Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education

The Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education (BOE) met at 6 p.m. Monday, July 11, in the Sabetha Middle School (SMS) commons area. 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.

Hearing From the Public

Two members of the public came before the board. These guests addressed the board about last year’s Wetmore girls’ basketball coach Irene Kiefer.

The first guest was a parent, Jamie Wiles of Circleville, speaking about Coach Kiefer’s contract. Wiles let the board know about her daughter’s experiences at Wetmore, and how Kiefer helped her daughter. Wiles expressed her disappointment with the administration. Wiles asked that, when Kiefer’s contract comes up for consideration, the board will consider the information that Wiles had presented.

The second guest was Irene Kiefer, of Goff. Kiefer spoke to the board members about her coaching experience the past season. She talked about working with her basketball team and how she supports them. Kiefer hopes to continue the commitment she made to her team.

Reports

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

Gatz let the board know that summer school was a success. She showed pictures to the board members of some activities the students participated in. Gatz expressed her appreciation to the teachers and students who participated in summer school.

Consent Agenda

The board approved the consent agenda as amended, including the following: minutes from the June meeting; June payroll for the amount of $837,840.95; July Lump Sum Payroll for the amount of $158,719.53; August Lump Sum Payroll for the amount of $142,728.46; pay Civium Architects from the Contingency Fund $12,949.17; payment to AHRS from Lease Purchase of $230,352.30 and Capital Outlay of $330,431.01; rescind all policy statements found in the minutes of this Board of Education and adopt the policy manual as presented by the superintendent; appoint Ashley Niehues as Food Service Representative, and as determining official for Free Lunch Qualifications and the Clerk of the Board as hearing officer; adopt an 1116-hour school term to be submitted to KSDE; approve district mileage at the state rate per mile (0.585 cents per mile on July 1, 2022); continue district office petty cash at $500 per month and building petty cash funds at $200 per month; continue Fidelity Bonds for Clerk and Treasurer at $10,000; approve District Banking with Morrill & Janes Bank and United Bank, and authorize district banking as stated in attachment; approve a resolution requesting a waiver from the statutory GAAP requirement for the preparation of financial statements and reports for the year ending June 30, 2023; reauthorize early payment request to avoid late fees; approve Saylor Insurance Proposal (with minor changes determined by Superintendent Todd Evans); appoint Gatz as the District Title IX Coordinator; approve bus rate for non-district trips at $2.50 per mile for District Paid Driver and $2.25 per mile for District Volunteer Driver; appointment of Officers – Debra Damman as Board Clerk, Elaine Mowder as Deputy Clerk, Bart White as Treasurer of the Board ($350 per year) and Kickhaefer & Buessing of Marysville as Auditor; resignations of Alanna McCorkle as Sabetha Food Service worker, Carson Seematter as Axtell ISS (Instructional Support Staff); Ben Glace as SMS football coach, Paul Compo as SMS football coach, Dan Dornes as Sabetha Food Service worker, Abby Stueve as Axtell High School (AHS) girls’ basketball head coach and Rose Kuckelman as AHS girls’ basketball assistant coach; contracts/hires with Amanda Brumback as Sabetha Food Service worker, William Hall as Sabetha Food Service worker, Ross Bruggeman as SMS football coach, Trevin Edelman as SMS football coach, Quinn Buessing as Axtell weights supervisor, Mitch Buessing as Axtell weights supervisor, Violet Cervantes-Bobo as Sabetha Food Service worker, Amy Keim as part-time ISS and increase Deb Ronnebaum from $0.20 Axtell teacher to $0.69; HSEC First Amendment; and designate the following:

• Depository for district funds – All district banks and savings and loan in district;

• District checking account – Morrill and Janes Bank;

• Activity and petty cash at Sabetha Elementary School (SES), SMS, Sabetha High School (SHS) and Central Office – United Bank and Trust;

• Activity and petty cash for WAC – Girard National Bank;

• Activity and petty cash for Axtell – State Bank of Bern/Axtell;

• Official newspaper – The Sabetha Herald;

• Attendance/Truancy officer – Evans, Bauman, Schnacker, Garber, Willis and Seddon;

• KPERS Representative – Damman;

• Holton Special Ed. Co-op representative – Evans;

• USD No. 113 School Attorney – Martin Mishler;

• Homeless Coordinator – Gatz;

• Compliance Coordinator for Federal anti-discrimination laws – Gatz;

• Freedom of Information officer – Evans;

• Asbestos Compliance officer – Evans;

• Hearing officer – Evans (or appointee).

Appointments

The board members approved the motion, with all in favor, for the BOE President and Vice President to serve for the fiscal year.

The board approved, with all in favor, the following: L. Scoby as President; Lippert as Vice President; Lippert as Governmental Relation Representative; Keim and L. Scoby to serve on the Certified Sick Leave Bank Committee for the 2022-23 school year; Buessing and Keim to serve on the USD 113 Foundation Board; Lippert, Saylor and Bloom to serve on the 2022-23 Finance Committee; J. Scoby, Saylor and L. Scoby to serve on the 2022-23 Facilities Committee; and Lippert, Bloom and Keim to serve on the 23-24 Negotiations Committee.

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Evans showed the board members an article in The Kansas Lifeline publication about Business and Technology teacher Phyllis Slipke and Wetmore Academic Center students Carter Montgomery and Marshall Rice helping Wetmore with its official website.

LifeWise Academy

Maggie Kaeb and Sarah Snyder, both of Sabetha, spoke to the board about LifeWise Academy, which is, according to its website, “a Released Time Religious Instruction (RTRI) program which provides Bible-based character education to public school students. Under RTRI laws, students can be released from public school during the school day to attend religious classes, provided the program is off school property, privately funded and parent-permitted.”

This would be a voluntary program for students to participate in. Kaeb and Snyder plan to meet with SES staff members to answer any questions the SES staff may have about the program. The board has not made a motion on this program at this time.

KASB Policy Updates

Superintendent Evans presented the board with recommended policy updates from the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB). Evans recommended the board members choose option No. 1. The board approved the motion, with all in favor, to accept option No. 1 of the KASB policy updates.

Remodel/Construction Project

Evans reported that AHRS is making progress on the USD 113 Remodel/Construction Project. He let the board know about other items of interest including updates on the drainage issue at Axtell on the north side of the building, updates on an Axtell boiler that might be having issues, progress on the HVAC units at SES and updates on the Axtell roof. Evans also showed pictures of the new ceiling and lighting in the Wetmore gymnasium.

Saylor also shared updates and financial information on the project. 

Revenue Neutral Rate

Evans presented the board with information on USD 113’s Revenue Neutral Rate (RNR) and mill rate. By Wednesday, July 20, the district has to notify the county clerk regarding whether USD 113 will exceed the Revenue Neutral Rate or not, and by how many mills the district would exceed the RNR if it does. Evans said the board will use the August BOE meeting to approve the Code 99 for publication, and then the board will have hearings on the budget and RNR information during the September BOE meeting.

Evans also showed the board information on State aid rates, USD 113’s mill rate history and the RNR for fiscal year 2022-23.

The board approved the motion to exceed the Revenue Neutral Rate for USD 113. The mills are not to exceed 20 mills for the General Fund, and not to exceed 16.15 mills for the Supplemental General Fund for FY 23.

Also at the meeting:

The board members, with all in favor, approved final bills of $403,032.90 and transfers of $973,301.07 for the FY 22 budget.

The board approved, with all in favor, the motion to cancel the special BOE meeting that was scheduled for 6 p.m. on July 21.

Board members went into a 20-minute executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel matters of non-elected personnel as allowed under KOMA. Present for the executive session were the board members, Superintendent Evans, Wetmore principal Schnacker and attorney Mishler. After the 20 minutes were up, the board went back into executive session for an additional five minutes, with only the board members and Evans present. No action was taken following the executive session.

The board approved recommended USD 113 staff members with all in favor.

The board also approved recommended supplemental staff members for the school district. The motion was approved 6-1, with Bloom opposed.

The board members, with all in favor, approved the USD 113 building-level student handbooks.

To view the Superintendent’s report of the meeting, visit https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/c3ilo1V0GuK.

To view the YouTube video of the full meeting, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCTyUb_VU98.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8.

Erin Herrmann91 Posts

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

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