FOLLOWING ARE MINUTES AS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Regular Meeting Board of Education
Unified School District #211 March 4, 2019
The regular meeting of the Board of Education USD 211, was called to order at 7:30pm at the Alice Tweed Center, 105 E. Waverly, Norton, Kansas, by Sean Kats, President. Four members were present so a quorum was declared.
MEMBERS PRESENT: OTHERS PRESENT:
Sean Kats, President Phil Wilson – Superintendent Deena Wente, Vice-President Gina Riley – Clerk
Jennifer Miller Corey Roy – Principal
Bill Jones Dustin McEwen – Principal Craig Renner – Arrived @ 8:50 Kimberly Fiscus – NTA Rep Chris Harting – Arrived @ 8:54 Jamie Amlong
Bill Johnson – Arrived @ 7:59
Call to Order Quorum
No items were removed from the consent agenda.
Motion by Deena Wente seconded by Jennifer Miller, to approve the consent agenda as presented. Motion carried 4-0. Approved in the consent agenda were the agenda for March 4, 2019, as presented; minutes for the regular meeting of February 11, 2019 and monthly bills, transfers, and payroll. Bills and payroll approved for payment total:
General Fund $ 334,326.16 11,358.10
CTE 7,419.33 1,317.68
Capital Outlay 671.05
Food Service 18,250.82 17,498.90
Textbook Revolving 86.00
Title I 8,666.23 224.92
Special Education 11,621.56 367.74
Recreation Commission 8,769.29
Supplemental General 18,773.42 46,996.17
Title II-A 237.05 1,679.38
Gifts & Grants 1,046.41
$ 450,471.26 $ 90,015.64
There were no comments from the public.
Supt. Wilson reported that the girls had qualified for the state basketball tournament and reviewed the schedule for game times, pep rally, transportation needs, and early school dismissal Wednesday and Friday, if the girls win Wednesday’s game. The early dismissals
Comments from Public
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will also have an impact on the required hours needed for the school year, so he discussed possible scenarios for making up time if the district ends up dismissing early both days this week and then would end up missing more time for weather before the end of winter. He discussed that he and Keith Hauser have been working with the district’s student information software company, GoEdustar, to set up online enrollment for the district. He stated that the state auditor will be at the district March 5-6, which is the latest it has ever been, and hopes that it will not cause much change in our funding and budget for this year. Lastly, he had Principal Roy give a recap of the kindergarten round-up held earlier that evening. Mr. Roy discussed the need for extra programs to address the needs of pre- kindergarten students in our community. He will try to get some ideas put together for the April board meeting to present in more detail to the board.
Principal McEwen gave an update on the student drug testing policy revisions requested by the board at the previous regular meeting. He and Supt. Wilson contacted the testing company for more information on whether the changes could be implemented while continuing their services. They did not have problems with the different types of testing, but there could be issues with the timing of testing for late opt-in students or requests for second tests for appeals. The board directed Mr. McEwen to look into a different testing company to see if they could respond quicker to testing upon request or if there could be an option for parents to take their student to a testing clinic or hospital on their own.
Supt. Wilson presented capital outlay funds that have been committed on current projects and purchases and presented a five year outline of planned and potential expenditures for the board to discuss. No action was taken at this time.
Supt. Wilson presented bids from two companies for chromebooks for the 5th and 9th grades according to the developed rotation plan for student chromebooks. Motion by Bill Jones, seconded by Deena Wente, to approve the purchase of 125 Lenovo 100e Gen1 Chromebooks with cases from DHE Computer Systems for $31,856.25. Motion carried 4- 0.
Supt. Wilson reviewed information and updated pricing received from Theatrical Services Inc. for the second phase of improvements to the lighting system in the East Campus Auditorium. Phase 1 has been completed. Motion by Jennifer Miller, seconded by Deena Wente, to approve phase 2 of the Auditorium lighting project with Theatrical Services Inc at a cost of $17,140. Motion carried 4-0.
Supt. Wilson discussed transportation needs at the district and a bid for a new car to replace one of the older cars in the fleet. Motion by Deena Wente, seconded by Bill Jones, to approve the bid through the State of Kansas bid service for a new Chevy Impala from Ed Bozarth Chevrolet for $21,689.50. Motion carried 4-0.
There were no board member reports.
Motion by Deena Wente, seconded by Jennifer Miller, to go into executive session to discuss personnel job assignments pursuant to the non-elected personnel exception under KOMA and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 8:50pm. Motion carried 4-
0. Supt. Wilson stayed in the executive session.
Supt. Report (cont.)
Student Drug Testing
Capital Outlay Expenditures
Approve Chromebooks Purchase
Auditorium Lighting Project
Approve Car Bid
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Kim Fiscus, Bill Johnson, Jamie Amlong, Corey Roy, and Dustin McEwen left the meeting at 8:40.
The Board returned to open meeting at 8:50pm. Craig Renner joined the meeting at 8:50pm.
Motion by Jennifer Miller, seconded by Deena Wente, to accept the resignation of Bob Beadle as crossing guard, effective immediately. Motion carried 5-0.
Motion by Deena Wente, seconded by Jennifer Miller, to approve the letters of intent for Caroline Howsden as Agricultural Teacher and FFA Advisor at NCHS and Shelby Mann as Chemistry and Physical Science Teacher at NCHS for the 2019-20 school year, and approve the hiring of Shawna Bochy as part-time cook at NCHS effective immediately. Motion carried 5-0.
Motion by Deena Wente, seconded by Jennifer Miller, to go into executive session to discuss potential certified staff negotiation items pursuant to the exception for employer- employee negotiations under KOMA and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 9:05pm. Motion carried 5-0. Supt. Wilson stayed in the executive session.
Chris Harting joined the executive session at 8:54pm. The board returned to open meeting at 9:05pm.
Motion by Bill Jones, seconded by Craig Renner, to go into executive session to discuss potential certified staff negotiation items pursuant to the exception for employer-employee negotiations under KOMA and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 9:21pm. Motion carried 6-0. Supt. Wilson stayed in the executive session.
The board returned to open meeting at 9:21pm.
Motion by Chris Harting, seconded by Craig Renner, to go into executive session to discuss potential certified staff negotiation items pursuant to the exception for employer- employee negotiations under KOMA and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 9:36pm. Motion carried 6-0. Supt. Wilson stayed in the executive session.
The board returned to open meeting at 9:36pm.
Motion by Chris Harting to complete the 2018-19 school year with the current student drug testing policy as written and to discontinue the policy for subsequent school years. Motion failed for lack of a second.
President Sean Kats adjourned the meeting at 9:59pm.
Clerk of the Board