Board of Education Highlights
The Harrisonville Cass R-IX Board of Education met for the annual reorganizational meeting and the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 17.
During the meeting, RJ Knox and Chad Reynolds were honored for their service to the Board. Knox and Reynolds did not seek re-election. Knox has served on the board since 2015 and has served as president for the past year. Reynolds has been a member of the Board of Education since 2003 and has served as president four years during his tenure.
Board secretary Susan Brooker then administered the oath of office to incoming Board members Doug Alexander and Douglas Meyer. No election was necessary as Alexander and Meyer were the only candidates to file for seats on the board.
Additionally, the Board elected Tina Graef as President; Chris Bell as Vice President, Gina Smith as Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) Delegate; and Nancy Shelton as MSBA Alternate Delegate.
Each month, the Board of Education recognizes students. For April, the Board recognized the officers of the Harrisonville Middle School Kindness Committee. This committee was formed as a result of the March 14 walkout to honor the victims of the Parkland shooting. Since formation, the committee has completed a couple of projects including positive notes on every locker at HMS and handwriting welcome notes to incoming sixth graders. The officers include Audrey Barnes, Maddie Grace Wilson, Kayla Schuler, Kylie McGee, Charlie Crouser, and Alysa Warren.
Each month, the Board also hears a report from a partner organization on the group’s activities. Pattie Styron, President of the Academic Booster Club, attended the April meeting. The group co-hosts the annual Academic Awards Assembly in August to recognize students who letter and earn top scores on the ACT and Advanced Placement exams. Twice a year, ABC honors students nominated by teachers for hard work, good attitudes, improvement in academics, and helping others with the First Class Cats Awards. In addition, the group supports teachers with grants. This year, four HHS departments - math, science, theatre and band - received funds. And finally, the group recognizes students for making the Honor Rolls.
In other action, the Board renewed a co-op agreement with the Harrisonville Christian School and approved a new co-op agreement with the East Lynne School District to allow students from both schools to participate in MSHSAA sports at Harrisonville Middle School. These activities include 8th grade football, and 7th and 8th grade volleyball, cross country, boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling, and track.
The board also received a report on the district’s preschool and Parents As Teachers program. This year, 53 students are enrolled in the three-year-old preschool program which meets two half days per week. Sixty-seven students are enrolled in the four-year-old preschool program which meets three half days per week. There are two early childhood special education classes with a total enrollment of 19.
Enrollment for preschool for the 2018-2019 school year will take place on Monday, April 23rd, 2018. Current students will have the opportunity to pre-enroll beginning at 8 a.m. that day. Students who are new to the programs will enroll beginning at 6 p.m. that evening. Preschool screenings will be held on April 30, May 1, 7 and 8.
Parents As Teachers is a free program for parents with children ages birth to five. This year, the program served 117 children through special events, weekly playgroups, and home visits. Forty-four new families were recruited. Two part-time parent educators run the program. Each week, families can participate in playgroup on Tuesdays at 9:15 a.m. at Harrisonville Early Childhood Center. Recent special events include Tool Time, Wild About Animals, and Music with Mar.
The Board’s next meeting is May 15 at 7 p.m. at the district’s administrative offices.