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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Drexel R-4 School District Superintendent Report October 2021

Drexel R-4 School District Superintendent Report
October 2021

It’s hard to believe that the first quarter of school was over on October 15th and we are having parent/teacher conferences on October 25th.

The school year is off to a good start. I could not be more proud of our students and staff and how they continue to work through the start of another school year while still facing the impacts of COVID.

The fall athletic seasons for junior high and high school teams have concluded or are preparing for district playoffs. The district volleyball tournament will be held at Drexel this year. We are anticipating hosting several district football games over the next few weeks. In just a couple of weeks our winter seasons will be getting underway with junior high basketball games starting on November 1st and high school basketball practices beginning on that date as well.

The district has received two separate grants for the purposes of teacher retention and recruitment. The application deadline is January 31st, 2022. There are two separate grants; Teacher Retention Grant is $15,000 and can be used for teacher retention strategies (mentoring programs, stipends, social-emotional needs, wellness, professional learning), while the Teacher Recruitment Grant is $10,000 and can be used for recruiting and selecting strategies (advertising, future teacher programs, scholarships).
Food Service Updates – the food service department is still working to limit any food delivery or food supply issues that may impact the district. During the month of September food service served an average of 137 breakfasts each day, which is nearly 48% of our students – which also includes serving an average of 53 second chance breakfasts each day. During the same month food serviced served an average of 163 lunches each day, which is nearly 57% of our students.

Municipal Bonds/Debt Service Financial Analysis – the district is eligible for a general obligation bond refunding in December of 2021, this would save district taxpayers over $92,000. The district is also eligible for a no-tax increase general obligation bond issue in 2022 or 2023. An April 2022 bond issue would provide $950,000 to complete projects, while an April 2023 bond issue would provide $1,150,000 to complete projects.

ESSER III Application and Budget Status – on 10/11/21 we received some feedback from DESE regarding our ESSER III Application Use of Funds and our ESSER III Budget. I am currently working to make the revisions to the application and the budget and should be able to resubmit for further review within the next few days.

Respectfully,
Terry Mayfield, Superintendent