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November 10 2020

November 10, 2020
Posted on 11/12/2020
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November 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.

Deb Hedge, Paraeducator

Oakdale Elementary School

Deb is a true asset to Oakdale, offering extra support and unexpected kindnesses such as fixing students’ eyeglasses, uplifting the staff’s spirits by bringing lunch or providing popcorn snacks. A colleague stressed that there is much more that Deb does and contributes in a humble and friendly manner. Thank you, Deb, for making a difference!

Keely Perez, Administrative Assistant, Staff Development and Accreditation

District Office

Keely has earned a stellar reputation as an employee who quickly returns emails and phone calls in a professional and polite manner. A co-worker commented, “Keely has consistently answered all my questions regarding Frontline – and done it quickly.” Thank you, Keely, for making a difference!

Kyle Griffitts, Principal

Cottonwood Elementary School

When an elementary student had an elevated temperature and was waiting to go home, distress was evident with tears and crying by the overwhelmed student. Mr. Griffitts sat down beside the student and held the students’ hand until a parent arrived. His caring and concern for Cottonwood students speaks volumes. Thank you, Mr. Griffitts, for making a difference!

Darlene Hoeffner, Paraeducator

Opportunity Now

At Opportunity Now, Darlene organizes the Arts Infusion program, field trips, guest speakers and the senior graduation event. She writes and publishes the Opportunity Now newspaper and manages their social media accounts. Her skill and positivity as she handles many tasks is impressive. Thank you, Darlene, for making a difference!


Personnel Report

Appointment of Certified Contract(s) for 2020-2021

  • Norlin, Melissa, Title I teacher, Sunset Elementary

Appointment of Supplemental Contract(s) for 2020-2021

  • Mahoney, Melissa, assistant girls’ soccer coach, Central High School

Resignation of Supplemental Contract(s) for 2021-2022

  • Ambrust, Andrew, assistant girls’ tennis coach, South Middle School

Classified Appointment(s) for 2020-2021

  • Blair, April, paraeducator, Heusner Elementary School
  • Clem, Zachary, paraeducator, Central High School
  • Copple, Laura, paraeducator, CKCIE/Minneapolis
  • Garcia Cerna, Maribel, paraeducator, Central High School
  • Hall, Kypra, paraeducator, Coronado Elementary
  • Heer, Jammie, paraeducator, CKCIE/Minneapolis
  • Humphrey, Michele, paraeducator, Stewart Elementary
  • Jensen, Kelsie, instructional assistant II, Schilling Elementary
  • Nunemaker, Tannie, paraeducator, CKCIE/Minneapolis
  • Olvera, Ana, lunchroom aide, Cottonwood Elementary
  • Resto-Torres, Genesis, paraeducator, Heusner Elementary
  • Reynolds, Alexandrya, paraeducator, CKCIE/Southeast of Saline
  • Rucker, Georgia, .7 FTE paraeducator, CKCIE/Herington
  • Scheck, Catherine, instructional assistant II, Heusner Elementary
  • Sparks, Kaleb, kitchen assistant, Heartland Programs
  • Stewart, Brandon, assistant debate coach, South High School
  • Tatum, David, food service delivery driver, South High School
  • Wiles, Emily, .7 FTE paraeducator, CKCIE/Southeast of Saline
  • Willson, Janet, teacher assistant II, Heartland Programs

Classified Transfer(s) for 2020-2021

  • Bartholomew, Megan, instructional assistant II/Cottonwood Elementary, human resources assistant/District Office
  • Monk, Angela, night custodian/Meadowlark Elementary, night custodian/South Middle School
  • Swanson, Madison, .875 FTE paraeducator/Coronado Elementary, .875 FTE paraeducator/CottonwoodElementary

Classified Retirement(s) for 2020-2021

  • Acheson, Peggy, FTE paraeducator, South Middle School
  • Barnes, Pamela, teacher assistant II, Heartland Programs

Classified Resignation(s) for 2020-2021

  • Clark, Megan, paraeducator, CKCIE/Minneapolis
  • Coca, Maria, .75 FTE food service worker II, Central High School
  • Garwood, Cortney, .813 paraeducator, Heusner Elementary
  • Haxton, Callie, .8 FTE paraeducator, CKCIE/Ellsworth
  • Nowak, Cheryl, instructional assistant II, Heusner Elementary
  • Shelby, Cindy, paraeducator, South High School
  • Slay, Shaquille, FTE paraeducator, Central High School


Encumbrance Listings

The board of education approved the following encumbrances: (1) Apple, $47,280, 120 iPads; (2) SWIVL, $142,893.60, SWIVL CX5 with licenses and accessories; (3) Kajeet, $134,123.47, renew service contracts for 465 hotspots currently in use for an additional six months; and (4) Bulk Bookstore, $37,330.60, 8,997 student books for K-8 with a variety of titles.


Course Proposals

The board of education approved the course offerings as presented at the October 13, 2020 meeting.


Strategic Plan

The board of education approved the district mission statement, vision statement and goals.


Virtual Program

Shanna Rector, executive director of educational programs, outlined the current Salina Public Schools’ virtual programming options and discussed plans to explore additional virtual opportunities for 2021-2022.


Curriculum and Instruction Update

Shanna Rector, executive director of educational programs, updated the district’s Connect 2 Learn plan implementation from the first quarter and second quarter.


School Board Reports

  • Mark Bandré, board member, attended a Salina Education Foundation meeting and delivered a You Make a Difference Award.
  • Ann Zimmerman, board member, taped a session about equity for the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB).
  • Dana Kossow, board member, attended a Central Kansas Cooperative in Education (CKCIE) Board of Control meeting, delivered lunches on behalf of the Board to CKCIE and delivered a You Make a Difference Award.
  • Jim Fletcher, vice president, attended a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, the NEA-Salina Executive Board meeting and delivered a You Make a Difference Award.
  • Emma Doherty, board member, delivered appreciation lunches on behalf of the Board to Central High School staff.
  • Gabe Grant, president, attended the CKCIE Board of Control meeting, a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, a Salina Chamber of Commerce Board meeting and delivered a You Make a Difference Award.


Upcoming Dates of Importance

  • Thursday, November 12, SHESC Legislative Luncheon, 9:30 a.m.
  • December 2-4, KASB Annual Convention, Virtual


Superintendent’s Report

Linn Exline, superintendent of schools, met with the accreditation chair to review the transition to the new strategic plan. Superintendent Exline reported that she is working on community partnerships including one with educational institutions and the county to encourage mask wearing. Another partnership involves advancing the conversation about equity in Salina. She reported that USD 305’s work with the Equity Council will be featured at an upcoming KASB conference. Superintendent Exline shared that the gating criteria has been updated and the district continues to monitor COVID-19 numbers in the community and its schools. She reported that the district’s safety measures are working, with very minimal transmission in classrooms. The gating criteria level was moved to orange because of the increase in community numbers.


Executive Session

The board of education recessed into two executive sessions for personnel.