Buzz R-3 Board Highlights


 A summary of the actions and considerations of the 

Lebanon R-3 Board of Education Special Meeting


Reported by Dr. Duane Widhalm, Superintendent



August 13, 2013 


The meeting was called to order by President Bob O'Neil at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Office. Those in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.   


The Board then approved the agenda.  


Tax Rate Hearing: 


By state statute, the Board conducted a tax rate hearing to allow public comments on the proposed tax rates for the 2013-14 school year.  There were no comments. There is no change from the tax rate of the previous year.  The Lebanon School District will continue to use Amendment 2 to increase the 2013 tax ceiling to the $2.7500 cent rate in the operating fund.  The Board made the motion to use Amendment 2 as its basis for increasing the tax rate ceiling. The debt service levy will remain at $0.4700 cents making the total levy $3.2200.




Rick Talbott and Lori Ranfeld, Positive Behavior Instructional Support leaders in the Lebanon School District, informed the Board that four schools received the silver award and two schools received the gold award at the PBIS Conference held over the summer.  In addition, three staff teams from Lebanon presented at the conference.  Bob Matthews was presented the Pinnacle Award for his outstanding work with PBIS.  Mr. Matthews coordinated the Drive One for Your School with Lindsay Chevrolet and raised $7000 to be used in the PBIS programs at Lebanon.


Michelle Hedges thanked Lebanon Family Church for sponsoring the Connect the Dots Program which collected over 7000 packets of school supplies for students.


The monthly video was shown to keep the board abreast on events and happenings with the Missouri School Board Association.


There was no LEA report.  


Consent Agenda:   


The Board approved the consent agenda. Included in the consent agenda was the approval of the July 16 and 24, 2013 board meeting minutes.  The payment of bills totaling $1,353,983.21 and the treasurer's report were approved.  The personnel report was approved which included the resignations of Geoff Meiss - JH Special Education and John Lapusan - HS Math. Contracts were offered to Leann Reed - Speech Language Implementer; Ashley Denney - JH Special Education; and Krystal Fredericksen - HS Math. Extra duty hire included Rod Sullens - Assistant Varsity girls basketball and boys/girls golf. 


Evaluation of Programs:


There were no evaluations scheduled for this month.


Review Items:


The Board heard a report from Dr. Widhalm on HB 253 and the projected negative impact HB 253 would have on state funds for Missouri schools.  The Board approved the following resolution in opposition to HB 253 that will be sent to our legislators:


The Board heard an update on the July summer school. Summer school director Rachelle Jennings gave the report.  Approximately 60 elementary students attended the July summer school on a daily basis.  These students demonstrated increases in academic performance as a result of their attendance.  The district will explore options to increase summer school attendance next summer.


Action Items:


The Board approved an agreement with Ozarks Technical College to take over the Practical Nursing Program that is currently being offered by the LTCC.  The current class will complete their program at LTCC and will graduate in December.


The Board approved a one year bond underwriting services agreement with L.J. Hart and Company.  The firm has been working with the district over the past several years as we strive to pass a bond issue.  The agreement runs through June 2014.


The Board approved a resolution authorizing the redemption of $500,000 principal amount of general obligation refunding bonds, Series 2011.  This will save taxpayers approximately $40,000 in interest over the life of the bonds.


The Board approved the residency waivers for students that have a parent working in the district.


The Board approved the district's special education compliance plan.


The Board approved the district's Federal Programs budget for the 2013-14 school year.


Superintendent's Report:


Dr. Widhalm gave a report on the summer maintenance projects and start of school information.  The Board received an update of the stadium restroom project at Jacket Stadium.


Closed Session:


The Board discussed personnel, legal, and real estate matters in closed session.  


Open Session:  


The Board came out of closed session and no action was taken.  




The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.  The next regularly scheduled meeting will be September 10, 2013 at the Central Office.