A special guest at Belton School Board’s April 10 meeting revealed some exciting news about the district’s recent fundraising efforts in the 2014 Polar Plunge Challenge, benefiting the Special Olympics of Missouri.
Regional Director Kami Delameter was on hand to present Belton Schools with an award for being this year’s top fundraising school in the state, bringing in $20,672 for the charity.
More than 4,500 people statewide took the challenge for this year’s event, walking or running into frigid bodies of water around Missouri in support of local Special Olympics athletes with proceeds going toward the organization’s sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Serving as a “super plunger,” Deputy Superintendent of Career & Special Services Steve Morgan plunged 24 times in 24 hours.
“Belton came out and did a wonderful job this year,” said Morgan, who joked about still being only about 95 percent thawed out at this point. “It was a great time, and we raised over $20,000.”
Board President John West commended the plungers, adding that he also appreciates the friendly competition fostered by the superintendents, administrators, teachers, students, and communities of Belton and Ray-Pec. Together, the two districts raised almost $40,000 of the total fund tally of $291,821.
Following the special recognition award and plaque presentation, board members heard a volunteer program update, FEMA construction update, and legislative update from Superintendent Andrew Underwood. Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Lisa Cummings also provided a staffing update, outlining the district’s open teaching and coaching positions as well as offering a status update on outstanding interviews.
In new business, the board voted to accept the resignation/retirement of six certified staff members as well as approve the employment of six new certified personnel, the hiring of four non-certified personnel, and the offering of B Schedule employment to one staff member and horizontal advancement to another.