Ash Grove Board of Education looks at out-of-district tuition cost, corporal punishment policy

In the absence of board member Jerry Morton, the other six Ash Grove Board of Education members made quick work of an agenda filled with house cleaning items the evening of Monday, July 22.
Receiving the most discussion during the short meeting, was the issue of out-of-district student tuition, which is currently set at $6,500 annually. Board member Matthew Hancock expressed interest in raising the tuition cost to meet the actual cost each student burdens the district, which is around $7,000.
Other members agreed, but then deferred to Superintendent Aaron Gerla when he suggested the issue be tabled and discussed in closed session. A motion doing such was made and passed.
Also passing on a 6-0 vote was the acceptance of transportation routes which are the same as last year; the school bell schedules which included an extra 15 minutes each day; the school handbooks, certified handbooks and non-certified handbooks.
Regarding handbook policy, board member Mike Gray brought up the issue of corporal punishment on students. Gray voiced his opinion that it should be removed from district policy all together.
“At some point we just need to get that out of the policy,” Gray said.
Gerla assured Gray and the rest of the board that he doesn’t use corporal punishment regardless of policy, but he would look into a policy change.
The board also voted to accept service contracts for the 2019-2020 school year, which includes contracts for physical, speech and occupational therapists.
Lastly, the board voted 6-0 to transfer 7-percent from Fund 1 to Fund 4 for capital projects.



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