During its regular meeting Monday, the McPherson USD 418 Board of Education discussed the likelihood of dropping to classification 4A in response to official submitted head counts as of Sept. 20.


During its regular meeting Monday, the McPherson USD 418 Board of Education discussed the likelihood of dropping to classification 4A in response to official submitted head counts as of Sept. 20.
The total number for the district was 2,304, almost 60 less than the count from Aug. 18, the first day of school. This is also 24 less than the same time last year.
“The trend we've seen, last year compared to this year, is the number of students being home-schooled or attending a virtual school,” said Chris Ruder, associate superintendent.
He also attributed some fluctuation from August to September on transferring students who were still in the system but had not yet started at other schools.
At noon Tuesday, the Kansas State High School Activities Association released the classifications. McPherson is Class 4A, which will affect all sports this year, except football, which will see the effects next year.
High school principal Bret McClendon predicted this would happen at the meeting.
“With the newer schools that have opened up in the Wichita area, Maize South, Goddard Eisenhower, some in the Kansas City area, it's just about guaranteed for at least two years.”
In other business:
• The board approved $12,091 to be used in the construction of a long sidewalk on the south side of McPherson Middle School. The city will do the work if the district pays for concrete costs. This is made possible through money saved on concrete work done this summer.
• The board approved the bid on materials for Carpentry House No. 44 from Jantz Lumber for $12,774.81.
• The board approved the request of $1,150 in tuition costs for Sheldon Anderson, director of operations, to attend Building Operator Certification training.
• The board accepted and approved $97.50 in gifts from Hospira Giving Campaign to the Early Childhood Program and Head Start Program. This is used to support the Reading is Fundamental program for all pre-kindergarten students.
• The board approved the updated 5-year capital outlay plan. Ruder noted this is a working document.
• The board approved the request by Anderson to go to bids on surplus or obsolete items in storage using Purplewave Auction Service.
• The board recognized and congratulated Kaley Kinnamon for her accomplishments in becoming a National Merit Semifinalist.
• The board heard comments from Kim Jansen of the special education parent advisory council commending the board on the program and facilities offered to special education students at McPherson High School and the middle school.
• The board heard Post Masters presentations from Dustan Kanitz regarding Fantasy Accelerated Reader and Darcie Weiser regarding Promethean Board use.
• The board selected two possible dates in October to meet with student council.
• The board discussed how members felt in regards to the main goals for the C3 initiative. There will be more discussion and a move for approval during the next meeting.