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Board Minutes for 12 March 2018

WACONDA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 272

708 Locust St.

CAWKER CITY, KANSAS

 

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

DISTRICT OFFICE                                                                           7:00 PM

 

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

Administrators present: Superintendent, Troy Damman, Principal:  Jim Giesbrecht

                                                                                          Head Teacher:  Jennifer Brummer

Absent:  Bob Becker

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

Russell Groenendyk moved and Denis Schoen seconded the motion to approve the agenda as amended.

            Under Information and Discussion Items Only:    Add: #8 Open Teaching Positions.

            Under Action Items #4 a. – Change justification to Superintendent contract discussion.

Motion Carried 6-0.

Russell Groenendyk moved and Denise Schoen seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the Special Board Meetings on Jan. 31, 2018, Feb. 22, 2018 @ 5:00, Feb. 22, 2018 @ 5:05, Feb. 27, 2018, March 5, 2018, March 6, 2018 and the Regular Board Meeting, Monday, February 12, 2018.

Motion Carried 6-0.

Kelly Berkley welcomed visitors.

Denise Schoen moved and Brandi Duskie seconded the motion to approve the bills and payroll.

Motion Carried 6-0.

 

Kelly Berkley gave a brief Smoky Hill report which touched on the need for more regional support for the Kansas Gemini and Gemini II schools.

In the principal’s report, Mr. Jim Giesbrecht stated that parent teacher conferences were very well attended with a 91% attendance rate. Stacy DeBey organized the school’s 21st annual read-a-thon, with the support of staff, PTCO, and twelve volunteer readers.  Smokey Hill Public Television station donated 128 new books, so that each child, grades preschool – 5th grade would have a book to take home.

Mrs. Darci Seehafer arranged for representatives from the Kansas Cosmosphere to put on a program to all students at the school geared toward technology and science through robotics. Mr. Giesbrecht thanked the PTCO for their donation to this worthwhile program and for all they have done throughout the year.  The students are also learning about healthy eating and nutrition through the K-State Extension office.

Upcoming events include:  Picture day, Wednesday, March 14, Spring Break March 19 – 23, K-NEX Career Day and state assessments.

Jenny Brummer, head teacher at Tipton Community School gave a brief report on happenings at her building.  The Tipton students recently competed at the Sylvan Music Festival and received several I and I+ ratings for their performances.  The school also received a technology grant from Dane Hanson through the Solomon Valley Community Foundation for $3,883.00.  Casey Weisel qualified for the State Geography Bee this past month and the Jr. High Scholar’s Bowl is enjoying great success at their meets.  Grade cards were sent out, and parent-teacher conferences were well attended.

Mr. Troy Damman gave the Lakeside J.H./ H.S. report in Mr. Becker’s absence.  The seniors and several sponsors left for Washington D.C. this week for their senior trip.  They are scheduled to tour several of the important buildings, memorials and museums as part of their visit.

In other news, Lakeside Jr Sr High won the Osborne County Community Fund Drive for Schools fundraising contest and will be awarded a plaque to hang proudly in the school. 

Eleven students participated in a recent forensics meet with four earning qualifications for the State Festival.  Regional solo music contests will be held April 7th in Concordia with large groups competing April 18th in Beloit. Art students will participate in the FHSU art contest in April as well. 

In Athletics, the high school girls and boys basketball teams enjoyed great success ending their seasons with 15-6 and 13-9 records respectively.  As reported in last month’s report, the Jr. High teams fared very well this season with both teams winning the Pike Trail League. The girls posted two season losses and a second place finish in the league tournament with the boys, one loss and a third place tournament finish. Track and Golf practice have begun with first meets set for April 3.  The NPL Powerlifting contest is slated for March 15 at Wilson.

Ashley Clausen arrived at 7:13 p.m.

Superintendent, Mr. Troy Damman, gave an updated legislative report as well as informed the board that the district servers are slated to be replaced over spring break.  He provided the board with preliminary sketches of blueprints for the kitchen addition and reviewed how the bidding process will be handled.  Invitations to bid will be sent out Friday, March 17th with plans and specifications to be available on Monday, March 19th.

           Mrs. Jennifer Brown gave the Site Council report.  The council wanted to stress to the board the importance of finding the right individual for the superintendent’s position and would rather see an interim superintendent until one is found rather than choosing one because of the small pool of candidates.  She also reaffirmed the council’s stance on having a full time elementary principal rather than combining that with the superintendent’s responsibilities.

           Mrs. Brown also shared some community involvement activity ideas the group had to fit in with the KESA model and presented a list of classes that they would like to see offered throughout the district.

Three Year Old Preschool was the next topic of discussion with an August 31 birthdate cutoff decided for the first year of implementation.  Pre-enrollment packets are being readied and families are being informed through social media, advertising in the paper, on the radio and possibly through a mailing.  Initial signup will take place March 26th and 27th at Lakeside Elementary.

Mrs. Judy Gasper explained the KESA process and what the steps are in meeting the state’s requirements for accreditation.

Keyless Entries and informal discussion was had on the district’s Crisis Plan.

Brandi Duskie moved and Rodney Hake seconded the motion to fund the Parents as Teachers program for the 2018-19 school year.

Motion Carried 7-0.

 

Kelly Berkley moved and Denise Schoen seconded the motion to approve the after school program beginning March 26 as presented.

Motion Carried 7-0.

 

Russell Groenendyk moved and Denise Schoen seconded the motion to approve the resignation of Diana Roe as head cook at Lakeside Jr. Sr. High School at the end of her contract.

Motion Carried 7-0.

 

Kelly Berkley thanked Diana publicly for her nice letter and her years of service to the staff and students of the district.

Kelly Berkley moved the school board recess into executive session to discuss the superintendent contract pursuant to nonelected personnel exception under KOMA with the board present, and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 9:35 p.m.

Motion Carried 7-0.

 

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

Brandi Duskie moved the school board recess into executive session to discuss employee contracts pursuant to nonelected personnel exception under KOMA with the board and Mr. Troy Damman present, and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 10:00 p.m.

Motion Carried 7-0.

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

Russell Groenendyk moved the school board recess into executive session to discuss employee contracts, pursuant to non-elected personnel exception under KOMA with the board and Mr. Troy Damman present, and the open          meeting will resume in the board room at 10:10 p.m.

Motion Carried 7-0.

 

The board returned to open session at 10:10 p.m.

Kelly Berkley moved and Brandi Duskie seconded the motion to adjourn.

Motion Carried 7-0.

Meeting adjourned at 10:11 p.m.

           

President

 

 

Clerk

 

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