BOE Meeting Recap

Board Reorganizational Special Meeting


The Board met Monday, April 17, at 5:50pm for the Board Reorganizational Special Meeting. Here is a recap of the meeting.


Certification of April 4 Election Results: A motion was made, and a vote was taken to approve the April 4 election results.  


Administer Oath of Office: The oath of office was administered to Taylor Akey, David Allgaier, and Ashley Sullard. Each was then dully installed as a Lawson R-XIV Board of Education member.


Election of President of the Lawson Board of Education: A motion was made, and a vote was taken to elect Rob Kellam as the Lawson R-XIV School Board President for the 2023-2024 term.


Election of Vice President of the Lawson Board of Education: A motion was made, and a vote was taken to elect Dwayne Peoples as the Lawson R-XIV School Board Vice President for the 2023-2024 term.


Election of Missouri School Board Delegate: A motion was made, and a vote was taken to elect Brian Yarbrough as the Lawson R-XIV School Board MSBA Delegate for the 2023-2024 term.


Appointments of the Board Secretary and Treasurer for the 2023-2024 term: Two separate motions were made, and votes were taken to approve Kayla Anderson as the 2023-2024 Board Secretary and Sharon Joy 2023-2024 Board Treasurer.


The meeting was adjourned at 5:56pm.


2023-2024 Lawson BOE Members

L/R Taylor Akey, Ashley Sullard, David Allgaier, Rob Kellam,
Dwayne Peoples, Brian Yarbrough, John Weir


April BOE Meeting


The Board met Monday, April 17, at 6 pm for their monthly meeting. Here is a recap of the meeting highlights. You can view the complete agenda and supporting documents at:


Celebrations: April Board Spotlights: The board recognized Jeff Terrill and Jason Thummel for serving the district during their term on the Lawson R-XIV School Board from 2020-2023. Their dedication and service are much appreciated!

The next board spotlight was to recognize Mr. Roger Schmitz, former Lawson Superintendent, who has been awarded the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) Northwest Emeritus Award. In selecting the Emeritus honorees, special attention is given to the length of administrative service, participation in MASA, significant accomplishments as an active member, and continued interest in public education. Roger fits each of these categories, and his recognition is well-deserved by his colleagues throughout Missouri.

Next, Lawson Middle School student Barrett Krieger was recognized for receiving the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Excellence Award for his essay about Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. Students were asked to write an essay about a famous person who inspired others.


Finally, the board recognized high school teacher Mrs. Karen Johnson for being named the Missouri Interscholastic Journalism Association (MIJA) Journalism Teacher of the Year Award. She was nominated by a former student during her time with the Kearney School District. Mrs. Johnson rejoined Lawson High School in the fall of 2022 and teaches English and Journalism courses, and is the Lawson Landriac sponsor.

Congratulations to all!


Items for Discussion:

District Career Ladder Plan: The Board approved the 2023-2024 District Career Ladder Plan. The revised plan will benefit participating teachers by adjusting years of service and hours of work requirements and the school district by reducing the local financial obligation to offer Career Ladder to our teachers.

District Communication Plan: The Board approved the revised Communication Plan. The revised plan resulted from completing set action steps connected to Strategic Goal #2: “Update and revise the existing communication plan so it will increase transparency, understanding, and trust with stakeholders.”

SW Playground Project: The Board approved the replacement of Cooper’s Castle. The equipment that makes up Cooper’s Castle is in disrepair and has reached the end of life due to structural safety concerns. The purchase cost for this equipment will be paid for by using proceed from the recent selling of the 6 Lakeview Estates residential lots. The new playground equipment is expected to be onsite and ready for installation in late August or early September.

SW FEMA Parking Lot Project: The Board approved bids from Advanced Asphalt and Dolt Concrete to complete the SW FEMA Building roadway and parking lot project.


Items for information:

SW FEMA Building Update: Mr. Schmitz provided the Board with an update on the progress of the SW FEMA Building project. We are still on track to complete the project by the end of June 2023.

Summer School Update: Mrs. Cross and Mr. Zahl provided an update on the planning for the 2023 Summer School. Summer School is slated to run from May 31 – June 30.

Early Childhood / PAT Update: Mr. Miller provided the Board with an update on the efforts that have been taken to expand our Parents as Teachers program over the 2022-2023 school year and our plans to continue to grow the problem as we move into the 2023-2024 school year. He also shared information connected to Strategic Plan Goal #9, Explore expanding Early Childhood Learning Opportunities and implementing Before and After School Child Care Programming.

Superintendent Update: Mr. Stephenson updated the Board on current projects throughout the District. An update of community interest is that Incite Design will attend the May Board meeting to provide an update on the facility assessments and planning they have been working on for the District.


Closed Session Announcements:

New Teacher Hires for the 23-24: The Board approved the hiring of Nathan Pack HS Art for the  23-24 school year:

Extra Duty Hires: The Board approved the list of the coaches and sponsors provided by Mr. Zahl for the 2023-2024 school year. We currently still have a few coaching positions open. If you are interested in coaching, please get in touch with our Athletics Director, Mr. Travis Zahl

Summer School Staff: The Board approved the individuals on the Summer School 2023 Staff List.

Summer Student Workers: The Board approved the individual student on the Summer Student Workers List. Mr. Petet will meet with applicants and inform them of their summer positions.


Please contact Mr. Stephenson with questions or concerns regarding any information provided in this recap or other district matters. He can be reached by email at or by phone at (816)-580-7277.