The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by board president Randy Ward. The agenda was approved with the addition of two items: two parents of varsity cheerleaders asked to address the board members. The second item was the addition of a student issue for closed session.
The FBLA Officer Team presented their request to attend the National Fall Leadership Convention held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Jamie Hedden and Mrs. Lori Hargus addressed the board with their concerns and ideas for the high school varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders.
The Missouri School Board report focused on the repeal of the Face Book Law and further information concerning the MSIP5 changes.
Approval was given for the minutes of the August 11, 2011 regular meeting.
The board reviewed and approved the financial reports and the payment of bills and transfer of funds as needed.
The board approved the adoption of a resolution of intent to participate in natural hazard mitigation and to work toward becoming a safer community.
The summer school report was given -- the summer school attendance ADA calculation dropped from 23.7012 for 2011 to 18.3295 for 2012.
Mr. Chappell reported to the board the district met all fourteen standards of the Annual Performance Report. DESE has determined Thayer R-II School District has been Accredited With Distinction for the sixth consecutive year.
Under old business the board tabled discussion of the elementary school committee report dealing with board policy FF until the October meeting.
The board voted to adopt board policy GCPB -- Resignation of Professional Staff Members. This policy deals with allowing building administrators and staff members to be released from their contracts and the assessment of liquidated damages.
Under new business the board discussed options for replacing the score board at the football stadium. The current score board has become obsolete because replacement parts are no longer being made. The district purchased used parts from a neighboring district to make it through this season. Mr. Chappell will work with local business sponsors to secure funds to purchase and install the board for next season.
The board approved the implementation of the National Archery in the Schools Program for both the elementary school and the junior/senior high school. Funds for the program have come from the Department of Conservation, Easton Arrows, and Wal-Mart.
Enrollment at the elementary school (PK-6) as of September 12 was 391, up from 382 the previous month.
At the junior/senior high school (7-12) the total enrollment was down from 304 students enrolled last May to 288 students currently.
Mr. Chappell commented on some concerns with MSIP 5 and notified the board the comment period will begin on October 3, 2011 and can be accessed through the DESE website.
The elementary roof project should be coming to a close and is going well.
The board discussed three different bids to correct drainage problems on the north and east side of the junior/senior high school towards the bus barn. The district will continue to gather information to seek the best solution to the problem.
In closed session the board accepted the resignation from Lester Butler concerning his bus route. Belinda Adams was hired to replace Mr. Butler and take over the vacant route. Mr. Butler will continue to drive the vocational students to and from the West Plains vocational school.
The board approved the substitute cook applications of Sharon Brewer and Rose Madden.