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February 14 2023

February 14, 2023
Posted on 02/15/2023

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February 14, 2023



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.

Karla Lukavsky, Roving Teacher

Coronado Elementary School

As roving teacher, Karla comes to school each day without knowing which classroom she will be substituting in. She shows up with a smile and meets whatever needs are at hand, doing more than asked, for students and staff at Coronado. Thank you, Karla, for making a difference!


Abbi Dougherty, Public Information Specialist

District Office

Abbi worked closely with Heusner leadership to create posters that embody the school’s vision, mission and guiding principles. She elevated the project by lending her creativity, incorporating brand colors and collaborating through the process. Thank you for making a difference, Abbi!


Darcy Brown, Facility Manager

South High School

In early January, Darcy Brown witnessed a contractor, who was working at South High, become accidentally buried alive. Darcy’s quick and calm actions were instrumental in the search and rescue response and saving a life. He worked closely with emergency responders, the City of Salina and department personnel to make the scene safe for the rescuers and the victim. Darcy’s actions demonstrate his admirable virtue and reflect the highest ideals of the maintenance and operations department. Thank you Darcy, for making a difference!


Adam Bonilla, Family Support Specialist

Oakdale Elementary School

Adam excels at building relationships with students, families and staff. His friendly smiles and sincere words have a positive impact on everyone at Oakdale. He advocates for students, is unfailingly willing to help with any situation and is incredibly dependable. Thank you for making a difference, Adam!


Horizon Award

Hernan Hernandez, a Schilling Elementary third grade teacher, was recognized by the board of education as the district’s 2023 Horizon Award recipient.


Master Teacher Recognition

Kevin Poland, a South High World History teacher, was recognized by the board of education as the district’s 2023 Master Teacher. 


Superintendent’s Excellence Awards

Band/Central High: Corbin Banninger, Sam Cusick. Guillermo Rodriguez is the band director.


Choir/South High: Kirsten Lamia, Emily Streeter, Adrian Aranda. Eddie Creer Jr. is the choir director.


Choir/Central High: Chloe Chesney, Alison Coykendall, Zander Flener, Chloe Highsmith, Audrey Jagodzinske, Tayge Jones, Harper Johnston, Jaxson Rutz, Brynn Shaft. Ryan Holmquist is the choir director.


Orchestra/South High: Alina Arceo. Tyler Kuder is the orchestra director.


Orchestra/Central High: Olivia Gubareva, Armando Duran. Lindsay Modin is the orchestra director.


Theatre/South High: Malina Szyndlar, Emily Streeter, Kaitlyn (Katy) Geist, Jackelyn Fischer, Isabelle Greenemeyer, Megan Graff, Isabel Fulkerson, Aubrey Powell. Kate Lindsay is the theatre director.


Theatre/Central High: Benjamin Campbell, Chloe Highsmith, Harper Johnston, Michelle Simmons, Kasheia Peterson, Nathan Goldbach, Camille Morris, Tayge Jones, Chloe Vega, Alyssa Maas, Brynn Shaft, Blaise Alderson, Katherine White, Addilyn Jagodzinske, Cadence Lane, Jayda Rasmussen, Andrew Graber, Mac Sheforgen, Jackson Angell, Wyatt Angell, Bailee (Lin) Miller, Shya Helzer , Gabriel Freeland, Madison Berndt, Ellie Riekhor, Mari Brown-Mereles, Anna Kraft, Makyla Dickson, Dontai Martinez. Barb Hilt is the theatre director.


Debate/South High: Ava Williamson, Francisco Guardado, Elizabeth Lovett, Lillian Ardis, Kaisen Snow, Grady Smith. Daniel Dawson is the debate coach.


Debate/Central High: Genisis Wilson, Nehemiah Gomendoza, Kegan Madison, Olivia Owings, Maci Wisbey. Emma Webb is the debate coach.


Art/Central High: Helena Lundberg, Beatrice Wellbrock-Talley, Brooke McWhorter, Chelsea (Rossi) Lewin, Layni Borrego, Tiara Giron, Camila Lopez Galindo, Isabell Riedel, Faith Rost, Mariah Prophet, Emery Darby, Lanea Gadson. Larry Cullins and Kiersten Dykes are their art teachers.


Personnel Report and Consent Agenda


Action Agenda

Bond Refinancing

The board approved the resolution for the Series 2023 General Obligation Refunding Bonds as presented by Greg Vahrenberg, managing director with Raymond James & Associates.


2023-2024 School Calendar

The board approved the 2023-2024 School Calendar. 


2024-2025 Tentative School Calendar

The board approved the Tentative 2024-2025 School Calendar.  


Modified Meeting Resolution

The board approved moving the June 13, 2023 board meeting to June 6, 2023.


Board Policy

The board approved the following board policies on second reading which were initially presented and discussed at the January 10, 2023 worksession:

  • GAAB – Complaints of Discrimination
  • GCRF – Non-School Employment
  • IDAB – Support Programs
  • IFB – Classroom Displays
  • JBE – Truancy
  • JCE – Complaints of Discrimination
  • JDD – Suspension and Expulsion Procedures
  • KN – Complaints
  • LED – Wednesday Night Activities


Course Proposals

The board approved the proposal to add course offerings for the Dental Assistant Program at Salina Area Technical College and Kansas State University dual credit Humanities Through the Arts course, both beginning in the 2023-2024 school year.


Summer School Welding

The board approved the proposal to add a welding class to the summer school enrichment course offerings for high school. Tuition for the welding class would be covered by Senate Bill 155 funding.   


Discussion Items

South High Softball Complex

Salina Baseball Enterprises shared a summary of their partnership with Salina Public Schools that has resulted in renovations at Dean Evans Field and the new softball complex at South High School. Ideas for future collaborations were also shared.


Upcoming Dates of Importance

  • Tuesday, April 11, Salina Education Foundation Reception, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 7, Retirement Recognition, Lakewood, 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 14, Graduations, Tony’s Pizza Events Center
    • South High School – 2:00 p.m.
    • Central High School – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 22, SAEC Graduation, 7:00 p.m.


    School Board Reports

  • Bonnie Schamberger, board member, attended a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting.
  • Gabe Grant, board member, attended the Central Kansas Cooperative in Education (CKCIE) Board of Control meeting.
  • Dana Kossow, board member, attended the CKCIE Board of Control meeting.
  • Jim Fletcher, vice president, attended Salina Education Foundation meetings and delivered a You Make a Difference Award at South High School.
  • Scott Gardner, board member, attended a Heartland Policy Council meeting and the SIT tournament.
  • Mark Bandré, board member, attended a Calendar Committee meeting, a District Health and Wellness Committee meeting, two You Make a Difference awards (Coronado and the District Office) and a Smoky Hill Educational Service Center Executive Cabinet meeting.
  • Ann Zimmerman, president, presented 26 Kansas Day programs for elementary students, delivered a You Make a Difference award at Oakdale Elementary School, attended the Salina Chamber of Commerce Board meeting, attended the Salina Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting and the SPS Chat at Heartland Early Education in January.

Superintendent’s Report

Linn Exline, superintendent of schools, hosted three SPS Chats including one for community members at Heartland Early Education, one for teachers and one for Central High School students. She met with legislators and reviewed the District’s legislative priorities. She attended the Kansas Association of School Boards Advocacy network event and submitted written testimony, twice, regarding funding for special education. Superintendent Exline shared that school leaders have been working through threat assessment training. She met with the new chief of police C. J. Wise to discuss additional opportunities to partner. Superintendent Exline reported that the third school safety video has been released. She informed the board that spring conferences will be held Wednesday and Thursday, February 15 and 16 with no school on Friday, February 17.