The Sedalia 200 School Board met in regular session Monday night at Smith-Cotton High School and heard an update on the Title I program.

This year, the district is setting its own goals for the Title I program. Some parts of the plan include a needs-assessment and a parent survey to gather information about students who may be considered Title I.

The total number of Sedalia students in the Title I program for the 2016-2017 school year was 2,236.

The goal is to have 80% of the students on free and reduced lunch perform at or above a 'proficient level' in communication arts on the MAP test. About 65% of those students in 3rd and 4th grades are at the 'proficient' level.

The district wants to raise those scores by offering students the tools they need to succeed and also offer Professional Development for teachers on reading strategies.

Later in the meeting, the board approved an application for a 50/50 Vocational Enhancement Grant. The funds would be used to purchase additional software and equipment needed in the Accounting, Multimedia, and Marketing classrooms. Some of the items that are being sought are new cameras for Multimedia and new laptops for Marketing.

If the application is accepted by DESE, it would require the district to match 50% of all expenditures. The cameras would cost about $4,340, with a district expense of $2,170. The laptops would cost about $9,479, with the district's portion at $4,739.

In other action, Smith-Cotton JROTC member, Krista Ott, received the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Achievement award. Sedalia 200 Board President Dr. Jeffrey Sharp said the award is only given to 60-65 students nationally, every year.

The board also heard information several recent donations. Woods Supermarket donated $500 to the Creative Foods class. Gwen Kappleman donated $500 to the orchestra program to help with the purchase of re-purposed instruments. And Midwest Computech donated twenty-eight phones to the district, with a value of $4,200.

Ryan Skaith