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August 21 BOE Meeting Recap


The Worth County R-III Board of Education held its monthly meeting on August 19, 2021. The regular monthly meeting was held after the yearly Tax Rate Hearing. The board was presented with the elementary student handbook, high school student handbook, and employee handbook for 2021-2022.

Elementary principal, Mr. Chuck Borey, discussed the kindergarten through sixth grade enrollment of 143 students enrolled for this school year. Mr. Borey stated, “the elementary teachers have participated in professional development on math diagnostic assessment software over the course of the summer and will be ready to implement that resource called Math Equip this school year”. Mr. Adwell reported on the new textbooks and content for the 7-12 grade math courses. He mentioned, “the old textbooks had been used for the previous fifteen years and it was time to update to new text that was aligned to the Missouri Learning Standards.” The district was able to use money from ESSER III (federal funding) to purchase the digital and printed math curriculum content. New activities director, Mr. Josh Smith, reported on fall activities and participation numbers as practices started last week.

The superintendent’s report included updates on the budget, information from Tri-County Health Department, the flooring project, and the Cooperative Conference for School Administrators. The district will use funding from ESSER III to provide tutoring and intervention opportunities for all students K-12. Mr. Healy said that the federal funding will be used to address learning gaps, as well as provide opportunities for enrichment activities for our students.

The board approved board of education goals for the 2021-2022 school year, approved tutoring options for all students K-12, and set the tax rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The resignation of Kandi Hughes as the Board of Education Secretary was accepted with regrets. Kandi has been the bookkeeper at Worth County R-III for 23 years. Mrs. Hughes stated, “the board has done a good job at directing the school in a positive way in our constantly changing environment.” Kandi was instrumental in the district’s transition to paperless board meetings in 2010. She will continue to help train the new district bookkeeper and board secretary, Abby Hern, until the middle of October. In other personnel actions, the board offered a bus route driver position, and approved substitute lists for this school year.

District teachers began professional development days on Thursday, August 19 and the students’ first day of classes are Tuesday, August 24.

More information on the meeting and board of education agendas can be found at:

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