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The Transportation Department at the Lincoln County R-III School District recently received the Exemplary School Bus Maintenance Award from the Missouri Association of Pupil Transportation and was recognized at the July 16 meeting of the Lincoln County R-III School District Board of Education. This award recognizes the efforts of the transportation department in having 90 percent or better motor vehicle inspections for the past 10 years. On hand to receive the award were Paul Schupmann, fleet manager, Scott Telle, Dale Burkhart and Josh Redshaw.
The administrators from each of the schools within the district each gave a report on happenings at their school. While the students have been away enjoying their summer vacation the administrators of the R-III School District have been kept busy interviewing new teachers and hiring new staff for the 2013-2014 school year. Most administrators were happy to report the hiring process had finally been completed but a few have one or two spots left to fill. With the new school year quickly encroaching the teachers in the R-III District have become eager to get into their classrooms to prepare for students. The administrators were happy to report that most schools were ready or will be ready shortly for the teachers to start preparing their classrooms thanks to the hard work of the custodial staff over the summer.
Les Thompson led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance during Tuesday’s meeting. Les Thompson is a retired Aviation Fire Control Senior Chief, United States Navy. Les is a Vietnam era veteran, serving from 1968 until 1989. He served on five aircraft carriers, the last being the nuclear powered USS Nimitz and performed missions in the Pacific and Southeast Asia arenas, the Atlantic/Caribbean, and the Mediterranean and Mid East waters. Upon retirement from the military, Mr. Thompson worked for McDonnell Douglas/Boeing as a training engineer until his retirement in 2005.
The Consent agenda was approved unanimously, which approved last months minutes, monthly financial reports, personnel items, policies and regulations and handbooks for the 2013-2014 school year.
Representatives, Don Bristow, consultant, Andy Jolly, assistant director, Martin Hanley, director, from the Pike Lincoln Technical Center were at the monthly meeting to discuss the changes taking place at the Technical Center. All seemed eager to discuss the groundbreaking at the new facility, which will replace the portion of the school that was lost during a fire in December of 2011. If all goes according to plan ground will be broke for the new facility this fall after the insurance work is finalized. Along with the new building Pike Lincoln Technical Center is also offering new courses to help prepare students for the many careers available.
Charley Branham and his crew have been very busy this summer working on Claude Brown as well as preparing Troy Buchanan High School for the Troy Story. Troy Story is a local mission project that will bring hundreds of youth and their adult leaders to Troy to work on homes in the area. The youth and their leaders will be staying at Troy Buchanan High School using the classrooms as sleeping quarters, the commons area for meals and the gymnasium for recreational purposes. Troy Story will be taking place from July 21 to July 27.
The Board of Education also unanimously approved the Conflict of Interest Ordinance. The ordinance sets rules and guidelines which address nepotism, conflict of interest, financial disclosure, contractual business and business relationships, business entities, use of confidential information, acceptance of gifts, contact between vendors and board member and financial interest statement. This ordinance sets forth measures to prevent a conflict of interest from influencing any decisions the Board of Education may make.
Superintendent Mark Penny will be holding a special session for board members on July 27. Superintendent Penny and the board members will get a chance to tour the newly improved Claude Brown building and be able to see all the hard work that has gone into preparing it for the upcoming school year.