Concordia School Board makes personnel changes, Laude system

Thursday, July 5, 2018

At the June 28 special meeting of the Concordia Board of Education, board members voted unanimously to approve a move from the current graduating class recognition system to a Laude system. In his recommendation to the board to approve the action, superintendent Brent Cooper said the move would not impact current student honors.
“After the last couple of discussions, we have put together a Laude system that would be dependent upon an non-weighted GPA,” Cooper stated. “This will still allow for a valedictorian and salutatorian based on their weighted GPA.”
Scheduled to begin with the graduating class of 2022, the system will honor students with the following designations based on non-weighted grade point average: Summa Cum Laude, 3.95-4.0 GPA; Magna Cum Laude, 3.8-3.94 GPA; and Cum Laude, 3.6-3.79 GPA.
Cooper also recommended board approval of a comprehensive counseling program.
“School counseling is an essential and fully integrated part of the instructional program of a school districted,” Cooper said. “The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires that each school district in Missouri have in place a Comprehensive School Counseling Program to meet MSIP guidelines.”
Cooper said the new program basically takes all of the “bits and pieces” of the district’s current process and puts them into one document that explains, in detail, the process and procedures for each event/occurrence.
“The document must include emergency plans/procedures, suicide awareness and prevention, a dyslexia screening and follow-up program, an at-risk selection process/procedures, and tracking for ninth-grade, to name a few,” Cooper reported. “This program has the ultimate purpose of helping students fully address their social. Emotional, academic, and career development needs.”
The board unanimously approved the program.
In other business, the board approved repairs to the high school men’s restroom across the hall from the science room. There are four urinals in this restroom that are no longer in working condition. The board received an estimate from Kueker Construction to replace the urinals and to build a wall to allow plumbing access. The quote includes tear out of concrete to find the appropriate pipes, installing new water and drain lines as needed, pouring concrete, and installing new urinals and valves. The estimate did not include building a wall to hang the urinals and additional tile work. The estimated cost of the approved repairs is approximately $7,751.
The board moved into special closed session for personnel matters. During the closed session the board approved the employment of Jennifer Gard as preschool paraprofessional and cashier for the 2018-19 school year, and accepted the resignation of high school business teacher Jeramie Howell.

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