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 April 10, 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 Deena Wente, Vice President. Six members were present so a quorum was declared.
MEMBERS PRESENT: OTHERS PRESENT:
Deena Wente, Vice Pres. Phil Wilson – Superintendent
Bill Jones Gina Riley – Clerk
Chris Harting Dustin McEwen – Principal
April Karnopp Rudy Perez – Principal
Jennifer Miller Bonita Slipke – NTA Rep Craig Renner
Sean Kats, President – arrived at 8:18
Item #7, Science Curriculum Update, was removed from the agenda.
Motion by Craig Renner, seconded by Jennifer Miller, to approve the consent agenda as presented. Motion carried 6-0. Approved in the consent agenda were the amended agenda for April 10, 2019, minutes for the regular meeting of March 4, 2019 and monthly bills, transfers, and payroll. Bills and payroll approved for payment total:
General Fund $ 333,546.71 $ 393.03
Construction Fund 285.96
CTE 7,419.28 1,186.46
Capital Outlay 52,165.43
Food Service 18,579.03 16,219.04
Textbook Revolving 1,197.80
Title I 8,553.12 151.83
Special Education 9,982.17 132,487.92
Recreation Commission 963.28
Professional Development 300.00
Supplemental General 22,671.20 63,552.69
Title II-A 259.30
Gifts & Grants 3,225.11
$ 451,536.14 $ 272,387.85
April Karnopp commended the administration, faculty and staff for their professionalism in handling the tragic events that have effected the district this week.
Call to Order Quorum
Supt. Wilson also stated how proud he was of the district staff and crisis team on their handling of the situations this week. He also gave thanks to the community for the outpouring of support provided to the district, in addition to other area school districts who offered additional counseling support when it was needed most. Next, he updated the board on transportation and bus issues. He stated that both the activity buses have had mechanical issues and are being repaired. Transportation Director, Jim Jackson, has been doing a great job managing transportation to activities and routes using the available route buses during this busy activity season. He also discussed the bus driver shortage. He stated that following kindergarten roundup, the district is predicting a larger kindergarten class entering next fall and the possible need for a pre-K for 5 year olds that are not quite ready for kindergarten. He and Principal Roy are looking at possible scenarios, with available space being the biggest issue. He informed the board that Hoxie schools were joining the MCL league. He also reviewed some of the scheduled activity changes that were being made in response to the winter weather predicted for Thursday.
Supt. Wilson informed the board that because of the increased number of early dismissals and school cancellations for various reasons this year, the schools are now short of the 1116 hours of attendance required by the state. Some time will need to be made up.
Motion by Craig Renner, seconded by April Karnopp, to change the school calendar for the 2018-19 school year, to have a full day of school on May 15th, add a full day of school on May 16th for students and staff, and move the teacher work day to May 17th. Motion carried 6-0.
Principal McEwen gave a presentation of his additional research since the last board meeting. He had researched and spoken with representatives from a different drug testing company and presented a comparison of the two companies. He also presented two possible versions of an updated policy based on the differences of the two companies and using recommendations from the student drug testing policy committee. Motion by Chris Harting to finish the current school year with the current student drug testing policy and then discontinue the policy. Motion died for lack of a second. Motion by April Karnopp, seconded by Deena Wente, to finish the current school year with the current student drug testing policy, continue with a student drug testing policy for the next school year, but to research a new drug testing company. After additional discussion a vote was taken and the motion carried 4-2. Chris Harting and Bill Jones voted no.
Supt. Wilson reviewed the bid from the State of Kansas bid system for a new maintenance pickup to replace the pickup that was totaled last month in a traffic accident. Motion by April Karnopp, seconded by Craig Renner, to approve the bid for a 2019 Dodge Pickup for
$20,168.04 from Davis Moore Automotive. Motion carried 6-0. There were no board member reports.
President Kats joined the meeting at 8:20pm and took over leadership of the meeting.
Since the State Legislature changed board member election dates after the 2015 elections, it is necessary to extend the terms of the board members elected in that year, who would have had their term expiring in June under the old rules. Motion by Deena Wente, seconded by Bill Jones, to approve the resolution to extend the term of office for board members whose term would expire during 2019 until the second Monday in January 2020, when newly elected or re-elected officials shall take office. Motion carried 7-0.
Motion by April Karnopp, seconded by Jennifer Miller, to join the Southwest Plains Service Center for the 2019-2020 school year. Motion carried 7-0.
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 8:45pm. Motion carried 7-
0. Supt. Wilson and Principals McEwen and Perez stayed in the executive session.
The Board returned to open meeting at 8:45pm.
Motion by Sean Kats, seconded by Deena Wente, 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 7-0. Supt. Wilson and Principals McEwen and Perez stayed in the executive session.
The Board returned to open meeting at 8:50pm.
Motion by Jennifer Miller, seconded by Deena Wente, to accept the resignations of Kylie Davis as Second Grade Teacher, Ashley SmithMaybon as Tennis Coach, Kelli Perez as Freshman class sponsor, Colin Bailey as Junior High Asst. Boys Basketball coach, and Michelle Sprigg as Junior High Asst. Volleyball coach, all effective at the end of the 2018- 19 school year. Motion carried 7-0.
Motion by April Karnopp, seconded by Jennifer Miller, to renew the coaching and supplemental assignments for all coaches and sponsors who have not resigned or been terminated from their assignment for the 2019-20 school year, with the addition of Shelby Mann as Freshman class sponsor and Caroline Howsden as FFA Advisor. Motion carried 5-2. Bill Jones and Craig Renner voted no.
Motion by Deena Wente, seconded by April Karnopp, to approve the PDC points as presented from the March 25, 2019 meeting. Motion carried 7-0.
Motion by Sean Kats, seconded by Deena Wente, to go into executive session to discuss 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 9:15pm. Motion carried 7-0. Supt. Wilson stayed in the executive session.
Principals Perez and McEwen left the meeting at 9:02pm. The board returned to open meeting at 9:15pm.
Motion by Bill Jones, seconded by April Karnopp, to go into executive session to discuss 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 9:25pm. Motion carried 7-0. Supt. Wilson stayed in the executive session.
The board returned to open meeting at 9:25pm.
Being no further action to discuss, President Kats adjourned the meeting at 9:30pm.