The South Nodaway R-IV Board of Education met in open and closed session November 15 to handle the following school district business:

Superintendent Johnnie Silkett announced that the school district scored 100 percent on the annual performance rating for public schools in Missouri. The district has averaged 98.275 percent in the last four years.

“This places South Nodaway as one of the highest performing schools in Northwest Missouri,” Silkett said. “Congratulations goes out to the students, staff, parents and community to make this possible.”

Silkett expressed concern over Governor Eric Greitens stacking of the Department of Secondary Education state board to oust current Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven.

“He is wanting to replace her with a commissioner who wants charter school expansion,” Silkett said. “On November 21st, at 10 am, there will be a special closed door meeting to discuss replacing her.”

South Nodaway will continue with the current varsity athletic co-ops with Jefferson for the 2018-19 school year. These sports are football, softball, cross country, track, baseball and fall sideline cheer.

The field and fencing of the Guilford Sports Complex is complete and the building is sealed enough so that work can be done on the inside this winter. Arrangements are being made to put in water spigots and run conduit for the field lights.

Purchase of poles for the outfield, midfield and infield was approved. Bids for the lighting are being sought.

The filing dates have been set for the two board positions open in the April 3, 2018, election. The filing for the three-year term positions will be 8 am to 4 pm, beginning Tuesday, December 12 on days that school is in session. The last day the hours will be 8 am to 5 pm, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The school Christmas break will be from Saturday, December 23 through Monday, January 1, 2018.

Qualified applicants need to file the necessary forms with the board secretary at the school building. These forms include a notarized affidavit stating that the person doesn’t owe any back taxes.

In closed session, the board discussed non-tenured teacher evaluations. No motions or votes were made.

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