MSD presents 2017 annual public report

After a rather lengthy regular meeting concerned mainly with budgets, Monticello School District Superintendent Sandra Lanehart presented the highlights of the district’s annual report to the public to members of the Monticello school board Tuesday night.
“I’m happy with the report this year,” Lanehart said as she began her presentation. “We’re not where we want to be in some categories but we’re above the state average—and that’s good.”
Lanehart did mention the annual report to the public no longer has to be published in a newspaper, schools may just post it online. However, since this is the first year for this rule, the Advance-Monticellonian will publish the full report when it becomes available. The same offer will be made to the Drew Central School District.
At Monticello, Lanehart pointed out, there were no students who transferred pursuant to unsafe school provision. There were 46 students who transferred into the district and 34 students who transferred out.
Ninety-nine percent of the district’s teachers are completely certified, 52 percent holding a bachelor’s degree and 43 percent holding a master’s degree. The average salary of the MSD staff is $46,153.
The district is spending $9,443 per student and the total assessment of local taxpayer investment in the schools is $119,380,856. All schools in the district (Monticello Elementary, Monticello Intermediate, Monticello Middle and Monticello High) are accredited.
The attendance rate is 95.6 percent and the graduation rate is 92.7 percent. The dropout rate is 2.45 percent and the remediation rate is 58.6 percent.
In the regular school board meeting prior to the annual report to the public, Curt Preston was re-elected board president, Keith Wells vice president and Lanehart secretary by unanimous vote. Wells was appointed as Monticello’s delegate to the Arkansas School Boards Association Delegate assembly in December. All members except Wil Maxwell were present.
The vast majority of the board’s time between the election of officers and the annual report to the public were taken up with various district budgets but the board did hear presentations on policy revisions and updates.
In executive session, the board hired Melody Johnson as a personal care aide at the Special Education Consortium; Nekitha Johnson as an MIS cafeteria worker; and Tereance Tatum as a bus driver. The board also accepted four resignations—David English from the maintenance department; Johnson from her old position as an MHS custodian; Victoria Jones from bus driving; and Monica Weaver from her paraprofessional duties at MHS.
The board also approved changes to personnel contracts of seven district employees because those employees completed more education, and approved Lucille Craig, Margaret Howard, Zreland Ingram, Barbara Jones, Patsy Kinchen and Melissa Pruitt as substitute cafeteria staff.
Vicki Tilley was approved to be the senior class sponsor and the 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school staff was approved for all schools.

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