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KINGDOM CITY — The North Callaway Board of Education will meet for the first time in 2021 this Thursday.

Planned topics of discussion are wide-ranging, including a presentation on the Jobs for America's Graduates program, the results of the district's most recent audit, a curriculum update and more. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the North Callaway High School media center, and is open to the public.

Certified public accountant Amy Watson, of Gerding, Korte and Chitwood, will present the district's 2019-20 audit for the board's approval. Missouri school districts are required to be audited each year.

Board members will hear various reports: annual reports on the district's library and gifted programs, a curriculum report from Assistant Superintendent Niki Buschmann and a superintendent report from Nicole Kemp. Kemp will talk about internet access upgrades implemented throughout the district over the winter holiday break — dozens of Wi-Fi access points received updates.

The consent agenda includes the usual reports, plus a few additional items. The T-Bird Learning Center has requested the district move a planned professional development date from March 8 to March 12. North Callaway has arranged a corporate membership with the YMCA of Callaway County, allowing district employees to enjoy a 10 percent discount on membership rates at the facility. The district also plans to renew its membership with the Missouri United School Insurance Council at a rate of $151,564.

Board members may choose to approve the entire consent agenda without additional discussion.

Under old business, the district will hear another update on COVID-19 and its impacts on the 2020-21 school year.

Under new business, representatives from Callabyte Technology and Kingdom Telephone will present e-rate proposals to the board. Brian Jobe, North Callaway High School principal, will share about the Jobs for America's Graduates program, which helps at-risk students with academic potential prepare for careers and graduate.

To view the full meeting agenda, including associated documents, visit bit.ly/3sEBEhJ.

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