Beloit High School Named State School Of Merit


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The USD 273 board of education met in regular session on Monday, February 12. High School Principal Casey Seyfert announced that BHS has been recognized as a State School of Character. Only two schools in the state are awarded this distinction, and Beloit was the only high school awarded in what is a rigorous elimination process according to Seyfert. They are now being reviewed to be a National School of Character. The awards for the state school award recipients is to be held in Topeka on May 3.

The board approved the consent agenda including the minutes of the January 11 planning session and regular meeting along with payment of bills and claims.

The board then approved contracts for Julia Budreau, Paraeducator, Beloit Elementary School and resignation including Jennifer Reling, Paraeducator, Alternative Learning Center; Tanya Buser, Special Ed. Secretary/Finance Clerk/ParaFacilitator, Sp.Ed. Office; Marilyn Goheen, Paraeducator, Beloit Elementary School and Miranda Robinson, Paraeducator, Waconda Schools.

Superintendent Jeff Travis reported on a legislative Update, the Parents as Teachers program,  setting up Assistant Elementary Principal interviews next week, a property update, and a Kasnas Association of School Boards Region 7 Story in the KASB magazine.

Travis then introduced Dale Bohn and Mark Thompson from DS Buslines. They were in attendance to thank the district for their business and to talk about extending the partnership into the future.

Participants in the Beloit Elementary spelling bee included Brodie Boudreaux, Ryker Clark, Noah Gerstner, Brooklyn Pierce, Jayden Brookds, Bryce Beisner, Riley Hilt, Asher Zimmer, Tatum Seyfert and Olivia Wright who was the champion speller.

Parent teacher conferences were scheduled for Thursday and Friday this week. There is not school Friday or Monday. Class pictures will be taken on February 27.

Beloit FCCLA attended STAR event competition on February 7 in Minneapolis. They qualified eight members for state competition.

Sydney Johnson gave the Student Council Report. Brady Dean delivered the Site Council Report, and Liz Fixen gave the PTO report. The board then unanimously approved the 2018-2019 school calendar as presented by administration.

In other action items, the board approved Curt Christians as the Assistant High School Softball Coach, Marty Hesting as the Assistant High School Baseball Coach, and Cade Hewitt as a Part-time Assistant Jr.-Sr. High Track Coach.

After a pair of executive sessions, the board moved to allow Mr. Travis to pursue negotiations to purchase property on Highway 24. Following another executive session, the board extended the contracts of Cassie Kopsa, Assistant Special Education Director, Karen Niemczyk, Special Education Director, Brady Dean, Principal, Beloit Elementary School, Casey Seyfert, Principal,

Beloit Jr.-Sr. High School, Kyle Beisner, Vice-Principal/Activities Director, Beloit Jr.-Sr. High School through the 2019-2020 school year.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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