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USD No. 107 board prepares for 2020-2021 school year


President Kenny Mizner called the July 13 regular meeting of the Board of Education for USD No. 107 to order at the meeting room at the district office. Those present were Kenny Mizner, Brenden Wirth, Marc Grout, Lori Slate, Lori Yelken, Brandon Hollerich, Rex Boley, Sam Meyers, Jeremy Luedke and Janet Higer.

The 1,116 hour calendar was adopted.

Appointments were made. Janet Higer is the federal impact aid representative, district KPERS representative and USD 107 workers compensation coordinatior.

Sam Meyers was appointed junior-senior high school truancy officer;

Rex Boley was appointed elementary truancy officer, Title I director, Title VI director, PL 874 program director, Title IX coordinator, 504 coordinator, and coordinator for all other state and federal programs not specifically herein named, hearing official for suspension and expulsion appeals, purchasing agent and compliance officer to receive and act on discrimination complaints.

K.S.A. 72-113 stipulates that each board of education shall designate one or more employees who shall report to the secretary of DCF, or a designee thereof, all cases of children who are less than 12 years of age and are not attending school as required by law; and to the appropriate county or district attorney, or a designee thereof, all cases of children who are 13 or more years of age, but less than 19 years of age and are not attending school as required by law. Rex Boley was appointed.

Darrell Miller was appointed school attorney.

The board adopted an early payment request policy.

Mileage rates were established. The current state mileage rate is 57.5 cents per mile.

Janet Higer was appointed board clerk; Nicole Luedke, treasurer; Sarah Ortman, deputy clerk (board meetings only); Sondra Decker, deputy treasurer; Rex Boley,Freedom of Information officer, food service representative, hearing officer for free and reduced priced meal application appeals.

Jewell County Record was designated the official newspaper.

The annual contract for service with Jewell County Health Department for

health nurse services for 2020-21was approved.

Communication and administrative reports were given. Bob Roush gave the monthly bus, facility and grounds report.

The 6-12 principal’s report was presented. He attended a school law conference in Topeka presented by the Kansas Association of School Boards.

Mentor training for staff members who will be serving as mentors for the upcoming school year will be held on Aug. 3.

The principal has begun the process of a brainstorming and data collection for the various scenarios that may occur in the upcoming year regarding distance learning. From this initial step, a series of contingency plans will be created for each scenario and reviewed to allow us to continue to have the most effective plans in place for the possible challenges the school may face in the upcoming school year.

Drivers education has been completed. One hundred percent of the students passed the course.

The principal scheduled the annual MTSS meetings to review the data to determine what students would benefit from additional services to meet their needs and design services, accommodations and modifications to meet student needs.

Pre K-5 principal’s report noted maintenance staff were working to have the building ready for Jump, which started July 13 and for staff and students to return in August.

Maintenance staff are working to install a sun shade cover in the court yard. This will allow teacherss to use it as an outdoor classroom option during the school year.

New safety precautions are being implemented: ordering and installing a clear shield around the school secretary’s desk, setting air handling units to increase the rate of fresh air turn over in the entire elementary building. Additional lunch tables have been ordered to increase social distance during lunch and other activities.

The principal will meet with the Jump Start Team to go over student and staff safety precautions that we have implemented for Jump Start. Jump Start parents were called to inform them of times, safety precautions and protocols and answer any questions they had.

Superintendent’s report was presented. He has formed a group made up of classified and certified staff as well as Jewell County Health Department staff to reflect on how the school district reacted in March and dealt with COVID-19 till school was out in May. Currently it is referred to as the Navigating Change Team. This group has met twice and has decided to form two Teams, Operational and Instructional.

Career Ed equipment purchases are updating welders and 37” wide belt sander.

The Jewell County SPARK Team – Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) - was formed to recommend to the county commissioners on what to spend a little more than $550,000. The state has given counties a short time from (Aug. 15th) to submit. Items on the list for possible funding that will directly impact schools. Suggestions wer extra staff for Jewell County Health Department assigned to the district for one year. Infrared temperature detection equipment for the buildings. UV sanitation equipment and PPE Items.

Drivers Ed finished July 3.

Jump Start is requiring students and staff 6 years old and older to wear masks indoors.

Currently the district office and elementary school until July 31 and junior-senior high school gym and weight room are the only buildings and places in the district open to the public till the start of school in August.

The greenhouse surplus high bid was from Gerald Johnson for the amount of $299.

The board clerk report was presented. In June, the school received funds from a Dane Hansen grant that Janice McMillan applied for. The grant was for a 27 slot mail supply center for her kindergarten classroom and a Premium classroom easel. Both products have been ordered. The grant was for $723 and the items purchased were $723.18.

Several employees received fraudulent unemployment claims filed against them. Paperwork was returned to the department of labor claiming fraud. Employees have been instructed to file a claim at local law enforcement and to check their activity at the Social Security administration.

Sherry Partridge, Sarah Ortman, Brenda Flinn and Sheila Lorence attended a school nutrition program administrative update training via Zoom. Superintendent Boley and Janet Higer will attend the required school nutrition programs administrative updates training via Zoom on Aug. 12.

Sam Meyers reviewed several graduation scenarios with the Board.

The board reviewed the organizational chart. Mr. Boley recommended that the board appoint him as elementary principal. He also recommended that they appoint Amandra McChesney as lead teacher and disciplinarian and Sarah Warne as curriculum coordinator for the elementary school. Mr. Boley advised the board that Mr. Luedke would start his day at the elementary school.

The board discussed increasing Supplemental General and Capital Outlay by 1 mil each.

The board approved to declare the following items as surplus: Bus #30

Leg Extension Machine

Leg Press Machine

Seated Cable Machine

Seated Chest/Deltoid Machine

Dip/Pull up Stand Ab Roller Pad Seated Curl Bench Flat/Incline Bench

Nordic Track Bicycle Elliptical

Seated Bicycle Elliptical

26 iMac Desktop Computers

1 Projector

6 MacBook Pro Computers

72 iPad 2 Tablets

1 Acer Laptop Computer

2 ASUS Laptop Computers

Handbooks were approved.


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