The Maryville R-II School Board met on January 18 to approve personnel changes and conduct the following business:

Maryville School Board of Education members are, front: Elaine Wilson, ten years, back: Rob Sparks, four years, Vice President Sean Wiedmaier, nine years, Frank Grispino, five years, Roger Baker, 12 years, President Jason Haer, nine years, and Josh McKim, one year.

The following individuals were approved for hire: Sara White, middle school family and consumer science, Ellie Martin, elementary lunchroom monitor, and Travis Verdi, middle school assistant track coach.

Connor Kellerstrass resigned as the high school head volleyball coach.

Nichole Dew was reassigned to fifth grade language arts and Dustin Romans was reassigned as a third grade teacher.

All of the staff are currently changing to Google gmail accounts for their email.

Maryville Superintendent Becky Albrecht reported that the Maryville Education Foundation will support the teacher of the year and support staff member of the year with $1,000. The foundation also awards approximately 10, $500 grants to teachers in the district. Teachers can apply in March.

Northwest Audio Visual, Maryville, is working with representatives of Graybar, Kansas City, and school staff to develop a bid for security cameras later this spring.

School administrators have been meeting with RingCentral Communications about upgrading the school phone system and voice-over IP system. Staff members hope the upgrade will be a solution to several challenges they are currently experiencing. Throughout the discussions, staff members will compile information to create a bid proposal to release soon.

There are currently 272 students receiving special education services.

Eugene Field students recognized Rick Smail for his years of service teaching DARE.

Lucas Klotz won first place in the Maryville Middle School spelling bee.

Alex Myers won first place in the geography bee for the second year in a row.

Maryville Middle School will go through its lighthouse review on January 27 to achieve lighthouse status. On February 6, Franklin Covey is sending a crew to the school to film the staff’s professional development. The middle school is one of three schools in the nation to receive this training. On January 4, Cameron School District brought its teachers to the middle school to learn about the seven habits program.

Maryville High School’s robotics team will compete in February.

Northwest Technical School’s building trades class has the drywall up and is installing siding on the house it is building.

Maintenance staff installed two new water coolers at the elementary school and repaired the dishwasher and oven at the middle school.

Thyssen Krupp adjusted the new elevator at the high school. The inside switch on the old unit was removed, saving the school $650. With the switch gone, the elevator will no longer need yearly inspections. This will save the school $250 annually.