On Thursday Nov. 11, the El Dorado Springs R-2 Board held its monthly November meeting. After the approval of the consent agenda, the board read and examined a certificate of appreciation for the school district from the MO DHSS certifying the daycare’s nutrition program. This is a testament to the organization, record-keeping, and commitment by Crystal Whitaker and her staff on behalf of our daycare students.

In old business, the board then heard several updates. The food science lab is dried in and awaiting electricity work. During the COVID update, the board discussed the district’s plan in light of the recent uptick in COVID cases and quarantines. Ultimately, no change in our operating plans is forthcoming but there was a lot of discussion regarding those plans and the future of having school in a COVID-present world. The board then heard an update regarding our district’s safety committee, which met in November. The board heard a facilities report regarding a meeting with the district’s architects in designing bathrooms and a concession stand at the football field, and in designing plans for an auditorium for future expansion.

In new business, the board approved an election notice, procedural updates for the libraries, policy updates which bring the language of a few policies into line with the law. The board also approved a resolution to authorize the filing of a quit-claim deed to the school’s part of the El Dorado Springs Public Library Property.  Debra Marsh, CTA President, made a recommendation regarding extra-duty pay for coaches and sponsors. The board approved the October Bus Ridership Lists, then discussed future participation of 6th graders in junior high sports, which MSHSAA has sanctioned for 2022-23.

In closed session, the board accepted the resignation of Pam Engleman, preschool teacher, and approved early graduation for one student.

Heath Oates


El Dorado Springs R-2 School District

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