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Police Report, Policy Changes & Proposed Budget on Platte County School Board Agenda

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Platte County R-3 School District’s Board of Education will meet Thursday, June 21, at 6 p.m.

In addition to routine agenda items — such as declaring typewriters to be surplus property and overseeing bids for bleacher replacement — board members will have a full evening. They will review a preliminary budget for the coming academic year, consider changing district policies and hear an incident report from a law enforcement officer assigned to work with the schools.

According to state statute, districts must have budgets in place by the beginning of the fiscal year, which is July 1. Superintendent Michael Reik will propose a balanced budget to the school board. One of a district’s largest expenses is staff salaries, and Reik is proposing to add more than 10 staff positions because of increasing enrollment. Also, because voters did not approve a tax levy last spring that would have allowed the district to build a new school, the district is budgeting $80,000 for mobile classrooms. Because of increasing expenses and uncertain state and local funding, Reik is advising the board that they will need to make some decisions about spending priorities in the coming year.

Reik is also proposing that the board revise 44 district policies. There is a July 1 deadline for the board to revise some of these policies to be in compliance with a new state law — the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act — which the Missouri General Assembly passed last year. This Act requires all Missouri school boards to create written policies describing what information they will provide to other public schools regarding former employees. It also requires districts to disclose whether teachers have resigned after being threatened with termination following allegations of sexual misconduct. Because of concerns that districts may be required to release such information even if the allegations turn out to be untrue, the Missouri School Boards’ Association is suggesting policy revisions in an attempt to protect districts from being sued.

Also this evening, School Resource Officer Dennis Jones will present an incident report summarizing all the student issues he had to deal with during the past school year. The largest number of incidents (65) was for something he summarizes as “student assists,” followed closely by “skipping class” (50) and “parking issues” (35). As far as violent incidents are concerned, Jones reports 13 incidents of “fighting,” 10 “upset/violent students,” six “assaults on students” and 2 “assaults on staff.” In addition, he made four classroom presentations.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place in the Education Center Board Room, 998 Platte Falls Road, Platte City, MO 64079. Next month’s regular open meeting will take place Thursday, June 21.


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JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.


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