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November 9 2022

November 9, 2022
Posted on 11/09/2022

November BOE Briefs




November 9, 2022




You Make a Difference

Staff members are nominated by colleagues to receive a You Make a Difference Award for their support of students and the mission of Salina Public Schools. Board of Education members surprise recipients during their workday with a lapel pin and a handwritten note.

Juan Maldonado, English as a Second Language Teacher
South High School

Juan is a great role model of how to successfully use two languages in schools. With another teacher, he leads the international Cultures Club, manifesting belonging and supporting students’ ideas to share their cultures with the student body. Thank you for making a difference, Juan!

Tressa Heyde, Administrative Assistant
South High School

Tressa’s positivity and poise support excellence in the South High School office. Sharing her patient expertise when office personnel change, she adjusts her schedule to cover duties and ensures proper training and assistance. She helps make South High a welcoming environment. Thank you for making a difference, Tressa!

Cory Acheson, Bus Driver
Meadowlark Ridge

Cory sets the tone every morning and afternoon for students on his bus. His caring manner is evident as he keeps children safe and orderly, often sharing a joke or kind word with students. When a lunch box was left on the bus, he personally returned it a half hour later. Thank you Cory, for making a difference!


Challenge Award

Deena Horst, District 6 Kansas State Board of Education member, presented the 2020-2021 Challenge Award to Cottonwood Elementary for outstanding achievement and uncommon accomplishments based on Kansas assessment results in reading and math.


Dunbar School 100th Anniversary

Jennifer Gordon, whose mother attended Dunbar School, shared about the 100th anniversary of the school.


Personnel Report and Consent Agenda


Action Agenda


Board Team for Negotiations Discussion with Certified Personnel

The board appointed Jim Fletcher and Gabe Grant to the school year 2023-2024 board team for negotiations discussions.

Board Team for Meet and Confer with Classified Personnel

The board appointed Bonnie Schamberger and Mark Bandré to the school year 2023-2024 board team for meet and confer with classified personnel.


Discussion Items

Chronic Absenteeism

Shanna Rector, deputy superintendent, and Jody Craddock-Iselin, director of support services, presented the district’s procedures for supporting regular attendance as chronic absenteeism negatively impacts academic outcomes.


Site Council Presentation

Linn Exline, superintendent, shared highlights of a presentation given at each building’s Site Councils. The presentation provides a district-level update to Site Council members.


School Board Reports

  • Mark Bandré, board member, participated in mock interviews for medical students at South High School (SHS) and delivered two You Make a Difference awards there. He also restocked little libraries throughout the community.
  • Scott Gardner, board member, attended the Heartland Policy Council meeting.
  • Dana Kossow, board member, participated in the SHS mock interviews, attended an Equity Council meeting, Central Kansas Cooperative in Education Board of Control meeting, the SPS Chat at Heusner Elementary and Building Bridges.
  • Bonnie Schamberger, board member, attended the South Middle School (SMS) Open House, the SPS Chat, Building Bridges and the SHS theatre production.
  • Ann Zimmerman, president, attended the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, the Chamber of Commerce Board meeting, the SMS Open House and the SPS Chat.


Upcoming Dates of Importance

  • Thursday, November 10, SHESC Legislative Luncheon, 9:30 a.m.
  • November 11-13, KASB Conference, Wichita     


Superintendent’s Report

Linn Exline, superintendent of schools, reported that the September 20 student count indicated that the number of students qualifying for free lunch is higher than last year by 16.7 percent. Fifty-one point eight percent of our students qualify for free lunch this year and 1,797 of them qualified through Medicaid. She reported that Career and Technical Education enrollment has increased 19 percent over last year. Superintendent Exline noted that because of weightings differences, we may need to republish the budget. She reviewed recent SPS Chat meetings including one with SHS students where they expressed, among other things, appreciation for the opportunities in our high schools. Superintendent Exline reported that discussion at the Heusner SPS Chat focused on how schools that engage in social-emotional learning see a decrease in behavior incidents and an increase in academic achievement.