The Slater School board has announced they have hired a new elementary principal, Sarah Marriott, currently with the Blackwater District.
Marriott will replace Ragena Mize, who announced her resignation earlier this year.
In mostly routine business during their regular meeting on Thursday, March 18, the board adopted 24 changes in the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) policies.
"A lot of these, really -- all of these -- are in response to legislative changes," Superintendent John McEachern told board members, while outlining the new policies.
The board also heard a report from Slater Youth Center president Donovan Borchardt discussing the possibility of the school district using the center to temporarily house pre-school students while the new Slater Early Childhood Center is being built. The trailer, which currently houses the students, will have to be removed for construction to begin.
"I think it is a great opportunity to bridge the Slater schools and the youth center and in the end it will benefit the youth, both the pre-school and in the future the youth who come to the youth center over the next few years," he said.
Borchardt detailed the estimated $3,554 cost for improvements the building would need to meet state guidelines, noting that the board has offered $2,500 to use the building during construction and pay an additional $1,500 in rent.
The board didn't make a decision, but after discussion board president Rick Hays told Borchardt that they could probably help alleviate some of the cost by using volunteer help.
In other business, the board voted to allow two field trips on May 13. One is a fourth and fifth grade trip to "School Day at the K," a morning science activity sponsored by NASA, followed by a Royals game.
The same day, the third grade class will be traveling to Arrow Rock. In the past, the board has tried to avoid two trips in one day, because of bussing concerns.
Before adjourning, Hays discussed the possibility of the members attending a MSBA meeting set for April 11 in Marshall.
"They are pretty informative, if we can make it I think we should take advantage of it," he said, adding he will look into registration for the board.
In closed session, the board approved the resignation of teacher Christina Bartholomew and approved the rest of the 2010-2011 contracts for Slater teachers.