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A night of recognition at school board meeting

With a capacity crowd in attendance, the Farmington R-7 Board of Education spent Tuesday evening’s monthly meeting recognizing students, faculty and staff while still finding time to take action on several items on the agenda.

As the meeting got underway, the board first heard from Jefferson Elementary Principal Kim Amsden as she presented the school’s Featured Teacher of the Year to Lisa Schlegel, a speech and language pathologist for the district.

According to Amsden, Schlegel’s colleagues nominated her as the Featured Teacher because of her forward thinking and innovative instructions while working with first through fourth grade students.

Amsden continued by adding Schlegel works with teachers in the district to incorporate PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) into everyday classroom situations. As a speech/language pathologist, Schlegel has been instrumental in bringing professionalism back into the district.

Upon presenting Schlegel with her award, Amsden recognized Irvine Rudasill as the school’s Heartland Hero.

Amsden stated as a substitute teacher, Rudasill has a special knack of building relationships with some of the elementary school’s struggling students to help them become successful.

Amsden concluded the evening by recognizing Jordan Duncan, who completed his Eagle Scout project at Jefferson Elementary by making a dedicated space for an outdoor garden. As a result, Amsden stated the Earth Club Students will soon be planting fresh vegetables and herbs.

After Amsden finished, the board heard from Dr. Nathan Hostetler, the principal at the high school. With the help of his staff of coaches and teachers, Hostetler presented winter sports athletes and other active students.

Among the organizations recognized was the Farmington High School Band presented by band leader Elliot Naes, the Farmington High School Choir Program, particularly the Solo and Ensemble Choirs, and the Knightline for their first place honors at the Sugar Bears Invitational at Missouri State University.

In winter sports, the board recognized members of the boys’ basketball team with their 19 and 9 record with help from Assistant Coach Mike Lamb. Girls’ basketball coach Rusty Sancegraw recognized the team and their accomplishments as well. Finally, the board heard from Morgan Wilson, the coach of the girls’ swim team, who talked about taking fifth in conference play and the almost doubling in size since last season. Finishing out the evening was Coach John Krause presenting the school’s wrestling team.

Among the items the board took action on was the approval of a $138,750 for the purchase of 750 Chromebooks from Riverside Technologies. According to Andy White, the director of technology for the district, Riverside’s bid was only $8 dollars higher than the lowest bid for a cost of $185 per Chromebook.

“Chromebooks only have about a three to four year life cycle,” White said. “They were a little more expensive than last year, but they are more rugged than last year’s model as well.”

According to White, the new Chromebooks will be replacing the ones presently used at the middle school and the high school.

According to White, the district will purchase 375 Chromebooks in May with current the district Tech Plan Budget and the remaining 375 will be purchased in June or July with 2017-18 District Tech Plan budget.

In addition, the board accepted a bid of $31,038.52 from Marler Music Center for the purchase and installation of the sound system for Black Knight Field House.

The purchase of the new system will provide improved sound quality that was deficient with the present system. Hoener and Associates, along with G&W Engineering will be offsetting the cost of the sound system and the remaining amount coming from the owner accounts.

During the information part of the meeting, Roy Northern and Jamie LaMonds, both assistant principals at the high school, reported to the board on the success of the spring parent-teacher conferences, which was an attempt to spark a higher rate of parent involvement.

According to Northern, changing the conferences from the fall to the spring, and taking a more of an initiative produced a much better response rate from parents. In fact, according to both Northern and LaMonds, the overall number of parents in attendance had more than doubled.

“The spring parent teacher conference was a huge success,” said Associate Superintendent Dr. Ashley Krause. “Parents were able to come in and talk to the teachers and get a lot of questions answered. Teachers were actually able to suggest programs that are not marketed as well as they should be or could be.”

The next board meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. on April 18 at the district office at 1022 Ste. Genevieve Ave. The meeting is opened to the public.

A member of Troop 471 since the first grade,Farmington High School senior Jordan Duncan has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Duncan turned an unusable space at Jefferson Elementary into an outdoor classroom and garden. Duncan was recognized by the Farmington Board of Education during the March meeting for his efforts. Presenting Duncan with a plaque is Kim Amsden, the principal at Jefferson Elementary.  

A member of Troop 471 since the first grade,Farmington High School senior Jordan Duncan has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Duncan turned an unusable space at Jefferson Elementary into an outdoor classroom and garden. Duncan was recognized by the Farmington Board of Education during the March meeting for his efforts. Presenting Duncan with a plaque is Kim Amsden, the principal at Jefferson Elementary.  

The Farmington High School Boys' Varsity Basketball team was recognized Tuesday evening at the board of education's monthly meeting. During the meeting, the board recognized students athletes and students from other areas of interested for their accomplishments during the winter season. Three members of the basketball team take a moment for a picture with Assistant Coach Michael Lamb, second from left, are Alex England, Lamb, Tycen Grey and Brendon Hardy.

The Farmington High School Boys’ Varsity Basketball team was recognized Tuesday evening at the board of education’s monthly meeting. During the meeting, the board recognized students athletes and students from other areas of interested for their accomplishments during the winter season. Three members of the basketball team take a moment for a picture with Assistant Coach Michael Lamb, second from left, are Alex England, Lamb, Tycen Grey and Brendon Hardy.

Craig Vaughn is a reporter for the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3629 or cvaughn@farmingtonpressonline.com

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