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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Rolla School District will end fiscal year Monday

  • Business for the fiscal year will close Monday, June 30, when the Rolla Board of Education meets at 7:30 a.m. at the D. Kent King Administration Center, 500A Forum Drive.
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  • Business for the fiscal year will close Monday, June 30, when the Rolla Board of Education meets at 7:30 a.m. at the D. Kent King Administration Center, 500A Forum Drive.
    A closed session will start the meeting; the open session will be held after the closed session. Both sessions will be held in Room 219.
    At this time, the agenda calls for discussion and action on personnel issues, discussion on student issues, action on the consent agenda, including the hiring of support staff, transfer of funds, sale of surplus items and disposal of obsolete property.
    Among the business conducted at the last meeting, held June 12, the board set the dates for future meetings.
    The board is scheduled to have only one meeting in July. That will be July 17 with a closed session at 5 p.m. and an open session at 5:30 p.m.
    The August meeting will be held Aug. 7 and focus of discussion that night will be the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.
    Other meetings for the rest of the year are as follows: Sept. 4 and 18, Oct. 2 and 16, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11.
    In other business or discussion at the June 12 meeting, the board heard a report from Nicole Claussen, director of surgical technology education at Rolla Technical Center, about the use of the iPad and electronic textbooks in the curriculum.
    Students Christina Shoffner and Aimee Hansel also spoke, describing the advantages of having the textbooks available on their electronic devices. Students pay for these iPads that include the textbooks programmed into them, and keep the iPads after graduation, just as they would the textbooks.
    Advantages of this system are that various applications expand the use of the textbooks, and the electronic textbooks can be carried conveniently anywhere, allowing expanded study time.
    This was a pilot program, and the first class to use this system will graduate July 14. Claussen noted she presented paper at a national surgical technology conference, and interest in the Rolla pilot program was widespread.
    Assistant Superintendent Craig Hounsom reported on summer school, noting that 874 elementary students were enrolled, meeting at Wyman Elementary School, and 258 students were enrolled at Rolla Middle School. There were two sessions at the high school with total enrollment at 653. Summer school enrollment has steadily grown.
    So many elementary students were enrolled that some attended classes at RHS.
    At the elementary school, 48 teacher and 23 aides taught 17 courses. At the middle school 12 teachers and two aides taught 11 courses. At the high school, 24 courses were taught by 21 teachers and three aides.
    Lunch was served to 251 students each day at the elementary school; 305 daily at the middle school and 109 at the high school.
    There were 544 morning bus riders and 633 afternoon riders on the nine in-town bus routes and four special education bus routes.

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