Purdy R-2 Board makes personnel decisions

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Purdy R-2 Board of Education made several employment decisions at its regular March meeting and scheduled a special meeting for March 31 to review certified personnel.

Board members tapped first-year teacher Stephanie Ray to be the middle school and high school track coach for the spring season.

Stacey Williams was retained as board secretary and payroll clerk. Marsha Williams was hired for another year as superintendent's secretary and district treasurer. Salaries will be determined at a later date.

Preliminary evaluations of certified staff was not finished so the board scheduled a special closed session for 6:30 p.m. on March 31 to complete staff evaluations.

Revisions were adopted to the school calendar to reflect the final snow days. The last day of classes will be a half day on May 23.

Program presentations

Teacher Myra McGee gave her annual report on the family and consumer sciences department. Family and career leadership as well as child development are the two year-long courses offered. Students can get college credit for the child development class through Ozarks Technical College.

Two courses are offered for a semester: food and nutrition/clothing and housing/marriage and family. Eighth graders can also take a semester-long section.

This year, the Family Consumer and Career Leaders of America (FCCLA) Chapter has 61 members. McGee said students have participated in 13 community service projects. Fundraisers generated $752 for the Children's Miracle Network, $700 for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life through a rock-a-thon and $61 from the Pink Cupcakes for Cancer effort.

Ten chapter members participated in seven events at the FCCLA Regional Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events. The chapter's service project display won the gold award and advanced to state competition.

Two FCCLA members, Jessica Ball and Viri Aldava, gave a poster-and-talk presentation on the Community Thanksgiving Project in advance of giving the talk at the state leadership conference.

The monthly report on the recycling program from Spanish Club sponsor Gerry Wass indicated the program was on pace to recycle around 120,000 pounds of material this year. The program passed the 350,000-pound mark for five years in business.

Five students from the Spanish Club made a presentation at a statewide forum on solid waste at the Department of Natural Resources office in Jefferson City. The Purdy program was considered among the best at the session, Wass said. Information on available grants was offered by Environmental Protection Agency representatives.

Administrative reports

High School Principal Bob Vice reported attendance was up from last year. Enrollment was 16 students higher than a year ago.

Students will attend state conventions for FFA on April 14 to April 16 and Future Business Leaders of America April 17 to 19. The junior/senior prom will be held April 16 at the Hill Creek Lodge.

The Missouri Department of Transportation planned to demonstrate impaired driving with a simulated go-cart on April 7.

Middle School Principal Janet Boys reported annual testing for the Missouri Achievement Program (MAP) will begin on April 11. A newsletter was shared that had been sent to parents explaining the importance of the tests and how to prepare students for the challenge.

Elementary Principal Jeff Swadley said the motivational assembly to energize young students over the MAP tests would be held on April 1. Special medals and certificates for high achievement on last year's tests will be presented. A cook-out celebration for completing the tests will be held on April 29.

Twenty-eight students who scored in the top two tiers of the MAP tests last year went on a recreational trip to the Jones Center in Springdale, Ark., on March 11 for ice skating and a pizza lunch.

The next monthly Purdy R-2 School Board meeting will be held on April 18.

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