Meeting Summary

March BOE Briefs
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 305

SALINA, KANSAS

March 10, 2021

 

 

Recognitions/Presentations

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.

 

Richard James, Grounds Worker

Central High School

Richard is known for his quiet presence at Central. His tireless efforts to keep Central’s grounds beautiful and safe are a constant. While he is rarely seen inside the building, his unwavering dedication to the campus outside of the building is notable and benefits everyone. Thank you for making a difference Richard!

 

Tracey Musselwhite, Long-Term Substitute

Coronado

Tracey is a stand-out substitute. Often her assignments change depending upon needs in the building, and Tracey is always a good sport. She gets to know the students to better meet their needs, seeks professional training and is mentoring new long-term substitute teachers. Thank you, Tracey, for making a difference!

 

Bonnie Welty, Principal

Lakewood Middle School

An inspiration to her staff and students, Bonnie is willing to do whatever is needed to get the job done. Her daily efforts and energy create a positive environment for learning and working. Her example motivates staff to help and support one another for the well-being of everyone in the building. Thank you for making a difference, Bonnie!

 

Alan Soukup, Ergonomics Paraeducator

Lakewood Middle School

Alan’s colleagues appreciate that he is a great resource for his students and that they trust him. He makes sure to know and understand the students he works with, frequently following up and communicating with teachers and other adults who work with the students.  Thank you, Alan for your caring approach in your job and making a difference!

 

Denise Bennett, Bookkeeper

South High School

Denise is known and loved by staff and students for her warm and caring manner. She goes the extra mile to help students with school pictures, graduation items, and even other needs such as donations of graduation gowns, formal dresses and more. Thank you, Denise, for making a difference!

 

Michelle Forney, Systems Analyst

MIS

Michelle was instrumental in the transition to a changed hybrid schedule at the start of 2nd quarter. She, with the help of her MIS colleagues, efficiently divided the students into two cohorts. With her expertise, she facilitated a process designed to smoothly adjust balances, saving much staff time. Thank you for making a difference, Michelle!

 

Superintendent’s Excellence Awards

Certificates were presented to students who qualified for state or national competitions:

 

Salina High School Central/Boys’ Swimming and Diving: Competing at state was Cooper Cobb, junior. Dustin Burgardt is the swimming coach and Jeremiah Thornton is the diving coach.

 

Salina High School South/Boys’ Swimming and Diving: Competing at state were Haden Smith, sophomore, diving; Keegan Exline, senior, Trey Berland, junior; Miles Hammond, senior; and Kyle Iselin, senior. Dustin Burgardt is the swimming coach and Jeremiah Thornton is the diving coach.

 

Salina High School Central/Wrestling: 5-A State Wrestling Tournament qualifiers included Slade Adam, senior; Elix Hernandez, junior; Kate Jennings, senior; Rebekah Franklin, senior; and Lydia Dong, freshman. John Corman is the wrestling coach.

 

Salina High School South/Wrestling: 5-A State Wrestling Tournament qualifiers included Kayson Dietz, junior; and Brandon Jeffries, senior. Kanean Wendell is the wrestling coach.

 

Salina High School South/Bowling: Competing at state were Stella Gestl, senior; Yessica Salinas, junior; Nina Frees, sophomore; Rebe Guerra, sophomore; Aviana Ordonez, sophomore; Ayella Ordonez, freshman; Griffin Peterson, senior; and Campbell Peterson, freshman. Seth White is the bowling coach.

 

Salina High School Central/Bowling: Competing at state was Chase Young, senior. Mike Kilgore is the bowling coach.

 

Personnel Report

Transfer of Certified Contract(s) to Administrative Contract(s) for 2021-2022

  • Mikesell Green, Christina, certified student support teacher/South High School, assistant middle school principal/Lakewood Middle School
  • Stuart, Ryan, business education teacher/South High School, assistant high school principal/South High School

 

Retirement of Administrative Contract(s) at the end of 2020-2021

  • Paquin, Heidi, director of staff development, District Office

     

    Resignation of Certified Contract(s) at the end of 2020-2021

  • Haines, Darla, grade 5 teacher, Sunset Elementary School
  • Hodges, Jessica, Spanish teacher, Central High School
  • Hughes, Kate, grade 2 teacher, Schilling Elementary School
  • Yarochowicz, Jesse, science teacher, South High School

 

Transfer of Supplemental Contract(s) for 2021-2022

  • Schmidtberger, Arnold, assistant volleyball/South High School, head volleyball/South High School
  • Weishaar, McKenzie, assistant girls tennis/South High School, head girls tennis coach/Central High School
  • Wittman, Rose, head volleyball/South High School, assistant volleyball/South High School

 

Appointment of Supplemental Contract(s) for 2020-2021

  • Higley, Jaclyn, assistant softball coach, South High School
  • Schneck, Adam, assistant boys golf coach, Central High School

 

Resignation of Supplemental Contract(s) at the end of 2020-2021

  • Owen, Cassi, track head, Lakewood Middle School
  • Owen, Cassi, cross country head, Lakewood Middle School
  • Owen, Cassi, Scholars Bowl, Lakewood Middle School
  • Owen, Cassi, journalism, Lakewood Middle School

 

Transfer of Certified Contract(s) for 2021-2022

  • Burke, Elizabeth, library media specialist/.5 FTE Central High/0.5 FTE South High, library media specialist/1.0 FTE South High School
  • Chesney, Anthony, certified student support/Central High School, Performance Based Diploma teacher/Central High School
  • Keck, Kari, remote middle school science teacher/District Office, digital literacy teacher/South Middle School
  • Kinion, Elizabeth, library media specialist/0.6 FTE Lakewood Middle/0.5 FTE South Middle, library media specialist/1.0 FTE Lakewood Middle School
  • Manwaring, Hailee, grade 1 teacher/Coronado Elementary School, kindergarten teacher/Coronado Elementary School
  • Mettlen, Stephanie, FACS teacher/0.5 FTE Lakewood Middle/0.5 FTE South Middle, FACS teacher/1.0 FTE South Middle School
  • Moon, Brandy, adaptive special education teacher/CKCIE/Solomon, high incidence special education teacher/South Middle School
  • Preston, Anita, grade 2 teacher/Schilling Elementary School, at-risk teacher/Schilling Elementary School
  • Rivers, Steven, high incidence special education teacher/Central High School, certified student support/Central High School
  • Sauber, Janet, library media specialist/Oakdale Elementary School, library media specialist/South Middle School

 

Transfer from Classified to Certified Contract(s) for 2021-2022

  • Henderson, Matthew, Title I instructional assistant/Cottonwood Elementary School, grade 3 teacher/Cottonwood Elementary School
  • Reid, Kayla, speech language pathologist intern/Schilling Elementary School, speech language pathologist/CKCIE
  • Spitler, Whitney, behavior special assistant/CKCIE, high incidence special education teacher/Heusner Elementary School

 

Classified Appointment(s)

  • Ballou, Ashley, paraeducator, CKCIE/Southeast of Saline
  • Bonilla, Savannah, assistant forensics coach, South High School
  • Brown, Stephen, assistant boys golf coach, South High School
  • Campa, Victoria, bilingual education, South High School
  • Denning, Rondi, paraeducator, CKCIE/Holyrood
  • Driscoll, Logan, assistant baseball coach, South High School
  • Gray, Taylor, paraeducator, Meadowlark Elementary School
  • Hancock, Kenneth, assistant softball coach, South High School
  • Jackson, Andrea, attendance clerk, Central High School
  • Martinez, Marina, Headstart teacher III, Heartland Programs
  • McNelly, Braden, paraeducator, South Middle School
  • Moon, Haley, assistant track coach, Central High School
  • Murphy, Ashley, paraeducator, Coronado Elementary School
  • Prater, Kristan, teacher assistant II, Heartland Programs
  • Stewart, Brandon, assistant forensics coach, South High School
  • Warren, Shelby, paraeducator, Heusner Elementary School
  • Yarnall, Mary, night custodian, South Middle School

 

Classified Transfer(s)

  • Bazurto, Alyssa, Headstart teacher assistant II/Heartland Programs, Headstart teacher assistant III/Heartland Programs
  • Breen, Karen, administrative assistant I/South High School, data technician/CKCIE
  • Elliott, Lillian, Headstart teacher assistant II/Heartland Programs, Headstart teacher assistant III/Heartland Programs
  • Gunderson, Sarina, Headstart teacher assistant II/Heartland Programs, Headstart teacher assistant III/Heartland Programs
  • Holm, Katie, Headstart teacher assistant II/Heartland Programs, Headstart teacher assistant III/Heartland Programs
  • Jackson, Shelby, paraeducator/CKCIE/Tescott, paraeducator/Lakewood Middle School
  • Montgomery, Mary, 0.6250 FTE paraeducator/CKCIE/Chapman, 0.9175 FTE paraeducator/CKCIE/Chapman
  • Pfannenstiel, Gayle, 0.5 FTE remote instructional assistant/District Office, 0.875 FTE instructional assistant/Heusner Elementary School
  • Wilkinson, Tania, 0.7 FTE paraeducator/CKCIE/Ellsworth, 0.875 FTE paraeducator/CKCIE/Ellsworth
  • Work, Julie, receptionist/South High School, financial secretary/South High School

 

Classified Retirement(s)

  • Hubbard, Janell, paraeducator, CKCIE/Claflin
  • Hull, Brenda, paraeducator, Opportunity Now

 

Classified Resignation(s)

  • Berthelson, Trudy, paraeducator, CKCIE/Ellsworth
  • Burbank, Amelia, paraeducator, CKCIE/Ellsworth
  • Goble, Randy, delivery driver food service, Central High School
  • Wright, Ginger, lunchroom aide, Cottonwood Elementary School

 

Agreement with Kansas Wesleyan University

The board of education approved the agreement between USD 305 and Kansas Wesleyan University for the use of the  South High School softball fields.

 

Approve Encumbrance Listings

The board of education approved the following encumbrances: (1) CDW-G, $49,629, GoGuardian software application that provides CIPA compliant filtering and classroom management for chromebooks; (2) FieldTurf USA, Inc., $74,682, resurface tennis courts at Central High; (3) National Bus Sales, Inc., $100,310, 2020 International School Bus for Heartland Programs; (4) MasteryConnect, $27,225, premium student licenses and web professional development for eight buildings; and (5) Frontline Technology, $95,505.36, annual maintenance agreement renewal.

 

Kansas Early Head Start Home Visitation Grant Application

The board of education approved the Kansas Early Head Start Home Visitation Grant Application.

 

Kansas Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Grant Application

The board of education approved the Kansas Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Grant application for $683,000. The grant application will provide center-based full-day full-year services to 45 enrolled children from birth to age three.

 

Federal Head Start and Early Head Start Grant Application

The board of education approved the Federal Head Start and Early Head Start Grant application for $5,278,281. Heartland Early Education provides services through center-based programming and home visitation for children birth to age five in Saline, Dickinson and Ellsworth counties.

 

Kansas Parents as Teachers Program Continuation Grant Application

The board of education approved the Kansas Parents as Teachers Program Continuation Grant Application for $80,789. This includes a cash match of $51,534, for a total budget of $132,323.

 

Preschool-Aged At-Risk Grant Application

The board of education approved the state Preschool-Aged At-Risk Continuation Grant.

 

Central High Fundraising Activity

The board of education approved Central High School’s fundraiser for “Discount Cards” to area businesses. Funds will be used to purchase miscellaneous equipment, t-shirts, meals and team-building activities.

 

South High Fundraising Activity

The board of education approved South High School’s fundraiser for “Cougar Cards” to area businesses. Funds will be used to purchase weight equipment, video equipment and supplies.

 

21-22 Textbook Rental Fees

The board of education approved the textbook rental fees for the 21-22 school year; $60 for students in grades kindergarten through eight and $100 for students in grades nine through twelve.

 

Tennis Partnership

The board of education approved the partnership with Salina Net Generation and the City of Salina to take ownership of the Jerry Ivey Park tennis courts as part of the South High School campus.

 

Proposed Textbook Adoption

Curtis Stevens, director of secondary programs, reviewed and evaluated Environmental Science: Your World, Your Turn textbook, Savvas Learning Company, for proposed textbook adoption.

 

Athletic Handbook Revisions

Linn Exline, superintendent, presented the 2021-2022 athletic handbook for review. This will be brought back to the April 13, 2021 meeting for approval.

 

Upcoming Dates of Importance

  • Sunday, May 2, Retirement Reception, South High, 3:00 p.m.

     

    School Board Reports

  • Emma Doherty, board member, delivered a You Make a Difference award to Coronado.
  • Scott Gardner, board member, attended a Heartland Policy Council meeting and joined Jim Fletcher in delivering a You Make a Difference award to South High School.
  • Jim Fletcher, vice president, delivered You Make a Difference awards to South High School and MIS.
  • Dana Kossow, board member, attended a Central Kansas Cooperative in Education (CKCIE) Board of Control meeting, Salina Education Foundation (SEF) meetings and delivered You Make a Difference awards to Lakewood Middle School.
  • Ann Zimmerman, board member, attended an Equity Council meeting and listened to Superintendent Exline’s radio interviews.
  • Mark Bandré, board member, attended SEF meetings, a Smoky Hill Education Service Center Executive Cabinet meeting, and delivered a You Make a Difference award to Central High School.
  • Gabe Grant, president, attended the CKCIE Board of Control meeting and delivered a You Make a Difference award to Stewart.

 

Superintendent’s Report

Linn Exline, superintendent, reported that all secondary students will return to full-time, on-site school on April 1. This decision was based upon teacher input and the natural break in students’ schedules. April 1 is the beginning of the fourth nine-week period for high schools. The district is working on finalizing bussing and lunch plans as well as safety protocols in the buildings. The district’s deliberate approach has provided stability and predictability for families. Superintendent Exline reported that she met with Salina Area Technical College (SATC) personnel to advance the transfer of property from USD 305 ownership to SATC ownership. She reported that the new PolyCATS Academy, a partnership with K-State Polytechnic, more than triples dual credits available to USD 305 students. She shared that she toured 1 Vision Aviation and learned about the new enterprise in Salina. Along with Lisa Peters, executive director of business, she continues presenting to Site Councils to review budget, the state of the school district and what is next at USD 305.

 

Executive Session

The board of education recessed into executive session for personnel, personnel and student matters.

 

Worksession

The board of education worked on the Capital Improvement Plan and Virtual Program.