The Niangua School Board met Friday, Aug. 13 ahead of the school year to approve the technology bid, set its district tax levy and discuss a few changes in the district. One of the largest changes is the upgrade of the student information system.
“This needed to be done, but our former system was also bought out so they’re switching over to a system called PowerSchool,” said Superintendent Josh Hume. “This makes all back to school forms and the enrollment process 100% online as well as features for parents, like a student grade portal.”
According to Hume, parents should have received mailings with log-in information for their respective students. Additional log-in information can be found on the school’s website or facebook page: www.nianguaschools.com or @Niangua Cardinals. For assistance, contact the school directly at (417) 473-6101.
“There are some bugs that we’re working through but for the most part, it’s streamlined and efficient,” Hume added. “We’ve had some good feedback so far.”
As far as the Return to Learn plan regarding COVID, the school is focusing on keeping social distancing between kids when possible. While masks aren’t required, Hume said they will do whatever it takes to keep kids healthy and in school.
Niangua pays for dual credit classes for students. The school will continue to offer this, however the format is changing. According to Hume, parents or students will pay for the credit initially, but will be reimbursed upon a passing grade.
“I think we’re one of the only schools that does this, paying for college credits while our students are attending Niangua High School,” Hume added. “We’re excited to still be able to offer the reimbursement after students pass the course.”
Lastly, Niangua will host students for open house on Friday, Aug. 20, 5:30-7 p.m.