Drexel R-IV Board of Education Board Meeting

Prior to the start of the meeting the following students were recognized for being named the December Character Kids of the Month for the trait of Generosity – Luke Barbarick & Holly Yager.  High school student Tristan Decker was also recognized.  These students also led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Candidate Filing Information:  the following have filed as candidates for the Drexel R-IV Board of Education – Brenda Hadley and Lynn Stark (incumbent).  The terms of Chris Collins and Lynn Stark are set to expire.  With the number of candidates filing being equal to the number of openings on the board, no election will be necessary.

1.     Board approved the consent agenda, which included the minutes of the December 18th regular meeting, the warrant report, payment of bills, treasurer’s report and petty cash report.  The board also approved the administrative reports (attached).

2.     Board members were recognized for their service as a part of School Board Appreciation Week, January 21st – 28th.

3.     Under New Business:

a.      Agriculture Education Instructor and FFA Advisor Dakota Tucker gave the annual Agriculture Education Program Review and also provided an update on the progress of the greenhouse project.

b.     Board reviewed, but took no action, on the football field maintenance agreement with Sports Turf Specialist.

c.      Board reviewed, but took no action, on the proposed 2018-2019 School Calendar as presented by the calendar committee.

d.     Board set the date of February 5th, 2018 to schedule a board of education work session to discuss 1) Superintendent Goals, 2) Budget Review, and 3) Future Facilities Planning.

4.     Board held an executive session for personnel and student matters, taking the following action:

a.      Approved extending Superintendent Terry Mayfield’s contract for an additional year through 2019-2020.

b.     Approved the updated substitute teacher list with the addition of Linda Dyer.


Respectfully submitted,

Terry Mayfield


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Arrest Made in Connection to the Two Horses Shot in Amoret

On 1/17/2018, Detectives from the Bates County Sheriff’s Office followed up on a lead in reference to two horses that were shot and killed on 12/24/2017.  The lead took the Detectives to Garden City Missouri.  The suspect in the shooting was at the police department for an unrelated case.  Detectives interviewed the suspect at the Garden City Police Department in reference to the shooting.  Information received from the suspect lead the Detectives to request that the suspect be turned over to the custody of the Detectives.  The suspect was identified as David Hugh Johnson W/M DOB 8/15/1962 a resident of Garden City Missouri.  Johnson was transported to the Bates County Detention Center.

Johnson is the adult son of the property owner where the horses were shot.  Johnson was charged this evening with two counts of Felony Property damage for the intentional death of the two horses.  Detectives will continue to work with the Bates County Prosecutor’s Office to file additional charges related to weapons offenses and abuse of an animal.

Johnson is currently being held in the Bates County Detention Center on a $9,000 cash or surety bond.

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Garden City Police Department for their assistance in the arrest of Mr. Johnson.

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