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April 11 2023

April 11, 2023
Posted on 04/12/2023

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April 11, 2023


2022-2023 Amended Budget Hearing

The board of education opened the amended budget hearing due to the significant increase in free lunch eligible students, which increases the At-Risk funding under the law. The amendment has no effect on the local tax mill levy.


2022-2023 Amended Budget

The board of education approved the amendments to the 2022-2023 budget.




Salina Education Foundation LIFT and Grants Presentations

Michael Chambers, executive director of the Salina Education Foundation, presented the recipients of the 2023 LIFT program; Vanessa Arceo, Isaac French, Grace Hilbert, Sara Orr, Audrey Powell and Alaina Yianakopulos.

Outside the Box grants were awarded to Katie Lidgett, Jenna Eshleman, Kiersten Dykes, Kevin Poland, Gina Turner, Dustin Dooley and Schott Chrisman.

21st Century Advantage grants were awarded to Elizabeth Burke, Nikki Chamberlain, Elizabeth Kinion, Shelly Parks, Jamie Hoff, Gina Turner and Katie Lidgett.

Barhydt Special Education grants were awarded to Lauren Turner and Angela Botz.

Salina Education Foundation’s allocations committee also committed $3,000 in funds to support field trips in the next school year. Additionally, $7,000 was made available to support Sudden Opportunity Grants in classrooms across the district next school year.


Superintendent’s Excellence Awards

Central High Scholars Bowl: Charlene Arrieta-Renteria, Elijah Resano, Nehemiah Gomendoza, Kegan Madison and John Rose. Katrina Paradis and Melinda Jett are the co-sponsors.   

Central High KMEA State Piano:  Jasmine Kassem. Guillermo Rodriguez is the band director.


Personnel Report and Consent Agenda


Action Agenda

Board Policy

The board approved board policy revisions as presented.

  • IA – Philosophy
  • IAA – Academic Freedom
  • ICA – Pilot Projects
  • ICAA – Teaching Methods
  • ICB – Board Credit Hours
  • IDAC – Exceptional Programs
  • IDACB – Section 504 Accommodations for Students
  • IDAD – Title I Programs
  • IDADA – Title I Complaints


2023-2024 Chromebook Student Handbook

The board approved the Chromebook student handbook for the 2023-2024 school year.


Salina Virtual Innovation Academy (SVIA)

The board approved to change the grade levels served by SVIA from K-12 to grades 6-12 effective in the 2023-2024 school year. 


Visible Learning

The board approved the purchase of the professional development proposal for adopting Visible Learning from Corwin Visible Learning for a three-year period.


2023-2024 Calendar

The board approved the change to the 2023-2024 school year calendar to move the April 9, 2024 inservice day to August 25, 2023 to allow two full days of Visible Learning training.


2023-2024 Handbooks

The board approved the proposed changes to the elementary school, middle school, high school and athletic handbooks for the 2023-2024 school year.    


Discussion Items


Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

Kris Upson, executive director of operations, presented the Capital Improvement Plan featuring, technology, equipment and vehicle replacement lists.


School Board Reports

  • Scott Gardner, board member, attended the Heartland Policy Council meeting.
  • Dana Kossow, board member, assisted with mock interviews at South High School and attended the Equity Council meeting.
  • Bonnie Schamberger, board member, attended the Salina Adult Education Center musical event.
  • Ann Zimmerman, president, attended the South High School theatre production, the Central High School National Honor Society Induction Ceremony and the academic awards assembly at South High School.


Upcoming Dates of Importance

  • Sunday, May 7, Retirement Recognition, Lakewood, 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 15, Gradations, Tony’s Pizza Events Center
  • South High School - 2:00 p.m.
  • Central High School - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 22, SAEC Graduation, Lakewood 7:00 p.m.


Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Exline hosted an internal SPS Chat with certified support staff as well as another for the public. The public SPS Chat focused on Career and Technical Education and postsecondary opportunities. The event was well attended. Guests heard from high school students currently taking these classes, enjoyed treats created by the culinary arts students and learned more about how to connect their students with a multitude of opportunities. Superintendent Exline reported that the fourth video in the school safety series is now available on the district YouTube channel and website. She informed the board that district administrators have completed the fifth session about threat assessment training and that the district has begun testing the StopIT app. She complimented the human resources department for their work to develop a Mini Job Fair. The first Mini Job Fair was held last week and engaged nine candidates