Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education

 

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The Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education (BOE) met at 6 p.m. Monday, May 9, at the Sabetha Middle School (SMS) library. Board members present were Anissa Bloom, Kathy Lippert, Jim Scoby, Leslie Scoby, Kent Saylor, Phillip Buessing and Stan Keim.

The board adopted the agenda as amended.

Sabetha fourth grade teacher Jobi Wertenberger and his fourth grade students were present to speak to the board about their experience with the Sandhill Plum project. The students spoke to the board and community members present and Wertenberger operated the slideshow presentation.

Lippert gave the legislative update.

The board received written reports from building administrators David Glynn, Rusty Willis, Matt Garber, Rick Schnacker and Alana Seddon, as well as Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Gatz.

Gatz gave the board members an update on the district summer program. She also reported on the district’s accreditation process.

The board approved the consent agenda as amended, including the following: minutes from the April 11 meeting; minutes from the special BOE meeting on April 27; May bills for the amount of $309,096.20; April payroll for the amount of $751,785.91; approve a payment of $1,885.33 from Capital Outlay to AHRS for remodel/renovation expenses; approve payment of $188,573.80 from the Lease Purchase for payment for new construction at Sabetha Elementary School (SES); approve CDWG quote of $22,500 for State of Kansas price on 45 laptops for Instructional Support Staff (ISS) and para educators (Emergency Connectivity Fund will pay $400 per device) – district responsibility of this will be $4,500; approve payment to Civium of $12,056.62 from the Contingency Fund; approve KASB personnel to act as Hearing Officer; resignations of Jennette Woltje as ISS at Wetmore, Johanna Brockhoff as Sabetha High School (SHS) Scholars Bowl, Phyllis Slipke as Business/Tech at Wetmore, Amy Mitchell as SHS Accompanist, Ashley Griffith as Axtell Junior High assistant track coach, Staci Claycamp as Wetmore Middle School track coach (all positions for the end of FY 21/22), Liz Badertscher as SHS junior class sponsor and Devon Johnson as SES ISS Staff; contracts with Braden Plumlee as Sabetha band teacher, Devon Johnson as SES Preschool teacher, Kara Georg as SES fifth grade teacher, Jessica Bachamp as Wetmore ISS Staff, Carson Seematter as Axtell ISS Staff (all positions for FY 22/23), Trevin Edelman as SMS assistant track coach for FY 21/22, and summer help 2021/22 – Lily McClellan for Axtell, Karis Larson for Wetmore, and Kay Duncan, Meggan Ring and Kalvin Evans for Sabetha; and personal day requests for Keri Strathman, Chris Bauerle, Dana Michael, Megan Glick, Nathan Bauman and Liz Badertscher.

Superintendent’s Report

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

Expense Comparison: The expense comparison from July 1, 2021, through May 1, 2022, compared with the same time frame last year, showed the district has spent $342,755 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 $596,625 more from the capital outlay fund, and $80,450 less from the special education fund.

Lunches: Evans let the board know that school breakfast and lunches next year will not be paid for by a federal program. Meals will not be paid for unless a student qualifies for a free/reduced meal.

Axtell Track: Evans told the board that, although they approved an additional track coach position at Axtell during the last board meeting, the position has not been filled yet. The position will remain open until it is taken.

Letter of Support: Evans let the board know that he has written and signed a letter of support for the Sabetha Sidewalk Project that was requested by Marvin Kohlmeier during the April board meeting.

Facility Construction/Remodel Project

Superintendent Evans let the board know that the Axtell project invitational bid from AHRS has gone into The Sabetha Herald. Evans also showed the board members some pictures of the construction that has been done at SES so far.

Parents As Teachers

During a brief discussion of the Parents As Teachers program, which the board has approved in the past, J. Scoby let the board know that he would not vote in favor of this program.

“I will not be voting on this [program] for the same reasons that I have not voted on it in the past,” J. Scoby said. “Again, you’ve got good people running it. I just think that this is a job that would be better handled by some churches in the community, and this is not something that I think the government should be involved in.”

A motion was made to approve Parents As Teachers for 2022-23. The motion was approved 6 to 1, with J. Scoby opposed.

HSEC Building

Evans let the board know that the Holton Special Education Cooperative (HSEC), which USD 113 is a part of, is looking to purchase a building to expand office space for staff members and provide more room for special education training.

A motion was made to grant Evans the authority to provide USD 113’s approval for HSEC to purchase a building. The motion was approved with all in favor.

Also at the meeting:

Board members went into a five-minute executive session to discuss matters relating to actions adversely or favorably affecting a student(s) as allowed under KOMA. Present for the executive session were the board members and Evans. No action was taken following the executive session.

The board went into a 10-minute executive session to discuss personnel matters for non-elected personnel as allowed under KOMA. Present for the executive session were the board members, Evans and board clerk Deb Damman. No action was taken following the executive session.

The board members approved the Classified Staff Handbook for 2022-23 with all in favor.

To watch the Superintendent report of the meeting, visit https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/c3h6lpVr1vK.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, June 13, at the district board office in Sabetha.

Erin Herrmann99 Posts

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

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