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June 27, 2019
In This Issue
Preparing Each Student for a Successful Future

As a reminder, the Staff Communicator will be distributed each Thursday that we are in session, and two summer issues are also distributed. Archived copies can be found on the "Communications Department" web page. 
Back to School Details
We know it's only June, but we wanted to go ahead and share some Back to School information for those already planning into August. 
  • The All Employee Meeting (8:30 a.m.) with Breakfast & Expo (7:30-8:30 a.m.) will be August 12 at RHS. 
  • Vendors wishing to host a booth for the Expo can register HERE.
  • Employee packets from CO will be mailed in mid-July.
  • First day of school is Thursday, August 15. 
  • Visit republicschools.org/backtoschool for all back to school dates/details. 
  • A full school calendar can be found HERE

Board of Education Meeting Recap
BOE meeting At the June 21 Board of Education meeting the adoption of the agenda and approval of consent items ( found on BoardDocs) took place after the Pledge of Allegiance. President, Todd Wojciechowski, provided a Board Update on upcoming conferences and meetings. The MSBA monthly report was then viewed.
 
Safety and Security Director, Scott Umbarger, shared an update regarding his department. Also, Dr. Chance Wistrom provided a monthly update to the Board. Full administrative reports can be found on BoardDocs.
 
The Board of Education discussed reappointing two members to serve on the Springfield Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Commission.
 
The following items were approved:
Revised FY19 Budget
2019-20 Salary Schedules
FY20 Budget
Appointment of Dr. Wistrom and Mr. Wojciechowski to the TIF Commission
 
The next regular meeting will take place on July 18 at 7:00 p.m.

2019-20 Salary Schedules
The Board of Education approved the 2019-20 salary schedules at the June meeting. Full documents can be found on BoardDocs and on the district website HERE. The Board of Education maintained its commitment to fully paid employee health insurance by approving increases in allocations to health insurance premiums. In summary, $600 (1.6%) was added to the base of the teacher salary schedule in addition to steps for years of service, education and longevity. All classified staff received at least a 2.0% increase to the base salary schedules. Additional increases were made to focus departments that were experiencing ongoing vacancies or were not competitive with surrounding districts. Enhancing employee compensation will continue to be a focus for our district as we take proactive measures to prepare for increases in minimum wage and teacher shortages. 


Fall Kindergarten Screening, August 8
August 8, 8:30-2:30 at Lyon for kindergarten students attending ANY building. Families should call their child's building of attendance to set an appointment and begin the enrollment process.  If needed,  CLICK HERE  and follow the directions to determine which building your child will attend. If you have questions, please contact the Transportation Department at 732-3680.

McCulloch Elementary 732-3620 
Price Elementary 732-3690
Schofield Elementary 732-3610 
Lyon Elementary 732-3630 
Sweeny Elementary 732-3670

A library of short videos can be found HERE  that we hope are helpful for our incoming kindergarten families! They showcase various skills to help make sure your kindergarten student is ready to learn in the fall! We're looking forward to officially welcoming our K FAMILIES this August! 


Cooperative Advanced Degrees
Republic School District is excited to partner with local universities to provide specific benefits to Republic educators interested in seeking advanced degrees.
CLICK HERE to view all of the partnership details.

RepMO Leaders
Anyone interested in RepMO Leaders for next fall needs to contact Dr. Pearce (matt.pearce@republicschools.org) by the end of April. 

Online Back to School Registration Coming Soon! Update Your Contact Information!
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One really important element for the 2019-20 school year is that nearly all back to school forms will need to be completed online through the SISK12 Parent Portal. As a reminder, the Parent Portal is a tool that parents can use to monitor items like meal balances, grades, attendance, etc. We recommend using it throughout the school year!

Now, this tool will be used to make the back to school form process much easier and smoother for our families.  Please login to the Parent Portal and complete the needed forms beginning July 22. High school students will need to have this completed by August 1 in order to participate in the Parking Permit Pick-Up, and elementary and RMS students should have this completed by the first day of school, August 15. All kindergarten through 12th grade students must have a parent/guardian complete these required forms. Take note that specific forms must be completed for students to participate in various activities, including technology usage.

We're hoping to make sure everyone has access to and is comfortable with the Parent Portal prior to July 22 so that it is a smooth transition for parents and students into 2019-20. We invite you to take time now to make sure you can access Parent Portal and to update any outdated information listed.

To find the Parent Portal simply visit  republicschools.org and click on the "Parent Portal" icon. This can also be accessed through the district's free mobile app.  As a reminder, to login use the email address you have provided to the district and enter the password you have created. If you've forgotten it, simply click on the "forgot password" button and follow the prompts.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping us transition to online back to school registration!
   
New Student Enrollment
Republic School District would like to welcome families new to Republic for the 2019-20 school year! The student registration process can be completed through both an online and in-person process.   For full details CLICK HERE. 

Send Bus Driver Referrals for $100!

Summer Pay Dates

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Upcoming Dates
July 4: District closed
August 15: First Day of School  (All Back to School dates can be found HERE.)


**Every Friday during the regular school year students are dismissed one hour early for teacher collaboration time. Visit https://www.republicschools.org/fridayearlyrelease for details.** 

 
For additional dates, please view the website calendar HERE         
For questions or comments please contact josey.mcphail@republicschools.org or call extension 6008.
  
Sincerely,
  
Josey McPhail
Republic School District