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R-I board sets summer school dates, hires elementary principal

By RICHARD COOPER

Democrat staff writer

 

LAMAR-The Lamar R-I Board of Education set the dates for summer school at its monthly meeting, February 20. Twenty-four days of classes will begin May 27 and conclude June 27. Class hours will be 7:45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. According to Superintendent Dr. Zach Harris, this will return the R-I district to a full summer school program.

 

The board voted unanimously to offer a contract to Mary Clark as principal of West Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year. Clark has 22 years of teaching experience, the last 14 in the Lamar district. She was the recommended choice of Dr. Harris from among five applicants who were interviewed. He said there were numerous applicants for the position. The current principal, Sharon Brannan, is retiring.

 

The board accepted the resignation of Melissa Dobson, first grade teacher at East Primary, effective at the end of the current school year. In her letter of resignation, Dobson indicated she will be moving out of state at that time.

 

Upon the recommendation of Dr. Harris, a short video prepared by the Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) was viewed. He indicated it was a way to keep abreast of current trends and issues in education throughout the state. One of the topics covered in the video was growing concern about concussions occurring in high school football and soccer. The board indicated monthly updates by MSBA videos would be of value. 

 

The board also adopted a list of policy updates recommended by MSBA. Dr. Harris said he had examined them, and recommended their adoption.

 

Each member of the board was presented a cleaned brick salvaged from the demolition of the old 1936 building prior to new construction at Lamar Middle School. Dr. Harris suggested they might be given to various clubs and organizations as mementoes of the Lamar school system. He also asked the board for any additional suggestions that they may have for their use or distribution. Altogether, approximately 1,000 bricks are available. One of them is on display in the offices of the Democrat.

 

Several upcoming dates of interest at Lamar High School were announced during the building principals reports. The academic banquet will be April 26, and the spring prom will be March 29 at The Ramsey building in Joplin.

 

The next meeting of the R-I Board of Education will be 7 p.m., March 13 in the Lamar Middle School library. The time of the meeting has been advanced one week due to spring break being scheduled March 17-21.

 

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