April Regular Board of Education Meeting 2014
Unified School District #447
April 14, 2014
Following a tour of the Thayer School, the regular meeting of the Cherryvale Unified School District #447 Board of Education was called to order by President Gina Booe at 7:00 p.m. at the Thayer School Library. Present were Gina Booe, Robert John, Joe Marchant, John Potthast, Randy Studebaker, Michelle Loganbill and Cody Smith.
Others present were David Smedley, Tonya Smedley, Sam Atherton, Jayne Mattix, Mike Blaes, Kevin King, Nick Wadman, Kim Martin, Kristie Houston, Amy Allen, Scott Lambdin, George Owens, Marvin Hestand, Steve Pefley, Craig Bagshaw, Andy Taylor, Mike Blaes, Joe Long, Edgar Chrisman, Superintendent Randy Wagoner and Board Clerk Karen Conner.
Mr. Wagoner recommended the following additions to the Consent Agenda: #9, accept donations of $500 each from Smithy’s and Poor Boys for the agricultural project at Thayer, the potential action of acquisition of real estate and the potential hiring of an additional Ag Ed Instructor. Motion was made by Michelle Loganbill and seconded by Joe Marchant to approve the amended agenda. Motion carried 7-0.
John Potthast requested a correction to the minutes of the March 10, 2014 meeting; that the word “again” be stricken from the Superintendent’s Report item regarding Liberty Township’s request to move their community college taxing district from CCC to ICC. Motion was made by John Potthast, seconded by Randy Studebaker, to approve the corrected minutes of the regular meeting of March 10, 2014. Motion carried 7-0.
• Sam Atherton, Jayne Mattix, Mike Blaes, Amy Allen, Joe Long, Kevin King and Edgar Chrisman addressed the board regarding the employment of an additional Vocational Agricultural instructor.
Motion was made by Joe Marchant, seconded by Randy Studebaker, to approve payment of bills and accept the Treasurer’s Report. Motion carried 7-0.
Gina Booe reported on the Tri-County Special Education meeting. We will have 2 new special education teachers at the Lincoln Central Elementary next year. Also, due to funding cuts, individual district special education payments to Tri-County for the 2014-2015 school year will be increased by approximately 10%.
Robert John spoke about the planning for the agricultural project at Thayer School.
Superintendent Randy Wagoner reported on the following:
Dr. Diane DeBacker has resigned her position of KSBE Education Commissioner. Brad Neuenswander has been named the interim Education Commissioner.
Gabriele Ecret has been researching the Community Eligibility Provisions for food service. If our district qualifies, all students may be eligible for free lunches. It was the consensus of the Board that if our district does qualify to allow Mrs. Ecret to pursue the program. Mr. Wagoner also spoke to the board regarding the Healthy Snacks guidelines. Regulations are to come out in May, but it may affect fund raising activities and concession stands.
The bus contract renewal with Durham School Services was reviewed.
NCA/AdvanceEd accreditation was discussed. We are currently accredited through NCA/AdvanceEd, but also are required to meet the accreditation standards with the State of Kansas as a part of the NCLB waiver. The teaching staff was polled and unanimously agrees that being accredited with both entities is redundant and would prefer to focus on the State accreditation. It was the consensus of the board of drop the NCA/AdvanceEd accreditation and go directly with the State.
Student handbooks were reviewed and discussed. A correction was requested under the “Early Graduation” portion to remove the graduated student’s eligibility to participate in the senior trip.
The addition of another Vocational Agricultural instructor was discussed
A list of summer projects was reviewed
Bids for refurbishing the bleachers in the middle/high school gymnasium were reviewed.
Building reports were reviewed.
Board President Gina Booe declared a break from 9:22 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The meeting reconvened at 9:30 p.m.
1. Motion was made by John Potthast, seconded by Randy Studebaker to enter Executive Session from 9:32 p.m. to 10:17 p.m. to discuss non-elected personnel and student issues in order to protect the privacy interests of the individual(s) to be discussed with the Board of Education present and Superintendent Randy Wagoner and building administrators on call. Motion carried 7-0. Randy Wagoner entered Executive Session at 9:44 p.m. George Owens entered Executive Session at 10:03 p.m. and exited at 10:15 p.m. Executive Session ended at 10:17 p.m.
2. Motion was made by Joe Marchant, seconded by Randy Studebaker to enter Executive Session from 10:20 p.m. to 10:50 p.m. for the purpose of discussing negotiations in order to protect the public interest in negotiating a fair and equitable contract with the Board of Education and Superintendent Randy Wagoner present. Motion carried 7-0. Steve Pefley was requested to enter Executive Session at 10:31 and exited Executive Session at 10:45 p.m. Executive Session ended at 10:50 p.m.
• Motion was made by Joe Marchant, seconded by Cody Smith to enter Executive Session from 10:50 p.m. to 11:05 p.m. for the purpose of discussing negotiations in order to protect the public interest in negotiating a fair and equitable contract with the Board of Education present and Superintendent Randy Wagoner on call. Motion carried 7-0. Executive Session ended at 11:05 p.m.
Motion was made by Joe Marchant, seconded by Michelle Loganbill to approve the following Consent Agenda items 1-6 and 8-11:
1. Approve the Durham School Services contract extension to provide bus services for 5 years
2. Approve the USD 447 Student Handbooks as presented including the change to remove the early graduate students’ eligibility to participate in the Senior Trip.
3. Approve KASB membership renewal of $8,755 and the KASB Legal Fund of $1,650.
4. Approve the following summer school staff: Teachers: Leigh Palmer, 3 weeks; Emily Shearhart, Janet Bernd, Kelli McMillan, Jessica Heit and Diane Mahaffey, 4 weeks; Support Staff: Taniena Whittley, Stephanie Carpenter, Roberta Housel and Ashley Beachner
5. Approve Leigh Griffin, PDC member for CHMS; Ashley Beachner, LC Aide; Kelli McMillan, PDC Secretary; Harry Hester, numbers track coach; accept resignation of Randy Hucke as MS Girls Assistant Basketball Coach for 2014-2015; accept resignation of Jo Neuburger and Bob Blackard from their supplemental positions and approve a part-time grounds keeper (8 hours a day during mowing season).
6. Approve the pursuit of the state accreditation model and drop AdvanceEd.
8. Approve disposal of obsolete and non-functional electronic equipment
9. Accept donations of $500 each from Smithy’s and Poor Boys for the agricultural project at Thayer schools.
10. Approve Randy Wagoner to pursue the purchase of real estate lots close to the high school
11. Approve the position of an additional Vocational Agricultural teacher for the 2014-2015 school year.
Motion carried 7-0. Consent Agenda Item #7, Refurbishing of Bleachers, was not acted upon.
The board expressed their desire to have a special meeting at the high school during the week of April 21, 2014.
Board President Gina Booe declared the meeting adjourned at 11:15 p.m.