The Slater School Board approved a trip to Chicago for the senior class during a mostly routine meeting held on Thursday, Dec. 18, in the library.
Senior class president Lauren Weiker and class member Emily Kruger showed the board a slide show presenting their proposed Class of 2009 senior trip. In the slide show, the seniors said their plan was to leave on a Thursday morning, taking a bus to Sedalia, then traveling by Amtrak to Chicago.
They had also researched several places they could visit on the trip. Their alternate plan was to travel to St. Louis.
The seniors, along with class sponsor Debbie Gonzalez, answered questions from board members and Superintendent John McEachern before the board voted to approve the Chicago trip as presented.
In other business, the board voted to "declare a critical shortage" for junior high communications teachers.
Pat Peterson, who retired last year from that position, had been substituting since October, when another teacher left and resigned effective at the end of the semester, explained McEachern.
"We were required to advertise the position for 30 days," said McEachern, adding they are still advertising. However, they only had one applicant, a person they had interviewed and not hired previously.
The declaration of a shortage made it possible for them to hire Peterson to teach the remaining school year, but "protect her retirement," said McEachern.
In executive session, the board voted for Peterson to fill the sixth through eighth grade position through the end of next semester.
The school board also approved a policy that gives residents who volunteer for the district free entry to Slater ballgames, except for tournaments and playoff games.
McEachern said that they had a large number of volunteers who came and helped the school district with painting and other work over the summer.
"This rewards those people for their volunteer service," he said.
They also approved a $10 million liability policy from Missouri United School Insurance Council (MUSIC). The policy is in addition to what they already hold, said McEachern.
"It's always good to have a little more than what you hope you will ever need," he added.
In executive session, the board closed on a home within the school's block to use for the Parents as Teachers (PAT) office.
The office was previously housed in a section of the Slater Youth Center.
With the new purchase, the school district now owns "the entire block through here," explained McEachern.
The next school board meeting will be Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.