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End Of School Balancing Act For Educators

These final weeks of school are a balancing act, making the most of valuable instruction time, fun activities and planning for next year. White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said school does not end, it just shifts, even after the last day. He said teachers are focused on hitting standards for next year and providing activities that allow students ... Read More »

White School Board Graduates Its First Ever Student

The White County School Board celebrated senior Max Simmons, its first-ever student representative on the school board. Simmons and junior Joy McGill have served on the school board to offer a student’s perspective as the board strives to make decisions that will positively affect them and their classmates. Simmons said he learned a great deal and was entertained at every ... Read More »

White County To Bring In Behavior Specialists For Elementary

The White County School Board voted Thursday night to insert behavioral health specialists into district elementary schools. Board Chair Bob Young said these would neither be school employees nor contractors. He said the therapists would work with students whose parents requested the service, and the fee would be paid through that parent’s insurance. Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said the ... Read More »

BonDeCroft Expansion Will Not Be Completed Until Summer Break

The BonDeCroft Elementary School expansion project will not be completed this school year. White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger told the School Board Thursday night that the original estimate had the project finishing around the county’s spring break but small delays have pushed the completion date into April. He said that trying to integrate the new building into the ... Read More »

Four Year Extension For White County Director Of Schools

After more than two hours of public comments and debate, the White County School Board agreed to a contract extension for Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger. The contract will run from January 1, 2024, through December 31, 2027. Much of the discussion from the board revolved around why Dronebarger needed the contract renewed six months early. “I’ve been proud to ... Read More »

White Co Schools Approve New Smithville Hwy Helipad For Cassville Fire

The White County Board of Education will allow construction of a new helipad for the Cassville Volunteer Fire Department on school property. Director of School Kurt Dronebarger said the helipad will be on a few unused acres between Cassville Elementary and Smithville Highway. He said the helipad will provide support to the fire department on a particularly hazardous stretch of ... Read More »

White County School Director Sees More Problems Coming With Grades

White County Director of Schools said he can see multiple issues with the state’s new school letter grade system. Schools will be assigned letter grades in the coming days with a public announcement set for December. Director Kurt Dronebarger said he is concerned with how the letter grades could affect public perception. “There are conspiracies that this is all about ... Read More »

White County School Board Sets Date For Director Contract Negotiations

The White County Board of Education will start its December 15 meeting discussing contract negotiations with Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger. Chairman Bob Young said standard negotiations happen in April, but because Dronebarger’s four-year contract ends in June there would have to be a complete renewal. Young said having the discussion earlier in the school year gives both the board ... Read More »

BonDeCroft Elementary Parent Concerned About New Visitor Restrictions

A parent at BonDeCroft Elementary School shared her disapproval of a new visitation policy with the White County School Board during their Thursday meeting. Lisa Cooper said the new policy allows just one parent per child to visit the school during lunchtime, parties, and other events. Cooper said she understands the importance of school security, but feels the policy is ... Read More »

White County Director Of Schools To Present at National Superintendents Forum

The White County Board of Education voted to fund Director Kurt Dronebarger’s airfare to go to San Diego to put on a presentation for the National Superintendents Forum. Dronebarger said he was invited by the forum to speak about the county’s Warrior Academy Program, which provides a second chance at graduation for struggling high school students. Dronebarger said the trip ... Read More »