Speech and theater team to compete in Districts March 1-2

Two members of the Mexico High School Speech and Theater Team performed a one-act play before the Mexico School Board Tuesday night.
The actors – siblings Austin and Kirby Weber – entertained their audience with a play called "Zombie Survival Guide," which dictates all things necessary to know about Zombies. The duo will join the rest of the speech and theater team in the MSHSAA District competitions being held March 1-2 at the Mexico High School.
The board members complimented the students' performance, and also recognized and congratulated MHS Speech and Theater teacher Sara Given for being named the Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year.
This year, Mexico High School's MSHAA District Reader's Theater entry is "The Jellybean Conspiracy," a play written specifically for Special Education students to perform with the theatre students.
"We have cast seven students from our Special Education classroom in this production. Together with nine of the theatre students, we have put together a reader's theatre production that teaches awareness, acceptance and understanding. The pieces in the performance are written by actual students with special needs, parents, siblings of these students and of friends who witness the intolerances of others," Given told the board. "It is an uplifting piece and a great spark for discussion. All of us have something to contribute. We are all jellybeans."
The students will present an extended version of the piece for the community on Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in Emmons Hall. Special T-shirts are being sold for the production. Proceeds from the ticket sales and T-shirts will all go to support the Special Olympics. For more information, contact Given at MHS sgiven@mexico.k12.mo.us.
"We would love to fill the auditorium with the red, blue and orange T-shirts in support of our hard-working students," Given said.
Following the performance, it was business as usual.
The board approved a bid for the Mexico Middle School circle drive project, and discussed plans for putting sealing overlays on the parking lots within the district. The bid for the MHS and McMillan rooftops was also approved. The contracts were offered to Christenson Construction and Watkins respectively.
Elaine Handset, the IT instruction coach for the Mexico School District, gave a presentation on iReady and the instructional advantages of having the online platform available in each building in the district to check student competencies. No action was taken.
The board also addressed/and or approved the following:
• Tuition and non-residential tuition for Hart Career Center. No price increase is being recommended for the 2013-2014 school year. Cosmetology (A+ and Adult Education students ) is $5,150 per year. Other post-secondary Programs are $2,300 per year. Secondary Area Schools at $1,900 per year.
• The donation of 15 photos along the walls in Central Office no longer needed in the district. The photos will be given to the Mexico Bulldog Boosters for their annual dinner auction in March.
• A change in the superintendent job description.
• The employment of summer school administrators.
• The Handi-Shop School to Work Program Contract.
Administration announced that they were still working on the 2013-2014 budget, figuring revenues and expenditures and looking at the Affordable Care Act. A final draft will be presented at a later date.
The meeting adjourned into executive session at 8:37 p.m., to discuss personnel (hiring administrators) and student discipline.