Governor Parson addressed the attendees and had a very positive message about public schools and intends to promote more funding for our schools.

An important meeting of school board members and school superintendents was recently held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, MO. Proposed legislation in the Missouri legislature this year affecting public schools was discussed.

It is important to review and understand the consequences for the Camdenton R-III School District if proposed legislation is passed. Governor Parson addressed the attendees and had a very positive message about public schools and intends to promote more funding for our schools, especially in the area of transportation reimbursement. He also discussed his “Fast Track” program through Economic Development to train and employ adults for better paying jobs.

Camdenton R-III Superintendent Dr. Tim Hadfield and Camdenton R-III School Board Vice-President Nancy Masterson discussed the pending legislation with Representative Suzie Pollock and the effect those changes would have on our local school district. They stressed, “local control is best for Missouri school districts.” Trying to make legislation “one-size-fits-all” does an injustice when local school boards know what is best for their students, their community shareholders (e.g. school calendars), and special needs and resources within their district. They also met with Representative Rocky Miller on this subject, but were unable to see Senator Justin Brown, as he was in a committee meeting.

Pending legislation that Camdenton R-III School Board will continue to monitor:

1.) Charter school expansion - before any expansion of charter schools occurs, the legislation should specify that they be subject to the same accountability standards as all Missouri public schools.

2.) April school board elections move to November - our school board believes that this bill will encourage party politics in school board elections; school board elections should remain non-partisan. This could also make it more expensive for the candidates (who receive NO pay for the job they do) and the local school districts.

3.) “Further one-size-fits-all” vs. local issues legislation - a reading intervention plan that will dictate that the same plan for students be used across the state; having a plan is a good idea, but what is in the plan should be decided by a local district based on their resources and what that individual student needs.