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Busy Lebanon R-3 School Board Meeting

The Lebanon R-3 School District is in the process of planning the 2020-2021 school calendar. That preliminary calendar was discussed during Tuesday night’s R-3 Board of Directors meeting. The calendar for that school year will be impacted, due to changes that were dictated by Missouri legislators. R-3 Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Brad Armstrong, discusses how they plan the calendar for a particular school year…………

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Another change that was mandated by legislators is that the school year for any school district in Missouri can not begin prior to 14 days before the first Monday in September. The 2020-2021 school year can begin no earlier than August 24th, which would push the last day of school in 2021 back to May 26th.

Board members were also given an update on first semester attendance during that meeting. R-3 Assistant Superintendent, Laura O’Quinn, says the district had two attendance goals coming into this school year……….

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137 Lebanon students have missed 10-20 days of school so far this year. That’s an increase of 38 students over last year. Another 694 students have missed 5-10 days of school, which is an increase of 245 students over the previous year. 261 attendance referrals have been made so far this school year. Revenue that the district obtains from the state is determined by the average daily attendance, and administrators would like to see that number increase.

Board members were also provided with an update on early graduation requests during Tuesday night’s meeting. R-3 Principal, Kevin Lowery, told the board about ten percent of Seniors are eligible to graduate this month……….

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The statewide average of students who go on to a post-secondary education is around sixty percent. The number of December R-3 graduates planning to further their education is a little under 19 percent. R-3 Superintendent, Dr. David Schmitz, says an average of around 50 percent of R-3 graduates seek to further their learning after they leave the district.

Board members also approved this year’s Belcher Scholarship nominee during Tuesday night’s meeting. R-3 Counselor, Dan Pitts, made the announcement……….

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Board members were also provided with the annual audit report, the fall activities report, and financial and legislative updates during Tuesday night’s meeting.

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