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December 13 2022

December 13, 2022
Posted on 12/14/2022

December BOE Briefs 2022




December 13, 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.

Shelby Davis, Math Coach
Sunset Elementary School

Shelby’s relationships with students and colleagues are inspiring. She generously gives her caring, smiles and positivity to all. She helps run the school marathon, is on the building leadership team, building belonging committee, district Equity Council and so much more. Thank you for making a difference, Shelby!

 Lynnette Froome, Administrative Assistant
South High School

Always ready to take on an extra task, Lynnette prevailed when she unexpectedly faced work on the building’s student count. Lynnette’s dedication and detailed attention to the unfamiliar work made sure South High numbers were correctly submitted. Thank you for going above and beyond and making a difference, Lynnette!

 Angela Zajac, PreK Educator
Heartland Early Education

Angela knows relationships are vital to educating our youngest learners and those she works with have no doubt they are loved. She makes the most of every moment to teach, whether during playtime on the floor, feeding an infant or changing a diaper. Thank you Angela, for making a difference!


Superintendent’s Excellence Awards

Girl’s Tennis/South High: Sofia Burns. Brian Pekarek is the coach. 

Girl’s Tennis/Central High: Mallory Renfro, Addison Renfro, Claire Renfro, Katelyn Rupe, Janae Montoya, Kinsley Foth. McKenzie Weishaar is the coach.

Cross Country/Central High: Katelyn Rupe, Christian Brosi, Liam Deniau-Young, Isak Howe, Tayton Morris, Jack Burt, Jonny Haller, Cooper Affholder, Barron Talbott, Titus Shafer, Zack Tibbits. Brad Dix is the coach.

Girl’s Golf/South High: Danee Phillips, Madison Durr. Jason Hooper is the coach.

Girl’s Golf/Central High: Cindric White. Alyssa Waldron is the coach.

Ft. Hay Math Relays/South High: Summer Fauci-Wills, Julie Lai, Kate Hull, Kristen Kinion, Joshua Lee Perez, Raven Caesar, Alexander Mueller, William Fulkerson, JoLee Hurren, Mahim Rehman. Candace Mahoney is the coach.

Ft. Hays Math Relays/Central High: Brock Dolton, Nathan Goldbach, Harper Johnston, Nils Lehnert, Alyssa Maas, Davide Pazzanese, Elijah Resano, Kolbe Shafer, Titus Shafer, Valerie VanZant, Genisis Wilson. Matt Dykas is the coach.

Unified Bowling/ South and Central High: Pete Bernardo-Wagner, Dayton Brown, Kamden Calhoun, Reese Curtis, Rylee Lambeth, De'Yauntrie Morton, Cheyenne O'Connor, Christopher O'Connor, Aviana Ordonez, Ayella Ordonez, Anreya Ordonez, Daniel Welsch. Coach is Kevin Miller.


Community Survey

Rick Nobles, president of ExcellenceK12, presented the results of the community survey.


Personnel Report and Consent Agenda


Action Agenda

Retention Incentive 2023-2024

The board approved a retention incentive payment for 2023-2024 school year.


Summer School

The board approved the 2023 summer school program that will occur between May 30, 2023 and June 30, 2023.


Discussion Items

Unified Bowling

Greg Maring and Ryan Stuart, the district’s athletic directors, provided and update about Unified Bowling.


Building Bridges

Curtis Stevens, director of secondary programs, summarized the November Building Bridges event, community feedback and next steps for the program.


Kansas Education Systems Accreditation Update

Shanna Rector, deputy superintendent, reviewed the district’s progress in the KESA accreditation cycle.


School Board Reports

  • Bonnie Schamberger, board member, attended the Smoky Hill Education Service Center (SHESC) Legislative Luncheon.
  • Gabe Grant, board member, attended the SHESC Legislative Luncheon and the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) annual conference.
  • Dana Kossow, board member, delivered a You Make a Difference award at Sunset Elementary School, attended the Central Kansas Cooperative in Education Board of Control meeting, attended an Equity Council meeting and the KASB annual conference.
  • Jim Fletcher, vice president, delivered a You Make a Difference award at South High School (SHS), graduated from the KASB Leadership for Tomorrow program, attended the KASB annual conference, the SHS football banquet and a Salina Education Foundation meeting.
  • Scott Gardner, board member, attended the KASB annual conference.
  • Mark Bandré, board member, attended the KASB annual conference, SHESC Executive Cabinet meetings, the SHESC Legislative Luncheon, delivered a You Make a Difference award at Heartland Early Education and participated in mock interviews with SHS medical intern students.
  • Ann Zimmerman, president, attended the SHESC Legislative Luncheon, the KASB annual conference, Chamber of Commerce Board meeting and a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. She delivered a You Make a Difference award to a bus driver, attended Dunbar School’s 100th Anniversary event, helped judge the Coronado chili cookoff, was on the KASB’s president call and held songwriting workshops through Arts Infusion in elementary schools.


Superintendent’s Report

Linn Exline, superintendent of schools, presented at a community-wide workforce event about what Salina Public Schools is doing to prepare students for workplace success. She attended the Dunbar School’s 100th Anniversary event and, on behalf of Salina Public Schools, accepted a print of the first Dunbar class as well as a painting by the oldest living Dunbar alumna. Superintendent Exline thanked the Credit Union of America and Project Teacher for providing school supplies for 300 students at Schilling Elementary School. Work on school safety continues and a second video in the school safety video series was released. She reported that district administrators began threat assessment training which will be expanded to include more staff. Level II training is planned for the summer of 2023. Superintendent Exline shared that she has been working with the Chamber of Commerce about legislative policies and that Transitions is hosting a lunch for district executive team members.