By Don Groves
The Albany Ledger
Five Albany High School speech class students presented their case for a senior day trip to Kansas City to the Albany R-III Board of Education at the board’s April 21 meeting.
AHS seniors Amy Gully, Kate Arthur, Makenzie Gillespie, Brianna Dillivan and Ashley Hall told the board that as part of their speech class they were required to give a persuasive speech. Gully began the presentation by telling the board the class of 2014 has made many high school memories but would like to have the opportunity to make one final memory as a class with a day of paintball in Kansas City.
Dillivan said she and the others giving the presentation had researched and organized the trip on their own. She said they had talked to teachers about finals and found May 9 was the best day for the trip. She said parents would be asked for donations to pay for lunch.
Gillespie said the class of 2014 has shown its responsibility by representing the Albany R-III School District well during school trips to Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri State University. She said her class has learned to work together and spoke about the students’ success last year with prom for the class of 2013.
“We’re asking permission to take a one-day trip as a class one last time to create fun memories,” Arthur said.
Arthur said the students are willing to pay for the trip out of their own pockets and would look for ways to help fellow students who might not be able to afford the trip on their own. With transportation, she said the cost for the trip would be about $45 per person.
The board took no action on the request.
As an information item, Albany superintendent John Rinehart told the board because of higher than expected health insurance costs he has talked to the district’s insurance provider about creating a new health insurance package. He said the change would amount to about a 4 percent increase in costs instead of an increase of nearly 16 percent. Rinehart said he would invite an insurance broker to explain changes in coverage to the district’s staff.
In other business, the board:
• Approved Missouri School Board Association policy changes for 2014-2015;
• Accepted a mowing bid of $340 for each time district grounds are mowed from Poppa’s Lawn Care;
• Approved selling 11 pigs raised by FFA students;
• Approved selling the school’s old stage curtain;
• Approved the 2014-2015 school calendar; and
• Changed the district’s staff development day from April 28 to May 23 and the student day from May 23 to May 19.