Exeter school board reviews programs

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Robert Taylor, Exeter High School principal, presented a program and book, "Winning Kids with Sports," by Dr. Rick McGuire, to the Exeter board of education during the October meeting.

The positive coaching program teaches participants that it does matter if the team or individual wins, achieving optimal performance, leading athletes to function as a team, shaping an athlete's will without breaking their spirit and other motivational topics.

District board members and administration agreed to participate in the positive-reinforcement program.

Board members approved a new lease-purchase option for a new bus for the district. The move is part of an ongoing program to replace one bus every two years to ensure that there is never a bus over 12 years of age in the district's fleet.

The new bus did not come camera-equipped for student safety and security, but Dr. Ernie Raney, superintendent of the Exeter School District, said the board plans to take action on that matter sometime next summer. Plans call for outfitting the route buses first, and completing the remainder of the fleet once those systems are up and running.

"With technology, things are constantly changing," Raney said. "We will have to look and see what system would be best for the district."

In other business, the board:

* Approved the bus route review and ridership list.

* Heard a presentation on math programs that have been identified to offer the greatest advantage to students.

* Reviewed the Missouri School Improvement Program criteria.

* Heard that planning for the Community Teachers Association, originally scheduled for 9 a.m. on Nov. 3, have been postponed until March.

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