The Worth County Board of Education held the monthly meeting on September 1, 2022. Westbrook and Co. presented the district’s audit for the 2021-2022 school year at the meeting. The audit found the district in compliance and in good financial standing, with a fund balance of just under 50%. Currently, the district needs a fund balance of over 12% to avoid short-term borrowing.
During the meeting, the board approved the program reviews for Federal Programs, Parents as Teachers, and Special Education Services. The board also approved grant applications from the district for Roadway Safety, Lunchroom Equipment, and EPA Bus Grants. Administration reported on the Continuous School Improvement Plan implementation that all districts in the state of Missouri must implement. Worth County R-III’s focus for goal 1 is critical thinking and problem solving. All classes focus on researched based strategies to improve performance on higher level thinking problems and activities.
The principals reported on the enrollment of their buildings and other happenings. The enrollment of the district, K-12 grades, increased by 9 students, when compared to this time last year. They also discussed professional development activities that teachers participate in on a weekly basis. The Title I teachers will host a Morning of Champions on September 29. Breakfast will be served and Mrs. Humphrey and Ms. Meek will be there to introduce the program and provide activities for students and parents.
The district opted to offer a Career Ladder program for the 2022-2023 school year. This program was implemented by the state to help retain high quality teachers. It will provide an opportunity for teachers to provide tutoring and other student support services, with reimbursement from the state for up to 60 percent of approved costs. Last year, the district spent $30,000 on tutoring to help with learning loss and intervention practices. This year, the hope is to provide increased opportunities for students in these areas with less shared cost from the district.
In other action, the board approved working with an Applied Behavior Analysis company through Thrivergent and hired Brandon Allee as a full-time bus route driver.
The next board meeting will be Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30 PM. More information on the meeting and board of education agendas can be found at: https://www.wc.k12.mo.us/boemeetings