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February 9 2021

February 9, 2021
Posted on 02/10/2021
February BOE Briefs



February 9, 2021



Melanie Hammond, South High School science teacher, was recognized by the board of education as the district’s winner of the 2021 Master Teacher Award.


Marysa McCartney, Central High School business teacher, and Larrah Bills, Heusner Elementary second grade teacher, were recognized by the board of education as the district’s 2021 Horizon Award recipients.


Superintendent Excellence Awards

(Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Superintendent Excellence Awards for students who participated at the state level will be mailed to students’ homes. We will recognize these students by reading their names at the board meeting.)


Choir/Salina High School Central: Chloe Chesney, Makenzie Clark, Shayla Dao, Isaac French, Payton Griep, Chloe Highsmith, Harper Johnston, Emma Kelly, Lillie Myers, Joelle Pfannenstiel, Hayven Rapp, Josh Warner and Patrick Zrubek. Ryan Holmquist is the coach.


Theatre/Salina High School Central:  Spencer Angell, Sophie Craft, Tobi Duckworth, Joshua Cunningham, Hana North, Erin Flax, Sophie Lenkiewicz, Cyric Dow, Avery Smith, Madelynn Nash, Nelson Gutsch, Chloe White, Isabel Rubino, Ivan Solis, Ethan Henry, Tyler Campbell, Lillie Myers, Josh Warner, Emma Kelly, Charles Goldbach, Maddi Farthing, Peyton Wood, Chloe Highsmith, Harper Johnston, Ben Campbell, Will Ebel, Alec Rangel and Joelle Pfannenstiel. Barb Hilt is the theatre director.


Theatre/Salina High School South:  Ashley Carraway, Leslie Guardado, Victoria Molina, Mia Dennett, Kaydence Dickson, Shelby Stolzenburg, Andrew Lagerman, Ethen Lainer, Malina Szyndlar and Yesenia Torres. Kate Lindsay is the theatre director.


Orchestra/Salina High School Central:  Nelson Gutsch. Lindsay Modin is the orchestra director.


Art/Salina High School Central:  Rebekah Franklin, Alexys Ronning-Franco, Layna Kinnaird, Sydney Raman, Mallorie Wisbey and Beatrice Wellbrock-Talley. Larry Cullins and Kiersten Dykes are the art teachers.


Debate/Salina High School South:  Soren Mannebach, Lillian Ardis, Sarah Kimani, Nardiacela Garcia, Ryan Franks, Kamden Phalen, Ayleen Escobedo, Miriam Benavides, Seth Carter, Francisco Guardado, Denalyn Vasquez, Faith Bates, Maya Daily, Tiana Marion, Ava Williamson and Embrianna Fleming. Megan Hagaman is the coach.


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.


Tomasa Dominguez, Custodial Staff

South High School

Tomasa is always willing to step in and help with whatever is needed. At the beginning of the year, she saw a new student who likely needed help with directions. When offers of assistance in English did not help, she assisted in Spanish, providing much needed directions and support. Thank you for making a difference Tomasa!


Marci Ramsey, Instructional Assistant

Oakdale Elementary School

Marci’s flexibility impresses everyone around her. Regardless of changing tasks and schedules, she always shows up with a smile and a great attitude. She provided one-on-one support to students in a quarantined class and follows up with students she’s worked with in the past. Thank you, Marci, for making a difference!


Rosemary Geering, Instructional Assistant

Cottonwood Elementary School

When students work with Rosemary, they know they are loved and that she believes in them. A skilled seamstress, she has generously made hundreds of masks for staff and students. The world needs more selfless and caring adults like Rosemary, said a Cottonwood colleague. Thank you for making a difference, Rosemary!


Laura Hinca, Administrative Assistant

Central High School

Laura is known for her efforts on behalf of staff and students – they are considered tireless. She is described as a true inspiration to others; someone driven to find answers to problems. Laura is willing to do whatever is needed to help everyone in her building. Thank you for making a difference Laura!


Cassi Owen, Math Teacher

Lakewood Middle School

Cassi is a natural leader among her colleagues, demonstrated when she planned and delivered a school-wide lesson to Lakewood faculty about the second quarter hybrid schedule. Her leadership reduced stress and frustration for both faculty and students, helping to smooth the transition to the new hybrid schedule. Thank you, Cassi, for making a difference!


Dynelle Ceja, Attendance Secretary

Central High School

Dynelle works in the attendance office, performing duties and monitoring truancy. But since COVID-19 emerged, she provides critical support to the school nurse, tracking illness-related absences, updating data and communicating with Spanish speaking parents/guardians. Thank you for making a difference, Dynelle!


Julie Work, Receptionist/Switchboard

South High School

Julie is known for her ability to multi-task, effectively and effortlessly. She often comes in early or stays late to help colleagues, connects with students so they are at ease in the office, schedules subs, types reports and answers phones – all with a professional and calm manner. Thank you for making a difference, Julie!


Brian Bell, 5th Grade Teacher

Stewart Elementary School

Brian’s kindness and connections with his students are memorable. He follows up with former fifth graders, sending them notes of encouragement to support their first year at middle school. His thoughtfulness and kind acts result in Brian being a beloved and productive teacher. Thank you, Brian, for making a difference!


Lynn Boxman, Instructional Assistant

Sunset Elementary School

Lynn is known to go above and beyond. She graciously accepts a variety of different tasks, and consistently completes them on time and with accuracy. If she completes her work she always offers her assistance to others to help make their jobs or day better. Thank you, Lynn, for making a difference!


Personnel Report

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

  • Thompson, David, coordinator of special education, Hageman


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

  • Barriger, Kay, library media specialist, Oakdale Elementary
  • Emme, Patty, science teacher, Lakewood Middle School
  • King, Jane, high incidence special education teacher, Oakdale Elementary
  • Lee, Gina, art teacher, South Middle School
  • Maresch, Jane, library media specialist, Central High School
  • Musgrove, Ramona, gifted teacher, Central High School
  • Ritter, Cheryl, grade 1 teacher, Meadowlark Elementary


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

  • Becker, Stephanie, austism specialist, Hageman
  • Davison, Asza, grade 5 teacher, Cottonwood Elementary
  • Gray, Mya, school psychologist, CKCIE/Solomon/Abilene
  • Krebaum, Tammi, grade 3 teacher, Cottonwood Elementary
  • Long, Morgan, kindergarten teacher, Coronado Elementary
  • Michel, Jennifer, grade 4 teacher, Stewart Elementary
  • Owen, Cassi, mathematics teacher, Lakewood Middle School


Resignation of Supplemental Contract(s) for 2021-2022

  • Johnson, Linda, tennis assistant girls, Central High School


Appointment of Supplemental Contract(s) for 2020-2021

  • Fritz, Jennifer, sophomore class sponsor, Central High School


    Appointment of  Supplemental Contract(s) for 2021-2022

  • Higley, Jaclyn, assistant girls basketball grade 7, South Middle School


Transfer of Administrative Contract(s) for 2021-2022


Transfer of Certified Contract(s) for 2021-2022

  • Burke, Elizabeth, library media specialist/1.0 FTE South High School, library media specialist/.5 FTE South High School/.5 FTE Central High School
  • Hogarty, Margy, grade 3 remote teacher/District Office, grade 1 teacher/Meadowlark Elementary
  • Kinion, Elizabeth, library media specialist/1.0 FTE Lakewood Middle School, library media specialist/.5 Lakewood Middle School/.5 FTE South Middle School
  • Sauber, Janet, remote middle school English teacher/District Office, library media specialist/Oakdale Elementary


Classified Appointment(s)

  • Ahrens, Kelsie, paraeducator, CKCIE/Herington
  • Berthelson, Trudy, paraeducator, CKCIE/Ellsworth
  • Duffy, Maureen, paraeducator, CKCIE/Claflin
  • Mitchell, Angela, paraeducator, Heusner Elementary School
  • Musgrove, Timothy, night custodian, South Middle School
  • Peirce, Chelsee, teacher assistant II, Heartland Programs
  • Ried, Alexandria, paraeducator, Cottonwood Elementary


Classified Transfer(s)

  • Bombardier, Thomas, FTE .675 food service worker II/Central High School, FTE .75 food service worker II/Central High School
  • Borges, Laura, teacher assistant II/Heartland Programs, teacher assistant III/Heartland Programs
  • Duran, Aries, bilingual assistant/Central High School, ISS supervisor/Central High School
  • Lust, Gregory, roving food service worker/South High School, bookkeeper I food service/Meadowlark Elementary School
  • Will, Susan, .25 FTE accompanist/Central High School, 1.0 FTE accompanist/Central High School


Classified Retirement(s)

  • Hamilton, Deanna, paraeducator, Hageman
  • Lanterman, Cynthia, paraeducator, Opportunity Now
  • Rice, Susan, data technician, Hageman
  • Snell, Kathryn, paraeducator, Opportunity Now


Classified Resignation(s)

  • Bishop, Leslie, assistant school, Central High School
  • Freeman, Lindsay, paraeducator, CKCIE/Abilene
  • Grant, Devin, paraeducator, South Middle School
  • Johnston, Tonya, paraeducator, CKCIE/White City
  • Lukavsky, Karla, paraeducator, Coronado Elementary
  • Nelson, Mary, instructional assistant II, District Office
  • Nobert, Becky, paraeducator, CKCIE/Bennington
  • Paugh, Nancy, instructional assistant II, South High School
  • Perez, Keely, administrative assistant IV, District Office
  • Peterman, Leesa, accompanist, Central High School


Encumbrance Listings

The board of education approved the following encumbrances: (1) Dell, $498,000, Dell chromebooks and Google Chrome OS Management License; (2) De Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc., $29,440.22, CommVault CASP-Extended; (3) JMH Cleaning, $36,000, building cleaning; (4) US Foods, $1,600,000, contract for food and non-food supplies; (5) Hiland Dairy, $245,000, dairy vendor contract; and (6) BD4 Distributing, Inc., $23,500, chemical vendor contract.


Audit Contract

The board of education approved the audit contract with Agler & Gaeddert, Chartered for the year ending June 30, 2021.


Agreement Amendment

The board of education approved the amendment with Mahaska DBA Pepsi/Snack Express.


Grant Application

The board of education approved the Kansas Preschool Pilot Grant.


Athletic Advertising Proposal

The board of education approved the Athletic Advertising Proposal.


2021-2022 School Calendar

The board of education approved the 2021-2022 school calendar.


2022-2023 Tentative School Calendar

The board of education approved the tentative calendar for the 2022-2023 school year.


Summer School

The board of education approved the 2021 Summer School Program.


Opportunity Now Update

Mike Lowers, Central Kansas Cooperative in Education (CKCIE) executive director, presented an update on the progress of restructuring special education programs and classrooms in Salina. Opportunity Now will expand to serve students in grades 6-12.


School Board Reports

  • Emma Doherty, board member, delivered two You Make A Difference Awards to South High School staff and visited with a legislator regarding HB 2086 related to the administering of emergency medical kits at schools.
  • Scott Gardner, board member, attended a Heartland Policy Council meeting.
  • Jim Fletcher, vice president, delivered two You Make A Difference Awards to staff at Oakdale Elementary School and Lakewood Middle School. He also attended a Salina Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting.
  • Dana Kossow, board member, reported on the Salina Education Foundation (SEF) scholarship season and wrote to legislators in Topeka on behalf of USD 305.
  • Ann Zimmerman, board member, attended the January Equity Council meeting and delivered You Make A Difference Awards to Sunset Elementary and Cottonwood Elementary. She also visited with Representative Clarke Sanders.
  • Mark Bandré, board member, delivered You Make A Difference Awards to staff at Central High School, reported on the SEF scholarship season, and attended a Smoky Hill Education Service Center Executive Cabinet meeting.

Gabe Grant, president, attended the CKCIE Board of Control and Salina Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meetings and delivered a You Make A Difference Award to Stewart Elementary School.


Upcoming Dates of Importance



Superintendent’s Report

Linn Exline, superintendent of schools, announced that Brandon Cheeks and Scott Chrisman were approved on the consent agenda as new principals for Sunset Elementary and Lakewood Middle School, respectively. She reported that she met with representatives from the Credit Union of America at Cottonwood Elementary School as they presented over 300 Yoobi boxes containing student supplies. Superintendent Exline reported that Site Council virtual meetings are underway with Executive Director of Business, Lisa Peters, joining her in discussions about USD 305 schools and budget. She indicated that teachers may begin receiving vaccinations next week, according to communications from the Saline County Health Department and the Salina Family Health Center. Those two organizations, coordinating the vaccinations, shared they are willing to help teachers receive vaccinations outside of their school day. Superintendent Exline reported that the Kansas State Board of Education has been reviewing the document, Navigating Next, which provides guidance from the Kansas State Department of Education and focuses on finishing off this school year strong and identifying adaptive plans and changes needed for school year 2021-2022. She reported on two House Bills of concern:

  • HB 2119 which is a voucher bill that would shift dollars away from public schools and redirect to private schools. Private schools are not required to educate all students who apply to them and they are not required to meet the same standards as are public schools. Public dollars should remain with public education.
  • HB 2039 would require a civics test for graduation. A requirement already exists that students must pass an American Government class before graduation. Additionally, there is already a thread of American Government standards through the curriculum that begins at a young grade.


Executive Session

The board of education recessed into negotiations and personnel.