible PPO), Plan 15 ($3,500 deductible PPO), and Plan 16 ($6,000 deductible HSA, or HDHP, plan).  Dr. Stark reviewed the advantages of the HSA plan, especially for those who don’t utilize health insurance a lot.
     Next, the Board entered Closed Session, which began by approving the executive session minutes from the previous meetings.  There were also three resignation letters approved (HS Counselor, Paraprofessional/Aide position, and HS P.E.).  The bulk of the remaining time was spent going through teacher recommendations, first with Tenured Teachers, then Probationary Teachers.  Dr. Stark was dismissed for part of this discussion, which was followed by Dr. Hunt leaving briefly and Dr. Stark returning as the open Superintendent position was discussed again.  After this discussion, the Board voted to hire Dr. Hunt, who will begin her Superintendent duties on July 1st.  There will now be an open High School Principal position for next school year.  After some personnel discussion, the meeting went back into open session before being adjourned.  The next scheduled Board meeting is tentatively set for Thursday, April 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.

February 2023

     The Summersville R-2 Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, February 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  After the Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call was completed, the Consent Items (agenda, minutes from previous meeting, bills for payment, and monthly financial statement) were approved after some discussion.  Next came the Principal reports.

     In the high school principal’s report, Dr. Hunt conveyed the building enrollment (231 students in Grades 5-12), January attendance (94.8%), total office referrals in January, as well as a shoutout to Teacher of the Month, Lisa Haynes.  February’s Teacher of the Month focus characteristic is Creativity; Ms. Haynes fits that very well.  Dr. Hunt also reported on past events, current/upcoming events, and upcoming athletic events.  Past events included winter sports pictures on January 19th and the VoTech tours on February 7th at SCCC in West Plains.  It should also be noted that the vocational school in West Plains will be changing names.  Starting in July, the school will be called Southern Missouri Technical College.  Upcoming events included the Junior Beta Convention at Branson on March 1-2 and Senior Beta Convention at Branson on March 3-4.  On March 9th there will be an Army Band assembly for all grades.  The Archery State Championship will be in Branson March 15-17.
     In the elementary principal’s report, Mrs. Bird highlighted attendance (96.30%), enrollment (227 students in Preschool through 5th Grade), discipline referrals, and bus tickets.  Mrs. Bird also conveyed past events, current/upcoming events, Teacher of the Month, and elementary sports schedules (basketball and volleyball).  Past events included Benchmark Testing, CSIP meeting, Little Wildcat Cheer camp & performance, and Valentine parties.  Upcoming events included the Student of the Month McDonald’s Lunch with the Principal, as well as Dr. Seuss Week February 27-March 2 and report cards going home March 20th.  The Teacher of the Month at the elementary school is Mrs. Brenda Atchison.  Once again, creativity is something Mrs. Atchison exemplifies in a variety of ways.
     In the superintendent’s report, Dr. Stark first presented the 2023-2024 school calendar for review/approval.  Dr. Stark did warn the Board that some legislators are targeting the 4 day school calendar due to an increasing number of districts going to this schedule option, including Independence School District, the largest so far to make the switch.  If legislation passes that mandates a 5 day week calendar, another option will have to be created and approved.  Anyone wanting to save the 4 day week should contact their state legislators ASAP with a list of student benefits, as well as a call for continued local control at all school districts.  After some discussion, the 2023-2024 school calendar was approved.  Next, there was a discussion about the two snow days that need to be made up, in relation to makeup day options.  The two days selected are March 10th and April 28th.  School will be in session on those two Fridays.  Next, the Board approved a resignation letter received from Sondra Howell.
     In the executive session, the Board first approved the closed session minutes from the January 12th meeting.  Next, after some discussion, the Board approved a bid from Cathy Tuttle to purchase the Baby Lock Embroidery Machine for $4,800.  The Board next looked at the bids for warm season grass for haying east of the elementary school.  Two bids were received, one from David Greear and one from Dusty Bell.  Mr. Greear’s bid was accepted, which was for one year at $1,111.11 total.  Next, there was discussion about coed sports at the elementary level.  The Board approved a motion to allow coed participation at the elementary level if that particular sport exists at the high school level for participants.  There was also a conversation about weighted classes at the high school, something that should be Board-approved.  This was tabled until further discussion on February 23rd.  The building principals were excused in order for their evaluations to be discussed.  Dr. Stark did not note any major concerns, and both principals were recommended for rehire for the 2023-2024 school year.  This was approved by the Board.  Next, Dr. Stark gave an update on the Superintendent search, and two interviews were scheduled for next Thursday, February 23rd.  Dr. Stark also provided personnel information for the Board to review for the March Board meeting.  Dr. Stark was excused from the meeting so a couple of other closed session topics could be discussed by the Board.  After these discussions were completed, the meeting was adjourned.  The next scheduled School Board meeting will be Thursday, March 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.            

January 2023

     The Summersville R-2 Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, January 12, 2023 in the high school library.  After the Pledge of Allegiance, Call to Order, and Roll Call; the Board interviewed a candidate, Dr. Jarad Rinne, for the Superintendent position.  Next, in Consent Items, the Board approved the agenda, minutes from the previous meeting, bills for payment, and the monthly financial statement.  There was some discussion about a few specific bills before the approval.

     In the Elementary Principal report, Mrs. Bird reported on attendance (95.53%), enrollment (225 students in Preschool through 5th Grade), discipline referrals, bus tickets, past events, and current/upcoming events.  Upcoming events included report cards going home on January 16th, a CSIP meeting on January 20th, the Little Wildcat Cheer camp performance on February 3rd at the high school, Teacher Work Day on February 10th, and Mid Quarter February 16th.  Mrs. Bird also gave a shout out to Alana Grogan for her outstanding work here at Summersville.  She was recently honored with Teacher of the Month recognition.  In the High School Principal report, Dr. Hunt reported on enrollment (232 students in Grades 5-12), attendance (95%), office referrals, bus tickets, past events, current/upcoming events, and upcoming athletic events.  Upcoming events included the MSHSAA meeting on January 13th and the 8th and 10th Grade tours of SCCC in West Plains on February 7th.  Dr. Hunt recognized Julie Craig for her recent selection as Teacher of the Month.  Dr. Hunt also gave a shout out to Mrs. Bell for her excellent work.
     In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Stark reviewed the latest version of the 2023-2024 school calendar, as well as any staff feedback so far.  He also warned that legislators are taking a close look at school districts operating under a 4 day school calendar.  There could be future legislation and/or expectations attached to this calendar choice.  Dr. Stark also had the Board approve two support staff resignations before going into closed session.
     In closed session, the Board first approved the closed session minutes from December 15, 2022.  There was some discussion about two hiring recommendations.  The Board approved hiring Pam Estes and Samantha Winch for two elementary part time custodial positions.  The rest of closed session was spent discussing the interview that took place at the beginning of the meeting with Dr. Rinne.  The Board approved offering the Superintendent position to Dr. Rinne, who will be contacted by Dr. Stark the next day.
     The next regular School Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16th at 6:00 p.m. at the high school library.

December 2022     

     The Summersville R-2 Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, December 15th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  After Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call, the auditor’s report was given by Nick Schultz of Schultz, Wood, & Rapp, P.C.  This brief report was reassuring, in relation to financial practices here at Summersville R-2.  It was a very clean report with zero concerns.  

     Next, Mr. Karr gave a technology update, which included a powerpoint presentation.  The update was organized by projects completed, current projects, policies implemented and under review, and upcoming considerations.  A great deal has been accomplished, with more to come.  Next, still in Public Communication, Doyle Heiney and Herman Kelly were at the meeting to give an update on the passed Shannon County use tax and recent benefits, as well as upcoming projects, funding assistance to various entities, plans to increase communication and outreach to get more done, etc.  There was also further discussion about the proposal to make the TT intersection near Liberty High School safer.  Mr. Kelly and Mr. Doyle will continue to work together to help communities and school districts any way they can in Shannon County and Texas County.

     In Consent Items, the meeting agenda, minutes from the previous meeting, bills for payment, and financial statement were approved.  There were a few questions about bills that were addressed.  This was followed by the Principal reports.  In the High School Principal’s Report, Dr. Hunt gave an enrollment update (226 students in Grades 5-12), an attendance update (92% in December), the total number of office referrals in November (32), and a Teacher shoutout to Mrs. Mocca.  She also reported on past events, current/upcoming events, and upcoming athletic events.  Upcoming events included the ASVAB test for juniors on January 4th, the FFA Greenhand Conference in West Plains on January 11th, and the Cabool and Mountain Grove basketball tournaments the week of December 26-29.  In the Elementary Principal’s report, Mrs. Bird conveyed attendance for November (94.48%), enrollment (225 students in Pre K through 5th Grade), discipline referrals (2), and bus tickets (5).  She also reported on past events, current/upcoming events, and December Students of the Month.  Upcoming events included a tornado drill on January 4th, Benchmark Testing on January 9-19, an earthquake drill on January 12th, and report cards going home January 16th.  On a personal note, Mrs. Bell wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
     In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Stark first had the Board formally approve the Audit Report, which will now have to be electronically uploaded to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website for review and verification.  He next shared the first draft of the 2023-2024 school calendar, which is similar to the current calendar.  The process starts in December, opportunities for feedback are given, and the final version is usually approved in February.  The last item was the two scholarship applications the Board should review in order to select the nomination for the MSBA FutureBuilders Belcher Scholarship program.  That decision was made in closed session and will be communicated to the school counselor.
     In closed session, the Board first approved the executive minutes from the November Board meeting.  Next, Dr. Stark reviewed the positions that will be listed as open in January, based on non-certified status.  Individuals currently in those positions can apply and include their plans for attaining full certification status in the future.  Also, as of now, the state legislature has not extended the number of years a retired teacher can be employed under critical shortage, which is two years.  Regardless, those positions would have to be listed open anyway.  Therefore, the two 6th Grade teaching positions, as well as Title One Reading, will also be listed in January.  After some discussion over a couple of personnel issues and selection for the Belcher scholarship, the meeting was adjourned.  The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting is Thursday, January 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.

November 2022

The Summersville Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, November 8th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library. After the Pledge of Allegiance and Call to Order/Roll Call, the consent items were addressed. Consent items are the agenda, minutes from the previous meeting, bills for payment, and the monthly financial statement. There were several questions related to various bills, which were answered and discussed briefly. This included Ozark Medical Center (speech services) and BMO (credit card statement). Next came the principal reports.

Mrs. Bird, in the elementary report, conveyed attendance (95.74%), enrollment (225 students in Grades PreK through 5th), past events, the Miss Merry Christmas candidates, and upcoming events. Past events included the startup of the backpack program, the fire truck presentation, the visit from Judy Young, the book fair, and the PTO Movie night on November 3rd. Upcoming events included the Veterans’ Day Assembly on November 10th, the Turkey Trot races on November 18th, and the Christmas Concert on December 5th at 6:00 p.m.

In the High School Principal’s report, Dr. Hunt presented enrollment (233 students in Grades 5th through 12th), attendance (93%), number of office referrals in October, a positive teacher shoutout for Mrs. Michelle Dorsett, past events, current/upcoming events, and upcoming athletic events. The teacher shoutout stated, “Mrs. Dorsett does an excellent job. This month she planned a ‘Bake Off’ similar to a T.V. show where students baked, decorated, and served cupcakes to a panel of judges. They were scored using a rubric that included various categories including an oral presentation.” Past events included the Alley Springs Cross Country meet on October 12th, several FFA contests, Parent/Teacher Conferences, and the 7th Grade boating certification program November 7-10. Upcoming events included Senior Day on November 22nd and Red Carpet Day November 30th. Athletic Events are all basketball games, including the first girls’ game November 21st at Newburg and the first boys’ game November 25th at Van Buren vs. Greenville.

In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Stark first asked the Board to approve the School Board filing dates for the next election on April 4th, 2023. Those interested in running for School Board can file from December 6, 2022 until December 27, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. The three seats up for election this school year are currently held by Keith Keller, Priscilla Bradshaw, and Nate Cooper. Next, Dr. Stark had the Board approve a resignation letter from Eileen Hart. After some discussion, this was approved. Karen Terrill is now teaching the HS English classes, which is appreciated. Dr. Stark then reminded the Board that a staff-school board Christmas Dinner is being planned for December 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Barn. The last item in this report related to future Board meetings that could be a conflict with other events. The January Board meeting will be scheduled for Thursday, January 12th, and the February Board meeting will be scheduled for Thursday, February 16th.

The next thing shared with the School Board was a proposal from Herman Kelly, the Shannon County Southern Commissioner. This proposal, which he would like people in Shannon County to be aware of, looks to make the intersection/junction of Highway 60 and T Highway more safe by restructuring the area. The problem he is pointing out is how crowded that junction currently is, especially given all the school traffic in the mornings and afternoons. The solution he is proposing creates a turn lane at the junction, widens 60 Highway when turning right off of T Highway, creates an on ramp for those turning right off of T Highway, and adds flashing caution lights during school hours and sporting events.

In closed session, the Board first approved the executive minutes from the previous meeting in October. Then, there was a lengthy discussion about the proposal to add a softball field near the existing baseball field, which includes various improvements and additions. Before anything else proceeds, we need to make sure that any additional dirt work and drainage added will be satisfactory to utilizing the area. There is also parking and lights to consider. Along with fundraising, there likely needs to be grants involved to get this completed in the next year or two. When Mr. Crabtree is here to add the road for parent pickup at the elementary next week, Dr. Stark will ask him to evaluate the area being discussed.

The last action taken at the Board meeting was Dr. Stark turning in a resignation letter to the Board President, making his last day as school superintendent June 30, 2023. It is a decision he has been contemplating for several months. In the letter he stated he appreciated the opportunity to serve as the Summersville superintendent for the last seven years and work with many awesome, high quality people. His future plans are to retire and look for other career opportunities while also traveling and enjoying time with family and friends. He is open to helping the district in any way he can into the future. After approving the resignation letter and a short discussion about closed session expectations, the meeting was adjourned. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.


October 2022

The Summersville R-2 Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, October 11th at 6 p.m. in the high school library. After the Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call, there were two staff members there to introduce themselves: Anne Belden and Ayla Martin. Dr. Stark pointed out that Mrs. Martin started working during the previous school year, as did Heather Karr. All three ladies work here as classroom paraprofessionals in the Special Services Department. Next the Board approved Consent Items (meeting agenda, minutes from previous meeting, bills for payment, and monthly financial statement). There was further discussion on the Hudl program for the athletic department, which has been purchased with funds from the annual golf tournament the last few years. The price has gone up to where the tournament does not cover the price anymore. Proceeds from the Pumpkin Fest 5K were utilized to more than make up the difference, which was less than $100. We may have to look at other options into the future if we want to continue to use this type of service.

Next were the principals’ reports, which were both given by Dr. Stark. There were activities that needed to be supervised, so Mrs. Hunt was at the volleyball matches in Plato and Mrs. Bird was at the JH basketball game in Couch. The elementary principal report included current enrollment (226 students in PreK through 5th Grade), August attendance (97.01%), past events, and upcoming events. Past events included the professional development day on September 16th, the See You at the Pole event, Pumpkin Fest on October 1st, PTO meeting on October 3rd, and the Title One meeting on October 10th. Upcoming events included flu shots on October 17th, end of 1st quarter on October 20th, Book Fair October 24th-27th, and Parent/Teacher Conferences on October 27th.

The high school principal report included enrollment (235 students Grades 6-12 as of October 11th, attendance (93%), past events, current/upcoming events, and upcoming athletic events. Past events included several FFA trips and contests, and current events included an earthquake drill on October 20th and Red Ribbon Week October 23rd-31st. There are several athletic events coming up in October for Cross Country, JH basketball, and high school volleyball. Dr. Hunt also included the 2022 Agriculture Industry Tour in North Central Arkansas October 16th-18th provided by Mrs. Bell, as well as the Trap Team Agreement & Information (Dr. Hunt wrote this information after a recent trap shoot meeting with the coaches). This information was shared, discussed, and agreed upon. The most important thing is that this activity continues into the future for the students here at Summersville.

In the Superintendent’s report, Dr. Stark shared road work proposal information from Curtis Crabtree. We are waiting to get numbers from Jared Smith before making any decisions on when this will be initiated and how much to complete first. The main goal is to separate the parent pickup line from the bus pickup line while eliminating traffic on Richards Street. Next, Dr. Stark read a resignation letter from Rebecah Bell, which was approved. The first draft of possible art mural work in the high school gymnasium was shared with the Board. We are looking at utilizing Yates Fine Art (Sareena Yates Swiney) to have murals in the gym, an American flag in the FEMA building, and eventually other possible projects. Dr. Stark also shared a document he created for the School Resource Officer that outlines expectations, duties, and schedule.

In closed session, the Board first approved executive minutes from the September Board meeting. There was a fairly lengthy discussion about concerns raised in the resignation letter, in relation to Special Services and challenges that exist. There were also a few questions and discussions about staff members, including how new teachers are doing so far. The meeting was adjourned not long after that. The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting is set for Tuesday, November 8th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.


September 2022

The Summersville R-2 Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the FEMA building east of the elementary school. After the Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call, new staff members introduced themselves to the Board. Staff members in new positions included Anna Cox, Elane Ennis, Becky McGuire, Makayla Terrill, Alisha Haynes, Belinda Gaston, Melissa Pulliam, Lisa Stephens, Eileen Hart, Michelle Dorsett, and Rebekah Bell. Amanda Bell was also there to present information to the Board about an alternative trip to take FFA students on from October 16-19. She would like to join Cabool, Mountain Grove, and Norwood FFA Chapters on this trip (2022 National Industry Tour: North Central Arkansas Loop) to tour several facilities, including Post Cereal Brands, Riceland Foods, Inc., Matthews Sweet Potato Farm, Caterpillar, Inc., and White River Creamery. This would begin an alternating 2 year cycle of attending an industry tour one year and attending the state convention the next year. The Board approved Mrs. Bell proceeding with this plan. Next, in Public Communication, David Barnett presented information that included a proposal for the school district to help the city buy cold mix to repair East Richards Street, including the intersection at Elm Street. This was to be further discussed in closed session.

In Consent Items, the Board approved the meeting agenda, the minutes from the previous meeting, bills for payment, and the monthly financial statement. This was followed by the building principal reports. Dr. Stark presented Dr. Hunt’s report so she could supervise the volleyball game at the high school. The high school principal’s report included enrollment (246 students in Grades 6-12), attendance for September (90.25%), past events, and current/upcoming events. Past events included the FFA State Fair trip on August 19th, the MAP/EOC Awards Assembly on September 9th, and the Innovation-Community Involvement Committee meeting on September 12th. Upcoming events included the Health Risk Assessments on September 19th, several FFA activities, Kevin Hines Suicide Prevention Assembly on September 28th, and Pumpkin Fest on October 1st. Athletic events were listed separately on the report. In the elementary principal’s report, Mrs. Bird reported on enrollment (226 students in Pre K through 5th Grade), attendance (97.02% in August), past events, upcoming events, and Student Council Officers and Class Representatives for 2022-2023. Past events included various meetings, the annual prayer walk on August 20th, Fall Benchmark testing August 29-September 8, the elementary cross country meeting on September 6th, and the fire drill on September 9th. There was a PTO meeting on September 7th that only Mrs. Bird and Mrs. Bradshaw attended. There were some people who have shown some interest, so they have scheduled another PTO meeting for Monday, September 19th at 4:00 p.m. Hopefully, there will be some attendees at that meeting. Other upcoming events included See You at the Pole on September 21st, progress reports on September 26th, and the Student of the Month Assembly on September 28th.

In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Stark covered several topics and asked for approvals on a few items. The Senior Graduation Date was confirmed to be Sunday, May 7th at 2:00 p.m., as well as Baccalaureate & Senior Awards Night on Wednesday, May 3rd at 5:00 p.m. The annual Special Education Part B Compliance Plan was approved, as well as updates to Policy JGA-1 and Policy GCPB. Tuition was set at $4,500; and the proposal from Current, Inc. to handle unit inspections/service/repairs twice per year, or as needed, was approved. Tuition reimbursement for courses/programs outside of the VoTech in West Plains was discussed thoroughly; this will be handled case-by-case with several factors to consider, including student attendance, grades/credits, behavior, financial need, etc. When a reimbursement situation is approved, this will be paid after successful completion (Grade of C or better) of the program to the parent(s). This will be capped at the amount paid for one year of VoTech, which is currently $1,975 per year. After going outside and discussing ideas for separating the parent and bus pickup lines, Dr. Stark shared information related to the Infinite Campus SIS program and the state career ladder program. No action taken on these topics. The report ended with Board approval for a proposed policy concerning uncertified teachers. This policy simply states that any positions held by uncertified individuals will be listed as open in January, which would require those people to re-apply for the position. Final hiring decisions are made in March by the School Board as usual. Please note that this does not apply to those who have Full certifications, Provisional certifications, Temporary Authorization certifications, or single subject certifications.

In the executive/closed session, the closed session minutes were first approved. The Board also approved Jenifer Street’s resignation, followed by approval to hire Jasmine Shoults to work in the kitchen and Stacey Rodgers for the HS Paraprofessional position. The proposal for assisting with purchasing cold mix for Richards Street was discussed more; no motion was made and no action was taken. The focus will be redirecting parent pickup traffic by creating an area around the FEMA building for parent pickups. After a student issue, a personnel issue, and a contract issue were discussed, the meeting was adjourned. The next regular School Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.


August 2022

The Summersville R-2 Board of Education met for the annual tax rate hearing, followed by the regular August meeting, on Tuesday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library. The approved current fiscal year tax levy ceiling ($2.9522) is based on several numbers, including the current year assessed valuation, last year’s assessed valuation, new construction and improvements, reassessment numbers, and the revised prior year tax rate ceiling. This revision, completed by the State Auditor’s Office, is based on state assessed revenues reported by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the fiscal year 2021-2022. The consumer price index is another variable. The process of setting the local levy is much simplified due to a streamlined process on the State Auditor’s Office website. As most already know, the tax levy is capped at Summersville and can never go above $3.000 unless there is a vote to approve an increase.

In the regular meeting, after the Call to Order and Roll Call, the consent items (agenda, minutes from previous meeting, bills for payment, and financial statement) were approved, after some discussion. In the elementary principal’s report, Mrs. Bird reported on current enrollment (225 students in PreK through 5th grade), a past event, and upcoming events. The past event was the recent PTO/School District School Supply Dinner Fundraiser hosted by the Rusty Gate. Special thanks goes to Becky McGuire of Wuertley’s Cafe, Sharlene Greear, and Makayla at Date Cupcakes for all their help. The fundraiser took in a total of $2,490. This along with other donations will allow us to reduce the price for school supplies to $10 per student. Awesome! In upcoming events, the staff training sessions starting August 15th are right around the corner, as well as the Open House on August 18th, the Intercounty Movie August 20th, and the first day of school on August 22nd. In the high school principal’s report, Dr. Hunt reported on enrollment (239 students in Grades 5-12), past events, and current/upcoming events. Past events included the FFA trip to Silver Dollar City, the free sports physicals, and the first day of volleyball and baseball practice. Upcoming events included FFA at Cabool pool August 16th, the Springfield Cardinals game August 19th, and initial volleyball and baseball games.

In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Stark first reviewed the Safety Program evaluation reports, which included a list of required inspections, along with strengths and weaknesses in this area. Next, he gave a legislative update to the Board, which included the Get the Lead Out of School Drinking Water Act, several alternative education programs at the state level, virtual course changes, Reading requirements, the Holocaust Education Week starting in 2023-2024, mandatory Computer Science courses starting in 2023-2024, mental health and suicide awareness training, programs for Gifted children, a revised provisional certification process, and changes to the annual performance report and other processes. The last item on the Superintendent’s report was to have the Board approve an update to Policy GCPB.

In closed session, the Board approved the hiring of Eileen Hart for High School Communication Arts, Denise Roenspie as part time Interpreter/Special Services, Harold Merrit for bus driving, and Dillon Shoults for full time custodian. We still have a paraprofessional position at the elementary that should be filled soon. The Board also discussed the increase to the pricing for the Hudl program, the termination fee conflict with Midwest Computech, and the recent discontinuation of non-instructional appliances in the school buildings. No further action was taken, and Dr. Stark pointed out that a second full size fridge was placed at the elementary. The high school has one in the workroom, and there could possibly be one placed somewhere on the north side of the campus, possibly in Mrs. Newby’s office. The only exceptions to this would be one for medications at the elementary and the old soda cooler used for FFA sales and other instructional uses. Dr. Stark also briefly voiced his concerns about confidentiality, as it relates to closed sessions in School Board meetings. Closed session topics should never be discussed outside School Board meetings at any time. After the closed session was completed, the meeting went into open session. The meeting was adjourned shortly after that.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be September 13, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.


July 2022

The Summersville R-2 Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, July 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library. After the Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call, Officer Josh Ashlock gave a presentation to the Board. This presentation included credentials, general goals of all SRO programs, job duties/job description, other various duties performed, and future specific goals. After some discussion, which was mainly focused on school safety and instructional opportunities for students, the meeting proceeded on to Consent Items (agenda, minutes from previous meeting, bills for payment, and monthly financial statement), which were approved. Dr. Stark let the Board know that there would be one more service termination payment to Midwest Computech; Mr. Karr has already taken full control of IT services here at the school and works primarily with Morenet for connectivity and internet filtering services.

In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Stark first gave final budget numbers for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, which ended with planned deficit spending of $513,978.80. We previously built up Fund 4 (Capital Projects Fund) through six straight strong fund balance years, as well as freed up funds from ESSER I and ESSER II money that was transferred to Fund 4. We have accomplished a great deal with those funds, including the district’s portion of costs for the FEMA building project, which was $440,404.76. We also spent $321,654.26 on new roofs at both the high school and elementary and exterior doors. In fact, we have fully replaced every roof at this school district except the roof above the sawdust system, which will be completed soon. We replaced all high school exterior doors, as well as the front doors of the elementary. We also spent $65,543.19 for materials and related expenses for paving the city roads around the school and the high school parking lot. Other recent Fund 4 spending included replacing over 30 HVAC units at both campuses, work completed in the old gym and upstairs (6th Grade classrooms, restrooms, and wall for ISS room), two school buses, and the softball building. In short, we got a lot done! Mr. Greear expressed that he would like to see all HVAC units to be on a regular maintenance/inspection schedule with an outside vendor. Dr. Stark plans to contact Current Inc. about this.

Next, the Board approved ethics policies BBFA and BBF, which are required by the Missouri Ethics Commission every two years. They also approved bids for milk (Hiland Dairy Foods), propane (Ferrellgas), bread (Holloway Distributing), and pest control (Section 8 Exterminate). The Board also modified the process for bus driver leave days and activity trips. All drivers will have 3 leave days very school year to use as they want; leave days will not be used when taking activity trips and no pay will be docked as a result of driving more trips than leave days. This will serve as a raise for those drivers who take a lot of trips. It could also result in other drivers taking more trips. The next approval related to teacher salaries. The Board opted into the state minimum teacher salary grant, which will pay 70% of the salary increase to get all teacher salaries to a minimum of $38,000 (only those currently below that amount). The new salary schedule approved will bring all salaries to $38,000 and give veteran teachers currently above $38,000 an additional $2,000, making their total raise $3,500. This was the fairest way to handle this grant situation. It should be noted that this grant is only guaranteed for one year.

In closed session, the Board approved executive session minutes from the June meeting. Dr. Stark let the Board know that he plans to charge all staff members for any meals here at the school, breakfast or lunch, starting in August. No staff members or employee groups are exempt from this during the regular school year. Only summer school staff are exempt from paying for meals. There were a couple of personnel issues and a facility issue brought up and discussed briefly before the meeting was officially adjourned. The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting is set for Tuesday, August 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.


June 2022

The Summersville R-2 Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, June 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library. After the Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call, the Board approved Consent Items (agenda, minutes of previous meeting, bills for payment, and monthly financial statement). There were a couple of questions about the credit card statement, and that was about it.

In the Elementary Principal Report, Mrs. Bird conveyed the yearly attendance for the 2021-2022 school year: 95.38% overall. There were 22 students with attendance below 90%. Enrollment for March was 219 students, for April was 222 students, and for May 221 students in Preschool through 5th Grade. Final past events of the school year were also reported, including Kindergarten Graduation and the start of summer school. Speaking of which, summer school enrollment right now is 73 elementary students and 17 high school students. Summer school will continue through June 30th. In the High School Principal Report, Mrs. Hunt shared the yearly attendance for the 2021-2022 school year: 92.89%. There were 34 students below 90% for the school year. Enrollment in May was 229 students in Grades 6-12. Past events were the 3rd Annual Athletic Department Golf Tournament on May 28th and the beginning of summer school on June 7th. Of the 17 secondary students in summer school, 10 students are attending for credit recovery, 4 students are attending for attendance issues, and 3 students are attending for both reasons.

In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Stark first had the Board approve a resignation letter from Jaylynn Meyers. This means we have the one opening for next school year, which is High School Communication Arts. Next, the Board was asked to approve authorizing acceptance of bids for milk, bread, propane, and pest control for the 2022-2023 school year. These bids will be due before the July Board meeting. The Board next approved a motion to amend the 2021-2022 budget to convey actual receipts and expenditures. Final numbers will be shared at the July Board meeting; and, of course, all details will be reviewed and conveyed by the auditors. Dr. Stark next passed out information about the fund balance history of the district, starting in 1976. We have had strong fund balances the last six years, which could end this fiscal year. There were many facility projects completed the past year, including roof work at both campuses, exterior doors, paved city roads/parking lots, HVAC units, wall repairs in the old gym, two school buses, and the FEMA building. That was a lot of irons in the fire, so to speak. Before completing any more major projects, Fund 4 will have to be built up again. Dr. Stark also provided information on the enrollment history of Summersville, which showed 1994 as the largest number of students (655) and 2008 as the lowest number of students (384). The 2021 enrollment was 442.

The Board also approved the initial budget for the 2022-2023 school year after Dr. Stark covered a few considerations, including assessed valuation, support staff raises, teacher salaries, ESSER III funds, and technology spending, to name a few. Next, Dr. Stark reviewed the updated Facility and Maintenance Plan, which has short, medium, and long range goals. There was some discussion about security, especially at the high school. The next discussion was about the teacher salary schedule. The salary schedule already passed in April gave every teacher a $1,000 raise, as well as the $500 for the step down. That means every teacher already has received a $1,500 raise for next school year. This added $89,856 to next year’s budget. The $38,000 minimum salary grant program, if the district opts in, would require another salary schedule to be approved. Dr. Stark presented the new salary schedule. He attempted to give all teachers an additional raise, which is not required and added another $387,978 to the new budget. That makes the total additional cost for all teacher raises to $477,834. The grant, which only pays additional funds for those salaries below $38,000 (retirement and medicare not included), will pay around $82,000. As Dr. Stark predicted months ago, this has caused both negative and positive feelings among teachers, depending on who you ask. The additional spending will also mean many future facility projects will have to wait. The Board tabled this discussion until the July Board meeting; the legislation should be signed by that meeting. Dr. Stark will also find out what other local districts decided on and try to get more samples for comparison. Dr. Stark ended his report by sharing a technology presentation from Mr. Karr.

In closed session, the Board first approved the executive minutes from the May meeting. This was followed by another review of the support staff list, the coaching list, and the extra duty list. The updates were approved. The Board approved hiring Becky McGuire for teaching Communication Arts and Bailey Tinsley as a HS Special Education paraprofessional. Numbers for installing vinyl in the upstairs rooms were given, but the decision was made to wait until more funds are available. The last roof to be upgraded, above the sawdust system, will be completed soon. The next priority is windows at the elementary, which will be done when funds are available. The last discussion concerned the use of appliances in classrooms, which includes small refrigerators, microwave ovens, and coffee makers. These small fridges actually use close to the same amount of electricity as a full size fridge, which is crazy. The electric bills have already increased due to air conditioning in the high school gym, and it will get worse with the addition of the FEMA building. Eliminating these appliances will help save funds. Another reason would be the messes left behind every year when school ends; every summer the custodians have to clean up after fridges have been turned off with food still in them. The property insurance company would also advise against the use of these appliances because it increases the chance of fire hazards due to more extension cords and improper use of extension cords. These appliances are unnecessary, especially if extra full size fridges are purchased and placed in the workrooms for staff use. After some discussion, the Board, by a 6-1 vote, prohibited all non-instructional appliances from classrooms, offices, and any other spaces in either school campus.

After returning to open session, the meeting was adjourned. The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting is Tuesday, July 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.


May 2022

The Summersville R-2 Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library. After the Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call, Cindy and Garry Pirch were there for Public Communication. Mrs. Pirch presented information to the Board regarding the many legislative attacks against public education, especially the ill-advised expansion of charter schools and attacks on the teacher retirement system. She encouraged Board members and community members to contact legislators in support of public education. She also commended Representative Cook for being supportive since he has been in office. Mrs. Pirch then presented information about the Missouri Retired Teachers Association and encouraged participation by retired teachers. She supplied information about MRTA, including benefits, grant opportunities, legislative contacts, and the possibility of the School Board paying the $44 for MRTA membership the first year for new retirees.

After Public Communication, the Board reviewed and approved Consent Items (agenda, minutes from previous meeting, bills for payment, and the monthly financial statement). This was followed by principal reports. Dr. Johnson, the high school principal, reported on enrollment (238 students in Grades 6-12), attendance for April (91.75%), past events, future events, and students of the month. Past events included the field trip to the museum in St. Louis, the trip to Fun City in Mountain Grove, and the STUCO Blood Drive on April 25th. Future events included the FFA Banquet May 12th, Senior Graduation on May 15th at 2:00 p.m., the high school Music Concert on May 17th, and the Athletic Banquet on May 23rd at 6:00 p.m.

In the elementary principal’s report, Mrs. Bird presented attendance (97.23%), enrollment (222 students in Grades Pre K through 5th Grade), past events, current/upcoming events, and April Students of the Month. Past events included PreK and Kindergarten screenings on April 19-21, Benchmark testing on April 25-May 5, and the Mother/Son Bingo event on April 29th. Current/Upcoming events included the MAP kickball game on May 10th, a few remaining field trips, the Spring Music Concert on May 19th, and the Kindergarten Graduation Parade/Ceremony on May 20th at 5:00 p.m. at the square.

In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Stark first had the School Board approve resignations from Kevin Arasmith and Kristin Martin. Next came meal price recommendations for 2022-2023. Two major factors justify an increase in prices: recent high food prices created by inflation and the fact that both students and adults are getting more food than in previous years. Relatively speaking, the meal prices are still more than reasonable. Student prices next school year will increase to $1.50 for breakfasts and $2.25 for lunches. Individual milks are 50 cents, partial extra trays are 1/2 price, and extra items, like entrees, are $1.00. Adults will pay $1.50 for breakfasts and $3.00 for lunches. The meal price recommendations were approved. It was also noted that free meals for all students ends after this current school year. Some families will need to apply for free or reduced meal status. There was also discussion about setting up time at the August open house for parents to prepay for meals and also setting up online payments for convenience. Dr. Stark next presented information on membership and policy service prices and benefits of both Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) and the Missouri Association of Rural Education (MARE). This school district is currently an MSBA member. The last part of this report was reviewing/considering the elementary window and flooring project bids received. After a lot of conversation, including the uncertainty of funding and expenses for next school year, the Board decided to reject all bids. They prefer to either do this in smaller projects or build up Fund 4 money over the next year. The elementary windows on the West side are the first priority and will be done as soon as possible.

In closed session, the Board first approved the executive session minutes from April, followed by hiring recommendations. Lisa Stephens was hired for High School Math, Elane Ennis was hired for 7-9 Science (contingent upon release from current contract), and Anna Cox was hired for High School Special Education. Belinda Gaston was hired for Kindergarten, and Melissa Pulliam was hired for 1st Grade. Two paraprofessionals were also hired: Makaylia Terrill (preschool) and Nicole Harrill (special services). Dr. Stark also further conveyed plans to pay additional stipends for any teacher who has more than four preps, which right now affects HS Science and HS Math. Dr. Stark also gave an update on the recent legislation for increasing teacher starting salaries to $38,000, which is an opt-in grant program that is not guaranteed after next year, in relation to funding. The grant only pays for 70% of any salary increase to get to $38,000. This does not include retirement or Medicare, and there are no funds to increase veteran teacher salaries. The state legislators could fund this 100%, but they choose not to. They are currently sitting on over a $3 billion surplus. In Dr. Stark’s opinion, it would make more sense to phase this in over three years (Year 1-$25,000 to $30,000, Year 2-$30,000 to $35,000, and Year 3-$35,000 to $38,000). This potentially will cause financial problems for smaller districts and animosity/worsening teacher morale; large costs to go from #50 in the country for starting salaries to #40. Facility improvements will likely be stalled, too. In Dr. Stark’s opinion, this appears to be another legislative path, along with open enrollment, to bankrupt small schools in order to accelerate what some of them have wanted for a long time: school consolidation. Not good at all. This may very well cause more problems than it solves, especially when there is no guarantee of funding after next year. Dr. Stark plans to opt into this grant program and also give all teachers at least a minimal raise at the same time. This will likely result in budget cuts in the near future, though. The last closed session item considered was the hiring of a JH/HS Principal. There were ten applicants, and four individuals were interviewed by the School Board. After a lot of discussion, the Board hired Amber Hunt to take the position starting next school year.
The meeting ended with a one hour required annual online refresher training for Board members that covers responsibilities for protecting students from sexual misconduct and handling various related situations. There was a lot of emphasis on Board responses, governance, communication, reporting abuse, and acting as a whole when dealing with various situations/circumstances. This information is included with the required training for new Board members, but a refresher course is required every year. The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting is Tuesday, June 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.


April 2022

The Summersville Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, April 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library. After the Pledge of Allegiance/Call To Order/Roll Call, Matt Briggs reported on the Missouri State Highway Patrol bus inspections conducted here in Summersville on March 31st. The only write up was a slow fuel leak found near the fuel filter area on one bus that had to be addressed. That was fixed and processed immediately. There was one bus on an activity trip that will be inspected in Willow Springs at the MSHP headquarters in the next week or so. Due to bus purchases in recent years, we only have one bus with high mileage. Mr. Briggs feels the bus fleet is in good shape at this time.

Next came the Board approval of the certified vote totals from the School Board election on April 5th, followed by the Oath of Office and Board Reorganization (Election of Officers). The official number of total votes from both Texas County and Shannon County: Ryan Hunt 192 votes, Jason Greear 148 votes, Jason Rutledge 95 votes, Emily Doosing 62 votes, and Max Racicot 32 votes. Ryan Hunt and Jason Greear took the Oath of Office and signed/completed the related paperwork to begin their three year term. The Board Reorganization resulted in the following officers: Jason Greear- Board President, Sam Jewett- Vice President, Ryan Hunt- Treasurer, and Janay Heiney- Board Secretary.
In Consent Items, the Board approved the meeting agenda, the minutes from the previous meeting, bills for payment, and the monthly financial statement. There were a couple of questions about bills to address, as well as some discussion about technology based on an update from Mr. Karr. Dr. Stark pointed out the increased spending and revenues because of the ESSER III allocation this fiscal year. He also spoke about possible legislation that could affect the overall budget going into the future. Next came the Principal reports.

Dr. Johnson reported on enrollment (237 students in Grades 6-12), attendance for March (93.56%), past events, and current/future events. Past events included the Quiz Bowl Conference Tournaments we hosted at SBU in Mountain View, the Career Day on March 24th, Prom/Project Prom, the Cadaver field trip on March 30th, and the vertical team meetings that have taken place with teachers. He also reported on activities coming up that week, as well as the State FFA Convention starting April 21st. The Senior trip on April 23rd to Branson was also mentioned, as well as the STUCO Blood Drive on April 25th. MAP/EOC testing is May 9th through May 19th, Baccalaureate and Senior Awards is May 11th, FFA Banquet is May 12th, Senior Graduation is May 15th, Spring Choir and Band Concert is May 17th, and the Athletic Banquet is May 23rd. Dr. Johnson also conveyed Students of the Month for January. Mrs. Bird reported on attendance for March (93.69%), enrollment (221 in Grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade), past events, and current/upcoming events. Past events included the Father& Daughter Dance on March 18th, Abraham’s Remembrance on March 22nd, and the Title One meeting on April 7th. Current/Upcoming events included 120th Day of School (April 12th), summer school forms due April 14th, PreK & K Screenings April 19-21, and the Mother/Son Bingo event on April 29th. Mrs. Bird also reported on Students of the Month.

In the Superintendent’s Report, there were several items discussed, starting with an updated Facility and Maintenance Plan. In relation to the FEMA project, the substantial completion inspection/meeting will now take place on April 20th at 1 p.m. After that, any punch list items will have to be addressed. That only leaves the backup generator and mechanical room fixed ladder installation. Next, Dr. Stark read two resignation letters and asked the Board to approve those resignations from Dorothy King and Jon Johnson. Next came the dreaded health insurance renewal discussion, which resulted in the Board keeping the monthly payment cap at $475 per month ($525 per month for employees who participate in the district wellness program). Three Blue Access insurance plans will be offered: Plan 6 ($2,000 deductible), Plan 15 ($3,500 deductible), and Plan 16 ($6,000 deductible). Employees have to consider several factors when deciding which plan to take, including each plan’s out-of-pocket limit, pharmacy costs, and percentage of coverage. Plan 16 is $420.18 per month, so the difference between the Board paid cap and the premium will be placed in their HSA account. The other two plans will require a monthly payment by the employee to make up the amount not Board paid.

Next came policy update discussions and approvals. First, updates to Policy EBBC, Policy GCBDA, Policy GDBDA, Policy JGA, and Policy JGGA were approved. After a conversation about staff attendance, the Board also decided to keep the current cap of leave days at 30 days. The decision was also made to increase the amount paid to employees for unused leave days (end of each school year and when a person resigns/retires) to $100 per day for certified staff and $75 per day for non certified employees. Next, the Board covered Policy KG, which has to do with community use of district facilities. Topics related to this policy include eligible use (any “for profit” groups should not use facilities unless the district wants to charge fees), restrictions, security and safety, and use of equipment. The Board approved the following restrictions: District facilities are NOT to be used at all on Wednesdays past 5:30 p.m. and Sundays before 2:00 p.m. unless previously Board-approved for school-related activities like Graduation or Baccalaureate. This restriction includes district-owned ball fields and gymnasiums. After revisiting the topic of electronic access and access cards, the Board discussed parking permits. The high school keeps a list of students who park at school and their license numbers; therefore, there are no plans to utilize student parking permits. The Board decided to remove any language about parking permits from Policy ECD. This part of the meeting ended with a brief conversation about Archery practices in the future and the possibility of utilizing the new FEMA building, especially if the coach wants to have separate practices for junior high and high school.

In closed session, the Board first approved the executive minutes from the March Board meeting. This was followed by personnel discussion and hiring recommendations, which included Sherri Pursley for the open cook position and Bridgette Porter for an open paraprofessional position at the high school. Ms. Porter will also be the assistant volleyball coach. The Board also approved hiring Sarah Jones for the open Special Education Teaching position, contingent upon getting full certification completed. Other internal moves were conveyed, and there will be other recommendations at the May Board meeting. The support staff salaries were addressed next in the meeting. After a few situations were discussed and a couple of adjustments made, the support staff recommendations were approved. The athletic assignments for 2022-2023 were also approved, as well as the extra duty stipends and the teacher salary schedule for next year. Possible legislation related to teacher starting salaries could create a situation that will require re-creating the salary schedule in order to hopefully secure additional funding from the state. Dr. Stark ended the meeting by updating the Board on application packets he has received for the open high school principal position; he also presented an alternative option for the 2022-2023 school year that would save funds and possibly create opportunities for potential overall improvement to instructional services here at Summersville. After returning to open session, the meeting was adjourned. The next scheduled School Board meeting is Tuesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.


March 2022

The Summersville R-2 Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, March 15th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  After the Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call, Herman Kelly, Doyle Heiney, and David Trotter attended the meeting to discuss a few topics.  First, there will be an event at Eminence High School starting June 30th (through July 10th) that will be organized by the National Guard to provide free dental and eye care services for area citizens.  Next, it was confirmed that there will be more asphalt work near the elementary school around the same time frame as the asphalt work completed near the high school.  Finally, information was provided about a proposed use tax in Shannon County.  This proposed tax does not mean an increase in anyone’s taxes.  This only applies to out-of-state online purchases and is already taxed by the other states.  This use tax means the 1.5% use tax would stay in Shannon County.  Texas County has already passed this, and it has been positive for that county.  Mr. Kelly wanted to share this information to get accurate information conveyed to the affected communities.

     Next on the agenda was a presentation from Nathaniel Karr, the district’s technology coordinator.  He provided information on where we have been, in relation to technology and how it has changed the last decade or longer.  He also gave a summary of technology inventory, issues with underused equipment, the presence of Windows 7 computers, which have no support and need to be gone for several reasons, and possible solutions.  Along with a breakdown of Chromebooks here at the school, he also highlighted new policies that assign those devices to specific students instead of groups of computers assigned to classrooms.  This has proven to be effective in putting more responsibility on students for proper use and identifying issues sooner.  Next, he presented information on the network, including switches, access points, security, the crazy set up at the Music building, and an old unused building that still has a wireless bridge, all fixable problems.  There was also discussion about outdated smartboards, soon-to-be-replaced servers, and the right time to discontinue the outside services currently being provided but not needed anymore.  There have also been a lot of changes to the web site, which will continue.  Other topics included building security, use of Microsoft Office (more prevalent than Google Docs), monitoring software, future costs of solutions, vivi devices, licensing, etc.  A memo written by Dr. Stark to be sent soon to Midwest Computech was also shared with the Board.  We are looking at a 5 year cycle to get where we want while being frugal.  We need to get this improved in order to better serve the students here at Summersville.
     Next was consent items (agenda, minutes from previous meeting, bills for payment, and monthly financial statement), which were approved.  The principal reports came next, starting with Dr. Johnson.  His high school report included enrollment (239 students in Grades 5-12), attendance (93.65% in February), past events, and future events.  Future events included Career Day at the high school on March 24th, baseball games, softball games, the Cadaver field trip on March 30th, Bus inspections on March 31st, and upcoming FFA contests.  Students of the Month were also shared.  In the elementary principal report, Mrs. Bird reported on attendance (95.85%), enrollment (219 students in PreSchool through 5th Grade), past events, and current/upcoming events.  The end of the 3rd Quarter is March 24th (also Spring pictures), there is a PTO meeting March 29th at 4:30 p.m., and April 8th is the Mother & Son Bingo event.  She also reported on students of the month in each grade level.
     In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Stark presented snow makeup days (March 18, April 8, April 22), which were approved.  He also presented two summer school approvals, one being the dates (June 7th through June 30th) and the other being the salaries assigned with positions.
     In closed session, the minutes from February were first approved.  Dr. Stark then gave the members heads up on an ongoing problem that may need to be addressed soon, which relates to parent communication.  The teacher list was then presented and discussed.  After a few questions and information-sharing, the Board approved first the tenure teacher list, followed by hiring approvals for each provisional teacher.  The Board also approved the hiring of Michelle Dorsett for Health/P.E./FACS and Davi Boyle for head volleyball coaching.  After returning to open session, the meeting was adjourned.  The next scheduled Board meeting is Tuesday, April 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.

February 2022

The Summersville R-2 Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, February 17th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.  This was rescheduled from Tuesday, February 8th.  All Board members were present.  The meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance/Call to Order/Roll Call.  In Consent Items, the Board approved the agenda, the minutes from the previous meeting (1/11/22), bills for payment, and the monthly financial statement.  There was one question about a bill from Ferrell gas, which was followed by approval of Consent items.

     Next were the principals’ reports, which were presented by Dr. Stark.  Dr. Stark told the principals to go home because of bad weather and the fact that their evaluations would be discussed that evening.  The high school principal’s report conveyed information on enrollment (244 students in Grades 6-12), attendance (92.31% in January), past events, and future events.  There was a brief discussion related to the Iready meeting on January 21st.  Dr. Stark also pointed out that the Missouri State House of Representatives has passed the ESSER III allocation, so now it is up to the Senate to get this done before the March deadline.  The future events included Spring Sports pictures on March 14th, as well as Prom and After Prom on March 26th.  The Senior Trip itinerary to Branson was also shared; this trip is scheduled for April 23-26.  Dr. Stark also brought up requests for seniors to decorate parking spots; one Board member stated that this should be a fundraiser in order to help pay for anything needed, and guidelines should be established.  The process and costs associated with this would still need to be worked out.  This also led to a discussion about paw prints on the road in front of the high school and possibly decorating ceiling tiles above senior lockers.  Dr. Stark also brought up a request by two students currently in the Health Occupations class at the career center in West Plains who want to take a Pharmacy Technology class next year.  Not sure if we can make this work logistically, but we will find out.  Transportation would likely have to be provided, whether at West Plains or Houston.  After a brief conversation about extending the front parking lot at the high school, it was time for the Elementary Principal’s report.
     The Elementary Principal’s Report conveyed information on attendance (93.61% in January), enrollment (212 students in Pre-K through 5th Grade), past events, and current/upcoming events.  Past events included Benchmark testing finalized on January 12th, National Counselors’ Week on February 7-11, Valentine parties on February 14th, and mid-quarter reports on February 17th.  Current/Upcoming events included FFA week February 21-24, celebrating TWO’s Day on 2-22-22 on a Tuesday, Leadership Conference March 6-9, and the federal programs meeting March 9th.  There was also a COVID numbers update.  No cases so far in February.
     In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Stark first asked the Board to approve the 2022-2023 school calendar.  After that approval, he confirmed that the only snow makeup day as of now will be on Friday, April 22nd.  Next, Dr. Stark read three resignation letters from Rachel Holthaus, Denise Roenspie, and Stefanie Thomas.  All three resignations were approved.  Next, an update on the FEMA project was presented, with some discussion.  Looking like this project should be substantially complete by the end of March.  A water line issue was discussed, as well as the probability we will be waiting on a generator at the conclusion of this project.  The meeting then went into closed session.
     In the executive session, the minutes were first approved.  There were several discussion topics, including gym floor design requests, online live feeding of basketball games next year, staff attendance policy, the utilization of AMI days in the future, and the probable renaming of the VoTech school in West Plains.  Next, the Board was made aware of a student discipline issue involving drug possession, which resulted in an out-of-school suspension, as well as other consequences.  We try to send a consistent message to all students that this behavior will not be tolerated.  For the rest of the meeting Dr. Stark conveyed information concerning the evaluations of both building principals.  He pointed out a few examples of specific expectations that will be conveyed during the summative part of this evaluative process.  This led to some dialogue related to teacher expectations and quality instruction, as well as the teacher certification process.  After some time, Dr. Stark formally recommended both principals for rehire.  The Board approved those recommendations.  The meeting returned to open session before adjournment occurred shortly thereafter.
     The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting is Tuesday, March 8th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.