Board members emphasized their desire to increase instructional time and the number of students served. Board members learned about Missouri Preschool Project grant funds and also discussed options for fee-based programs. The District’s administration will prepare some recommendations to present to the Board at a future meeting.
Changes to the Early Childhood program are part of the District’s Long Range Facility Plan. The plan identified the need to find a more permanent home for the Early Childhood program, while also allowing the program to grow. As part of the plan, Shull Elementary School will be repurposed as the primary Early Childhood education site for the 2017-2018 school year.
The Board also discussed the possibility of reinstating a strings program. The District offered a limited strings program several years ago, with plans to expand the program to additional grade levels. The program was discontinued. In considering adding strings to the course offerings, Board members discussed the benefits of such programs and potential timelines for program consideration. A survey may be one of the first steps to gauge interest in such a program.
The Board also discussed the logistics and cost of providing free activity passes to high school students who paid an activity fee to participate in activities.
In addition, the Board reviewed a self-evaluation, which was based on a self-reflective survey. Focus areas of the self-evaluation included:
The officers from the Peculiar Police Department will be based on the main campus -- at the north and south High School buildings. They will be available to assist at any school. Officer Phil Grabmiller is returning to the role. Joining him is Master Police Officer Rick Clausing, who has worked more than five years with the Peculiar Police Department. He previously worked for the Grandview Police Department. Clausing and his wife and children reside in Peculiar.
Raymore Police Officer Lance Goddard will support all Raymore schools and Ray-Pec East Middle School.
Mutual aid agreements between the Peculiar and Raymore police departments will allow the officers to assist each other, if needed.The Board also set the tax levy public hearing for Aug. 25, approved a revised teacher evaluation handbook, approved a farm lease agreement, and approved a list of surplus property, Read a recap of the entire meeting: Board update