Unified School District 410 appointed a new board member during its Aug. 12 regular meeting.
Kim Klein, representing Position 6, was approved by a 5-0 vote, with Joe Sechrist absent for the early portion of the meeting. Klein replaces Gary Andrews, who served on the board from 2005-13.
As an appointed member rather than an elected member, Klein will serve only through June 30, 2015. The Position 6 seat will be on the April 2015 election ballot, and Klein can run if she so chooses.
Prior to welcoming Klein to the board, the group approved, 5-0, the recommended budget for 2013-14 with an estimated net expenditure of $8,650,230.
“As you know, at this time of year this is a best guess based on predictions of tax collection percentages, valuation, assessment of properties,” said Superintendent Steve Noble as he addressed the board in his budget presentation.
The mill levy will increase by 0.141, which means a residential property owner with a home valued at $100,000 will pay an additional $1.61 per year.
The total mill levy of 62.643 breaks down as follows: general budget, 20 mills; local option budget, 24.043; bond and interest, 10.6; capital outlay, 8.
The LOB is lower this year compared to the two previous years. Noble cited two reasons for the change: There was a better tax collection than anticipated, 91 percent rather than 84 percent; and district property values increased.
“We don’t know what that new norm is, so we don’t know how solid (this estimate) is,” Noble said. “We’re at the mercy of the tax collection versus the appraisal of our property.”
In other business, the board:
– heard from Noble that the district-wide focus for the upcoming school year will focus on college and career readiness. The state board has adopted the following definition: “College and career ready means that the individual has the academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical skills and employability skills to be successful in post-secondary education and the attainment of an industry-recognized certification or in the workforce without the need of remediation.”
“This is a big shift from the way schools used to be done,” Noble said. “We used to be accredited on performance scores on a state assessment. That performance score gave us, really, very little indication whether the student was college or career ready.”
– approved 6-0 a fuel purchase contract with Cooperative Grain & Supply of Hillsboro for 13,500 gallons of diesel at $3.409 per gallon and 5,000 gallons of E-10 gasoline at $3.217 per gallon.
– approved 6-0 raising the adult breakfast price from $1.80 to $2, as recommended by Kansas State Department of Education’s School Nutrition Programs.
– approved 6-0 a contract for $23,240 with The Worth Avenue Group of Stillwater, Okla., for student laptop insurance. The district will pay the contract upfront, but student fees over the duration of the 3-year contract will repay the initial cost. One-to-one student laptop fees are $40 per year, $20 per year for students receiving reduced-price meals and $10 for students receiving free meals.
– approved 6-0 amending the copier usage policy to state: “USD 410 does not charge a fee to individuals or groups making copies for the purposes of USD 410 sponsored curricular and extra-curricular activities. ‘USD 410 sponsored’ means those activities that fall under the authority of the USD 410 Board of Education.” For purposes outside of this definition, charges will apply.
– accepted 6-0 the resignations of Sarah Simington as a bus driver and Tiffiney Harms as HHS accompanist.
– approved 6-0 work agreements for Patricia Traxson, PAT parent educator for 30 hours per week, Becky Suderman, PAT parent educator for 26 hours per week, and Nikki Jones, lunch room aide.
– approved 6-0 a supplemental contract for Demetrius Cox, HMS assistant football coach.
– met in executive session for personnel. No action was taken when the public session resumed.