March 10 2020

March 10, 2020
Posted on 03/11/2020
BOE Briefs March 10




March 10, 2020


You Make A Difference

The You Make a Difference Award is presented to staff members whose exemplary actions support students, colleagues and the mission of Salina Public Schools. Recipients of these awards receive a lapel pin and a handwritten note personally delivered by a board of education member.


Nicole Weigel, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Heartland Early Education

Nicole’s resourceful creativity helps to meet the needs of her preschool students. She incorporated movement breaks for students who need more than what is planned during a routine schedule. She has become known for her development of individualized and preventive measures to help students succeed. Thank you, Nicole, for making a difference!

Gloria Johnson, Math Teacher
Central High School

When a teacher transferred into Central High School, Gloria helped make the transition smooth by cheerfully providing support and assistance. Sharing the school’s meeting calendar, informing the new teacher about paper and online ELO passes, and just checking how the new teacher was feeling. Thank you Gloria, for making a difference!

Jody Olson, Special Education Paraeducator
South High School

Jody’s patience, kindness and eagerness to learn content make a difference for every student with whom she works. Jody does not accept challenges; she energetically embraces them. She goes above and beyond by asking questions about the class material to achieve a deep understanding. Thank you Jody, for making a difference!

Karla Arpin, Physical Therapist
Opportunity Now

Most recently, Karla helped a family and student navigate through chronic pain. She supported them by researching specialists, setting appointments, providing support and more. Another student’s school experience improved due to her guidance about accommodations and modification after an injury. Thank you Karla, for making a difference!

KESA Presentation

Darrell Burgoon, Schilling Elementary School principal, Ben Schmidt, Schilling Elementary lead teacher and Chad Nulik, Schilling Elementary certified student support, presented an accreditation update for Schilling Elementary.


Personnel Report

Classified Appointment(s) for 2019-2020

  • Cahill, Erika, lunchroom aide, Coronado Elementary
  • Ferguson, Jessica, paraeducator, Oakdale Elementary
  • Fischer, Whitney, paraeducator, South Middle School
  • Monroe, Jackie, Headstart teacher assistant II, Heartland Early Education
  • Parker, Denise, family consultant, Heartland Early Education
  • Salinas, Alexandria, paraeducator, Coronado Elementary

    Classified Resignation(s) for 2019-2020

  • Alicea-Rodriguez, Mariana, night custodian, Heartland Early Education
  • Chaput, Kenneth, delivery driver food service, Central High School
  • Clayson, April, food service worker I, Central High School
  • Graves, Kathleen, food service worker II, Central High School
  • Hernandez, Herman, bilingual education, Coronado Elementary
  • Howell, Ashley, paraeducator, Heartland Early Education
  • Meagher, Angie, paraeducator, Schilling Elementary
  • Meister, Barbara, food service worker I, Lakewood Middle School
  • Morris, Heather, paraeducator, Oakdale Elementary
  • Raab, Rashara, paraeducator, CKCIE/Abilene

    Resignation of Administrative Contract(s) at the end of 2019-2020

  • Lee, Philip Scott, assistant high school principal, Central High School

    Resignation of Certified Contract(s) for 2019-2020

  • Boley, Rex, industrial arts/technology education teacher, South High School/South Middle School
  • Demuth, Gary, speech/theater, Central High School
  • Kinney, Jubilee, speech/theater, Central High School

    Appointment of Supplemental Contract(s) for 2019-2020

  • Callison, Mackenzie, soccer assistant girls high school, Central High School

    Resignation of Supplemental Contract(s) at the end of 2019-2020

  • Wendt, Rachel, volleyball head grade 8, Lakewood Middle School
  • Wendt, Rachel, track assistant, Lakewood Middle School
  • Resley, Madison, volleyball assistant, Lakewood Middle School

    Transfer of Certified Contract(s) for 2020-2021

  • Bonilla, Vonda, grade 2/Oakdale Elementary, grade 3/Coronado Elementary
  • Bruner, Victoria, Early Childhood Sped/Schilling Elementary, Preschool Integration Specialist/Heartland Early  Education
  • Burnett, Tyler, math coach/Schilling Elementary, lead teacher/Cottonwood Elementary
  • Curry, Luke, grade 6 social studies/South Middle School, grade 7 social studies/South Middle School
  • Devoe, Krista, curriculum and assessment coordinator/District Office, English Language Arts/South High School
  • Featherstone, Benjamin, grade 4/Coronado Elementary, grade 6 social studies/South Middle School
  • Mehl, Sara, ESL/bilingual/Schilling Elementary, library media specialist/Stewart Elementary

    Transfer from Classified to Certified Contract(s) for 2020-2021

  • LeSage, Blanca, bilingual education/Lakewood Middle School, grade 2/Cottonwood Elementary


    Encumbrance Listings

    The board of education approved the following encumbrances: (1) Weidenhammer, $34,981.28, maintenance renewal; (2) US Foods, $1,550,000, contract for food and food service-related supplies, (3) BD4 Distributing, Inc., $26,000, projected total expenses for food service chemical vendor contract; and (4) CDW-G, $37,814, contract for spam protection and simulated Phish testing.


    2020-2021 Food Program Prices

    The board of education approved no increase in both student meal prices and adult meal prices for the 2020-2021 school year.


    Salina Adult Basic Education FY21-25 Request for Proposal

    The board of education approved the FY21-25 Adult Basic Education Funding Request for Proposal (RFP).


    Out-of-State Field Trip

    The board of education approved the Lakewood Middle jazz band out-of-state field trip to Norfolk, NE on March 29-30, 2020.


    Out-of-State Field Trip

    The board of education approved the Central High Thespian out-of-state field trip to Bloomington, IN on June 22-28, 2020.


    School Board Reports

  • Jim Fletcher, board member, attended the Salina Adult Education Center (SAEC) Advisory Board meeting and the Heartland Policy Council meeting.
  • Scott Gardner, board member, spoke to Central High School students in Introduction to Teaching and attended SAEC Advisory Board meeting.
  • Emma Doherty, board member, attended the Listening Session at Oakdale Elementary School and the Smoky Hill Education Service Center Executive Cabinet meeting.
  • Ann Zimmerman, board president, attended the Salina Chamber of Commerce Board meeting and the Kansas Poetry Out Loud competition where Santiago Vasquez, South High School student, won. Ann presented songwriting workshops in schools through the Salina Arts Infusion Program and listened to Superintendent Exline’s interview on KINA.


    Upcoming Dates of Importance

  • Saturday, March 14, Chamber Legislative Meeting, Chamber, 8:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 15, Listening Session (Spanish), Sacred Heart Cathedral, 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 21, Listening Session, South High, 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 1, Master Teacher Recognition, Emporia, 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 25, Chamber Legislative Meeting, Chamber, 8:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 3, Retirement Reception & Recognition, Lakewood, 3:00 p.m.


Superintendent's Report

Linn Exline, superintendent of schools, visited a group of students at Lakewood Middle School to discuss policy. She was a guest on Saturdays with Bill and Dave on 910 KINA and finished strategic listening sessions in the schools. Superintendent Exline shared that the district is monitoring COVID-19 and taking guidance from experts including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Saline County Health Department and the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). She shared that USD 305 shares and receives information with the Saline County Health Department, participates in a weekly webinar with KDHE and is vigilant about cleaning procedures. Across the district, good hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes are taught to students and modeled by staff. Superintendent Exline reviewed the requirement that students who have been ill cannot return to school until 24 hours after they have no fever without the use of medication. She shared that student absences can be quantified and tracked and that the district is fortunate to have highly trained nurses in each of our buildings to keep students healthy and safe.


Executive Session

The board of education recessed into executive session for negotiations and personnel.



The board of education reviewed attendance center boundaries.