Malta Bend school board hears reports on audit, other items

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

The Malta Bend Board of Education took action on several agenda items Monday night during its regular monthly meeting.

Beginning the discussions, Superintendent Scott Huddleston said the district's audit had been completed. He sought the board's approval on the audit, which he said contained two suggestions: that the district create a separate bank account for its debt service fund and see that the school publishes an annual financial statement.

The board approved the audit, with Huddleston explaining that the district keeps the debt service records and books separate already, but should look into the auditor's advice.

The next item of discussion concerned election filing dates, which the state has set for Dec. 24 through Jan. 21. As the board approved the dates, Huddleston encouraged members to remind incumbents of the dates and seek others who might be interested in serving on the board.

Noting the district has partnered with Coca-Cola of Sedalia in the past, Huddleston said the school could enter into a seven-year contract with the company this year and in turn receive a donation of $4,000, which would go toward the purchase of a new scoreboard in the gymnasium.

"Our scoreboard is 20 years old," Huddleston said. "The only problem with it is that the buzzer shakes the lights."

Board members agreed to accept the contract, but also discussed moving the old scoreboard when the new one is in place.

The last decision of the board was to approve a guidance plan compiled by school counselor Julie Malter. She had asked teachers to fill out a survey and evaluate her guidance programs, and wanted the board to do the same as she prepares for the Missouri School Improvement Plan review in February 2003.

"A big part of MSIP is to evaluate your programs, and then you make changes and evaluate them again to see if the changes were effective." Along with her plan, Malter introduced to the board some of the program objectives, guidelines and a statement of confidentiality, which the board voted to approve.

In other announcements, Secretary/Treasurer Joy Samson said Patsy Boedeker, sister of the late Cheenie Dowell, had brought in $2,175 in a memorial fund. Dowell had attended Malta Bend and was a strong supporter of the district and its athletic teams. Her three children were also graduates of Malta Bend High School.

Looking over the school calendar, board members made an amendment that changed Friday, Dec. 20, to a half day of school rather than a full day before the winter break. Huddleston also said the January meeting would need to take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 13, rather than Jan. 20, when there will be no school because of the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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