Board ReCap – April 12, 2022

The Board of Education began the meeting in Executive Session to Discuss Matters of Non-Elected Personnel in Order to Protect the Privacy Interest of the Party(s) Involved under the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

School Board meetings will be at 4:30 p.m. now. The Board Approved a resolution to change the meeting time for future board meetings, which have historically started at 5:00 p.m.

Communications

Dr. Anna Stubblefield, Superintendent of Schools, shared information as a reminder to residents and the community about the upcoming Boundary Evaluation Committee Meeting on April 13th. She also promoted the Extended Learning Summer Program and encouraged parents and students to enroll before the deadline of April 18th.

Randy Lopez, Board President, thanked his fellow Board members, staff, and community for their support during the passing of his father. He also gave a huge shout out to the Hispanic Development Fund for awarding 26 seniors scholarships at Wyandotte HS.

Board Commentary

KCK Library

Carol Levers, Director of Public Libraries, reported that the West Branch has the highest curbside pickup and branch checkout with 17,363 books in the KCK Library System. The library hosted A Conversation with renowned author Terry McMillan during a live virtual event on April 2nd. The famous author read an excerpt from her latest book, It’s Not All Downhill from Here. She also took time to answer questions from people as far away as South Africa and Nigeria, as well as from 20 different states including California, Washington, Louisiana, and Maine. Nearly 383 people participated in the virtual presentation.

Employee Recognition

KACEE Award Jada Tressler, Education Specialist at the Mr. & Mrs. F. L. Schlagle Library, was awarded the 2022 KACEE Award for Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education (Government). This is awarded yearly by the Kansas Association for Conservation & Environmental Education to educators who “demonstrate leadership and excellence in providing quality, hands on, science-based conservation and environmental education that teaches our children about the richness, diversity and importance of our Kansas natural resources”. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Tressler for her hard work and dedication to our students, families, and staff.

NFL Football Field Surface Grant

After a healthy and lengthy discussion, the Board of Education approved acceptance of the NFL Football Field Surface Grant in the amount of $250,000.00 to be used for the installation of an artificial turf field at a location to be determined by the District. The approval of the grant’s acceptance is based on further discussion regarding where the field will be located and if the location is approved by the NFL. Board approval will include matching funds of $550,875.00 to complete the project. The responsibility of field maintenance is estimated at an annual cost of $9,000.00 yearly.

ESSER III Preliminary Application

The district was granted $82,500,802 in ESSER III funds. Input on the use of these funds was received from the community and Board of Education through community meetings and surveys. The Board of Education approved the ESSER III preliminary application which must be submitted to the State Board of Education for approval and be spent by September 30, 2024. Expenditures over $20,000 will be brought to the Board of Education for final approval.

Mosyle Contract/Leasing

The District approved the use of Mosyle to manage more than 20,000 apple devices across the District. The devices include (but are not limited to) iPads, MacBook Airs, cell phones and Apple TVs. The software will allow the District to remotely lock/unlock devices, install software, updates, and apply security patches.

Board Reports

Lisa Walker, Executive Director of Federal Programs, provided the Board with an update on KESA. Dr. Judith Campbell and her staff provided a report on Academic and Discipline Data, College Readiness, and other professional development and administrative reports. Please click here to access the report BOE Winter Data Presentation.

District’s Mask Policy

The Board of Education discussed whether it was time to make masks optional in the District. The Board voted to continue with the current District-wide mask requirement, but requested that staff conduct a survey among parents and staff to get their thoughts and ideas on continuing the requirement of mask in the District.

Posted April 15, 2022

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