Sweet Springs BOE votes to continue senior trips, sets tax levy for 2018-2019 school year

Friday, August 24, 2018

After ongoing discussion regarding senior trips, the Sweet Springs Board of Education decided to continue senior trips, and no vote was taken during a meeting Thursday, Aug. 24.

According to meeting minutes, a survey was available to parents and students allowing them to voice their opinions. The results were as followed: 67 percent wanted senior trip to continue, as is, allowing students to travel out of state; 18 percent would like to see senior trip continue, but limited to in state travel; and 15 percent wanted to see senior trips phased out.

At this time, according to the minutes, 23 of the 27 current senior class members are scheduled to participate in the senior trip. Members discussed the pros and cons, and ultimately decided to continue the senior trip, as is.

High School Principal Josh Hume then addressed some scheduling conflicts with the 2019 senior trip, according to the minutes. Hume proposed the date of March 14-18 for the 2019 senior trip, with prom on April 13.

Board members unanimously approved the new date for the 2019 senior trip.

According to the student council report, on Aug. 17, after the football jamboree, students enjoyed the Back to School Bash, which included karaoke, board games, volleyball and basketball. Student Council members Sydney Vaught and Jacobi Powers thanked the board for their continued support of the student council.

In her report, Superintendent Lori Price thanked the faculty and staff on a smooth start to the school year. According to meeting minutes, Price thanked teachers, staff, students and parents for a great showing at open house, the jamboree and “Meet the Hounds.”

For the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, Price’s report states elementary attendance is at 185, high school attendance is at 211 and pre-k has 20 full-time students and two part-time students.

The minutes state Elementary Principal Melanie Schlup thanked the custodial staff and district staff for their hard work preparing the facilities for a great school year.

“Many thanks to our teachers and staff for hosting a wonderful open house,” Schlup said in her report. “Eighty-seven percent of our families attended and many families attended open enrollment for days, as well.”

Fall picture day will be Friday, Sept. 7, according to Schlup’s report.

In his report, Hume said high school classes are off to a great start and are excitedly working toward “Better Everyday.”

“Sweet Springs FFA had a successful Missouri State Fair, with the swine showman winning the Swine Herdsmanship Award, and member Jarret Fuehring winning two sections of showmanship in the swine barn,” Hume said in his report. “There were numerous champions and reserve champion animals exhibited by 15 FFA members for the product of their SAE Programs completed throughout the past year. The chapter is also being recognized as a three-star National Chapter at the National FFA Convention, as well as two graduates, Bailey Boland and Tori Hinton, who will be receiving their American FFA Degrees in October.”

According to meeting minutes, Price presented the board with current assessed valuation from the three counties and information regarding the tax rate ceiling during Thursday’s meeting.

Price reported the State Auditor’s Office and the district’s financial advisor recommend the district set it’s debt service tax rate at $0.8769, generating approximately $296,107. It is estimated the district will receive the remaining balance from other sources. In addition, setting the debt reserve tax rate at $0.8769 would allow the board to approve a resolution to make a $95,000 repayment of principal on March 1, 2019, saving the district $14,630 in future interest expense.

The minutes state the board voted to set the levy for the 2018-2019 school year as follows: incidental, $2.7500; teachers, $0.0000; capital projects, $0.2468, debt services, $0.8769, tax levy, $3.8737 (Note- the levy must be set to four places past the decimal point.)

According to the minutes, the board approved the resolution authorizing the redemption of $95,000 principal amount of general obligation refunding bonds, Series 2013, and authorized the publication of notice of redemption.

The board then went into closed session, where members unanimously approved the executive minutes of the July 9 meeting, the substitute list for the 2018-2019 school year; and the employment of the following individuals: Abigail Goode, paraprofessional; Kimberly Frerking, paraprofessional; and Randy Bredehoeft, transportation director. 

The Sweet Springs Board of Education will meet again Thursday, Sept. 13.

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