The number of participants is growing in the Hannibal public school district’s Career Ladder Program. That news was shared during Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting.

The number of participants is growing in the Hannibal public school district’s Career Ladder Program. That news was shared during Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting.

According to Maria Mundle, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, the program provides an incentive for teachers to develop professionally, enhance their curriculum and spend time helping students beyond the school day.

“Career Ladder continues to attract new teachers to the program as they become eligible and once in the program, teachers continue to advance through the stages,” wrote Mundle in a memo to the Board. “It is a valued program for both students and teachers.”

During the 2013-14 school year 191 teachers participated in the program. The total cost to the district was $326,199. For the upcoming school year, 203 teachers have Career Ladder plans approved. The projected cost to the district is $355,709.

In other business:

• A dual credit agreement with Moberly Area Community College was given Board approval. The approved courses are: Calculus, Statistics, College Algebra, English 12 College Prep and Graphics Arts.

Mundle said she is pleased to have the new agreement with MACC along with the already established “dual credit partnership” with Hannibal-LaGrange University.

• Assistant Superintendent Darin Powell reported that summer school, which concluded last month “went smoothly,” citing the efforts of administrators, teachers and support staff.

Summer school attendance this year was 935, which was up over 2013 when attendance was 873.

• Rich Stilley, business manager, reported the traffic flow changes at the high school’s south parking lot is progressing. He said, short of weather delays, the final layout and painting should occur no later than the week of July 21.

Once everything is in place the district will begin educating with students and their families on how the new traffic flow will work.

• Superintendent Susan Johnson and Mundle provided an update on the district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, which the district began implementing in the fall of 2012.

• The Board OK’d the ethics policy which boards of education across the state are required to adopt annually.

• The out-of-district tuition rate was set at $4,000. That figure remains the same. Johnson noted that at this time there are no students attending the Hannibal school district who must pay a tuition fee.

Approval was given a 3 percent increase for school districts sending students to the Hannibal Career & Technical School (HCTC). The last such increase took place in 2011-12, when the rate was also raised by 3 percent. The new tuition rate is $1,910, up from $1,850. The tuition increase also effects adult half-time students ($2,500) and adult full-time students ($5,000).

• A proposed 2014-15 Board Calendar was submitted for consideration.

• Stilley reported that the summer food program served 1,699 breakfasts and 3,137 lunches at the middle school and 5,004 breakfasts and 6,137 lunches at Veterans and the Early Childhood Center.

“Thanks to the Department of Health and Senior Services our district was able to provide all these meals at no cost to the children in our community,” he wrote in a memo to the Board, adding that “Food Services will receive $46,443 in reimbursement money for the meals provided.”

• It was announced that the HCTC learned earlier this week it would be receiving an Enhancement Grant totaling $116,709.

• Stilley noted that a number of summer projects have been completed. Seeding and dirt work along the new high school sidewalk took place Wednesday. Also starting the week of July 21 are roofing projects at the HCTC and high school. During the week of July 28 track resurfacing at Porter Stadium is expected to begin.

The work on the track should take two or three days. The roof work will require an estimated two to three weeks.

• According to Stilley, the district’s entire bus fleet will be cleaned soon. Helping with the chore he said will be youngsters from Kids in Motion.