USD 108 Washington Co. Board of Education Meeting Minutes – 11/9/2020


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High School Library Washington, Kansas
Monday, November 9, 2020 – 7:00 PM


Members Present
Brad Jones, Rhonda Manley, Kevin Elliott, Rod Stewart,

Members Present via Zoom
Keelie Welch, Kelsie Beikmann

Administration Present
Denise O’Dea, Superintendent of Schools
Brock Funke 7-12 Principal
Amy Hoover, K-6 Principal via Zoom
Vicki Enyart, SOAR & Activities Administrator

Clerk Present
Amy Anderson, Clerk

Guests Present
Michelle Bruna, Kirsten Ouellette, Addison Mann, Lisa Ouellette, Janel Peterson, Camry Boykin, Alyssa Jensen, Kenny Cook, Darin Headrick, Charlie Ochs, News reporter via Zoom

1.0 Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance
The meeting of the Washington County USD #108 Board of Education was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Rod Stewart in the District Office Board Room in Washington, Kansas. Jill Hoover was absent.

2.0 Approval of Agenda
Brad Jones moved, seconded by Kevin Elliott to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried 6-0.

3.0 Items for the Good of USD 108
A. Recognize students who attended FBLA Nationals – Kirsten Ouellette and Addison Mann, and their sponsor, Michelle Bruna
B. JH/HS Report – Mr. Funke
Mr. Funke reported on JH/HS activities. Ms. Enyart reported on the Veteran’s Day program, which will be on YouTube.
C. Elementary Report – Mrs. Hoover
Mrs. Hoover reported on elementary activities.

4.0 Audience with the Public

5.0 Consent Agenda
Brad Jones moved, seconded by Kevin Elliott to approve the consent agenda as presented. Motion carried 6-0. Items approved on the consent agenda were as follows:
A. Approval of minutes of the October 12, 2020, October 14, 2020, and October 23, 2020 Board of Education meetings;
B. Review check register for and approve payment of October 2020 bills;
C. Approval of building activity fund reports for October 2020.

6.0 Discussion of Items Pulled from Consent Agenda
7.0 Air Filtration System – Kenny Cook
Kenny distributed lab results on Bipolar Ionization Units and a proposal from Central Mechanical on units and installation. Kevin Elliott moved, seconded by Rhonda Manley to install the bipolar ionization units on all air handlers listed in the proposal as well as one at the Head Start/Preschool building. Motion carried 6-0.

8.0 Senior Class Trip Request
Senior class sponsor, Janel Peterson, and committee members Kirsten Ouellette, Camryn Boykin, and Alyssa Jensen presented their request to the board to approve a senior class trip in spring of 2021. Rod Stewart moved, seconded by Brad Jones to approve a senior class trip. Motion carried 6-0.

9.0 Review of Information on Building Use and Space
Darin Headrick and Charlie Ochs of McCown Gordon presented recommendations and estimates of adding or renovating additional classroom and bathroom space. It was the board consensus to proceed with gathering information on lease-purchase option and bond issuance option to build an addition on the south end of the elementary school.

10.0 Review of Information from Work Session on Goals
This discussion was tabled until the December or January meeting.

11.0 Health Insurance Update
Superintendent O’Dea gave an update on the district’s health insurance renewal and rate increases for 2021.

12.0 Consideration of District Acknowledgement for Mark Nutsch – Brad Jones
Brad Jones presented the idea of honoring WHS alumni Mark Nutsch. Superintendent O’Dea will ask other districts if they have done anything similar and report back to the board.

13.0 Adjourn Meeting
Brad Jones moved, seconded by Kevin Elliott to adjourn. Motion carried 6-0.

Amy Anderson, Clerk
Washington County Schools, U.S.D. #108

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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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