The Mt. Pleasant Community School District Board of Directors met Monday night and during citizens comments were questioned about the decision to not allow the Activities Director to be involved in any coaching of sports. Chuck Allen addressed the board about that decision and expressed concern that the new A.D. Scott Lamm, as very talented coach, would not be allowed to use those talents. The board explained that because of the large number of activities and administrative duties they felt that having someone try to coach and be A.D. would be difficult. The board also stressed that this decision in no way reflects on the job performance of retiring A.D. Bob Jensen.
Darren Hanna Middle School Principal was complimented on the job he and his staff have done in improving the number of students who receive failing grades in core courses. The number has gone down from 152 in 2010 to 63 students in 2012.
The board approved the second reading and adoption of policy 101, the philosophy of the district.
Under new business the board heard a request from the Henry County Ministerial Association to adopt a written policy about establishing a set time for school activities to end on Wednesday evenings so that students can attend church youth group meetings. The board will take the matter to the policy committee for action.
A short presentation was given by Cassie Gerst about the Club “M” Middle School mentoring program. There are currently 67 mentoring matches in Club “M”.
Ed Chabal, director of finance gave his annual comprehensive annual financial report. The report shows the district in good financial condition again this year.
Superintendent Roederer gave information on the FY14 taxable valuations; the school district gets tax dollars from four counties.
Also the board approved the SBRC modified allowable growth, this does not impact taxes. The expenditures are incurred this year for open enrolled students and limited English proficient students the funding does not follow until next year so the department of education allows for allowable growth.
Finally the board decided to contact three search companies to assist in finding superintendent candidates to replace the retiring Dr. John Roederer; they will attempt to meet with them January 28th.