USD 410 board reviews goals and data report

Superintendent Steve Noble spent considerable time at the USD 410 Board of Education Nov. 9 meeting reviewing the district?s over?arching goals, last revised in 2013, and data collected by the Center of Innovative School Leader?ship study of the district and presented last January 2015.

Noble said the intended outcome for the board will be to develop a district vision statement that ?aligns with our efforts to prepare every child for success in college, careers and life? and to establish measurements to determine whether those efforts are achieved.

Board members received copies of ?Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action,? by Simon Sinek. Noble asked them to read the book in preparation for working on the vision statement in Jan?uary.

At the meeting, the board voted to accept the district?s annual auditing report as presented by Donna Faden?recht of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC.

Among several recommendations listed in the report, two were included on the evening?s agenda for action.

The board approved an anti-fraud policy for the district to monitor fraud and theft, which included assigning responsibility for reporting such, providing guidelines to conduct investigations and requiring employees to be trained in fraud awareness.

The second policy approved involved specific written guidelines for use of the district?s credit cards by its employees.

Last month, Noble reviewed general school administration and fiscal management policies included in the Kansas Association of School Board?s policy manual.

The board took action to adopt those policies for USD?410.

Noble then reviewed policies that address business and facilities management, which the board will act on at next month?s meeting.

The board also examined the instrument that will be used in evaluating Noble at next month?s regular board meeting.

Noble highlighted KASB?s legislative positions that will be the focus of the Dec. 5 Delegate Assembly meeting in Wichita. Board president Mark Rooker and Noble will attend the meeting, where resolutions and amendments will be adopted.

Other business

In other business, the board:

n approved the tennis court lease agreement for July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2022, with the city of Hills?boro at the cost of $2,250 annually.

Noble said he would add language covering nets and use of the softball fields in the contract with the city.

n approved a work agreement for Brandi Hein as Parents as Teachers educator.

n approved a supplemental contract for Jeffery ?J.T.? Nemit as assistant Hillsboro High School boys? basketball coach.

n scheduled next month?s meeting for 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at the district?s central office.

Board member Kim Klein attended the Nov. 9 meeting via phone. Members Jim Paulus and Joe Sechrist were absent.

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