December 13, 2017

The Hickory County R-I School (Skyline) Board of Education met on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, for their regular monthly meeting. The board discussed and then approved Skyline joining a new conference beginning with the 2020-2021 School Year. The new conference, the Ozark Mountain Conference, will be a merger of the remaining schools in the Mid Lakes Conference-Skyline, Fair Grove, Strafford, Stockton, Clever, and Forsyth and the newly formed Ozarks Highlands Conference-Buffalo, Warsaw, Sherwood, Butler and El Dorado Springs. There will be a North and South division with the North comprised of Skyline, Warsaw, El Dorado Springs, Stockton, Butler and Sherwood and the South that will include Buffalo, Fair Grove, Strafford, Clever, and Forsyth. Schools will play each team in their division every year in all team sports, and all conference schools each year in basketball. Specific guidelines will be in place to determine conference champions in each team sport. There will also be an Academic Bowl competition beginning in 2020-2021 with the plan to expand to additional academic competitions in the future. The 2016-2017 Audit was then approved with no significant issues or concerns. A copy of the audit is available to view in central office, upon request. Commendations were issued to Katie Heflin for her donation of sweatshirts, and Officer Jim Cihy for taking eight Skyline students on a “Shop with a Cop” trip. He was accompanied by Skyline Counselors Kelli Cheek and Tammy Smith. The “No Child Left Behind at Christmas” project was once again a huge success. The school sponsored 17 families and 51 students, and Prairie Chapel UMC sponsored 15 families and 41 students. Commendations were issued to Prairie Chapel, Kami Hathaway, Ashley Mabary, Lindsay Martin and the many staff members that donated time and money. The board met briefly in closed session with no action taken. The next meeting of the Skyline School Board will be Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.