MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Maryville Board of Education approved a change in requirements for paraprofessionals seeking employment with the district at its regular meeting Wednesday, May 15, at the district office.

Superintendent Becky Albrecht said this change will allow the district more freedom to hire paraprofessionals. It allows the district to hire a candidate who passes the Parapro Praxis test through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education even if they lack the 60 college credit hours required.

Amy Flohr, instructor at Northwest Technical School, brought the idea to the administration and the board at a previous meeting. She said she has students who graduate her teaching professions program with a lot of educational knowledge and practicum time, but not 60 credit hours.

Before the change, the district only required a paraprofessional to have a minimum of 60 college credit hours, but those hours were not required to be education-based.

While the 60 hours still will not be required to be education-based, Albrecht explained this change allows for students who graduate from the NTS program to apply and interview for the position.

Albrecht said the job description could state that the district prefers individuals with a bachelor’s degree, then those with 60 college credit hours and then those who pass the Parapro Praxis. She also explained there still is an interview process for the district to choose the best candidate for any open position.

“I think the thought process was, we have a hard enough time finding qualified individuals, that just by sheer nature of having that program that would be great, if they don’t have it we wouldn’t want to exclude someone who we felt would otherwise be a good candidate,” Albrecht said.

Lunch program renewal

Board members approved a lunch contract renewal with Lunchtime Solutions. It is the district’s fifth renewal of the second contract with the company. 

Assistant Superintendent Steve Klotz said costs will remain relatively the same and the district isn’t required to raise the price of student meals since it has a positive balance in its food service account.

“So we’re going to roll the dice and not increase it this year,” he said. “It’s a year-to-year decision from Congress, so hopefully a year from now they won’t say we have to do it.”

The adult meal price, however, will increase 10 cents to $3.35 as a mandatory minimum required price, Klotz explained. 

Other business

Albrecht told the board more than 430 students have enrolled in summer school. With two additional days compared to last year, she said it’s “a credit to Kim Walker’s leadership and committed staff who make Summer Journey a positive experience.” 

She also mentioned students with perfect attendance will receive a $100 gift card. Last summer, 258 students received a $100 gift card. Albrecht said the program is a good experience that helps teachers through increased salaries and students to combat the summer slide.

A food vending machine was declared surplus and the board authorized the district to sell or dispose of it.

Midwest Data Services will continue as the data services provider for the district. Klotz said the school has worked with the company for more than 10 years. MDS will replace the district’s six servers with three that are newer and more robust. The company also will manage those servers, including backing up data. 

Personnel

The board approved the following staffing changes, including a change to remove and close a high school cheerleader head coach position, a high school dance team head coach position and a cheer/dance assistant coach position. 

To replace and reorganize those positions, the board approved the opening of one head spirit coach and two assistant spirit assistant coach positions.

Revision of work agreement dates:

  • Makenzie Ramsey, 2019/20 nurse at elementary school, start date revised to Sept. 16, 2019
  • Jennifer Brown, 2018/19 nurse at elementary school, resignation date revised to Sept. 13, 2019 (may be extended a few days if needed to train Makenzie Ramsey)

Resignations:

  • Laureen Graves, 2018/19 high school special education teacher, effective at the end of the 2018/19 school year
  • Callie Mattson, 2018/19 youth development worker, effective May 22, 2019
  • Cassandra Trader, 2018/19 youth development worker, effective May 23, 2019
  • Caroline Petersen, 2018/19 assistant adult education, effective at the end of the 2018/19 school year

Reassignment:

  • JoAnna Baker, 2018/19 dance team head coach at high school, reassigned to 2019/20 spirit head coach at high school

Supplemental Assignments:

  • Beth Sandau, 2019/20 spirit assistant coach at high school
  • Marissa Jarnagin, 2019/20 spirit assistant coach at high school
  • Ty Cox, 2019/20 high school track assistant coach

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