Board of Education Highlights for Tuesday, August 28

During the August 28 Board of Education meeting, the board approved and/or heard reports on the following items:

  • The school district received a $223,500 Safe and Secure Grant from the state of Kansas to improve the safety of children and staff in school buildings. As part of the grant, the district matched the requested funds with money from the 2016 no-tax increase bond initiative. The funds were used for the following security features:
    • Perimeter door sensors for doors around all schools - $250,000
    • Avigilon Software for 1,603 cameras for surveillance and door access at buildings - $115,000
    • Camera updates to 720 resolution or better for schools in need of updates - $82,000
  • The board also heard an update on the outstanding progress underway with the bond projects, especially during the summer. About $1.0 to $1.2 million dollars of work was completed each week during the summer. A great deal of credit is given to the custodial workers, shop employees and staff at buildings and throughout the district who helped ready buildings for the start of school. A special recognition was given to Mark Stubbolo for leading the bond work at the district.
    Here are some of the updates:
    • Welborn Elementary School has a new elementary school under construction that will be completed for 2019-20 school year. The school will be 68,000 square feet and will have space for 550 students.
    • Wyandotte High School’s construction projects will be underway through September. This work includes new pipes, secure entry and Academy Spaces.
    • Claude Huyck Elementary added six new classrooms, a security entry and the addition of bathrooms in the kindergarten classrooms.
    • Stony Point North Elementary added new classrooms and ADA compliant bathrooms.
    • Arrowhead Middle received significant upgrades which includes the reconfiguration of the office, a new ceiling in the library, new floors and a new heating, ventilation, air conditioning and cooling unit.
    • Grant Elementary improvements underway include a new addition, security entry and new kitchen.
    • Gloria Willis Middle School is a new middle school under construction that will be approximately 127,000 square feet and will have space for about 750 students. The school will be completed for the 2019-20 school year.
    • Sumner Academy, Washington High, Schlagle High and Harmon High have all had significant upgrades to classroom spaces throughout their schools, too. Washington, Schlagle, and Harmon each have new Academy Spaces.

See all the construction updates at

  • Human Resources Department has made significant headway in reducing the amount of vacancies at the school district – cutting them in half. Recruitment acknowledging that there is still work to be done continues to collaborate with a number of groups to fill vacancies. The Human Resources team also presented a flow chart of the hiring process at the district. Click here to see the chart.
  • The District Continuous Improvement Plan Year-End Report was presented by staff to the board. This information provided an overview of where the work is at in classrooms and opportunities for the future.

Click here to view the meeting.