The Chillicothe Board of Education met at an earlier time for their monthly meeting Tuesday.  Click to hear KMZU’s Bob Allen talk with Chillicothe R-II Superintendent Roger Barnes:

Roger Barnes

Barnes says one item of business was the district’s facility rental agreement.  He wanted to check to make sure that the current policy was in line with the policies of other municipal facilities like the public library.  One issue of concern for the board was liability.  Currently, the rental agreement form requires parties interested in using the school’s facilities to have their own insurance.

The board also discussed what Chillicothe’s Summer School Program might look like in 2012.  Barnes says Edison Learning has been the source of curriculum for several years and the time to renew the contract for next year has arrived.  The new agreement has a provision for the district to back out if Missouri cuts out funding for summer school in the future.  Barnes says that flexibility is nice, but opting out of the deal may have some drawbacks including incentives Edison has in place for students with 100% attendance.  The district would be unable to match those attendance prizes which are apparently a sufficiently large enough draw that Barnes worries about lower enrollment without them.

In other district news, Barnes reports that schools will release early Thursday for parent-teacher conferences and that the Lady Hornets Softball team will play in the state softball semi-final on Friday afternoon.