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Aug. 23, 2021, SSD200 Board meeting

The Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education met for its regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 23, in the Heckart Performing Arts Center. All board members were present.

The annual tax rate hearing was held before the regular board meeting. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Todd Fraley said the proposed rate of $4.0207 per $100 of assessed valuation amounts to an increase of about $3.31 per year (28 cents per month) on a $200,000 home and about $1.24 annually (11 cents per month) on a $75,000 home. The rate was approved unanimously.

Also approved was an agreement to join the WeMET consortium at the University of Central Missouri, which will increase dual credit opportunities for high school students, create more schedule flexibility and open the door to scholarships and financial assistance for students specific to those courses. 

The board gave administrators up to $22,500 to purchase a vehicle for the district’s new Safety and Security Director position. Fraley said the district would look to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s fleet; it has 2018 and 2019 all-wheel drive Dodge Chargers with approximately 50,000 to 60,000 miles that have been well maintained. 

Hourly rate increases for crossing guards and homebound program teachers were approved. Crossing guards move from $9.90 to $12 per hour. Assistant Superintendent Jason Curry said the move is an effort to remain competitive with the local job market. The homebound teacher rate moves from $20 per hour to $30 per hour. Assistant Superintendent Chris Pyle expects an increase in homebound students this school year, and the pay increase could entice more teachers to assist in the program.

Also Monday:

-- The board meeting schedule was changed so that the face coverings mandate resolution can be reviewed every 30 days. The September 20 meeting moves to September 13 and the October 25 meeting now will be October 11. 

-- The board recognized Connie Miller, location manager for the First Student bus service, who recently received a Golden Merit Award from the National School Transportation Association. Superintendent Steve Triplett praised Miller’s more than 40 years of service to the students of Sedalia. Miller said when students step onto her bus, they become her children and she takes care of them that way.

-- Sedalia School District Foundation President Deidre Esquivel said the foundation’s annual golf tournament raised $22,000, the highest total ever. She said offering morning and afternoon tee times might have been a factor. SSDF also was a beneficiary of the estate of the late Edith Donath; proceeds could help boost mini grant opportunities as soon as this spring. Back-To-School treat bags will be distributed to staff the second week of school. The foundation has secured sponsors for First Day of School photo frames, which will be set up at each district building. Parents and students will be able to submit their pics for inclusion in a gallery to be shared at the end of the first day of classes. Esquivel credited district Maintenance Director Richie Simons for creating the frames and painting them.