South Nodaway

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

Superintendent Johnnie Silkett said the district needs to move on with its facilities planning. Instead of being a five-year plan, Silkett is recommending a 10-year plan. He is starting a committee with three board members, three administration, three teachers, five community leaders/parents/community members and an architect.

“We would like to have a meeting by the beginning of next semester,” said Silkett. “We are looking to meet three times to come up with project plans to help our students be successful for 21st Century jobs.”

Silkett said SN should move forward instead of waiting for MSIP6 to be approved by the Missouri State Board of Education. The schools are currently under MSIP5 mandates which relate to school accreditation. With the upheaval in the state board, it is not known what the new MSIP6 will contain or when it will be approved.

The district is looking for sealed bids for mowing of the Barnard and Guilford school properties. The bids need to be submitted before the January 2019 board meeting. Silkett wants the district to “throw it’s hat in the ring for the district baseball tournament.”

The audit was completed and approved for the 2017-18 school year. The district has deficit spending because of the large number of expenses, but Silkett explained the district had one-time bills from the building of the power transfer station. The school was in compliance and the audit will be sent to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary education.

The privacy fence at the Guilford Sports Complex project has been completed and the material for the outfield fence has been delivered. The centerfield fence will be 348 feet from home plate with the right field fence measuring 302 feet.

Filing for two board positions will take place from 8 am to 4 pm, December 11-14, 17-21, January 2-14, 2019, and 8 am to 5 pm, January 15, 2019, with the board secretary at the superintendent’s office. The office is not open on weekends or if school is cancelled for inclement weather.

An affidavit will have to be signed and notarized stating the person running for the board position doesn’t owe any back taxes.

In closed session, teacher evaluations were discussed. No motions or votes were taken.