R-5 schools prepare for new year
By Steve Moyer
Nevada Daily Mail
Members of the Nevada R-5 School Board held a public hearing on the proposed levy for the 2004-'05 school year Wednesday. No members of the public were present for the hearing and the members proceeded to set the levy at $3.32 for the operational funds and $0.15 for the debt service levy for a total levy of $3.47.
The board discussed the failure of the 39-cent levy increase in the Aug. 3 election and were encouraged by the fact the proposal received so many yes votes.
"Even though the levy proposal was defeated, there were 1,880 votes in support of the tax increase to increase our local tax revenue by $500,000 and to leverage state funding by $900,000. Although disappointed in the outcome, 1,880 votes would have historically provided a victory," Superintendent Ted Davis said.
In addition, members heard a letter from D. Kent King, Missouri commissioner of education, commending the district, especially Marybelle Rice, for the performance of the district's students at the Phi Beta Lamda National Leadership Conference in Denver, Colo.
"On behalf of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, I want to express appreciation to Ms. Rice and the Nevada School District Business Education staff for providing students the opportunities to learn skills that will serve them in all areas of life," King said.
The board members enjoyed a presentation from the four Renaissance sponsors; Debbie Bogart, Tammy Hendron, Cindy Bullard, and Melissa Wilkinson. The four explained the program and how it helps students achieve their academic goals by motivating them and the staff and faculty with incentives and rewards.
The board discussed the calendar of events for the opening of school and the schedule of open house events. Before the school opens for students the district will hold a New Teacher Welcome Breakfast Friday, Aug.13, at 7 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 16 will be the first day of teacher orientation. Tuesday each of the schools will have a time in the afternoon for open house for parents and students. The schedule is staggered so that parents with more than one student in different schools would have a chance to attend both.
In other business the board:
* Approved the districts plan for utilization of extended-school remedial instructional opportunities.
* Received a grant of $29,000 from DESE for child-care instruction submitted by Jill Maxfield, child-care instructor.
* Received an updated and reprinted Board Policy Manual.
* Updated the new manual with policy BBFA--Board Member Conflict of Interest and Financial Disclosure Policy.
Schedule of R-5 Open House Events
Tuesday, August 17
Bryan Elementary 5:00 -- 6:30 p.m.
Benton Elementary 5:00 -- 6:30 p.m.
Truman Elementary 4:30 -- 6:00 p.m.
Middle School 6:00 -- 7:30 p.m.
High School 5:30 -- 7:00 p.m.
Vocational School 4:30 -- 7:30 p.m.