Teachers in the Newburg R-II School District will revisit the topic of ALICE (Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate) later this month.
During the Jan. 29 school board meeting, board members were informed that on Feb. 11, teachers will take part in a professional development event and revisit the topic of ALICE training.
Newburg School Board President Jim Macormic, who is also a Rolla police lieutenant, will lead the training.
Later on this school year, he wants to bring the training to the students in the classrooms.
“Eventually, we need to meet with each teacher and each classroom and discuss with that teacher and those children their individual plan for each one. Depending on where they are, everyone is going to have a different plan,” Macormic said.
Macormic has also been visiting other schools in the county to discuss similar training.
Also at the school board meeting, the board unanimously approved 2012-13 budget amendments, which includes an additional $70,364 in revenue.
Newburg Superintendent of Schools John Westerman said he had figured the basic formula funding at 90 percent for the Newburg district, but informed the board that the district actually is getting 93 percent, which amounts to an increase of $53,364 of the total increase in revenues. Amended expenses included an increase of about $44,000.
It also was noted that the initial budget approved was about $47,000 “in the red” and Westerman said, “we’re still about in the same place.”
He said increasing teachers’ salaries shouldn’t have been done. “That hurt us last year,” he said. “I won’t be planning a budget in the red for next year.”
Teacher Melissa Austin gave a report on the Response to Intervention (RTI) program, which is showing a decrease in the number of students who need intervention with math and reading. This is the fourth year of the program in the district.
The school board unanimously approved hiring Karl Doerr as a custodian replacement.
The board approved re-establishing a position for a technology maintenance person. The board approved hiring John Hollandsworth for this position under operations and plant but he will be supervised by the technology director Bill Towns.
Also board members initially approved awarding a bid to a company for a new roof on the south high school two-story exits and ramp and the annex building walkway, but later rescinded the motion. Westerman said the board decided to advertise for sealed bids that would be opened at the February school board meeting.
At the Jan. 29 meeting, the board received two bids for the project that were not sealed — one from Double F Extension for $26,880 and one from Swindell Construction for $33,580. This project was mentioned in the ballot language for the school bond approved by voters in 2011.
An action item to consider the superintendent’s contract was tabled.
The board met in closed session for personnel reasons.