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Board Meeting Brief

BOE Graphic July 2024

July 9, 2024

Reorganization of the Board for the 2024-2025 School Year

Election of the Board President 

The board elected Gabe Grant to serve as president for the 2024-2025 School Year.

Election of the Board Vice President

The board elected Dana Kossow to serve as vice president for the 2024-2025 School Year.

Recognitions/Presentations

Visible Learning Update

Ginger Jones, principal, and Kristen Fox, mathematics teacher, reported on Visible Learning at South High School. 

Personnel Report and Consent Agenda 

Action Agenda

2024-2025 Salary and Work Conditions for Certified Staff

The board approved the changes to the salary and work conditions for certified staff. 

2024-2025 Salaries and Benefits for Classified, Professional/Technical and Substitutes:

The board approved changes to the salary and work conditions for classified staff, professional/technical staff and substitutes. The changes include a 4% increase to the base salary, an increase in the monthly employer-paid health insurance contribution, and single step movement as allowed under the salary schedules. 

2024-2025 Salaries and Benefits for Administrators

The board approved the 4% increase to the base salary, an increase in the monthly employer-paid health insurance contribution, and single step movement under the salary schedules. 

2024-2025 Superintendent Contract

The board approved the 5.4% increase to the Contract Salary to match the salary increase and step allowance for all other staff groups and the increase in the monthly employer-paid health insurance contribution. 

2024-2025 Professional/Technical Handbook Addendum

The board approved the addendum to the 2024-2025 Professional/Technical Handbook as presented.

2024-2025 Support Staff Handbook Addendum

The board approved the addendum to the 2024-2025 Support Staff Handbook as presented.

2024-2025 Handbook for Retired Certified Teachers (Retired Educators)

The board approved the changes to the 2024-2025 Retired Certified Teachers Handbook as presented. 

2024-2025 Amended Calendar

The board approved amending the 2024-2025 calendar by adding non-student/non-teacher days as presented. The changes include adding six extra non-student/non-teacher days as a result of the 15 minutes extra to each work day. 

Board Representative Appointments

The board approved the 2024-2025 Board Representative Appointments as presented. 

School Board Reports

  • Ann Zimmerman, board member, attended the Salina Adult Education Center (SAEC) graduation.
  • Jim Fletcher, board member, attended the SAEC graduation and district negotiations. 
  • Scott Gardner, board member, attended the SAEC graduation.
  • Paul Gebhardt, board member, attended the Smoky Hill Education Service Center Executive Cabinet meeting and the SAEC graduation.

Upcoming Dates of Importance

  • Wednesday, July 10, BOE Retreat, 100 S. Santa Fe, 9:00 a.m.
  • Monday, August 5, District-Wide Staff Meeting, Central High, 8:00 a.m.
  • Friday, August 9, First Day of School 
  • November 15-17, KASB Conference, Wichita

Superintendent’s Report

Linn Exline, superintendent of schools, reported that district administrators will attend a retreat this week where they will hear from a panel of local emergency response partners. She shared that administrators will also participate in feedback training with John Krownapple as well as the next Visible Learning training event that will be in late July. Superintendent Exline reported that the district’s new website is open and she acknowledged the communications department work on this project. Superintendent Exline will attend the National School Public Relations Association annual conference with Jennifer Camien, director of communications, where they will present about SPS’ school safety campaign. Superintendent Exline reported that Walk-In Enrollment will be July 23 at Central High School from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and that Online Enrollment is open from July 11 to July 25. She emailed staff about student attendance times and duty day times for this school year. She shared considerations that went into the new times such as making sure elementary children don’t arrive at school too early and providing enough time for school bus runs.