School Board Meeting Highlights Key District Initiatives

The Excelsior Springs Board of Education convened on September 12, 2023, to discuss and make decisions on a variety of topics. The meeting covered a broad range of subjects from academic services to human services and touched on key initiatives that affect students, staff, and the community.

Employee Recognition

The meeting began with Dr. Bullimore recognizing the classified employees of the month. The custodians from Lewis Elementary and Early Childhood Center who received this honor were Mark Plue, Binnie Wrisinger, Michelle McCardie, James Wallace, and Lenny Smith.

Academic Services

Dr. Miller presented the Academic Services Report, which included updates on several educational approaches. Among them were the Wit & Wisdom curriculum, the Science of Reading program, Reading Mastery Skills, Dyslexia Screening, Sound Walls, and the Star Reading Assessment.

Human Services

Dr. Everett’s Human Services Report touched on several community-focused programs and upcoming events. These included a Resource Fair and Clothes Closet, Operation School Bell, and a meeting for private, parochial, and home school representatives. Additionally, the grand opening of the Swope Clinic at the Early Childhood Center is scheduled for Monday, September 18, between 5:30 and 7:00 PM.

Operations

The Operations Report, also presented by Dr. Bullimore, addressed various topics such as district-wide safety and security measures, a recap of a middle school emergency event from the previous week, and updates on food service, facilities, and transportation.

Superintendent’s Report

Dr. Tomlinson, the Superintendent, reported on multiple subjects, including the Board of Education recognition at an upcoming Friday football game and plans for facility upgrades in 2024 and 2025. He also announced a Tax Rate Hearing to be held on September 26, affirming that the current tax rate is not expected to change.

Career Center Building Report

Mr. Rubey presented an update on the Career Center, which included data on post-secondary placements, industry-recognized credentials, SkillsUSA, current enrollment, and plans for moving forward, such as recruitment, partnerships, and program expansion.

Director of District Foundations Position Approved

A new job description for the Director of District Foundations was approved, along with a stipend of $4,000. The proposal was presented by Dr. Tomlinson.

Approval of Aspiring Leaders Program

Dr. Wickham and Mr. Marshall presented the Aspiring Leaders Program, which aims to nurture leadership qualities among staff. The program was approved, including a $2,000 stipend for participants.

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