07/25/2013

Elsberry School board receives construction updates

It was a quick meeting for the Elsberry R-II School Board, who met on Wednesday, July 10 for their monthly session. With School Board President Sean OBrien absent, Treasurer Alan Lagemann called the meeting to order with Kandi Kinsler, Matt Jones, Mike Bange and John Boedeker present. Also in attendance were Elsberry R-II Superintendent Tim Reller, Ed.D, and Board Secretary Anne Anthony. 

Seeing as there were no amendments to be made to the agenda, Bange moved and Jones seconded the motion to approve the consent agenda as follows: minutes of the June 13 and 27 meetings, payment of bills and the free/reduced lunch applications. Dr. Reller then gave the June financial report, as well as, the summer school attendance report. He also reported that the new Teacher Evaluation program is being implemented this upcoming school year. However, it could be September before it is ready as the board still needs the opportunity to go over its details. 

Next on the agenda was Jim Russell from Septagon who reported that the third and fourth grade wing of the school has been turned back over to the district for cleaning. According to him, over the next week or so, more classrooms will be ready for waxing and the asbestos project should have been complete by Friday, July 12. Finally, Russell reported that the roofers will be on site the week of July 15 and the following week when the rooftop units should be set. 

Other items on the agenda that were approved, included the Elementary Student Handbook, tuition rates as presented for the 2013-2014 school year and several policys such as contact and involvement with outside agencies; student use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs; safety standards and requirements; student rights and instructional services. According to Policy 6260, which references educational surrogates, The Board of Education directs the Administration to determine whether a disabled student is in need of a surrogate parent within 30 days of the date of notification that the student is living within District jurisdiction. The Administration is directed to notify the Division of Special Education at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in writing within 10 days of the determination that such need exists. 

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We are incredibly excited about this unique partnership with Rogers Corporation, one that can be a model for how universities and corporations should interact in the future for the benefit of both parties, said Melvin Bernstein, Senior Vice Provost for research and graduate education. The benefits of co-locating researchers from both entities include identifying research projects that both meet academic standards and market needs, helping to prepare a skilled workforce and successfully addressing joint and separate intellectual property issues. This partnership provides a template for addressing the national need to better leverage the intellectual prowess and innovative university environment to improve industrial competitiveness, he added. 

Harvard economist Edward Glaeser argues in The Triumph of the City that "our greatest invention [i.e.,cities] makes us richer, smarter, greener, healthier, and happier." That's all well and good, but the success of mankind's greatest invention is not evenly distributed. And when cities are not successful, the economic engine runs backwards,We have a wide selection of wholesalehidlights to choose from for your storage needs. and we become poorer, less educated, suffer from worse pollution, get sicker, and are miserable. We get Detroit. 

The demise of Detroit was easy to see and hard to address. Consider the causes: Decline of a major industry, diminution of public revenues, departure of high-impact businesses and high-value taxpayers, disputes over dwindling resources, and disabling levels of obligations to pensioners and other contracts. 

Unfortunately, Detroit isn't alone. Stockton, California, and Jefferson County, Alabama, are other recent municipal bankruptcies. Pundits and politicians point to the burden of pension, health, and union obligations on the cost side. True, but not it's not sufficient just to cut costs. The real game is about revenues. Municipal revenues come from economic activity, and increased revenues come from increased economic activityfrom the income taxes paid by residents with good jobs, from the tolls paid by drivers, from property and sales taxes. Without revenue, costs can't be covered. 

Can cities with high liabilities expect to be bailed out and propped up without limits? Probably not. In the post-Katrina and Sandy world, taxpayers and politicians, afflicted with disaster fatigue, will likely have limited appetite for subsidizing struggling cities like Detroit or Rochester or St.Bringing bestguidancesystem mainstream. Louis. Steven Rattner's recent New York Times op-ed "We Have to Step in and Save Detroit" notwithstanding, "we" won't be able to step in over and over again. 

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When it comes to the elements of soft infrastructure such as education and healthcare, it's essential to create an environment for capital, investment, and entrepreneurship that encourages businesses to start, locate, or invest in a city. As HBS professor Michael Porter has explained in The Competitive Advantage of Nations, political unitswhether nations or cities - are in competition with each other and can control their destiny using the analytical tools of business competition. Clusters like the Research Triangle in North Carolina think very hard about focus in order to create a virtuous cycle of complementary successful ventures. The results have been extraordinary.Of all the equipment in the laundry the oilpaintingreproduction is one of the largest consumers of steam. A generation ago, it would have seemed farfetched to predict that Raleigh-Durham would one day be more vibrant than Detroit, then the mecca of American manufacturing. 

Business, civil society, and municipal leaders also have options in their tool kit regarding land use. This is one of the most powerfuland most controversially appliedtechniques in the box. If business and civic leaders are worried about going the way of Detroit and concerned that there is not an unlimited bailout on the horizon, they have to make choices about what land uses to protect and amplify and what to let languish. Perhaps this is heartless in the short run, but this approach improves the chances of thriving in the long run. Remember Chicago's difficult decision recently to close a number of schools, given that there were too many facilities for too few students. The goal is for the remaining students to thrive with more resources per capita, with a focus on developing human beings, not maintaining out-of-date buildings. Although Illinois has serious financial issues, Chicagoland has far more vitality, economic activity, and interaction between downtown and the suburbs than Detroit.

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