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Filing dates for the election to vote on two positions for the Palmyra R-I School Board were set during the recent R-I Board of Education meeting.
Also during the meeting, the board approved a cost-share with the Palmyra Athletic Boosters for equipment, approved the Christmas card design, approved the social studies curriculum and accepted five resignations.
Filing for the Board of Education election on April 5, 2022 will begin on Dec. 7, 2021, at 8 a.m. and will continue during the district’s regular business hours, until Dec. 28, 2021, at 5 p.m.
Regular business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Except for the first and last days, filing will not occur on days that the school district’s central offices are closed due to inclement weather.
Filing will also not occur on holidays and breaks when the school district’s central offices are closed: Those will be Dec. 24 and Dec. 27, 2021.
There will be two positions to be voted on, which are those currently held by Roth McElvain and Joe Knochel.
In other business, the board approved the cost-sharing purchase of fitness equipment for the high school weight room with the Palmyra Athletic Boosters.
According to Superintendent Kirt Malone, new equipment will be purchased, including three power racks.
“The new racks allow students to do all their lifts in one spot as opposed to moving all around the room for their different lifts during fitness and weight-lifting,” said Malone.
The board also approved the 2021-2022 district Christmas card which was designed by Chloe Reese, a seventh grader at Palmyra Middle School.
Addilyn Richards, a sixth grader at Palmyra Middle School, designed the runner-up Christmas card.
The board also approved the social studies curriculum, which was scheduled to be approved this year, Malone said.
“Missouri curriculum follows state standards, and the state social studies have seen no changes for several years no,” said Malone, noting the fine arts and practical arts curriculums are scheduled to be approved next year.
Five resignations were accepted by the board, including those of Darrell Cottrell, elementary school custodian, Sheila Sartin, elementary school paraprofessional, and Colleen Stevens-Dunlap, PAT parent educator.
In addition, the resignations of Cat Fugate, special education teacher, and Sarah Hummelsheim as middle school Science Olympiad sponsor, will be effective at the end of the school year.
The board recognized the Palmyra High School Floriculture Team for winning the National FFA floriculture competition in Indianapolis recently. Team members are Ji Yong Ni, Evan Nierman, Augustine Mahsman and Tim Wellman, and sponsor is Amanda Haeberlin.
In old business, the board reported about the recent MSBA Fall Conference, which is attended by board members annually for professional development and networking opportunities, Malone said.
“MSBA provides legislative sessions, executive committee meetings, board secretary workshops, safe school forums, individual sessions from school attorneys and topics such as student discipline, support staff leadership development, supporting special needs, women in leadership, board member refresher training, parliamentary procedures for boards and business partnerships among others,” he explained.
The board set the annual school board retreat for Dec. 4.
The board also
• approved the MSBA Full Maintenance Agreement for a period from Nov. 1, 2021, through Oct. 31, 2022;
• heard a first reading of MSBA policy update 2021C;
• approved Kinsey Cissna as the district English language coordinator for the 2021-2022 school year;
• approved the district homeless policy for the 2021-2022 school year as presented;
• reviewed the Clarence Cannon Conference Fall Sportsmanship Survey. Overall, Palmyra did very well, Malone said, earning perfect scores across all sports for every group; and
• approved additions to the substitute teacher list as presented.