Newtown-Harris R-3 School Board approved district health insurance provider Feb. 9and. The provider will be the Ozarks School Benefits Association and the district will pay $575.82.
Contract extensions have been approved for Superintendent, Doctor Lucas McKinnis and Kindergarten through 12and Class Principal Kim Palmer.
Councilor Megan Brown’s resignation has been approved.
The board also approved updates to the safe return plan.
There was a discussion about a potential cooperation with Princeton for football and a cooperation agreement with Grundy County R-5.
The Newtown-Harris graduation will take place on May 20and. The senior trip will follow.
Palmer said visits to colleges and vocational schools are planned for students this month. Tenth graders interested in career education courses have the opportunity to visit Bethany’s North Central Career Center next week. Tenth to 12and students can visit State Tech on March 1st.
Quarter end is March 11and. Newtown-Harris will then send bulletins. Parents are invited to contact teachers to set up conferences if they wish. The teachers will also organize conferences with the parents.
Grandparents Day will be celebrated on March 9and.
Palmer said during a professional development day on Feb. 7, staff worked on aligning assessments with the priority standards or curriculum and ensuring skills are taught at the appropriate level of rigor. In some cases, assessment and alignment work has resulted in shorter assessments while increasing rigor. Palmer said the trainers complimented the work done by the teachers and their commitment to Newtown-Harris and the community.
She reported that meetings have been held with Lumen and Tyler Technologies for student information systems. Lumen’s quote was $7,500 the first year and about $6,400 the following year. She had not received a quote from Tyler by February 9andis the meeting.