Board Meeting Highlights: December 20

December 21 - The Hallsville Board of Education held the regular session December meeting on Wednesday, December 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Below are highlights of items discussed during open session. The full agenda with document links is available on the district website.

Earlier in the week, the Board held a second work session for public feedback on potential capital projects.


  • Board Members: All Present
  • Administrators: Mr. Downs, Mr. Daly, Mr. Sides, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Jimerson, Mrs. Maseman, Mr. Blakemore.
  • Faculty & Staff: Erin Snelling, Betsy O’Day, Susan German, MaCall Lankford, Kristie Miller, Kellie Austene, Sue Bryan, Sherri Briedwell, Judy George, Marci Minor.
  • Other Gallery: Trynton Roberts, Jacob Harmon, State Representative Cheri Reisch, Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks.


  • Erin Snelling recently received the Science Teachers of Missouri Excellence in Science Teaching Award.
  • Leigh Pemberton was chosen as the Hallsville Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year last month.

  • Karen Jimerson has been selected as Distinguished Principal for the Northeast Region of the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP). She will be honored at a banquet at the MAESP Conference in March.

  • Betsy O’Day was recently awarded a grant to attend an ornithology institute on Hogg Island in Maine in July 2018.

CONSENT AGENDA: Discussion Items

  • Authorization for the payment of bills: December Cheer Trip, Athletic uniform rotation, Kelly Services and substitutes, MUSIC (district liability insurance coverage), First Security (energy lights).

  • Evaluation of District Finances: Long-range planning for district finances, including a multi-year revenue plan; District insurance coverage and rising costs.

  • Evaluation of Guidance & Counseling Program: Number of student office visits, overview of job duties, at risk programs, and transition of students between buildings.

  • Evaluation of Library/Media Services: Media Specialist staffing, Summer Reading Programs and building-level options, flexible schedule for Intermediate library time.

CORRESPONDENCE: Presidents’ Report

  • Taylor Burks, Boone County Clerk: High school program for students to assist at polls during the April 2017 election as well as student participation in two upcoming, summer internships.

  • Student Representative to Board: High school junior Jacob Harmon was invited to attend and provide input on formalizing a program for a student representative for the Board of Education.


Items discussed below can be viewed on the website in district reports.

  • Intermediate: Bradford Pear Tree

  • Middle School: Attendance Club, Boone County Mental Health Coalition and student meetings, bids to repair water issues

  • High School: Credit Restoration Policy process and progress, intervention processes in place for students

  • Activities Report: Estimates for infield maintenance on baseball/softball field work, scoreboard arrival and installation in West Gym

  • SPED report: Number of students with IEPs and 504

  • Superintendent's Report: Staffing ratios and options for administrative team restructuring with an additional option “D” developed from the November discussion, OPS and custodial/maintenance work, budget projections and state revenues, draft balanced scorecard (metrics for priorities for improvement)


  • Program Evaluation Goals: All draft goals and objectives were reviewed by the Board over the last year and were approved at this meeting use in program evaluations beginning in 2018.

  • Board Policies and Regulations: The second and final reading of board policy and regulation updates from Missouri Consultants for Education (MCE) were approved. This includes: Student Suicide Awareness, Reporting third and fourth degree assault, inoculations of students, participation by non-traditional students, procurement standards, retirement compensation, and due process in termination cases.

  • Capital Improvements: Lengthy discussion on capital improvements, including feedback from Board Work Session #2 on potential bond projects: additional classrooms at Hallsville Primary, a primary gymnasium, and middle school renovation/construction phases.


  • Change Date for Upcoming Meeting: Due to school board election filing and ballot language filing, the regular session meeting in January will be held on the 22nd.

  • Lunch Charges: Communications with parents regarding Meal Policy 5550 as well as a recap of meetings with staff and administration to develop a consistent protocol district-wide.  

  • John T. Belcher Scholarship: The board selected one senior recipient of the John T. Belcher Scholarship, awarded through MSBA and the FutureBuilders Foundation. Three total applications were submitted for review.

  • Asphalt Repair Request for Proposals (RFPs): The Board approved to solicit bids for asphalt repair and restriping throughout the district. The RFP will be posted on the website as soon as possible.

Accessing Board Meeting Information

Board of Education meeting agendas are available on the school district website by date. The next meeting is a work session on Monday, January 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hallsville Primary Commons. The regular session January meeting will be on Monday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m.

You can review a few topics in more detail on Board Member Craig Stevenson's blog update!