The Lincoln County R-III School District Board of Education meeting was held on Dec. 18, 2012. United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Charles Andrae Walker from the 131st Bomb Wing of the Missouri Air National Guard / Whiteman Air Force Base lead all those present in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Walker is a Social Studies teacher at New Horizons High School.
Assistant Superintendent, Charlie Branham highlighted Troy R-III’s safety precautions in light of recent events. “I’m very appreciative to our District’s proactive approach in making our School District safe,” says Branham. In light of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Troy R-III School District informed the Board of security and safety measures that have been put into place over the last 10 years at Lincoln County R-III. Some of those measures include: Locked front doors at the elementary schools, clerical staff at front entrances with required visitor check in, video surveillance cameras, crisis manual and crisis training for faculty/staff, safety drills (including intruder drill), character education program for students, student management plans (fair, but firm building discipline policy for students), implementation of a threat assessment tool, increased administrator communication via cell phones and radios, presence of School Resource Officers, excellent professional relationship with local law enforcement/local law enforcement personnel who are responsive when the district calls upon them, mental health counselors from Crider Center & Preferred Health Care available to students at no charge.
“One of the proactive tools we utilize in the Lincoln County R-III Schools is our threat assessment. The assessment was created by a team of school and law enforcement officials and is based upon research by the Secret Service, which includes interviews from 41 shooters that were involved in 37 shooting incidences. Our threat assessment identifies students who may be a threat to his or herself, other students or our schools. It has worked and is working in our schools. We are continuing to work with local law enforcement and our building principals to improve our current security measures,” says Troy R-III Superintendent Mark Penny.
The education and safety of the students are the top two concerns at Troy the R-III School district. The School District has heard the concerns of parents and met with faculty and staff concerning new safety measures and the safety of the students throughout the day. Each building has an Action Plan and a crisis manual. They conduct drills throughout the individual schools and hope they never have to use or carry out any plans. Elementary schools throughout the district all have a “buzz-in” system. This keeps guests in the front foyer until the staff lets them in. Hawk Point Elementary was the only school in the Troy School district that didn’t have a Buzzer System and currently is in the process of installing one.
Troy Buchanan High School Principal, Stephen Hunter and TBHS Special Education Site Base Coordinator Trista Stratton delivered a presentation on Boone Center, Inc. (BCI). BCI is a modern social enterprise committed to achieving its social and business missions. Their business is concentrated in contract packaging and miscellaneous assembly. BCI provides employment opportunities to adults with disabilities and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Troy Buchanan High School has a partnership with BCI providing a work experience that allows students to work part time through school. During their program, BCI helps the students through the transition from school to work and helps with job development. Students experience competitive pay and career advancement. “This partnership is a great opportunity for our kids to participate in,” says Penny.
President of the Education Foundation, Tracy Black and Public Relations President of the Education Foundation, Lauren Fast updated the Board on the progress of their Foundation. The Foundations mission is to provide supplemental financial support to the Lincoln County R-III School District to enrich education. Their vision is to be the leading nonprofit organization continually supporting educational excellence in the Lincoln County R-III School District. The Foundation is funded by donations and income earned on investment capital. In-kind and monetary gifts are accepted from individuals, corporations and other foundations. For more information please visit their website www.lcr3educationfoundation.org.
The Board approved the graduation dates set for Troy. New Horizon High School will be held on May 10, 2013 at Bonfils Auditorium at 6 p.m. Troy Buchanan High School’s graduation will be held at The Family Arena in St. Charles on May 12, 2013 at 2 p.m.
The R-III Board of Education candidate filing for the April 2, 2013 election began at 8 a.m. on Dec. 11, 2012 and will run until 5 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2013. Candidate sign ups are accepted only on days that school is in session. Final certification date will be on January 22, 2013. We have two seats with three-year terms open.
To date, three candidates declared their intent to seek a seat on the R-III Board of Education. Those candidates are as follows: Dan Busekrus, Randy Siebert and Dale Black.
The next Board of Education meeting will be on Jan. 15, 2013 at the Central Office in Troy.