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Malta Bend Board of Education approve coop for 2013-14 school year, discuss ITV classes

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Malta Bend Board of Education approved a coop with Sweet Springs for baseball and softball in the 2013-14 school year at the meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

"We need to provide those opportunities for our kids," Superintendent Chuck Marcum said.

The board also discussed paying for ITV classes for students and setting up guidelines for the amount of dual credit classes a student could take.

"I'm talking about paying for all kids, as long as it's done here," Marcum said. "Only things that are affiliated with our ITV program through UCM."

The board asked Marcum to come up with a set of guidelines and requirements in regards to the amount of dual credit classes a student can take and how that affects the amount of classes the students takes at the Malta Bend School.

Marcum informed the board about the school's emergency crisis plan in place at the school.

"We did have an intruder drill was done on Friday, Jan. 4," he said. "We do them twice a year. We do one in January and one in April. ... Our emergency crisis plan needs to be updated. It's not real old, but six years is still kind of old for a crisis plan."

During Wednesday's teacher meeting, Marcum and the teachers discussed creating a mission statement.

"We are looking at developing a new mission for our school," Marcum said. "I felt like we don't have ownership, which is something we need. A mission is why we're here, our purpose."

The school is trying something new with Tiger Time. The 25 minutes chunk of time in the middle of the day had previously been used for tutoring, but now students that meet the guidelines are allowed to do other activities instead of study. Some examples of the guidelines are: students must not have any zeroes or missing assignments, must behave themselves, may not have a lot of tardies and no unusual amount of absences.

If all required guidelines are met, then they may spend those 25 minutes in the gym, library or art room. They are allowed to play, read, listen to music, play computer games or work on art.

Marcum said he wanted the new use of Tiger Time to show students, "You are meeting expectations and we are trying to reward you. If not, you are going to tutoring."

Students also have to show their student card to get into one of the three activity rooms. Marcum said this works on responsibility and keeping track of your possessions. One board member compared it to carrying a driver's license around and said it was something the kids were going to have to get used to.

The senior class volleyball tournament is Saturday, Jan. 19.

There will be no school on Monday, Jan. 21, because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

There is an early out on Wednesday, Jan. 23, for TLC meetings.

The basketball game against Menden has been moved from Thursday, Jan. 31, to Monday, Jan. 28, because of a math contest in Otterville on Jan. 31.

There is a geography bee at Bunceton on Jan. 28.

Minutes from the last meeting and paying of the bills were approved. Funds were transferred from the general fund to teachers and capital funds.

All members were in attendance.

The next regular board meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Malta Bend School.

Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at kalumbaugh@marshallnews.com

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