The Sedalia School District 200 School Board met at Skyline Elementary on Monday night and approved a number of calendar items for the 2018-2019 school year.

The board approved the Smith-Cotton High School Planning Guide, along with adoption of the school calendar for 2018-2019.

Also approved at Monday night's meeting was the District Calendar. Originally there were two drafts of the calendar, with the majority of teachers in the district opting for the second version. Students will attend school for 171 days during the next school year, while teachers and staff will work 186 days.

The 2018-2019 school year has the first day of class set for August 23. The final day of school for that calendar year will be May 21. It was noted that the last day of school is dependent on weather, such as snow days. High school commencement is set for May 18.

According to the Sedalia 200 Superintendent, Brad Pollitt, the summer school program schedule will stay about the same as in previous years. The school district is planning to offer a summer learning program for 1st - 4th graders at the Sedalia Housing Authority.

Another program the district plans to offer is reading camps for 1st -4th graders, during the summer. Assistant Superintendent Steve Triplett said about 600 students take part in the summer school programs.

A revision was made to the board meeting schedule for the current school year, with the board meeting for regular session on April 16 instead of April 23, 2018.

The board approved the upcoming election ballot and an Enhancement Grant. The grant money would be used to help cover the cost of new Biomedical Science and Engineering programs at Smith-Cotton High School. The total amount of the grant is worth $250,000.

In other action, the Sedalia School District Foundation presented the board with a check for $2,124, to be put towards the Leave a Legacy campaign. Pollitt noted the foundation has netted over $64,000 for the campaign through the years.

The board also thanked the Sedalia Motorcycle Association for their donation of $1,000 to the Hope Fund.

Ryan Skaith