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  • USD 419 moves forward with designs for bond project

  • At the regular October meeting of the USD 419 Board of Education, a report on the building project was presented by Randy Clark, Gary Nevius and Brennan Randa, architects.
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  • At the regular October meeting of the USD 419 Board of Education, a report on the building project was presented by Randy Clark, Gary Nevius and Brennan Randa, architects.
    Board members were advised the design was about 30 percent completed at mid-October, with 50 percent to be completed by mid-November.
    Final plans should be completed by January, with bids to be accepted in late January or early February. After bids are awarded, the district hopes to break ground in early in March. Superintendent Bill Seidl said the goal is to be sure the project is done correctly and completed by the start of the school year in 2014.
    In other business, the board approved reimbursing Future Business Leaders of America $807 to offset expenses for two sponsors for transportation, hotel costs, and a food allowance. The two-day conference is Thursday through Sunday in Denver. Board members approved a request from FCCLA for $800. This amount would pay registration for the adviser, plus a hotel room and food allowance for two sponsors for the national cluster meeting Nov. 16-18 in Oklahoma City.
    A number of patrons and students attended the meeting to discuss league affiliation options. Jack Koehn, administrative assistant, presented a PowerPoint slideshow as did a group of students. Coaches and parents also addressed the board. The board tabled action on the issue; instead it was included on the agenda for the community meetings in early November. Board president Bruce Bray also has scheduled a special meeting to discuss league affiliation for 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the central office.
    Keith Becker, board member, was appointed as the district delegate for the 2012 Kansas Association of School Boards convention. The event is scheduled for Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.
    Board members accepted a donation from Hospira for $7.50.
    Seidl announced that personnel from the McPherson County Health Department would be in the district in October to provide flu shots to any employees who want them. The district will pay $25 per individual.
    Brianna Lance, Citizens State Bank, was approved as assistant treasurer for the 2012-13 school year.
    Administrative reports were presented to the board. In the elementary principal’s report, Seidl talked about the four hours of collaboration time provided for teachers each month to work on the implementation of the language arts curriculum. He also commended the ladies group from the First Christian Church of Galva for their donation of more than 20 pairs of shoes and socks for the school.
    In his report, Jim Struber, C-GMS principal, recommended five patrons as site council members: Treva Prieb, Kris Reese, Lisa Nightingale, Jolene Casebeer and Kristi Snow. He also provided information about MAPS testing and parent-teacher conferences.
    Brent Kaempfe, C-GHS principal, told board members about the Community Service Day plans, in which students would be working in both communities. He also talked about parent-teacher conferences. Roger Trimmell, C-GHS athletic director, reported on the fall sports and schedules.
    Page 2 of 2 - Koehn provided a PowerPoint presentation about the district technology and the challenges that lie ahead.
    Included in Seidl’s superintendent’s report was information about the district enrollment, National Education Week and the food service program.
    Koehn also gave a report on the State Report Card for USD 419. The 2012 state assessment report shows Canton-Galva schools reached the Standard of Excellence in both reading and math. He also provided instructions on how individuals could pull out information from the state report.
    Keith Janzen, from Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk, & Loyd, provided an audit report for the board. The report was a positive one, Seidl said, with only minor deficiencies noted. The district work continues to function despite a $500,000 loss in funding during the last year.
    The board awarded an $8,400 contract to Dan Graber, civil engineer, to complete a drainage study for the land south of the high school. As the construction progresses, water will have to be pushed across this area. The study was not part of the bond issue.
    Becker and Seidl reported on the KASB regional meeting they attended. The KSDE is looking at several approaches to future state assessments, including Smarter Balance and the ACT approach. They also collected information about changes in the evaluation process for teachers and administrators.
    Board members approved the five patrons nominated for the C-GMS site council.
    In personnel action, the board accepted the resignation of Donna Howard as the middle school cook. Jenner Alvord was approved as an emergency substitute teacher for the 2012-13 school year.
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