By Brenda Fike

Ledger Managing Editor

Prior to the regular Mexico School Board meeting Tuesday night, a calendar hearing was held to approve the 2018-2019 school year. The calendar was adopted by the board. The first day of school for the 2018-2019 school year will be August 15, 2018.

Prior to the business meeting of the regular session several recognitions and presentations were presented. School board members were recognition for their service to the school district. "We appreciate your service and what you do for the school district and community at large," Superintendent Zach Templeton told school board members. MSBA School Board Recognition Week is January 21-27.

Two school retirees were honored and each will receive a Golden Apple. Pam Miller, Title 1 prekindergarten teacher assistant for 18 1/2 years is also known as Mrs. Miller the Science Thriller. Throughout the years she presented science projects to the students at the Early Childhood Center including the solar system, nature, creatures, insects and was instrumental in bringing University of Missouri students here for the students to watch and learn about weather balloon launches along with demonstrations of the launch. Miller will return one day a month as Miss Miller the Science Thriller.

Steve Brooks, a custodian for five years was not present at the meeting. He served as custodian for Hart Career Center and the Ag Building.

Also recognized were the School Resource Officers, Kevin Patrick and Alma Hayes. Mexico High School Principal Brad Ellebracht said Patrick who is the resource officer for the high school and middle school goes beyond his duties. "Officer Kevin Patrick "KP" is a tireless worker. He is a lot more than a resource officer. He is a mentor to the kids," Ellebracht said. Ellebracht added that Patrick will help with everything. "We thank you for everything you do for us KP."

Hayes, a first-year resource officer for the elementary schools was unable to attend the meeting. Templeton told the board he has heard nothing but good things about her. "We are truly blessed with our resource officers," he said.

During the business meeting, Dr. Peter Perll, president of the board, made a motion that the next fiscal year after July 1, a check will be issued to staff point five (FTE) and above for $150 for a one time stipend. The motion passed 5-1-0. Board member Scott Hobbs voted against the motion, and board member Heather DeMint was absent.

Under new business the board approved real estate bids from Betty Jo Sydenstricker with RE/Max and Donna Peak with Century 21 for the sale of the property at 408 N. Jefferson, the former Early Childhood Center. Both proposals quoted the same commission percentage and costs.

The next meeting of the board will be a budget work session at 6 p.m., January 30.

After adjournment from the regular meeting, the board met in executive session.