On Feb. 14, the Lincoln County School Board for its regular meeting.
After the normal business of bills and agendas, the board heard reports. The first report was from the adult education program for Lincoln County. They noted their success thus far and thanked the board for their assistance.
Next up on the docket was Alamo, which reported that the students in shop class have been doing a great job taking care of the emergency response equipment in that part of the county. These students go to the fire station every day to check the engines and ambulances, and according to firefighters in the area, they are an invaluable assistance since the department doesn’t have the manpower to constantly be checking the equipment.
There were a number of stories shared about ambulances with dead batteries and fire engines without gas before students volunteered to maintain this life-saving equipment. In response, the fire department agreed to provide a few demonstrations of how the equipment works.
Following the school reports, the board turned to other business, including a request for a vaccination exception. Although the board could not deny the request, this resulted in a discussion about vaccinations in the school system.
A suggestion was made that local hospitals come to the schools to help keep kids up-to-date on their shots. The discussion will continue at a further date.
A few small changes were then made to Alamo’s sports schedule’s dates and locations.
Following this, the board bid farewell to technology expert Joseph Lamb, who resigned. The board sincerely thanked Lamb for his service and wished him luck at his new job.
Jessica Pearson has been brought on as a school nurse, operating as an independent contractor.
Next on the agenda was a discussion about a set of revisions to the pay for performance and enhanced compensation policy. The system currently uses the “star” system, which does not extend to schools like C.O. Bastian. The board approved changes to include these employees.
The board then discussed using a wireless payment system to pay for things like yearbooks and other school expenses. One possibility suggested was Venmo, but Superintendent Pam Teel had some familiarity with Venmo’s accounting practices and explained that the service might not be appropriate. In particular, there are some security concerns. After further discussion, the subject was tabled pending future research.
Following this, the board approved the extension of a tax that would ensure that if Coyote Springs ever grows, the Lincoln County School District will continue to earn money from the area and will have a say in where children attend school.
Finally, during the NASB report, there was a discussion about having members of the school board appointed instead of voted in. This sparked a debate about the validity of such an action. The board ultimately determined it was not in favor with such a change in policy and would challenge it as needed.
With that, the board adjourned until March 14.