Four candidates for R-III board, towers at TBHS to be replaced

Pictured above: Lily Parker, MSE Student presents to the Board of Education her portfolio of her work. Pictured (L-R): Lily Parker, MSE Student, Dr. Ron Brandly, Recording Secretary, Dan Reed, Board of Education, Eric Hood, Board of Education President and Mark Penny, Superintendent of Troy R-III School District.

There will be four candidates for two seats on the Lincoln County School District R-III subject to the  April 2013 spring election. Those candidates are Dan Busekrus, Randy Siebert, Dale Black and  Darrell Gutermuth. They approved the language of the ballot. The two winners will serve three-year terms.

Mark Penny, Superintendent of Troy R-III, announced that the Missouri School Board Recognition Week is January 20-26, 2013.

Missourians benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 3,600 men and women in every community across the state.

These public servants like the Troy R-III School Board members are elected by local constituents and do not receive compensation for their tireless efforts. These men and women are the local school board members of Missouri.

During the week of January 20-26, communities across the state will honor the dedicated service of local boards of education during School Board Recognition Week as proclaimed by Governor Jay Nixon.

Penny asked Main Street Elementary (MSE) School Principal, Kristi Shinn, and a select group of MSE students to deliver the January curricular presentation. Felicity Stokes, MSE Fifth Grader, led the presentation  “The Leader in Me,” to the board.

The Leader in Me is a program based on Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Main Street Elementary believes implementing the program at their school will teach students the importance of being involved in community and important leadership skills necessary in life.

The start of the program, each classroom has a Mission Statement in the beginning of the year. Students are assigned quarterly jobs that teach responsibility, such as Cafeteria Duty. Grade levels have bulletin boards that offer “Wanted Ads”. Students can fill out an application, or “resume” to apply for the task that is wanted. Task can include Time Keeper in events or speakers at the Chamber of Commerce meetings. Students learn habits such as being proactive, to think win-win, and to seek first to understand, then to be understood.

Throughout the meeting, MSE students led the meeting in the pledge, recited songs on the habits they’ve learned and MSE students, Lily Parker and Taylor Kitson explained the “Leadership Binder” that was their portfolio of their work throughout the year.

Assistant Superintendent, Charley Branham explained and recommended for approval, a proposal to replace the cooling tower at Troy Buchanan High School. The repairs needed and maintenance was ongoing. Branham believes the district needs to take the opportunity and advantage of a DNR 2 percent energy loan and an estimated $25,000 Ameren UE Incentive Grant. It is estimated that replacement of the TBHS cooling tower will generate $29,810 in annual energy savings with a payback for the cost of the project in 9.15 years.

The next meeting will be held on Feb. 12, 2013 at the Central Office on West College Street at 6 p.m. or otherwise noted on the Troy R-III website.

Posted on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 8:15 am