Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education 8.8.2022

The Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education (BOE) met at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at the Sabetha Middle School (SMS) commons area. Board members present in-person were Anissa Bloom, Kathy Lippert, Jim Scoby, Leslie Scoby, Kent Saylor and Phillip Buessing. Stan Keim was present via phone.

The board adopted the agenda as amended.

Multiple people from the public came before the board to speak about the LifeWise Academy program that was introduced during the July 11 meeting. Those who spoke were Tina Hughes, Sarah Snyder, Lori Baumgartner, Michelle Keim, Maggie Kaeb, Paul Kaeb, Maria Edelman, Elysia McGill, John Baumgartner and Calvin Copeland. A full story on this part of the meeting can be found on Page 1 of this week’s Sabetha Herald.

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.

The board approved the consent agenda as amended, including the following: minutes from the July 11 meeting; August bills for the amount of $1,973,615.61; July Payroll and July Non-Lump Sum for the amount of $687,417.24; payment to AHRS from Lease Purchase $271,835.10 and Capital Outlay $382,667.58; payment to Civium Architecture from Contingency Fund of $5,178.91; accept Gary Scoby notice of termination for farming operations; accept an anonymous donation of $1,180; resignations of Loretta Fitzgerald as volleyball coach at Wetmore Middle School; contracts with Martha Pearson as SMS ELA 65 percent (35 percent SES Instructional Support Staff), increase Tammy Porting, Axtell Nurse, from 16 hours per week to 24 hours per week, Brad Broxterman as Axtell High School (AHS) head girls’ basketball coach, Nathan Bauman as Sabetha High School (SHS) head girls’ basketball coach, Joseph Gruber as SHS assistant girls’ basketball coach, Aaron Duryea as Axtell ES, Kristin Strathman and Michelle Kohake as AHS Co-Forensics teachers, Aaron Duryea as Axtell PLC Leader, Jayson Tynon as 80 percent Axtell A.D., Katie Sandman as 20 percent Axtell A.D., and Trevin Edelman as SHS Kays sponsor; and a personal day request for Elysia McGill.

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Evans reported on grants and other topics as follows:

Safe and Secure School Grant: Evans let the board know that USD 113 was approved for the Safe and Secure School Grant for $19,181.

Mental Health Intervention Team Grant: Evans also told the board members that USD 113 was approved for the Mental Health Intervention Team Grant for $53,339.

Radon Testing: Evans let the board know that the Axtell facility will be tested for Radon due to the request from a concerned Axtell staff member.

Crisis Plan Changes: Evans let the board know that some terminology will be changed in the USD 113 Crisis Plan following the advice from KSDE’s Safe and Secure Director John Calvert. The acronym “SPAR” – Sprint, Prepare, Attack, Reunify – will be changed to “Run Hide Fight” – a recommended FBI protocol. Also, the district will transition from using the LOKDOWN app, which is no longer in service, to using a new app called Rave Panic Button.

Remodel/Construction Project Update

Alan Schmitz, AHRS project manager of the USD 113 Construction/Renovation project, talked to the board about updates on the project.

As of now, 16 new rooftop AC units for SES have still not been delivered due to delivery issues. Schmitz says they will have to maintain current air conditioning until the new units are delivered, which he estimates will happen Aug. 23.

SES also is having delivery issues with the new windows. Schmitz said they may not be able to replace the old windows until mid-September.

Schmitz told the board that the new gymnasium at SES now has concrete floors, and the rest of the building will be worked on during the week starting Aug. 18. The new parking lot also will be worked on soon.

The SES south wing roof has been replaced.

Work on the new sprinkler system is moving along, according to Schmitz. The old fire escape has been removed as well. Axtell also is having delivery issues on new metal door frames, but according to Schmitz, AHRS is working on fixing the issue.


The board accepted a gift of $45,000 – $41,582 from Kent and Donna Saylor for a new SES digital sign, and $3,418 from Kent and Donna Saylor for LED Ceiling light fixtures in the SHS Main Entryway (and other hall fixtures until expended). Six board members approved the motion to accept the gift, while K. Saylor abstained.

LifeWise Academy

After hearing from the public at the beginning of the meeting about the LifeWise Academy program, the board members discussed amongst themselves their thoughts on the program.

After some discussion, the board approved the motion, with all in favor, to allow LifeWise Academy members to work with school officials to work through the details of the program and possibly offer a LifeWise pilot to SES in 2023.

More about this discussion can be found on Page 1 of this week’s Sabetha Herald.

Needs Assessment for Budget

Evans presented the Needs Assessment documents to the board. Gatz talked to the board members about the documents Greenbush had compiled with information on USD 113’s assessments.

The board will discuss this item again during the September meeting.

Code 99

Evans spoke to the board about the district’s mill rates and the Code 99 document to be published in The Sabetha Herald newspaper. J. Scoby was concerned about enrollment numbers decreasing and the district’s budget increasing.

The board approved, with all in favor, the Code 99 document as presented for publication.

Revenue Neutral Rate Document

Evans also presented the board members with the Revenue Neutral Rate document to be published in The Sabetha Herald newspaper.

The board approved, with all in favor, the Revenue Neutral Rate document as presented for publication.

Also at the meeting:

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

To view the meeting on YoutTube, visit

To view the Superintendent’s summary of the meeting, visit

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12.

Erin Herrmann76 Posts

Erin Herrmann is one of two co-editors at The Sabetha Herald. She specializes in school board reporting, features and advertising design. Erin lives in Sabetha.


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