Board inducts first student representative


The Perry County School District No. 32 talked about several key students at its latest meeting on Jan. 10. The district’s 2023 yearly APR “scorecard” for Missouri’s public schools was presented by Dr. Fara Jones and Jane Narrow.
On the financial side, the board approved the MOCAAT Resolution and the Instrument of Adop-tion to move forward with the financial planning opportunity. The Missouri Untied School Insurance Council proposed that the district discuss Umbrella Liability limits for the FY’ 2024-2025 school year. The board approved additional liability coverage.
Kate Martin presented a comparison of the surveys taken in April 2023 and December 2023, in which there were 438 responses, roughly half as many as in April 2023. This is mainly due to fewer students completing the survey. The complete survey results can be reviewed on the district web-site. The purpose of the survey is to understand students, families, and staff perspectives. The district leadership teams consult the overview data to better serve the students and other stakeholders. Survey data also guides the district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan process, which informs everything happening at District 32. The goal is continuous improvement in all areas of school operations, including the overall experience of being a student, parent/guardian, or staff member at District 32. The survey was open until Dec. 18.
In her Superintendent report, Dr. Jones stated that a budget amendment to the revenue is being considered. Attendance was reported by building:
High School = 84.35 %

Career Center = 94.25 %
Middle School = 86.11 %
Elementary = 92.80 %
Primary = 89.32 %
Blake Bodendieck, was sworn in as the Student Board of Education Representative. His report focused on students providing feedback on snow days. The process for the student representative has been a multi-month process for the district. Perryville High School juniors had the opportunity to apply for the new student representative position on the Board of Education at Perry County School District 32. The application process was open through the first week of November. The application required the submission of a 400-500 word essay on the importance of including student voices in matters concerning our schools, along with two letters of reference, one of which must be from a PHS teacher or staff member.
Applications were reviewed by the selection committee and narrowed to a list of a maximum of four candidates to create the ballot. Each candidate submitted a 30-60-second video introducing themselves to the student body, which was played during Advisory Class on Friday, Oct. 6, and followed immediately by the election. The new Student Representative will become a member of the PHS Student Council and perform duties during that class time. This first student representative will serve through June 2024, and is required to attend the open session of the monthly Board meeting on the second Wednesday of each month. The student representative will be assigned a mentor in the Central Office to assist them in becoming familiar with board policies and processes and the completion of their other duties.