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Board Minutes for 12 February 2018

WACONDA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 272

708 Locust St.

CAWKER CITY, KANSAS

 

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING                    Monday, February 12, 2018

DISTRICT OFFICE                                                                           7:00 PM

 

Board Members Present:  Kelly Berkley, Russell Groenendyk, Rodney Hake, Denise Schoen, Ashley Clausen and Jessica Scott

Administrators present: Superintendent, Troy Damman, Principals:  Jim Giesbrecht and Bob Becker

Absent, Brandi Duskie

President, Kelly Berkley called meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

The board began the meeting with a walking tour of Lakeside Elementary School, visiting each classroom and resource room to assess the possible location of a 3 yr. old preschool.

The meeting resumed at the district office at 7:35 p.m.

Russell Groenendyk moved and Denise Schoen seconded the motion to approve the agenda as presented.

Motion Carried ­­­6-0.

 

Denise Schoen moved and Rodney Hake seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the Special Board Meeting and the Regular Board Meeting, Monday, January 8, 2018.

Motion Carried ­­­6-0.

 

Kelly Berkley welcomed visitors.

Denise Schoen moved and Rodney Hake seconded the motion to approve the bills, payroll and transfers as presented.                    Transfer $40,000 from General to Food Service.

                                    Transfer $100,000.00 from Supplemental to Special Education.

                                    Transfer $100,000 from Supplemental to K-12 At-Risk.

Motion Carried ­­­6-0.

 

Kelly Berkley gave a brief Smoky Hill report.

 

Mr. Bob Becker started the Jr. Sr. High School report with the mention of several students earning accolades in different areas of competition.  Ross Hutson won the Osborne County Spelling Bee as well as the local Geography Bee in recent weeks.  Allison Cooper took second place in a statewide Peace Art Contest and several band students received a high level of recognition for their efforts at the K-State Band Clinic.

 

For the past several months, the High School and Junior High Student Councils have been working on creating a school motto using the word Knights.  Mr. Becker noted that the student body would like to make some signs to depict this motto as well as incorporate these into some Character Ed lessons and into parts of the KESA process.

 

Upcoming events include:  FCCLA week, FFA Week, A field trip to Cloud County Community College’s Cadaver Lab for the Anatomy and Physiology class, Parent Teacher Conferences and cheerleading tryouts.  Mr. Becker wrapped up his report with athletic updates.

 

Mr. Jim Giesbrecht gave the Lakeside Elementary School principal’s report.  Five competitors represented LES in the Mitchell County Spelling Bee.  Students in grades 4 – 8 competed in the Geography Bee which was organized by Charli Barrett, Gifted Coordinator. 

 

Teacher assignments for the next school year were presented to the board members as well as the desire to reintroduce the after school program and the summer school program if funding allows.

In the superintendent’s report, Mr. Troy Damman quickly went over state updates and legislative struggles to meet the court’s ruling to increase school funding.  At the same time, suicide, sexual harassment and bullying prevention programs are getting a lot of attention in public schools.  Lastly, the legislators are considering scholarships for early graduates to move to post- secondary education sooner and allow tuition be paid from the savings to the public school systems for not attending their senior year.

 

Mr. Damman reported that the new vehicles have arrived and are waiting on KDOT inspections before they can be put into the active fleet.  Also, the office of the City of Cawker City is finalizing the contract to transfer the property sold to them earlier in the year.  Plans are moving along with the kitchen remodel and hopes are, that they will be ready to get the project out to bids soon.

 

Amanda McGuire presented the Parents-As-Teachers annual update and emphasized the importance of early intervention to grasp learning potential while children’s brains are developing the most.  She also asked the board to consider keeping the program viable as the grant money used to fund this program for the 272 district will be coming to an end next school year.  Projected cost to the district to keep the program as is would be $12,139.00. 

 

Mr. Troy Damman shared a handout on ideas of how and where to implement a three year old preschool.  Much discussion ensued as the board reviewed their tour of the building and Mr. Damman’s recommendations.  It was unanimous amongst board members that the preschool should be housed in the elementary building in Cawker City.

 

Denise Schoen moved and Ashley Clausen seconded the motion to approve the 2017-18 District Calendar.

Motion Carried ­­­6-0.

 

Kelly Berkley moved to go into executive session to discuss negotiations pursuant to the exception for employer-employee negotiations under KOMA.  The motion was seconded by Russell Groenendyk with the board members present and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 9:30 p.m.

Motion Carried ­­­6-0.

 

The meeting returned to open session at 9:30 p.m.

 

Kelly Berkley moved to go into executive session to discuss negotiations pursuant to the exception for employer-employee negotiations under KOMA.  The motion was seconded by Denise Schoen with the board members present and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 9:35 p.m.

Motion Carried ­­­6-0.

 

The meeting returned to open session at 9:35p.m.

 

Kelly Berkley moved to go into executive session to discuss employee contracts pursuant to non-elected personnel exception under KOMA.  The motion was seconded by Russell Groenendyk with the board members present and the option to call Mr. Jim Giesbrecht into the meeting, and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 10:00 p.m.

Motion Carried ­­­6-0.

 

Mr. Jim Giesbrecht was asked to join executive session at 9:56 p.m.

 

The meeting returned to open session at 10:00 p.m.

 

Kelly Berkley moved and Denise Schoen seconded the motion to accept the nominations of: Lisa LaRocque, Head Jr. High Track Coach, Kim Davis, Assistant Jr. High Track Coach, Landon Lampkin, Vocal Music Teacher Assistant, and Christine Blass, Preschool Paraprofessional.

 

Motion Carried ­­­6-0.

 

Ashley Clausen moved and Russell Groenendyk seconded the motion to go with Plan B as presented on the three year old preschool.

 

Motion Carried ­­­6-0.

 

            Plan B:  Move the first grade to the room that is currently the library with the library moving to the title      room.  The current title room would be moved to the east end of the building.  The first grade room             would become the new 3 year old preschool room.

 

Russell Groenendyk brought up the after school and the summer school program under miscellaneous items.  Rodney Hake asked that the principals draft a plan that would work for their buildings for next year to be considered by the board.  The board was also in favor of implementing summer school again for the coming year.

 

Rodney Hake asked Mr. Damman to look at the south side of the north building where the lower grades would be housed to see about making the rear exits more user friendly for the young students.

 

Kelly Berkley moved and Jessica Scott seconded the motion to adjourn.

Motion Carried 6-0.

 

Meeting adjourned at 10:12 p.m.

 

 

           

                       

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