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The Carthage Press
  • R-9 Board oks raises, more teachers

  • With a financial situation deemed as "murky" by Superintendent Blaine Henningsen, the Carthage R-9 Board of Education approved a budget plan that Henningsen said will meet the needs of the district, and will keep the district competitive with others on teacher salary.
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  • With a financial situation deemed as "murky" by Superintendent Blaine Henningsen, the Carthage R-9 Board of Education approved a budget plan that Henningsen said will meet the needs of the district, and will keep the district competitive with others on teacher salary.
    The budget includes raises of 3 percent for all faculty, staff and administrators and adds 10 new teachers to handle increases in student population in the coming fiscal year, which starts on July 1.
    "This last year we ranked sixth in terms of base salary in Southwest Missouri and we hope this keeps us competitive, but we realize other school districts will be working on their salary schedules as well," Henningsen told the Board at its regular meeting on Monday. "We anticipate we'll still be in that neighborhood of sixth to eighth in terms of beginning compensation for first year teachers."
    The budget anticipates revenues of around $46.8 million and spending of about $48 million, using the district's unallocated fund balance to cover the difference.
    Henningsen said that fund balance is healthier than expected at the end of fiscal year 2014. He said the fund balance at the end of this June is expected to stand at $19.9 million.
    "Last year at this time we projected we would finish this fiscal year with approximately 32 percent (of annual revenue) in our balances," Henningsen said. "We've done a very good job controlling our expenditures this year, we've been very conservative and we're projecting now that we'll end this month, which is the last month of the fiscal year with approximately 34 percent."
    Henningsen said this budget calls for the district to dip into its fund balance to offset a shortfall in revenue. He said the fund balance is expected to stand at $18.6 million on June 30, 2015.
    "We're planning to transfer some funds from Fund 1 to Fund 4 to help offset the costs associated with the construction projects we have underway," he said. "We're projecting that at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year we'll finish the year with approximately 28 percent in operating balances."
    In closed session
    The Board held a closed session on Monday and made a number of personnel changes. The district released the following probationary certified staff from their 2014-15 contracts, subject to finding suitable replacements:
    Robyn Acker — ESL Fairview
    Michelle Blevins — Fifth Grade Middle School
    Kendra Buckner — Sixth Grade Middle School
    Lindi Todd — ESL Junior High
    The Board employed the following new certified staff, effective for the 2014-15 school year:
    Emily Berendt — Math High School
    Elyse Davis — Fifth Grade Middle School
    Cindy Gammon — Special Education Middle School
    April Hurst — Second Grade Fairview
    Megan Lindsey — Sixth Grade Middle School
    Page 2 of 3 - Leanne McAtee  — Third Grade Pleasant Valley
    Michael Morrison — Math Junior High
    Laurel Newman — Third Grade Columbian
    Virginia Wallace — Fifth Grade Middle School
    Kayla Watson — Kindergarten Fairview
    BIOGRAPHICAL DATA
    • Emily Berendt – Math, Carthage High School. Mrs. Berendt received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, in 2006, and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from William Woods University, Fulton, Missouri, in 2010. She taught mathematics the past eight years in Jefferson City Public Schools, Jefferson City, Missouri.
    • Elyse Davis – Fifth Grade, Carthage Middle School. Ms. Davis received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri, in May 2014. She completed her student teaching at Eugene Field Elementary, Webb City, Missouri.
    • Cindy Gammon – Special Education, Carthage Middle School. Mrs. Gammon received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri, in 1998, and is in the process of obtaining a Missouri teaching certificate.
    • April Hurst – Second Grade, Fairview Elementary School. Mrs. Hurst received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southwest Baptist University, Boliver, Missouri, in 2001. She taught two years at Willard North Elementary School, Willard, Missouri.
    • Megan Lindsey – Sixth Grade, Carthage Middle School. Ms. Lindsey received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri, in May 2014. She completed her student teaching at Truman Elementary, Springfield, Missouri.
    • Leanne McAtee – Third Grade, Pleasant Valley Elementary School. Mrs. McAtee received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana, in 1991. She has served the past four years as a Title I Instructional Assistant at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Carthage, Missouri.
    • Michael Morrison – Math, Carthage Junior High School. Mr. Morrison received his bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education from MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, Kansas, in 2013. He taught the past year at Joplin East Middle School, Joplin, Missouri.
    • Laurel Newman – Third Grade, Columbian Elementary School. Ms. Newman received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri, in May 2014. She completed her student teaching at Eugene Field Elementary, Webb City, Missouri.
    • Virginia Wallace – Fifth Grade, Carthage Middle School. Mrs. Wallace received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri, in 2007.
    She taught two years in the East Newton R-6 School District, Granby, Missouri, and served the past two years as a paraprofessional at Carthage Middle School.
    • Kayla Watson – Kindergarten, Fairview Elementary School. Ms. Watson received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, in May 2014. She completed her student teaching at the John Thomas School of Discovery, Nixa, Missouri, and Willard East Elementary, Willard, Missouri.
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