February 20, 2019

The Hickory County R-I School (Skyline) Board of Education met on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, for their regular monthly meeting. The board voted to continue their membership in the Mid Lakes Conference rather than merge with the Ozark Mountain Conference. Schools that make up the current Mid Lakes are Skyline, Fair Grove, Strafford, Stockton, Clever, and Forsyth. The 2019-2020 School Calendar was approved, as presented. School begins Wednesday, August 14, 2019 and the last day is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, 2020. There are 150 school days and class will begin each day at 8:05 a.m. and end at 3:35 p.m. A copy of the calendar will be posted on the school website at The board then approved the 2019-2020 staff insurance rates with a premium increase of 7.25%. The board will provide basic coverage to all full time employees at a rate not to exceed $480.00 per employee, per month. The board then discussed the upcoming “No Tax Rate Increase” bond issue on the April 2, 2019 ballot. Preliminary plans for the FEMA storm shelter will be completed in early March so Skyline patrons will be able to see a rough draft of the facility. A public meeting will be held in March to answer questions about the proposal. Commendations were issued to Kyle Brown and Kenny Hunter for their work in preparing the fleet of buses for the recent bus inspection. In closed session items, the board approved a letter of retirement from high school English Teacher, Kevin Cook, effective at the end of the 2019 School Year. Superintendent Mark Beem’s contract was amended and will continue thru June 30, 2021. Principals Jason Pursley, Jason Blair, and Randy Dougherty’s contracts were extended through the 2020-2021 School Year. The next meeting of the Skyline School Board will be Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school library.