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Proposed Budget & Policy Changes on Center School Board Agenda This Evening

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Center School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday, June 25, at 7 p.m.

In addition to routine agenda items — such as purchasing computers and SMART Boards– board members will review  a budget proposal and consider changing some district policies.

Superintendent Bob Bartman will recommend that the board approve the budget he is proposing for the coming school year. According to state statute, the deadline for school boards to approve annual budgets is July 1. The district faces a number of budgeting challengers this year, especially declines in local, state and federal funding.

Also this evening, district administrators will propose that the board revise eight district policies. All are changes proposed by the Missouri School Boards Association. 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.

Tonight’s meeting, which is open to the public, will take place in the Board Room; Boone Elementary School; 8817 Wornall; Kansas City, MO 64114. Next month’s meeting will take place Monday, July 23.

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About jwmartinez

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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