New Bloomfield Hears Updates on Development Plan and Health Services



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NEW BLOOMFIELD – The New Bloomfield R-3 School District School Board heard Professional Development Chair Lauren Sweeten discuss the district’s professional development plan at their October meeting.

She informed the board that the plan hasn’t changed much from previous years, but that they were able to incorporate some of the things they learned at the start of the year at the conference of model schools that she and the professional development committee were able to participate. Their goal is to align high school and primary school within the professional learning community where everyone works together, so that children learn as a community. Another goal is to send as many different teachers throughout the year to conferences who wish to attend.

The board approved:

• The purchase of new bleachers for Heartland Seating High School for $ 122,120 and the removal of the existing bleachers for $ 11,530.

• The memorandum of understanding with OASIS Tutoring as presented.

• The date of signing of the candidates for the board of directors from December 7, 2021 to December 28, 2021. There are two open positions for the board of directors in April 2022. The two re-eligible board members are Tod Schattgen and Stacey Allen.

• Navigate Building Solutions Task Order 4 regarding the replacement of the playground for K-5 and Pre-K equipment.

• Navigate Building Solutions Task Order 5 for ADA baseball field parking spaces, sidewalks and fences.

• The establishment of a citizens’ advisory committee for the agricultural education program.

They chose to drop task order 6 from Navigate Building Solutions regarding the replacement of the elementary school gymnasium floor until the next meeting while waiting to receive more information.

Board members also appointed Faith Baxter as board secretary and adopted policy number G-235-P.

Nurse Kristin Baker reported on the health services program. She told the board that the number of sick leave was down as were sick visits to the nurses’ offices. Visits to health units from late August to October 11, 2021 were around 900 compared to 1,600 in previous years. They also remain in regular communication with the Department of Health and strictly follow all county mandates regarding COVID-19 quarantine and isolation protocols, as well as active review of changing data to help keep our children in safety, but also in their seat.

Director of Nutritional Services Alicia Wise also reported on the District’s monthly food services. The New Bloomfield School District received a $ 2,000 dairy council grant this year and was able to purchase a new elementary milk cooler. They also received the Heavy Equipment Grant which provided the elementary with a new dishwasher.

Bloomfield’s new middle and high school principal Paul Cloudwright and elementary school principal Jennifer Fletcher provided the board with a monthly report on enrollment, attendance, professional development, news and recognition. The secondary school has 349 students and elementary 364. Both schools have good attendance and are working on professional development plans to better understand the special education process.

Superintendent Sarah Wisdom informed council that the kitchens will receive several new equipment including: a slicer, steamers, a new dishwasher, slush machines and tubs. She also mentioned that Missouri State University has been in contact with the district about a new program where paraprofessionals can earn a bachelor’s degree in special education while working at reduced or no cost.

The next regular school board meeting will be on November 18 at 6 p.m. in the central office meeting room.

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