Construction news brought smiles to faces during the Winfield R-IV Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Bill Ahal reported that the transportation and maintenance facility’s foundation is in place and the steel has arrived. This building is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting, but the official move in will not take place until after the annual bus inspection. Construction at the Intermediate School will soon be visible as the contractor is now on campus with their office trailer and a fence has been placed around the construction site. The biggest change will be seen from Hwy. 47 at the high school where the athletic facility will be taking shape. Equipment is on site, as well as the office trailer and fencing for the northern edge of the construction area. Tree removal has begun and soon earth will be moved and outlines on the fields will be visible.
The School Board of Education will have three open positions in the upcoming year. The election will take place on April 8, 2014. The first filing date will be Dec. 17, 2013 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Board of Education Office will be open for filing from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2013 – Dec. 20, 2013. The office will be closed from Dec. 23, 2013 – Jan. 1, 2014. Filing will resume on Jan. 2, 2014 – Jan. 17 Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. The last day to file will be Jan. 21, 2014 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can file at the district office located at 104 Eighth Street, Winfield, Mo., 63389. The term is a three-year term.
In new business a program review for Agriculture and Technology were presented. The agriculture program has really grown this year. This year two students participated at the Lincoln County Fair, students attended a FFA Officer Retreat in early August, 19 students participated in Trapshooting, 30 students attended Greenhand Initiation in September, 30 members attended the Bradford Field Day in Columbia, Mo and much more. The program has shown growth in participation and hope to recruit more students in the upcoming years.
In the technology program review, Chromebooks and iPads were discussed along with future plans for the district. The four-year rotation for the teacher’s computer upgrades will be happening next year. The district plans to replace all desktop computers in the Intermediate building with laptops. All new purchases will be meeting the guidelines of the Smarter Balance Assessment that will begin in 2014-2015.
Nancy Baker, Superintendent, gave attendance percentages for the month. All schools are at or above the 95 percent mark for attendance, even with flu and cold season in full swing. The ninth grade had the highest attendance for the month of October with 97 percent. A free health screening will be available on Jan. 3, 2014 in the middle school commons for all school employees. This is provided though the district’s Cigna insurance.
All the building principals reported substantial improvements in the area of student behavior due to the continued implementation of PBS (Positive Behavior Support) and Parents as Teachers are serving 284 kids and their families. The Intermediate Honor Society is providing families in the district with a Thanksgiving dinner through fundraising. The middle school has a new stage that was debuted at the Veteran’s Day assembly. The high school is currently assisting students to improve grades and increasing rigor in the classrooms.
The Winfield School Board approved the recommendation to sign a contract with Blue Chip for their pest control/exterminator needs. The board also approved the recommendation of Reed & Scharf Construction for the school year 2013-2014 for snow removal.
Recognitions for the night were: Intermediate presenters at the Tri-County PD Day: Lauren Waltman, Alicia Blackmore, Casey Bromwich, Quay Pund, Deanna McDaniel, Dawn Neels, Cindy Black. Middle School presenters at the Tri-County PD Day: Standard based grading – Emily (Wolk) Lamar, Whitney Malick, Carrie Gracey / Summer Academy – Mary Ann Hoelting, Diana Lehmkuhl, Tom McCracken / Student presenters from the Summer Academy were Kaitlyn Lindsey, Sarah Gordon, and Rachael Penrod. Primary Presenters at the Tri-County PD Day: Singapore Math Presentation – Anne Estes, Samantha Sheets and Cheryl Liszewski; Managing Minor Behaviors – Amanda Brodbeck and Marissa Dodd. Superintendent: Network for Educator Effectiveness Certified Evaluator Training Program – Nancy Baker, David Wehde, Natalie DeWeese, Ericka Dixon, Ronda Haight, Nick Heggemann, Jennifer Timmons, Tom McCracken.
The next School Board meeting will take place on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Intermediate library.