Purdy School Board reorganizes

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Susan Funkhouser, right, administers the oath of office to Ruben Henderson, who is beginning his second term as a school board member in Purdy. Mike Gervais/Cassville Democrat

No change for school board president, vice president

Leadership at Purdy schools has not changed following the April 6 election.

The Purdy School Board voted unanimously Monday to retain Todd Schallert as school board president and Ken Terry as vice president.

Ken Terry takes the oath of office to begin his fifth term as a Purdy School Board member. Mike Gervais/Cassville Democrat

The school board also certified the election results, officially naming Terry and Ruben Henderson the winners of the election, administering the oath of office for Terry’s fifth term and Henderson’s second term.

Following the board’s reorganization, Superintendent Mindi Gates provided a monthly wellness update, telling the school board that the school has remained free of COVID-19 (coronavirus) since February.

“We have had zero cases since February, so that’s been very nice,” Gates said.

The school board also approved the purchase of a 12-passenger van for school use. The van will be purchased new from Les Jacob’s Ford in Cassville for between $30,000 and $31,000.

“We need this for spring activities,” Gates said. “We will also need another one, but I will bring that to you later on.”

The board also updated its polices per state mandates, that allows board members to participate in meetings via teleconferencing or phone calls as a result of coronavirus concerns.

An additional policy change requires the school to check the federal debarment list when using federal money to pay for materials or services to ensure that the district does not do business with individuals or businesses that are forbidden from working with schools.

A third policy update approved by the school board requires the district to notify the Missouri Highway Patrol if an employee is discovered to have used the agency’s background check website inappropriately.

Gates also updated the board, notifying them that Purdy’s graduation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 15.

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