Missouri State University board raises president Clif Smart’s pay

At meetings this year, Missouri State’s Board of Governors has asked tough questions of the university’s president.

Members also repeatedly praised Clif Smart’s decision-making and handling of the still-ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The board recently put that praise in writing with members giving Smart high marks on his annual review.

Members evaluated Smart’s strategic and educational leadership; organizational and financial management; fundraising; external, internal and board relations; and personal characteristics and values.

Board chair Amy Counts said, in a news release, that Smart continued to display “vision, judgement and agility” during the pandemic.

“In the spirit of innovation that is core to Missouri State, the university demonstrated leadership and creativity in providing a safe campus for our students and an interactive environment that few universities chose or were able to offer this past year,” Counts said.

Amy Counts

“This enabled our students to have a somewhat normal campus experience during a year filled

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Springfield’s Sabis Charter School Board votes to sever ties with management company

SPRINGFIELD – The Board of Trustees for the Sabis International Charter School voted essentially to end the more than 25-year relationship with its namesake management company after a meeting that often turned hostile and included educators airing multiple concerns about the company.

The 5-2 vote on Wednesday night came just three hours before the 30-day contract extension with Sabis Educational Management Company expired.

The decision officially called for the Board of Trustees to ask for a six-month extension of the contract to allow Sabis officials to assist with the transition, but Sabis lawyer Raipher Pellegrino said the company would only agree to extend the contract if there is an end goal of finalizing a new management contract.

He added that the company never ends contracts mid-year.

“I think we should put it in writing and if they reject, it is their prerogative,” said Rev. Atu White, president of the board,

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Yahtzee! United Way campaign to tap fun of board games

Board games offer opportunities for laughs, challenges and education.

Through 2021, they’ll also give Central Missouri residents a chance to support their community while competing with neighbors.

The United Way of Central Missouri’s fundraising campaign theme this year is Board Games, and its slogan is “Make every move count,” campaign co-chairs Kyle Shimmens and Sally Moore said.

“Board games take teamwork, camaraderie and perseverance,” Moore said during the United Way’s annual kick-off breakfast. “It’s so much more than winning and losing. It’s about never giving up. It’s about making every move count.”

The past two years have been challenging for the community, she said. However, the United Way was in the middle of efforts to overcome the challenges and overcome the setbacks they created.

After the May 2019 tornado that struck Cole and Miller counties, the United Way took a leadership role in tornado and flooding recovery. It mobilized

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Smart Board, June 7 | Education

State provides over 700 sites for kids to get free lunches

Free meals are available to kids at more than 700 locations across New Mexico this summer through programs run by the state.

Most sites serve lunch and many also serve breakfast, according to the Public Education Department.

Meal sites in Santa Fe include SWAN Park, Franklin Miles Park as well as several public schools, including Capital High.

NMSU calls for middle school students to assess games, apps

New Mexico State University is looking for middle school students who are interested in serving as game consultants for the university’s Learning Games Lab.

The lab, which develops educational games and interactives, needs consultants to play and evaluate games.

Consultants will have the chance to pitch a game idea at the end of one of two weeklong sessions.

Kids interested in applying will need access to broadband internet and a device with

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