Noble presents project list for final months in office

Steve Noble reviewed a list of projects he wants to see completed during his final months as superintendent at USD 410 Board of Education?s Jan. 11 regular meeting.

?We have a lot to accomplish that is part of the plan,? Noble said about the goals he?s set, acknowledging to the board that his list is ambitious.

One project involves centralizing exterior access control to the district?s elemen?tary and middle/high school buildings. Noble said the Center for Innovative School Leadership team had recommended addressing building safety and security in its district report conducted last year.

Noble, who said access would be controlled through card readers, gave three primary reasons for completing the project:

? protecting and controlling equipment and high-tech content from vandalism;

? being proactive in protecting children, especially in light of an increasing number of crises at schools nationwide;

? monitoring with greater control and keeping an inventory of those who have access to buildings, such as employees and vendors.

Noble said the anticipated cost is $25,000 and specifications have been determined, so the project is ready to send out to bid. Noble anticipates bringing sealed bids to next month?s meeting for the board to review. At that point, he added, the board will make a decision about proceeding with the project.

Noble said he plans to complete additional projects that include strategic planning for the district through 2020, installing a new phone system, identifying staff needs for 2016-17, completing the superintendent search and conducting a curriculum audit.

Superintendent search

At the meeting, Noble reviewed the projected timeline for the superintendent search with the board.

? Jan 27: Sessions will be conducted by a consultant with faculty and staff, administration and the community, including educational and community leaders, site councils and the board of education to discuss desired characteristics for the next superintendent.

At the end of the day, the board will meet with the consultant to review results from those sessions.

? Feb. 22: The board will have a special meeting to determine which candidates to interview. Interviews will follow the last week of February.

Other business

In other business, the board:

? received a Stadium Operations Committee report by Jerry Hinerman, district clerk. The committee includes Hinerman and activities director Robert Rempel representing USD 410, and Kirby Fadenrecht, senior vice president of business and finance, and Rusty Allen, vice president for intercollegiate athletics and enrollment management, from Tabor College.

Hinerman said USD 410 shares expenses for Joel Wiens Stadium with Tabor, and both entities annually each set aside $47,500 to be used for maintenance and to purchase and replace equipment and materials.

The committee is working on a facility-use policy, he added.

? approved Kansas Asso?ciation of School Board polices for business management and facility management. Noble reviewed proposed KASB policies for personnel, which the board will act on next month.

? approved supplemental contract for Leah Rose as spring drama assistant.

? accepted the resignation of Gita Noble as sixth-grade math and seventh-grade physical education teacher and supplemental contracts for Renaissance and Student Council adviser at HMS.

? heard Noble?s update on the report by the K-12 Education Committee, which was directed by the Kansas Legislature to study funding efficiencies in state schools. The committee was to work on a new formula for public school funding. Noble reviewed KASB?s response based on research that challenged some of the committee?s findings.

?We?re a local-control state and that?s where it needs to stay,? Noble said about the importance of education decisions being made at the local rather than state level.

Noble said he planned to attend an advocacy meeting in Topeka next week where these issues will be discussed.

? heard from Board President Mark Rooker about plans to expand TEEN Virtual Academy to include grades six through 12.

? heard that January is board of education appreciation month. Noble publicly recognized board members Tuesday at the high school basketball games with Smoky Valley.

Board members Kim Klein participated via phone while Jim Paulus was absent.