The Exeter R-VI School Board received a report on the district's professional development program at the board's regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 12.
This year's professional development sessions will focus on classroom management, teaching kids in poverty, professional rights and responsibilities, customizing lesson plans, health and safety, the privacy act and improving the vertical alignment of the school district's curriculum.
"We plan to have a MAP (Missouri Assessment Program) data analysis day," said Brett Freeman, high school science teacher. "Information gathered through the analysis will help teachers determine student strengths and identify areas that need to be improved."
Teachers are also participating in monthly grade level meetings that give teachers an opportunity to focus on issues that occur at the elementary, middle or high school level.
"We have started action research groups, which are teacher-led study groups," said Freeman. "The groups are responsibly for finding data to support or solutions for specific problems."
Issues that will be researched this year include implementing new technology in classroom activities and improving communication between teachers and parents.
A separate action research group will be established to review the information collected by the groups and determine ways to implement and evaluate the ideas next year.
Freeman also stated that three staff members are taking advantage of the district's tuition reimbursement program. Sarah Buntin and Kim Holz are completing their master's degrees in reading, and high school Principal Robert Taylor is working on his specialist degree.
In new business, the school board approved two building project expenditures and received an update on the district's building project.
The board approved a $183,162.89 payment to Springfield Builders Incorporated (SBI) and a $32,508 payment to Fellers Fixtures for a walk-in cooler/freezer, Ansul system and dishwasher system.
Crews from SBI have installed the exterior glass windows and doors on the new portion of the elementary wing. This has allowed administrators to lock up the construction site each night and keep the school campus more secure.
"They have taken some of the fence down and cleaned up around the new entrance," said Superintendent Tina Nolan. "They got the glass in the offices set very quickly, but we don't have the glass at the transaction counter yet."
The counter, cabinets and mill work for the new facility have been received, and a new gas meter has been set for the new building, said Nolan.
Crews are also making progress on the new multipurpose facility, which will serve as a cafeteria, practice gymnasium and performance hall.
In other business, the Exeter R-VI School Board:
* Heard administrative reports.
* Declared two open school board seats for the April election.
* Approved a list of substitute teachers, which included: Rex Day, Tamara Hennis, Tina Mills, Rita Planchon, Kim Patrick, Andria Porch, Carl Pyper, Melinda Ross, Greg Stringer and Chelsea Swadley.
* Heard that the district raised $5,000 during its school carnival on Nov. 7.