Even with the Municipal Election in early April and Board elections on Monday, the remains unchanged.
The Board certified during Monday's April meeting. In doing so, the Board welcomed back Barbara Story and Mike MacCormack for another term after their election victories. The duo beat out two other candidates, Jim Pepper and Mike Swaringim, to remain on the Board. Story and MacCormack will be serving three-year terms after a recent change allowed Zumwalt to keep the three-year terms and not enact a six-year limit.
After swearing in the old members to begin the new terms, the Board proceeded to have elections for Board President and Board Vice President. In keeping with the theme of not changing, the Board ensured new nameplates wouldn't be needed for the dais. Current President Mike Price was unchallenged and was unanimously chosen to continue serving as the president. The same went for Story, as she went unopposed and will remain the vice president.
First Day of School Scheduled
Missouri law says that if a school decides to start classes more than 10 days before Labor Day, the Board of Education must approve the calendar. Fort Zumwalt falls into that category for the 2012-13 school year.Even though students aren't out for the current year, they know when they'll be back thanks to the school board. The Board voted to approve a start date of Wednesday, Aug. 15, to kick off the new year.
The current year started on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011.
Personnel Recommendations Approved
The Board approved personnel recommendations as part of the consent agenda for the meeting. Included in the recommendations, is the names of Robin Aston and Kelsie Kestler.
Aston and Kestler are the first graduates of the Zumwalt Grow Your Own Teacher Program.
Grow Your Own Teacher students receive $3,000 per semester for four years, $24,000 total. With the money comes the agreement that the students must spend their first four years after college teaching in the district. If they fail to complete the program and teach at least four years, they must pay back the $24,000.
Aston and Kestler are the first two students who have completed the program.