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October 10 2023

October 10, 2023
Posted on 10/11/2023

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October 10, 2023


Hearing Regarding Enrollment of Nonresident Students’ Policy

The board held a hearing for the purpose of hearing and answering objections regarding the enrollment of nonresident student’s policy.



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.


Randy Maag, Facility Manager

Meadowlark Ridge Elementary School

The pride Randy takes in his work is evident in every interaction he has with staff, students and families. He goes above and beyond to make school a special place. Recently, when Randy saw a child choking in the lunchroom, he was the first to reach the child and give the Heimlich Maneuver. His quick response prevented a tragic disaster. Thank you, Randy, for making a difference!


Ivanna Morton, Fourth Grade Teacher

Heusner Elementary School

Ivanna’s caring personality uplifts her students and colleagues at Heusner. She is first to step up and fill a need, is Heusner’s STUCO sponsor and always has a smile and funny stories ready to share. Most of all, Ivanna makes sure to check on others. She generously gives the gift of time and a listening ear. Thank you, Ivanna, for making a difference!


Personnel Report and Consent Agenda


Action Agenda

Receive FY23 Audit from Agler & Gaeddert

The board approved the audit for fiscal year 2023 as presented by Harold Mayes from Agler & Gaeddert.


Board Policy

The board approved policy JBCC – Enrollment of Nonresident Students as presented.


KASB Legislative Priorities

The board approved the KASB Legislative Priorities as presented.


Discussion Agenda

2023 Summer School Update

Jody Craddock-Iselin, director of student support services, provided a summary of the 2023 Summer School program.


Graduation Requirements

Curtis Stevens, director of secondary programs, proposed new graduation requirements, beginning with the class of 2028, that match new graduation requirements from the state.


School Board Reports

  • Ann Zimmerman, board member, attended the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, presented a You Make a Difference award at Heusner Elementary, attended the Marathon celebration, attended the Women Elected to Lead event by the Kansas Association of School Boards, completed candidate questionnaires and participated in candidate forums.
  • Mark Bandré, board member, attended the Smoky Hill Education Service Center (SHESC) Executive Cabinet meeting and a South High School soccer game.
  • Bonnie Schamberger, board member, attended the Central High School Homecoming game and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting.
  • Gabe Grant, vice president, attended the Central Kansas Cooperative in Education (CKCIE) Board of Control meeting.
  • Dana Kossow, board member, attended the SHESC Executive Cabinet meeting and watched as Superintendent Linn Exline gave oral testimony in Topeka before the Legislative Education Committee.
  • Scott Gardner, board member, completed candidate questionnaires and attended football games.
  • Jim Fletcher, president, attended the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce Board meeting and delivered a You Make a Difference award to Meadowlark Ridge Elementary.


Upcoming Dates of Importance

  • November 10-12, KASB Conference, Wichita     


Superintendent’s Report

Linn Exline, superintendent of schools, introduced Paul Mensching as the new executive director of operations. She reported that building leadership teams trained with Visible Learning and thanked Shanna Rector, deputy superintendent, and her team for facilitating the training. Superintendent Exline reported that Teachers of the Year were announced: Michael Hall, math teacher at Central High School, and Kelsey Wood, special education teacher at Cottonwood Elementary School. She shared that Jeff Hayes, executive director of CKCIE, soon will be delivering professional development for paraeducators and that Building Bridges will take place in downtown Salina at the Stiefel Theatre on November 9. Superintendent Exline reported that Site Council presentations are underway with Lisa Peters, executive director of business, joining her to provide information including performance and financial data. Superintendent Exline has been invited by Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas Commissioner of Education, to be part of a state superintendent advisory council. She shared that Dr. Watson acknowledged Salina Public Schools’ work on chronic absenteeism at the state board of education meeting. Superintendent Exline thanked Jody Craddock-Iselin for her work on chronic absenteeism. Superintendent Exline reported that she joined fellow superintendents for a lunch meeting with legislators where they discussed challenges and engaged in good conversation.