Following the district spelling bee Nov. 14 at Mill Creek Upper Elementary, the Belton Board of Education quickly made their way through a short list of information and action items, starting with approval of the agenda, minutes and schedule of bills and warrants. Superintendent Andrew Underwood was on hand to deliver a brief construction and FEMA update.
In new business, the board approved resignation/retirement of certified personnel, employment of certified and non-certified personnel, B-salary schedule changes, employment of B-schedule personnel, job description revisions, substitutes to hire and horizontal advancement.
Underwood reminded the group about the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner, noon Nov. 22 at the Belton High School Upper Gym, where board members and administration will serve local senior citizens a holiday meal with all the trimmings.
Finally, the group heard a brief building overview from Mill Creek Principal Kimberly Mauck, who began with a thank you to board members for helping to host the spelling bee. She went on to share a few items of interest about her school, including highlights from a new coffee hour program she recently started with parents to provide a forum for them to ask questions and share ideas. Last month, eight families attended the first event. The next coffee connection will be held at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 13.
Mauck went on to tout her school’s high attendance in extracurricular activities. Engaging in these events after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, she revealed that more than 400 students are now actively participating in clubs, such as swimming and cross country.
Looking ahead, Mauck said the school will also be starting a food drive in hopes of helping to refill the local pantry’s shelves.