R-II Board Reorganizes; Approves Staff Additions

By MARK EVANS

STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD

Meeting for the first time since the April 6 election, the Ste. Genevieve R-II Board of Education held its  reorganizational meeting on April 20. In its regular meeting, the board then announced official end-of-year dates and approved hiring  a new fifth-grade teacher and two new staff members.

REORGANIZING THE BOARD

The reorganizational meeting began with outgoing member and board vice president Joan Huck receiving a special clock as a gift.

“We would like to thank Joan for serving the community and the school district for 18 years and even beyond that,” board president David Bova said, “for serving as board vice president, for putting kids first in all your decisions and keeping what’s best for kids as your top priority.”

He also praised her for properly pronouncing the names of all the graduates receiving their diplomas during graduation ceremonies and praised for having “a big heart and tough skin” in her role with the board.

Huck opted not to seek another term this year.

Election results, which saw Bova reelected and former Ste. Genevieve Elementary  (SGES) principal Geri Diesel elected to the board, were officially accepted. Diesel and Bova were then sworn in.

Bova was reelected president, while Eric Basler was elected vice president. Both were by acclamation.

Martha Resinger as named as delegate and Eric Basler as alternate delegate for the Missouri School Boards’ Association.

The reorganizational meeting adjourned and the regular meeting began.

END OF YEAR DETAILS GIVEN

Dr. John Boyd, assistant principal at Ste. Genevieve High School, gave an update on the preparations for Prom and the 2021 graduation ceremony.

Prom  was announced for Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the Elks Lodge, while graduation will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 22 in the Peggy J. Johnson Gymnasium.

The last day of school for students in PreK through 11th grade will be May 28, with 1 p.m. dismissal. The certified staff workday/checkout will be Tuesday, June 1.

FACULTY, STAFF TO INCREASE

The board approved the addition of a fifth grade teacher at, a Title I.A instructional reading coach for the district, and a Title I.A instructional aide, all at SGES, for the 2021-22 school year.

The fourth grade class this year has 91 students, which works out to 22 to 23 students per classroom. The addition of another teacher will allow next year’s fifth graders to reduce class sizes to 18 to 19 students. Flieg and noted that “this is a class that needs some intervention, that needs a little more attention.” This move will allow that to happen before the class moves on to middle school.

Numbers are up all over.

Flieg reported that  the SGES kindergarten enrollment on March 6 totaled 87, up from 68 two years ago. (No event was held in 2020, due to COVID-19.) The highest previous figure was 78 in 2016-17.

At the March 27 Bloomsdale Elementary School (BES) event, 58 were enrolled, up from 46 in 2019, and the highest total during the period since 2015.

Flieg noted that sometimes the registration is a good precursor of first day of school enrollment and sometimes it is off.

With the large number, an additional kindergarten teacher could be needed. Flieg said she is “watching it very closely.”

She called them “pretty solid numbers” and said that any parents whose children missed the events should contact the school.

BOVA PRAISES FLIEG, PRINCIPALS

Bova thanked the building principals  on handling the pandemic and the learning gaps created by it.

He also noted that Flieg was recently recognized by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) for outstanding performance as an emerging superintendent.

He referred to Flieg, who took over as superintendent in the summer of 2017 as “a careful thorough planner, a pragmatic problem-solver, a proponent of community partnerships and an empathetic leader.”

He also praised her for blazing a “calm path, a safe path, a secure path” to get the students through the shutdown and back to live classes, without losing focus on the district’s overall goals and future growth. He said she is “more than deserving” on the honor.

“It’s not just me,” Flieg said, praising the other administrators and building principals, as well as the teachers and support staff members, whom she called “the true leaders” of the district.