S-C board to decide on bids for district

By Hope Lecchi - hlecchi@civitasmedia.com

By Hope Lecchi



The Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education will meet tonight for its last meeting before graduation and the close of school for the 2015-16 year.

Board members are expected to decide on several items for the operation of the district according to Superintendent of Sedalia 200 Schools, Brad Pollitt.

“We have a number of items that will require a vote at the meeting,” Pollitt said Friday afternoon by phone. “They include everything from purchasing our copying paper and print bid to our custodial supplies for the year.

“The board will also have to approve our insurance bid,” Pollitt added. “We received bids from four companies and the board has had time to review those bids and is expected to vote on accepting one of those plans at our meeting.”

According to information provided by Assistant Superintendent Steve Triplett in the board packet, if the board continues to remain with their current health care insurance provider, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the rate increase will increase two and a half percent.

“We are pleased with that increase,” Pollitt said. “We were projecting the increase would be higher when we were preparing our budget.”

The board will vote on a life insurance plan for district employees as well

The board is also scheduled to hear program evaluations from Pat Sturgis, Health Services Coordinator for the district.

“I don’t think people realize all the contributions our nurses’ make on a daily basis to help our students,” Pollitt said. “This year alone the nursing staff had over 48,000 visits to their offices.”

The board will also hear information regarding the homeless population of students in the district.

“We continue to provide a number of services to our students who are considered homeless by the Federal Government’s definition,” Pollitt said. “Dr. (Nancy) Scott will update the board on the work we are doing to help these children.”

In material submitted to in the board packet, the district has 793 students who meet the federal classification as homeless.

That number includes 385 males and 408 female students.

The district has also applied for a $150,000 Homeless Children and Youth Grant through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

If approved by DESE the funds will be used for staff training for the McKinney-Vento Program, which facilitates programs for homeless students.

Funds from the grant will also be used to purchase materials and supplies for eligible students and families.

The board is expected to discuss the Smith-Cotton Hall of Fame according to Pollitt.

“We need to begin to explore options and ways to increase the number of nominees that we receive for our Activity and Academic Halls of Fame,” Pollitt said. “We have selected outstanding individuals those honors but we realize there are others who are also deserving.

“We may need to consider making some minor changes to the criteria, or the way we accept those nominations,” Pollitt added. “We just want to begin a dialogue and seek input from the board and the community regarding the process.”

The board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Smith-Cotton High School in the media center, 2010 Tiger Pride Blvd. For more information, call the central office at 829-6450.

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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