Harrisonville presents student recognition awards

Special to the Democrat MissourianApril 19, 2013 

The Harrisonville School Board met April 16 for a reorganization meeting to accept the April 2 election results, as certified by the county clerk, for the election of Board Directors Marie Vallee and Marv Cochran. The board also recognized outgoing board member Chris Bell.

"I cannot say enough good things about working with you over the last three years," Board President Deb Welhoff said. "It has truly been an amazing privilege to work with you. I thank you for your years of service."

Board Secretary Susan Brooker swore in the two incoming members. The board of education voted to keep Welhoff as president, Jeff Rudell as vice president, Susan Brooker as secretary, and Kathy VanGorkom as treasurer. David Kauffman was chosen to replace Bell as MSBA delegate for the coming year, and Cochran was selected as alternate delegate.

Following the reorganization meeting, the board hosted a full house of students, staff, family and friends – all gathering in honor of a special group of students. Andy Campbell, principal at Harrisonville High School, introduced two sophomores selected for the Missouri Scholars Academy: Madi Dahn and John Kusmec. Next, the board recognized 13 high school students for being inducted into the HHS ACT Hall of Fame, an accolade that dates back to 1990 when the test took its current form. Recognized at the school board meeting for achieving an ACT score of 30 or higher were: Anisa Alexander, Genevieve Allen, Madison Allen, Jacob Gibbs, Kyle Hix, Lucas Holden, Bryant Kanies, Brianna Kendrick, Anne Mulvey, Lena Quinlin, Chris Roth, David Roth, and Drew Williams.

"What an outstanding accomplishment this is," said Campbell. "In addition to the students and staff, I also want to thank the parents. I know what this kind of achievement takes. Obviously, this involves a lot of late nights of homework, commitment and sacrifice.”

When she took the podium to recognize her much smaller students, Becky Campbell, principal of Harrisonville Early Childhood Center, drew a comparison between her Super Citizen award winners and their ACT Hall of Fame counterparts.

"These students have been chosen by their teachers as boys and girls who go above and beyond to help other students and set a good example," she said.

Following is a list of these students (see photo) recognized by the board along for outstanding classroom achievement and citizenship:

Haleigh Crook, Kayleigh Norris, Aubrey Jones, Carter Roberts, Elizabeth Holman, Jenna Everhart, Laci and Preston West.

Wrapping up the student recognition awards was Evan Filer, from McEowen Elementary, who was recognized for winning the Cass County Spelling Bee. Filer, who spelled the final word "gristle" correctly to become county spelling bee champ, will go on to compete in the national spelling bee in Washington, D.C.

Among other business action items, the board of education voted to approve the recommendation by Gina Smith, Cass Career Center director, to increase the tuition, fees, and supplies for the 2013-2014 practical nursing program to $13,411 per student. This translates into an increase of $1,138 per student, which is based on an increase in the cost of supplies, fees, salary and benefits increases for teachers and coordinators. It also voted to approve the addition of one paraprofessional position at Harrisonville Middle School.

On the business services front, school board members voted to accept a bid from Quality Vending to provide vending/snack machines for two years initially with yearly renewal options for five years. They also voted to retain Westbrook & Co. for auditing services for one year with two additional renewals at the fixed cost of $14,365 for each year, and to declare two vacation cabins built by the Construction Technology Program as surplus property.

In preparation of moving forward on the CSIP goal of providing a one-to-one device connectivity capability for all students at the secondary building by 2014, which would enable electronic device use in all classrooms, administration recommended that the board approve an upgrade by Cisco Systems to the district's current wireless capabilities as a first step. The board voted in favor of the upgrade, which will cost $328,046.26 total or financing payments of $85,593.04 per year for the next four years.

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