Trenton Board of Education hears district insurance options

Trenton R-9 School District

The Trenton R-9 Board of Education approved a health insurance plan for the 2018-2019 school year at its meeting Tuesday evening.

Superintendent Dan Wiebers presented two options from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City. One option involved a 10% increase in premiums with the same plan services as 2017-2018. The other option involved an eight percent increase in premiums with $1,000 added to the out-of-pocket maximum and copays counting towards the out-of-pocket maximum. Wiebers recommended the board approve the option with the eight percent increase in premiums, which it did. The district will pay $572.69 per month per full-time employee. It also pays 14.5% for certified staff and six point eight six percent for non-certified staff. A buy up for an individual will cost $22.74 per month with the new plan.

The board approved a request for proposals to fully replace the Trenton High School gym roof. Director of Supportive Services Kris Ockenfels reported there was a small leak caused by hail damage discovered on the roof. He said Missouri United School Insurance Council has accepted the claim and will pay for the replacement. Proposals to replace the high school gym roof will be accepted at the Trenton R-9 District Office until the morning of May 2nd at 10 o’clock.

The board approved two GEC Community Foundation Grant requests. Rissler Elementary School counselor Leslie Woodard requested a grant for $432 to purchase six Kore wobble stools to help students who struggle with inattention.

First-grade teacher Christy Gibler requested a grant for $1,400 to purchase three Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Benchmark Assessment Kits to help teachers determine a student’s reading level to make informed decisions about how to best serve a student’s reading needs.

Board secretary Susan Leeper administered the oath of office to incoming board members Cliff Roeder and Jerry David Whitaker. The board reorganized and elected Doug Franklin as president, Brandon Gibler as vice president, Cliff Roeder as treasurer, and Susan Leeper as secretary. It also elected Doug Franklin as the Missouri School Boards Association delegate and Brandon Gibler as the delegate alternate.

Superintendent Wiebers announced summer school will begin May 22nd and end June 22nd. There will not be school May 21st to allow the custodial staff to move furniture and the teaching staff to prepare materials and lessons for school the next day. Wiebers said this year’s summer school will be one day shorter than last year’s, but the revenue is still expected to increase due to the increased enrollment for this summer.

Wiebers also announced Rissler students will participate in bus evacuation drills next Tuesday, April 17th, and a fire drill is planned at Rissler April 23rd. He said an elevator inspection was also held at Rissler March 30th.

Missouri United School Insurance Council completed a walk-through March 29th, but Wiebers had not received a final report yet.

Trenton R-9 has three remaining snow and ice days to make up with school to be held May 16th, 17th, and 18th. May 18th will be an early out.

Wiebers said any board member interested in attending the Missouri School Boards Association Spring Regional Meeting at Milan High School the evening of April 25th at 6 o’clock should notify Susan Leeper.

Trenton High School and Middle School Assistant Principal Kasey Bailey presented the At-Risk Report. He said the high school Academic Lab has had 20 students enrolled in credit recovery at some point this year, which is down from 24 enrolled last year. He added that the Academic Lab has had no full-time students taking courses this year, which is down five students from last year. Bailey also said he believed that Bright Futures will mesh nicely with Bulldog BRIDGE at the high school.

Trenton Middle School Principal Daniel Gott introduced the April Students of the Month. Trenton High School Principal Ron Franklin introduced the Students of the Quarter.

The board entered into a closed session.