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Monday, October 25, 2021

USD 272 Waconda Board of Education – April 2018

Board Members Present:  Kelly Berkley, Russell Groenendyk, Denise Schoen, Brandi Duskie, Ashley Clausen and Denise Schoen

Administrators present: Superintendent, Troy Damman, Principals, Jim Giesbrecht and Bob Becker, Head Teacher, Jennifer Brummer

Absent:  Rodney Hake

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

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

Under Action Items:

Change 6a from Non-Elect Personnel to Superintendent Contract.

Added 6b Non-Elect Personnel.

Added 6c Negotiations.

Motion Carried 6-0.

 

Russell Groenendyk moved and Denise Schoen seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting, Monday, March 12, the Special Board Meeting, Wednesday, March 28, 2018 and the Special Board Meeting Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Motion Carried 6-0.

Kelly Berkley welcomed visitors.

Denise Schoen moved and Brandi Duskie seconded the motion to approve the bills, payroll and transfer as presented.

Transfer $52,452.00 from the General to Special Education for flow through.

Motion Carried 6-0.

There was no Smoky Hill report.

Mr. Jim Giesbrecht gave the Lakeside Elementary School principal’s report.  He noted that the state assessment testing is ongoing and will be completed by the end of April.  The after school program is up and running with excellent participation.  He informed the board that a curriculum rotation is being devised to be presented at the May meeting.  Several field trips are scheduled in the coming month.

Mr. Bob Becker gave the Jr. Sr. High school report.  State testing is also being conducted at the Downs campus.  The trip to Washington D.C. was very enjoyable for all who attended.  Several students won awards at the NPL art contest including a first place, two seconds and a third place for Megan LaRocque. Rachel Miller was named a Governor’s Scholar and will be recognized at Washburn State University on May 6.

Upcoming April events include a Jr. High field trip to Topeka, Jr.Sr. Prom, The Spring music concert and year end vocal and instrumental music contests.  Students who qualified to participate in the State Music contest on April 28th are:  Holly Tanis, Toren Wolters and the Brass Ensemble.

Extra-curricular activities currently underway include:  Forensics, Jr. and Sr. High track and Golf.  Several students received all league honors for the basketball season including Rachel Miller, Bey Lee Brummet, Grace Grady, Megan LaRocque and Peyton Johnson.  Caleb Hake was the division champion in his weight class at the NPT Powerlifting competition.

Mrs. Jenny Brummer gave the Tipton Community School principal’s report in the absence of Gery Hake.  The students are also in the middle of state assessments and will finish by April 27th.  Tipton had a State Winner at every grade level this year in the Zaner Bloser Handwriting Contest grades 1-8. Field trips and track meets are upcoming April events.

In the superintendent’s report, Mr. Troy Damman shared that the State approved an increase in school funding.  There was a mistake on how much they approved and how much they wanted to approve.  The intent was to approve 534 million but only approved 454 million or so which was about 80 million less.  The difference for the district was 11,000 vs 72,000 a year for 5 years. Applications are coming in for the several teaching and administrative positions advertised on the district.

The kitchen remodel project is moving forward with 16 people attending the informational meeting and 5 general contractors expressing interest in bidding the project.  Mr. Damman expressed the desire to move ahead with Head Cook interviews to get someone hired before the end of the fiscal year.

The 3 yr. old preschool teacher and transportation were discussed and most agreed that one full time para professional will be needed to aid all preschool sessions and be a transportation aid on the bus.

The board agreed to a special meeting date of Monday, April 23rd for kitchen bids.

Denise Schoen moved and Russell Groenendyk seconded the motion accept the medical supply grant in the amount of $583.00 from the Greater Salina Community Foundation and the approval of a grant stipend in the amount of $53.80 to Charlene Beougher.

Motion Carried 6-0.

Russell Groenendyk moved and Brandi Duskie seconded the motion to approve the KASB membership fee in the amount of $4,914.40 and the KASB LAF Contract renewal in the amount of $2,100 as presented.

Motion Carried 6-0.

Kelly Berkley moved and Brandi Duskie seconded the motion to table the door proposals until comparable bids are acquired to be discussed at a later date.

Motion Carried 6-0.

 

Kelly Berkley moved and Denise Schoen seconded the motion to approve the 50 gal hot water heater proposal in the amount of $2,050 from Watts & Son.

Motion Carried 5-1 (Clausen – voting no)
No other bids were available.

 

Russell Groenendyk moved and Ashley Clausen seconded the motion to approve the resignation of Pam Meier as Senior Class Sponsor, and Brooke Hemmert as Science Teacher, FCCLA Sponsor and Assist. Jr. High Girls Basketball Coach.

Motion Carried 6-0.

 

Kelly Berkley moved the school board recess into executive session to discuss the superintendent contract pursuant to non-elected personnel exception under KOMA with the board present, and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 8:15 p.m.  Brandi Duskie seconded the motion.

Motion Carried 6-0.

 

The meeting returned to open session at 8:15 p.m.

Kelly Berkley moved the school board recess into executive session to discuss the superintendent contract pursuant to non-elected personnel exception under KOMA with the board present, and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 8:20 p.m.  Brandi Duskie seconded the motion.

Motion Carried 6-0.

 

The meeting returned to open session at 8:20 p.m.

Kelly Berkley moved the school board recess into executive session to discuss administrative contracts pursuant to non-elected personnel exception under KOMA with the board, Mr. Damman and Mr. Becker present and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 8:36 p.m.  Brandi Duskie seconded the motion.

Motion Carried 6-0.

 

Mr. Becker exited the meeting at 8:31 p.m.

 

The meeting returned to open session at 8:36 p.m.

 

Kelly Berkley moved to go into executive session to discuss negotiations pursuant to the exception for employer-employee negotiations under KOMA with the board members and Mr. Damman present and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 9:05 p.m. The motion was seconded by Brandi Duskie.

Motion Carried ­­­6-0.

 

The meeting returned to open session at 9:05 p.m.

 

Kelly Berkley introduced Dr. Betty Summers as the interim superintendent candidate.

 

Brandi Duskie moved and Denise Schoen seconded the motion to approve Dr. Betty Summers and the interim superintendent.

Motion Carried 6-0.

 

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

Motion Carried 6-0.

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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