Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education 06.14.2021

The Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education (BOE) met at 6 p.m. Monday, June 14, at the district board office in Sabetha. Board members present were Ed Reznicek, Kathy Lippert, Jim Scoby, Leslie Scoby, Kent Saylor, Ann Shaughnessy and Stan Keim.

The board adopted the agenda as amended.

The board approved the consent agenda as amended, including the following: minutes from the May 10 regular meeting and June 2 special meetings; June bills for the amount of $509,676.10; May payroll for the amount of $764,564.96; Sabetha High School (SHS) Vocal music trip request; SHS FCCLA trip request; SHS FFA trip request; authorize Superintendent Todd Evans to close out the fiscal year 2021 budget; approve the participation in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for fiscal year 22; authorize the administration to approved classes taught for dual credit; request to destroy financial records from fiscal year 2014 and previous; approve out-of-district student requests; authorize Evans to approve out-of-district requests for remainder of fiscal year 22; first read KASB recommended policy updates; extend existing contract with US Foods; approve contract with USD 115 for ESSER funded, (one year only) contract for part-time counselor at Axtell; resignations of Kayla Thayer as Wetmore Middle School girls’ basketball coach, Jacque Stallbaumer as SHS junior class sponsor, Tyrell Davis as Wetmore Western Center driver, Doug Garrett as SHS baseball, Rick Schnacker as Wetmore head football coach, Miles Hanzlicek as Wetmore assistant football coach and Mitchell Engelken as Axtell High School junior class sponsor; contracts with Phyllis Slipke as Wetmore Academic Center (WAC) business teacher, Alana Seddon as Axtell Public School principal (contract is contingent upon Jackson Heights’ acceptance of her resignation) and Sarah Cormier as WAC Instructional Support Staff; and personal/dock day requests for Alex McAfee, Briana Evans and Katie Aberle.

For the public portion of the meeting, Chris Kroll came before the board to “get the conversation started” about why homeschooled children cannot participate in school activities. The board spoke with Kroll briefly and revisited the topic in the Superintendent’s report.

L. Scoby reported for the USD 113 Foundation.

The board received written reports from building administrators David Glynn, Sara Toedman, Matt Garber, Rick Schnacker and Jayson Tynon, as well as Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Gatz.

Gatz shared a message she received from a parent. She also spoke to the board about State Assessments and the success of Sabetha Middle School summer school.

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Evans reported on year-to-date expenses and other topics as follows:

Activities for Homeschool Kids: The board returned to the topic of homeschooled kids participating in school activities. Evans stated USD 113 mostly follows the guidelines set by the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA). Evans shared with the board the current process of students becoming special students, which is when a student can become a part-time student as long as the credits they’re taking accumulate toward their graduation. Under the current process, these students are not eligible for participation in activities, although under KSHSAA guidelines, they could be eligible if they are taking at least five classes. Evans stated KSHSAA offers the opportunity in which a student can be eligible to participate in activities as a virtual student if they attend four accredited online classes and one on-campus class. During the 2021-22 school year, USD 113 will offer an accredited virtual program for the first time. The board has not made any decisions at this time.

Expense Comparison: The expense comparison from July 2020 through June 2021, compared with the same time frame last year, showed the district has spent $156,875 more in the general, supplemental general, 4-year-old at-risk, K-12 at-risk, food services, professional development and vocational funds. During the same time frame, the district has spent $222,390 less from the capital outlay fund, and $156,875 more from the special education fund.

Meeting Dates: Evans brought up the possibility of moving board meetings to the third Monday of the month rather than the second. The board will discuss this more at a later date.

1 to 1 Process: Evans let the board know a conversation will be brought up at a later date about USD 113’s 1 to 1 devices.

School Plan: Evans said they will have a Return to School Plan as part of their application process to qualify for ESSER 3 funds.

Budgeting: Due to a revenue neutral law that was passed last year, Evans said USD 113 will face some challenges. He said he does not think the district will be able to maintain a revenue neutral status and continue to provide some of the same services as before.

SHS Scoreboard: Evans said the SHS varsity gym scoreboard has been having issues for a while. He thanked Scott Burger for his help fixing the scoreboard so far. Evans plans to work with the high school to get a new scoreboard and controllers.

Also at the meeting:

The board approved the motion, with all in favor, for the USD 113 Food Service to provide meals in July for Sabetha Elementary School summer school students only.

The board also approved amended school fees for fiscal year 2021-22 with all in favor.

Board members approved the fiscal year 22 at-risk funding with all in favor.

The board also approved, with all in favor, the contract with AHRS as Construction Manager at Risk for the USD 113 school remodeling and construction project. The contract was accepted in form, subject to additional changes agreed to by legal representation and Evans.

Board members went into a five-minute executive session for the discussion of personnel matters under the KOMA allowed category of non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the board members and Evans. No action was taken following the executive session.

The board went into another five-minute executive session for the decision of a confidential student issue that is allowed under the KOMA exception for student confidentiality. Present for the session were the board members, Evans, Glynn and Gatz. No action was taken following the executive session.

Board members went into another five-minute executive session for the purpose of discussion of non-elected personnel compensation allowed under the KOMA exemption for employer-employee negotiations. Present for the executive session were the board members and Evans. No action was taken following the executive session.

To watch the Superintendent’s report of the meeting, visit

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, July 12, at the district office in Sabetha.


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Erin Herrmann is a reporter at The Sabetha Herald. She specializes in school board reporting, features and advertising design.


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