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January 11 2022

January 11, 2022
Posted on 01/12/2022



January 11, 2022



Superintendent’s Excellence Awards


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.


Jan Henry, Special Education Paraprofessional

Schilling Elementary School

Jan has been deeply involved with special education students at Schilling for the past 10 years. She is hard working and does whatever is needed to ensure that students’ needs come first. Jan is deeply involved in the Parent-Teacher Organization and accepted the position of treasurer to support its continued success. Thank you, Jan, for making a difference!


Renaissance Teachers

Certificates were presented to secondary teachers honored as Renaissance Teachers of the Month from September 2021 through December 2021. Teachers included Lizzie Eades, Barbara Hilt, Zoey Patrick, Brad Dix, Central High School; John MacKinney, Kathleen Haynes, Renee Toms, Trey Cullins, Lakewood Middle School; Trey Crow, Arnold Schmidtberger, Jeremy Stover, Don Luthi, South High School; and Stephanie Mettlen, Jaclyn Higley Crow, McKenzie  Weishaar, Jamie Dohm, South Middle School.


Personnel Report

Appointment of Certified Contract(s) for 2021-2022

  • Hunter, Christopher, roving teacher, Lakewood Middle School
  • Nowlin, Maddison, kindergarten teacher, Coronado Elementary
  • Rishel-Barnett, Abigail, roving teacher, South Middle School


Transfer of Certified Contract(s) for 2021-2022

  • Long, Marissa, school psychologist/Sunset Elementary and Central High School, school psychologist/Sunset Elementary and Opportunity Now


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

  • Blackley, Megan, psychometrician/Hageman, school psychologist/Central High School
  • Ramsey, Marci, instructional assistant II/Oakdale Elementary, at risk teacher/Oakdale Elementary


Retirement of Certified Contract(s) at the end of 2021-2022

  • Ewing, Steven, science teacher, Central High School
  • Ewing, Tanya, grade 5 teacher, Stewart Elementary
  • Klein, Norene, early childhood special education teacher, Abilene Preschools/CKCIE
  • Klein, Timothy, high incidence special education teacher, Abilene High School/CKCIE
  • Patrick, Rebecca, English language arts teacher, Central High School
  • Rohrer, Linda, music teacher, Sunset Elementary
  • Stegman, Milinda, high incidence special education teacher, Abilene Kennedy/CKCIE
  • Wittman, Rose, physical education teacher, South Middle School


Resignation of Certified Contract(s) at the end of 2021-2022

  • Chesney, Cassandra, nurse, Central High School
  • Lane, Alyssa, orchestra teacher, South High School
  • Matter, Katia, English language arts teacher, South Middle School
  • Mosher, Matthew, gifted teacher, South High School
  • Rose, Breanna, kindergarten teacher, Cottonwood Elementary
  • Schlegel, Mattie, high incidence special education teacher, Abilene High School/CKCIE


Resignation of Supplemental Contract(s) for 2022-2023

  • Ewing, Steven, head girls golf coach, Central High School


Classified Appointment(s)

  • Daniel, Monica, paraeducator, Cottonwood Elementary
  • Dougherty, Abbigail, public information assistant, BOE/Public Information
  • Lytle, Melia, paraeducator, Heusner Elementary
  • Montoya, Johana, paraeducator, Schilling Elementary
  • Morgan, Mercedes, teacher assistant II, Heartland Early Education
  • Musselwhite, Paige, instructional assistant III, Coronado Elementary
  • Nicolls, Sara, food service worker II, Central High School
  • Penney, Brittany, food service worker II, Lakewood Middle School
  • Ramirez, Alyssa, paraeducator, Coronado Elementary
  • Wesley, Loretta, instructional assistant III, Sunset Elementary


Classified Transfer(s)

  • Diggs, Mallory, paraeducator/Cottonwood Elementary, instructional assistant II/Cottonwood Elementary
  • Krebs, Graysyn, teacher assistant/Heartland Early Education, family support worker/Heusner Elementary
  • Mitchell, Angela, paraeducator/Heusner Elementary, instructional assistant III/Oakdale Elementary
  • Xidis, Andrea, paraeducator/Heusner Elementary, instructional assistant III/Heusner Elementary


Classified Resignation(s)

  • Hicks, Stacy, teacher assistant II, Ellsworth Headstart Early Education
  • Howze, Andrea, instructional assistant II, Cottonwood Elementary
  • Johnson, Angelica, paraeducator, Stewart Elementary
  • Mai, Brenda, administrative assistant IV, BOE/Staff Development
  • Moran, Jesse, delivery driver food service, Central High School
  • Ottensmeier, Jean, teacher assistant III, Abilene Headstart Early Education
  • Post, Michelle, administrative assistant III, Opportunity Now
  • Rindt, Kelsey, paraeducator, Coronado Elementary
  • Taylor, Brian, paraeducator, Coronado Elementary


Classified Retirement

  • Stegman, Verlin, facility manager I, Stewart Elementary


    Encumbrance Listing

    The board of education approved the encumbrance to Trane, $24,535, parts, labor and licensing to perform system migration at Salina West Education Center and the Operations Center.


    Heartland Vehicles Bid

    The board of education approved the bid for two midsize sport utility vehicles from Don Hattan Chevrolet in the amount of $49,700.


    Elementary Roof Repair

    The board of education approved the bid of Geisler Roofing in the amount of $58,993.44 for Schilling Elementary roof repair.


    Resolution to Establish Election of School Board Officers

    The board of education approved the resolution to establish election of school board officers to be held at the first meeting in July 2022.


    Resolution to Establish Board’s Regular Meeting Dates

    The board of education approved the resolution to establish board’s regular meeting dates for the 2022-2023 school year at the first meeting in July 2022.


    Board Representative Appointments

    The board of education approved the 2021-2022 board representative appointments: CKCIE Board of Control, Gabe  Grant and Dana Kossow (alternate); Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, Gabe Grant and Jim Fletcher; Smoky Hill Education Service Center, Mark Bandré and Bonnie Schamberger (alternate); Head Start Policy Council, Scott Gardner; Equity Council, Ann Zimmerman; Salina Education Foundation, Mark Bandré and Dana Kossow; Chamber of Commerce Board, Jim Fletcher; Salina Adult Education Center, Jim Fletcher and Ann Zimmerman; NEA-Salina Executive Board, Ann Zimmerman; District Health Council, Bonnie Schamberger; and Truancy Board, Scott Gardner.


    Building Bridges Event Update

    Curtis Stevens, director of secondary programs, presented a summary of the November 11, 2021 USD 305 Building Bridges event.


    Mental Health Intervention Team Grant

    Tiffany Lowe, director of student support services, gave an overview of the Mental Health Intervention Team (MHIT) grant that is provided by the Kansas State Department of Education.


    USD 305 Return to Instruction

    Linn Exline, superintendent of schools, reviewed the Return to Instruction Plan.


    School Board Reports

  • Mark Bandré, board member, attended thank you sessions at Schilling and Sunset elementary schools.
  • Scott Gardner, board member, attended Heartland Policy Council meeting.
  • Ann Zimmerman, vice president, attended a music concert and presented at Meadowlark Ridge Elementary School.
  • Dana Kossow, board member, attended a Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) delegate meeting, thank you sessions at elementary schools and the Transitions program.
  • Gabe Grant, board member, attended a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting and a holiday concert at Central High School.
  • Bonnie Schamberger, board member, attended an orientation meeting.
  • Jim Fletcher, president, attended thank you sessions, the Building Bridges event, and South High School vocal concert and the Salina Chamber of Commerce Board meeting.


Upcoming Dates of Importance

  • Saturday, January 15, KASB New Board Member Training, Topeka


Superintendent’s Report

Linn Exline, superintendent of schools, thanked Jim Fletcher, president, for acknowledging the work involved in managing the December windstorm. She expressed appreciation for how the administrative team worked together managing that situation. With a number of Durham busses unavailable due to storm damage, other districts (Twin Valley, Southeast of Saline, Minneapolis, Ell-Saline and North Ottawa) graciously offered to loan busses. Superintendent Exline shared the ongoing struggle to fill vacancies in schools when staff are absent. The district could use more substitutes and she encouraged anyone who could help to apply. Superintendent Exline attended the KASB Advocacy Network and offered to provide additional information to board members if they are interested. She shared that Shanna Rector’s, deputy superintendent, department began Project Based Learning training with a pilot group of teachers.


Executive Session

The board of education recessed into executive session to discuss personnel.