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August 8 2023

August 8, 2023
Posted on 08/09/2023

August 23 BOE




August 8, 2023


Personnel Report and Consent Agenda


Action Agenda

Bond Refinancing

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


Board Policy

The board approved policy revisions for the following policies:

  • AG – Closing School Buildings
  • GAAF – Emergency Safety Interventions
  • GARID – Military Leave
  • GBQA – Reduction of Teaching Staff
  • IFCB – Field Trips
  • IFCC – Overnight Accommodations
  • JBC – Enrollment
  • JGCBB – Administration of Emergency Opioid Antagonists
  • JH – Student Activities
  • KK – Disposal of District Property
  • KN – Complaints



Discussion Items

Salina Baseball Enterprises

Byron Tomlins and Kenny Hancock of Salina Baseball Enterprises provided a summary of their partnership with Salina Public Schools and their vision for future collaborations.


School Board Reports

  • Ann Zimmerman, board member, attended the Salina Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting and the district’s All-Staff Back-to-School meeting.
  • Mark Bandré, board member, attended the Smoky Hill Education Service Center Executive Cabinet meeting.
  • Bonnie Schamberger, board member, attended the Salina Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting and the district’s All-Staff Back-to-School meeting.
  • Dana Kossow, board member, attended the district’s All-Staff Back-to-School meeting.
  • Jim Fletcher, president, attended the district’s All-Staff Back-to-School meeting, New Teacher Orientation and Salina Education Foundation meetings.


Upcoming Dates of Importance

  • Friday, August 11, First Day of School
  • November 10-12, KASB Conference, Wichita     


Superintendent’s Report

Linn Exline, superintendent of schools, reported that a free training, Handling Upset, is open to all community members. The program, based upon Conscious Discipline which focuses on behavior management strategies that help turn everyday situations into learning opportunities, is an eight week e-learning course that starts in September. She shared an August 29 panel discussion about addressing substance use and health choices that is open to all community members. Information can be found at the District website and will be sent home to parents and guardians. Superintendent Exline reported that teachers are participating in a Visible Learning foundation day training on Wednesday, August 9. She reported that an informational letter was sent to employees about the impasse between Salina Regional Health Center (SRHC) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS). Superintendent Exline met with Joel Phelps, president of SRHC, to gain a better understanding of the situation and will be meeting this week with leaders of other Salina organizations affected by the impasse. The District Benefits Committee will be meeting to review the District’s health insurance plan, look at options and make recommendations. District employees will remain covered under BCBS through September 30, 2024 and the district is working diligently to ensure that access to covered services will remain local. Superintendent Exline urged BCBSKS and SRHC to return to the negotiations table to resolve their impasse.