Pending retirements were a topic of discussion during Wednesday's meeting of the Hannibal Board of Education.

Pending retirements were a topic of discussion during Wednesday's meeting of the Hannibal Board of Education.

Superintendent Susan Johnson reported that thus far the faculty and administrators who will be leaving at the end of the current school year have spent a combined 181 years in the Hannibal school district, plus an additional 127 years in education elsewhere.

“We're very grateful to all of them,” she said.

Long-time HHS Football and Track Coach Mark St. Clair, who taught physical education, departs after 28 years with the district. Overall his career as an educator lasted 30 years.

Johnson called St. Clair a “fixture” of the football program.

“It's going to be different without him,” she said.

Other long-time members of the school district who intend to call it a career include Roger McGregor, director of the Hannibal Career and Technical Center (HCTC), Dave McCollum, assistant high school principal, and Frank North, a guidance counselor at the HCTC.

An educator for 26 years, McGregor has spent the past 19 years in Hannibal. McCollum retires after spending all 25 years of his career in Hannibal. North has logged 27 years in education, 23 of which were spent in Hannibal.

Rich Stilley, business manager, advised that two members of the district's support service staff – Linda McCloud, secretary to the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and Jacqueline Walsh, school nurse at the middle school – will be retiring at the end of the school year. Combined, they have been with the district for over 30 years, according to Stilley.

Also recognized was Erik Gottman, who is “retiring” from the school board after nine years. As a parting gift Johnson presented him with a painting of Porter Stadium.

In other business:

• With the help of students and teachers, Kyle Gibbs, principal at Stowell Elementary School, reported on the integration of technology at the South Side attendance center.

• A school calendar for 2017-18 was approved. Johnson said the approved version had the most support “hands down.”

The calendar is similar to past years, according to Johnson.

The school year will start on Aug. 17. The winter recess will begin Dec. 22 and run through Jan. 2. Spring break will extend from March 29 through April 2. The school year wraps up on May 17.

• Maria Mundle, assistant superintendent, provided a state testing update.

“We're very busy. There's been lots of preparation and we're ready to go,” she said.

• Reports were submitted from each building to show the progress that's been made toward meeting their Comprehensive School Improvement Plan as of midyear.

• Johnson gave an update on the district's summer school plans.

“It's exciting to see so many opportunities for our kids,” she said.

• An evaluation of the district's at-risk program was presented. It was rated as “excellent” when it comes to achieving desired outcomes.

• An update was provided on Johnson's efforts to gather information on a possible option to address the district's substitute teaching challenges.

• Johnson also sought the board's level of interest in exploring the possibility of establishing a school-based health care clinic. Board members encouraged her to continue her research.


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