Action taken at the Nov. 24, 2008, meeting.

The Blue Springs Board of Education usually meets the first and second Monday of each month. Because of scheduling conflicts, the board met Nov. 24, 2008, and took the following action (all actions were unanimous unless otherwise noted):

Recognized Lisa Jones as the November Employee of the Month. Jones is a second grade teacher at John Nowlin Elementary School and has been with the school district for 30 years.“She is respected by her peers and is a true team player,” said one co-worker. “She thoroughly loves her job and shows it each day.” Recognized the Blue Springs High School softball team for being the 2008 Missouri State Softball Champions. In honor of their achievements, the team presented Superintendent Paul Kinder with an autographed softball. Recognized Maridella Carter, a secondary instructional coach for communication arts, for receiving the Governor’s Excellence in Humanities Education Award. She was chosen by a statewide committee for the award, recognizing excellence in humanities. “She continues to help students and staff engage in great ideas,” said Deputy Superintendent Annette Seago. Recognized Nancy Schneider and Rachel Powers for their efforts with the Blue Springs Alumni Association. Recognized board member Kent Bradford’s intention to run for re-election next April. Joyce Spears, whose seat is also up for re-election, said she will not be seeking another term. Heard a report on parent/teacher conferences, held in October. More than 9,200 parents conferences were held during that time. Approved five policy revisions on first reading. The first is to the personal business leave policy and designates that the emergency personal day, if granted, would be deducted from an employee’s accumulated sick leave. The second revision is to the employee investment program. The revision changes the language to compliment the proposed Blue Springs School District retirement plan document. The third revision is to the substitute teacher policy and makes changes to be consistent for staff at all grade levels, omitting the second that now pertains to only teachers at the middle and high schools. The fourth policy revision is to the qualifications for specific classified drivers. The change in procedure was made several years ago, and the revisions update the policy to assure cooperation with medical professionals. It requires that a physical examination for bus drivers be provided by a physician designated by the district. The final revision deals with the possession or use of a weapon and brings the current policy into compliance with state and federal statutes. It clarifies the definition of a knife and also adds that a section prohibiting toy weapons on school property. Approved the employment of AL Wilken, of Gilmore and Bell, as the district’s bonding attorney. Approved the employment of George K. Baum as a bond consultant. Approved the employment of Hollis and Miller as the district’s architectural firm to design projects, which would be completed with the successful passage of the $86.5 million no-tax-increase bond issue. Approved two student trip requests. These are for the Blue Springs and Blue Springs South high school DECA chapters to attend the DECA Sports and Entertainment Marketing Conference Feb. 6 to 10 in Orlando, Fla. and the Blue Springs South ROTC to visit the Air Force Museum in March in Dayton, Ohio. Approved the 2009 Professional Development budget. The $363,000 budget funds professional development activities districtwide. Approved the Blueprint document. The Blueprint is a long-term planning document with goals and strategies for upcoming projects in the district. Approved the district’s 403 retirement plan document. A federal law requires the district to have its rules and policies as it relates to investment plans in writing. The document must be approved by Jan. 1. Approved the retirement resignation of Alesa Jones, John Nowlin Elementary.

– Kelly Evenson