USD 410 to lose three employees for the coming year

The USD 410 Board of Education accepted two staff retirements and a resignation, and discussed policies and concerns at the regular meeting.

Carrol Ediger submitted her letter of resignation with an intent to retire. Ediger has been a teacher in the district for 28 years and has served as a media specialist since 1977.

?She connects well with kids and works hard to keep up the media center,? said Gordon Mohn, superintendent. ?We will miss her.?

She will leave the district at the end of the 1999-2000 school year.

Also retiring is Marilyn Schmidt, board of education clerk. The board approved her request to be released from her current employment contract effective April 1 so she can qualify for KPERS.

The board approved offering a new contract for Schmidt to continue serving as clerk from May 2 through June 30.

?She probably has the position in the district that would require the most training to replace her,? Mohn said.

Evan Yoder was appointed board clerk effective April 1 and continuing through May 1.

The board accepted Carman Jackson?s resignation, also effective at the end of the school year.

Jackson taught family and consumer sciences at the high school for the past two years. She resigned to move to Colorado, where her husband will be employed.

Board members also discussed different options for kindergarten classes. Some possibilities include keeping four sections of kindergarten, offering only three sections, or providing two half-day sessions and one full-day session. The possibility of limiting enrollment in the full-day session also was discussed.

Board members saw the benefits of the full-day session but was concerned about the funds to hire the additional teacher at a time when they are trying to cut the budget.

?With the budget the way it looks now, it is hard to think in those terms now,? said Cal Jost, board president. ?I have little trouble seeing it for next year.?

More information will be presented to the board.

The board?s input also was requested about policies regarding funerals on school premises and memorial funds.

The board could not decided whether there is greater benefit or harm from holding funerals in school facilities. More information will be provided later.

The baord also will further discuss the acceptance of memorial funds. A general memorial fund was suggested as a possibility.

In other business, the board:

— approved renewing the administrative contracts of Pat Call, Glen Suppes, Evan Yoder and James Thomas for a two-year period. The salary will be determined later.

— approved issuing a supplemental contract to Collette Burton to serve as assistant track coach.

— accepted the low bid of $25,963 from Irv Schroeder County Motors for a 2000 Chevrolet suburban.

— looked at enrollment projections for next year. The projected enrollment for September is 723 students, compared to the enrollment from last September of 725 students.

— discussed staffing needs. Mohn said he believes the schools are adequately staffed.

— heard a report from Diana Holub, middle and high school counselor, about her counseling program. She provided an overview of what her program entails.

— approved moving ahead with the paint/finish room project. Vince Haines and John Prigmore presented a proposal allowing the district to complete the remodeling within the $25,000 budget. The school would be doing some of the work.

— heard a report from Mohn that revisions of the district?s crisis plan are nearly complete.

— was told the elementary school is practicing locking down the building. They will have drills once in a while to get students used to what to do.

— was presented with a report on the results of the ?Search Institute Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors? survey students filled out. Overall, the numbers were positive. Some concern was expressed about low scores regarding a caring school climate and the value of youth in the community.

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