Updates, reports, and personnel were addressed by Hamburg school board members Monday, May 16.

Superintendent Max Dyson gave an update on an appeal filed by the plaintiffs in the closing of the Wilmot campus saying the hearing date is June 16 in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Mo. He said each party will be allowed 15 minutes to present arguments. However, parties are not allowed to present additional evidence or call on witnesses.

“It will be two lawyers arguing their briefs before a three judge panel,” explained Dyson.

During the financial report, Superintendent Dyson, filling in for Carlton Lawrence, said “We are very rapidly approaching the end of the school year; all of our wishful spending should have been taken care of before April 1.”

The superintendent also noted that Lawrence will attend the June board meeting and present projections where the district will stand for 2015-16 school term.

The district’s current legal balance for period 10, Dyson said is $2,208,433.13.

He also noted that the district has received funds from the bond extension involving the LED lighting project. However, he noted that those funds were received after the financial report was printed and not included in the report. “Hopefully we will wind the year up a little better than where thought we would,” he added.

Coach Rosen Tiana Wilson was recognized as the two times 4-A state champion in the 100 and 200 meter dashes; the boys’ soccer team was recognized for an undefeated season record and as the winners of the conference championship.  

School board administrators also announced teacher of the year by campus and the district teacher of the year. Those selected by campus are Noble/Allbritton, Blake Higginbotham; Portland Elementary, Megan Moyers; Hamburg School Middle School, Bertha Freeman; Hamburg High School, Teresa Martin; and Wilmot Elementary, Mamie Gill.Gill was also named district teacher of the year.

In addition to each receiving a plaque, Lisa Atkins on behalf of the district’s Educator Hall of Honor and thru donations from local businesses, presented each campus teacher of the year a $50 gift card. Gill also received a gift card for dinner out with her family.

“We think it’s important to celebrate the fact that we have good quality teachers who do a great job,” said Dyson.

In actions taken, board members approved the application for the 6-B portion of the budget that is required to be in the In Star system and approved the superintendent’s recommendation to name Melinda Long as general business manager.

In the district’s accreditation status report, Atkins presented a break down by campus. The report showed that Portland Elementary is accredited; Wilmot Elementary, accredited, probation; Noble/Allbritton Elementary, accredited, cited; middle school, accredited; and the high school, accredited. 

Atkins also explained the purpose of the school letter grade and how districts are graded. 

“The school letter grade is just one indicator of how our schools are doing; our schools do a phenomenal job at a lot of different things,” said Atkins.

The grade system, she said, is part of an emergency rule passed in March and implemented when districts made the transition from pencil, paper standard testing to common core testing. The purpose is to involve parents and members of the community in conversation regarding school improvement.

Hamburg High School went from a C to a B, Hamburg middle a B to a D, Noble/Allbritton, Portland Elementary and Wilmot all remained at a C. The district’s score, Atkins said, is the average of all campus scores combined.

School board members approved the following personnel changes and accepted the resignations of Amy Becker, fourth grade teacher; Christopher Young, high school business education; Tiffany Webb; Lisa Craig, paraprofessional Noble/Allbritton Elementary.

The hiring of Galenda Gibson, Wilmot Elementary; Michelle Williams, registered nurse, Noble/Allbritton Elementary; Meredith Quinn, middle school counselor; Mamye Gill, middle school teacher; Leigh Price, middle school teacher; Donna Meeks, secondary bookkeeper middle school and athletic department; Penny Woods, assistant middle school principal; Gabrielle Chandler, band instructor; Rebecca Jones, high school business teacher; Jessica Wooten, paraprofessional Noble/ Allbritton Elementary.

Summer school employees were Brayden Ballard, Jake Stell, Drake Streeter.

Food service included Betty Morman, decrease hours from eight to six per day; Mandy Atchley, increase from seven to eight hours, and Galena Mooney, increase from six to seven hours.

The next board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 13, at the S.P. Portis administration building.

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