Ralls County R-II school board members review evolving long range facilities plan

Courier-Post staff
Posted: Nov. 20, 2019 11:44 am

CENTER, Mo. — Members of the Ralls County R-II Board of Education reviewed the details of a district-wide long range facilities plan during their regular meeting Thursday, Nov. 14.

Long range facilities plan committee members discussed changes they made to modify the total cost from $12 million to $8 million. A followup committee will meet to split the plan in two to reflect a $4.75 million no-tax increase bond and a $3.25 million 20-cent tax increase bond. Board of education members will meet with committee members during their December meeting to decide on ballot initiatives related to the plan.

In other business:

  • Students were recognized for receiving Habit Heroes awards, being named Mark Twain Junior High School students of the month and receiving the photography selection, achieving all conference standing in softball, cross country and football, all district in cross country and receiving FFA National Degrees.

  • Administrators discussed upcoming events for students and family members, including the Turkey Trot, Veteran's Day program, Summer Journey, Live Wire presentation, Parent Teacher Conferences DARE Graduation, Kid's Leadership Conference, 4th Grade Wax Museum, Thanksgiving feast and agriculture awareness day.

  • Administration survey questions were discussed and will be used to gather information from district staff members in December. 

  • Academic achievement, attendance, food service and transportation reports were shared with board members.

  • The board adjourned into a closed executive session to discuss personnel issues.

The Ralls County R-II Board of Education's next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.

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