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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Johnson thankful for proactive work

  • Procrastination can be a troublesome trait. During Wednesday night’s Hannibal Board of Education meeting, Assistant Superintendent Susan Johnson expressed relief the district did not delay working on Performance Based Teacher Evaluations.
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  • Procrastination can be a troublesome trait. During Wednesday night’s Hannibal Board of Education meeting, Assistant Superintendent Susan Johnson expressed relief the district did not delay working on Performance Based Teacher Evaluations.
    “That’s very important,” she said. “A lot of districts have waited until this year.”
    Johnson reported that the district’s Performance Based Teacher Evaluation committee has been meeting regularly to “revise the teacher evaluation system in our district so we can fully implement the system in the 2014-15 school year as mandated.”
    Johnson added the committee has spent a “great deal of time working through all of the components of this teacher evaluation system to ensure that multiple measures are in place to demonstrate that effective teaching practices are in place to provide a learning environment that promotes student learning.”
    According to Johnson, the only component that is still unclear is the use of state assessment data that has not yet been released.
    In other business:
    • The school board reorganized. The following positions were filled: President, Dr. David Jackson; vice president, Mark Bross; treasurer – Michael Holliday; delegate to the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA), Bross; alternate MSBA delegate, Linda Clark; board secretary, Rich Stilley.
    • Superintendent Jill Janes reported the district will not be receiving $60,000 this year due to state withholding.
    “It could have been a lot worse,” she said, adding that the financial picture for next year is much brighter.
    • An evaluation of the Career Ladder program was presented. It was given an “excellent” rating.
    • It was reported that student applications for summer school are due back by Friday, May 2.
    This year’s K-8 program will be different. Offered will be technology, science and fine art academies. Literacy remediation will also be available to students.
    The high school program will remain similar to past years with drivers’ education, wellness and credit recovery.
    This year’s summer school will run from June 9 through June 27.
    • The end-of-the-year schedule was reviewed: May 6, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Leadership Day, middle school; May 8, 7 p.m., middle school band concert, HMS Auditorium; May 9, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Leadership Day, Oakwood Elementary School; May 13, 6:30 p.m., HHS Choir concert, HHS Auditorium; May 14, TBA, Leadership Day, Veterans Elementary School; May 14, 4 p.m., retirement reception, Quality Inn; May 15, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Leadership Day, Mark Twain Elementary School; May 15, 6:30 p.m., HMS Pops Concert, HMS Auditorium; May 15, 7 p.m., band concert, HHS Auditorium; May 19, 6 p.m., Honor Awards Program, HHS Auditorium; May 20, 5:30 p.m., Senior Banquet, Mark Twain Riverboat; May 21, 6 p.m., Baccalaureate, HHS Auditorium; May 22, 7 p.m., graduation, E.A. Porter Stadium; May 29, last day of classes.
    Page 2 of 2 - • It was announced the reconfiguration of traffic flow from the south parking lot at HHS will begin the first week of June.
    • Wade Stables was approved to prepare the district’s audit report for the year ending June 30. Its fee will be $395. The audit will be performed the week of July 21.
    • Salaries were approved for the 2014-15 school year. Certified personnel and support staff will receive raises. Teachers at the top of the pay scale will see a $750 raise. Support staff will see a boost in pay amounting to 36 cents an hour.
    • The Board approved staying with Commerce Bank for depository banking services beginning July 1 and running through June 30, 2019.
    • It was reported that Ashley Gottman, Cindy McCollum and Barbara Weldy received their Serve Safe Certification. The certification is required by the Marion County Health Department for anyone managing a kitchen.
    • New bus routing software is in the process of being implemented. The goal is to have the software up and running by May 1. The software will be utilized to route summer school students.
    • After two months where district attendance was lower than in 2013, attendance in March – 94.72 percent – bested 2013’s 93.87 percent.
    “We’re really doing well attendance-wise this year,” said Janes.
    • Members of the high school’s academic team were recognized for their success. The team wound up ranked in the top 200 of the nation.
    • Denise Hudson, Oakwood principal, had five kindergartners help explain about the “seven habits” students focus on each day.
    • Geri Graves and Pastor Chuck Todd shared their opinions with the board regarding Common Core State Standards.

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