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West County board reorganizes

The West County Board of Education met in regular session Tuesday night, swearing in board members, reorganizing the board and considering district business.

Superintendent Stacy Stevens administered the oath of office to new board member Tyson Wilkins and returning member Jon Barlow.

The board voted Shawn Meinershagen as board president, Jon Barlow as vice president, Andy Kearns as secretary, Tiffani Wright as treasurer, Rocky Stevens as board delegate and Tyson Wilkins as alternate delegate.

“The board also said goodbye to Rick Lawson, who had been on the board for 21 years, and we recognized his service,” Stevens said. “Rick did a wonderful job for our kids, our staff and this community. He did a fantastic job and the board wanted to recognize that and wish him well going forward.”

The board also voted to begin using Charter Spectrum for phone service beginning July 1.

“We’re currently with AT&T but after looking at the bids, the board decided that Charter is a better option for the next school year. We’re excited to start working with them on the phone service — we’d already made the switch to them for internet service this past year, and have had a good relationship so far.”

The board also voted to slightly raise lunch prices by 15 cents.

“Next year, an elementary lunch will be $2 and a middle school/high school lunch will be $2.25,” Stevens said. “The district will continue to offer free breakfast to all of our students. At two of the three campuses, we offer a free supper and at the high school we offer a free snack.

“We feel like, despite having to bump this up a little bit, the opportunity for every one of our kids to get three or four meals for the price is still a good value overall. We always hate when we have to look at raising prices, but that’s where we’re at.”

As a member of the MAAA insurance consortium, Stevens said the insurance provided will no longer be from Anthem, but from United Healthcare, while the ancillary products such as dental and vision will still be provided by Lincoln Financial.

In preparation of Stevens’ retirement from the district next year, the board also heard presentations from the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) and the Missouri Association of Rural Educators (MARE) regarding assistance with a superintendent search.

“They had representatives here presenting to the board in in regard to potentially using them for a superintendent search,” Stevens said. “Next year will be my last year, so they are going to be looking for a new superintendent to begin on July 1 of 2019. They tabled that after hearing the presentations and will have further discussion on whether or not they’ll be using one of those firms going forward.”

The Old Frankclay Class Reunion was also discussed, which will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on June 9 at West County High School.

In executive session, the board hired Joe Arnold as the High School Girls Basketball coach, with Stevens saying Arnold brings experience from Farmington and North County. Also hired was Stephen Barnett, as a 4th grade teacher and the Junior Varsity Girls Basketball coach.

From left West County Superintendent Stacy Stevens administers the oath of office to board members Tyson Wilkins and Jon Barlow.

From left West County Superintendent Stacy Stevens administers the oath of office to board members Tyson Wilkins and Jon Barlow.

Shawn Meinershagen is currently the president of the West County Board of Education.

Shawn Meinershagen is currently the president of the West County Board of Education.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at jscott@dailyjournalonline.com.

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