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Last Wednesday, March 8, the Mount Ayr School Board of Directors met in regular session.
During the meeting, a new athletic complex entry-way was discussed for both the north and south ends, entering the football field/track and baseball and softball fields that included an arch-way that mimicked the top of the football field scoreboard, along with a ticket booth that would be heated and cooled and a sliding gateway.
The design, however, is subject to change. The board voted, unanimously, in favor of the booster club project, allowing for significant changes to be made to school grounds.
Another perk to the project was that they expect all aspects of the project to be completed using county entities, including the construction class to build the ticket booths.
In other discussion, high school principal Josh Vanderflught spoke about an opportunity for Mount Ayr students interested in art to visit Northwest Missouri State University and shadow art careers at the university.
Principal Vanderflught also discussed ongoing talks with Bound and their hybrid ticketing system for athletics.
As of right now, all post-season athletic tickets must be purchased online, however, regular season events are left up to the school.
Bound would provide the school with the means to sell tickets online and scan them at the port of entry, while also still allowing for cash sales.
In elementary principal Amy Bautista’s report, she discussed a variety of goings on including Clarinda schools observing the Mount Ayr language arts curriculum, in which they were very impressed and considering adopting as well.
Bautista discussed Junior Raider Summer School staffing needs, which is in need of three more teachers.
Director Schuitema discussed the possibility of paying the staff more for summer school in hopes of attracting more employees.
Superintendent Schaffer discussed a new meal policy that will allow students to go negative five meals per student, while staff can charge up to $20.
The plan discussed how students and parents were notified of low balances in hopes to remedy the issues they have had in the previous months.
The school board accepted resignations from two employees, Faye Stull, a bus driver who is retiring after 50 years and Maggie Lynch, the Sparks Drill Team instructor.
Director Winemiller thanked both for their dedication and years of service to the school.
Shaffer recommended multiple new hires including Sara Dukes, FCS teacher and CTE sponsor, Emily Thomas K-6 teacher, Chelsey Clymer, summer concessions, Chelsey Daily, assistant volleyball coach and Johnathon McNabb, assistant drama director.
All recommendations were unanimously approved.
In final discussion, Shaffer presented the board the last day of school.
Due to the amount of snow days, the last day of school will be May 25 for students and May 26 for teachers.