R-9 Board Tackles A Variety Of Issues At Latest Meeting

Date 2014/4/15 4:04:23 | Topic: News

One retirement and four resignations were accepted at last evenings' meeting of the Trenton R-9 board of education. Three members received the oath of office.

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And the board agreed to allow Trenton R-9 to provide bus transportation for all of the
pre-school students beginning next year.

The current pre-school director, Lora Hudson, submitted a letter of retirement effective July 1st, concluding 27 years with the Trenton school district. She's also been an elementary grade instructor. Kim Tate resigned as of April 4th as parents as teachers
coordinator after 13 years with the district. Other resignations accepted at the end of the
school year are from Vocal Music Instructor Matthew Remus, Second grade teacher
Kimberly Bain, and health and fitness instructor at the high school, Courtney Phipps.

The R-9 board also met in executive session for personnel.

Sworn in were Board Members Kevin Bailey, Brandon Gibler, and Doug Franklin.

Board member recognition certificates were presented to Tracy Ausmus for nine years
and David Whitaker for three years of service. Bailey and J-D Pash were re-elected as
president and vice president. Martha Roberts was elected board treasurer. Susan Leeper
was re-appointed as board secretary. Bailey and Pash are MSBA delegate / alternate.

Following a parents survey and input from teachers, the board accepted a recommendation for Trenton R-9 to offer bus transportation for pre-school children.

The pre-school portion of Rissler can accommodate 120 children; with the maximum
enrollment so far being 107.

Superintendent Becky Albrecht said lack of transportation has been an obstacle for
some families. The pre-schoolers will have their own bus to ride and not mix with
older pupils. The cost for two buses to operate morning and afternoon routes next year
is estimated at 76 thousand dollars – with approximately one half of that cost federally-
reimbursed to Trenton through early childhood special education. In addition to bus
operations, costs involve drivers and persons on board to monitor the young riders.

It would be a door to door pickup in Trenton and in the country for pre-schoolers.

Among other expenditures, the board renewed membership and on-line services
with the Misssouri School Boards Association for 57-hundred dollars. Adopted was a
new series of math books with Houghton-Mifflin at 57-thousand 400 dollars for the K
through 8th grade plus an amount to be determined for Alegbra 1 and 2 and geometry at
THS. Members approved a three year purchase of the Plato Learning program for
individualized on-line learning at a two-year cost of more than 36 thousand dollars.

Trenton R-9 will apply for a 25 thousand dollar Monsanto Grow Rural Education
grant with the funds to be used toward purchase of Ipads for students. Superintendent
Becky Albrecht said Trenton was nominated for the grant by Tyann and Adrian Cox.

Approval also was given for Instructor Carolyn Schmidt to apply for a thousand dollar reading grant through the G-E-C community foundation.

Evaluations were given by Kris Ockenfels on technology and by Eric Coffey on
the students at-risk program.



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