Purdy schools developing rental rules for new building

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Weather make-up day set for Feb. 15, prom for April 27

Purdy school board members are working out how to open the districtís new storm shelter and performing arts facility for public use.

Superintendent Steven Chancellor reported receiving the first request for use of the building, coming from area emergency managers interested in hosting a regional meeting. Activities like a first responders class would work well in the room, too. He noted the board never had a discussion about rental fees. Custodial expenses and who could have access to the sound board posed issues to resolve.

Board Member Ed Mareth responded to Chancellorís report that it takes two hours to vacuum the facility by recommending purchase of a robot vacuum. Mareth said he owns one and never has to concern himself with its performance. Chancellor was intrigued and agreed to further research their use.

Hearing some of the policies used in Monett for its performing arts center, Chancellor agreed to gather policies from the Monett and Cassville school districts and others so the board could shape its own policy. He noted that in case of a storm, the doors will unlock with the sounding of the storm siren, and a fire department member will be present, as will someone from the school district.

In action items, board members extended Chancellorís contract as superintendent for an additional year. The board authorized holding the first snow day of the winter on Feb. 15, making up for the loss of school on Jan. 12. Four names were also added to the substitute teachers list.

Associate Super-intendent Mindi Gates reported Eric Schroeder, from the Springfield Police Department, came to the most recent professional development day and provided research on public shootings as well as recommendations on how to respond. Schroeder has received ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training. Learning teams continued the discussion, focusing on classroom environments, exit strategies and barriers. Gates said the conversations provided good ideas for the training session at the beginning of next school year.

Prom was announced for April 27 at the Villa DíAlpine in Marionville. Graduation is expected to be set by the board at its February meeting. Derek Banwart, high school principal, said the ACT training sessions began on Feb. 2. There were 26 junior and seniors signed up to participate, and there was room left for additional sophomores.

Chancellor reported filings for the April 2 election produced no contests. Board Chairman Todd Schallert and former board member Mike Bennett were the only candidates to file, meaning incumber Ed Mareth will be leaving the board.

Board Secretary Susan Funkhouser reported the cafeteria staff received a Silver Spoon Award from the Barry County Health Department for having no violations in the past year. This was the first time the school staff received such an honor, she said. Board members also received letters of commendation for their service in honor of School Board Appreciation Monday.

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