Superintendent Ryan Huff gave some suggestions for Eastwood, Southeast and Benton elementary schools to the board.
"Obviously, when the tax levy passes, we'll have three buildings that we will need to either find use for or do something else with (it)," Huff said. "Been in conversations with Marshall Public Library as a possibility as looking at Eastwood Elementary School, then take that over as the new public library as an option."
Huff reported he has been in conversation with St. Peter Catholic School regarding Benton Elementary and he said the school has expressed interest. He also recommended demolishing Southeast Elementary because the building is in dire need of repairs and it would be too expensive to hold onto.
Melissa Jones presented to the board about Common Core State Standards and urged the board to sign the resolution to oppose the standards.
"I'm here tonight because I am a concerned citizen, former public school educator, and most importantly, a mother of three and I want answers about Common Core," Jones said.
Jones said the Common Core standards are an "unconstitutional infringement" upon Missouri educational law and they do not address the needs of special education or the gifted as "they are truly a 'one size fits all' education."
"As a school board, you are the gatekeeper and the voice for our children. As parents and taxpayers, we expect you to uphold the constitutional rights and laws of our state," Jones said. "... Education is not a playground for experimentation or indoctrination by those who see our children as human capital and education as an emerging market of endless new products. This is the time for those who can make a difference to stand up as responsible adults and not be sheep."
Huff announced in his superintendent's report a Common Core meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10, in the Little Theater at Marshall High School.
Monte Holder, director of technology, presented to the board the annual technology program review. Implementation of technology into the curriculum, providing personnel for ongoing technology training and evaluating the total cost of maintaining and upgrading the network were only a few of the areas reviewed. The board approved the program review.
Lori Peel, instructor of the GATE program, which stands for the Gifted and Talented Expand, presented to the board the program review. With a slideshow presentation, Peel showed the board the various activities the GATE students have participated in and announced they will be hosting the state GATE competition again this year. The board approved the program review.
The board approved appointing board member Kathy Green to serve on the Outstanding Teacher Selection Committee, which will select the Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
The board also revised the 2013-2014 school year to make up the snow days when the district canceled school. The make-up days are Friday, March 14, with an early 12:30 p.m. dismissal; Monday, April 21, and Tuesday, April 22; Wednesday, May 21, Thursday, May 22, Friday, May 23; and Tuesday and Wednesday, May 27, and May 28, with early 12:30 p.m. dismissals.
The board also approved the school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. First day of classes will be Wednesday, Aug. 20, and last day of classes will be Wednesday, May 20.
Julie Stevenson, director of curriculum, presented the dates for summer school to the board. Preschool through eighth grade will be from June 4 to June 27 and ninth grade to 12th grade will be from June 2 to June 27.
The board then adjourned to executive session where they accepted the resignations of Laura Clemons, Geralyn Ehrhardt, Kate Farris, Tony George, Matt Green, Julie Hoffelmeyer, Justin Jolliff and Kim McKenzie, as they will all retire at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. The board approved the employment of LaTausha Lembke, Brandy Miller, Thomas Poindexter, Ryan Soltvedt and Marvin Tressler to fill those roles. The board also approved increasing the hours of Sarah Guthrey.
The next scheduled board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25.
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