R-4 District declares critical teacher shortage

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cassville R-4 Board of Education declared a critical shortage of qualified applicants in several core areas of education during their September meeting.

The shortage of qualified applicants falls into several areas of instruction. They include: special education, mathematics, industrial technology, counseling, early childhood, foreign language, science, music, art, speech and language pathology and speech and debate.

The resolution designates there is a high demand and limited qualified applicants for those positions should they become vacant.

"In case of a vacancy, it allows us to hire someone who is less than certified," said Richard Asbill, R-4 superintendent. "The resolution allows the district to hire someone who may have started the program but has yet to complete it, and it allows us to fill the position."

The board approved the substitute teacher list, which includes Clay Craig, Catherine Lewis, Brianna Meyer, Lisa Miller, Natalie Moseley, Randy Robertson, Greg Turner, Janice Weiberg, Tammie Wormington and Larry Wright.

Programs evaluated at the September included: the library and media program, the assessment plan, school safety, enrollment and fall sports.

Board policy amendments were approved, and Chris Redmon presented a proposal department credits and prerequisites. Board members approved those recommendations.

In other business:

* Jill LeCompte presented a power point on adequate yearly, accountability progress reporting and school progress.

* Richard Asbill presented information on the federally mandated narrow-band operations, which come into effect in January of 2013.

* Asbill reported on the fine arts and instrumental music equipment and uniform needs.

* Asbill updated the board on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant and probable cost estimates to build a storm shelter at the school.

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