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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Board votes to remain in HOA league

  • During a special meeting in late November, the USD 419 Board of Education voted 6-1 to remain in the Heart of America league.
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  • During a special meeting in late November, the USD 419 Board of Education voted 6-1 to remain in the Heart of America league.
    League affiliation had been a topic at two regular board meetings with research about the HOA and the Wheat State League presented and discussed.
    Public input was also gathered at the two community meetings held in early November. In an email to district employees, Superintendent Bill Seidl said the research and the discussions were important in helping everyone understand the district better.
    He noted that it was now time to move forward while addressing some concerns that were revealed as the district tackled the issue.
    Construction
    In its regular November meeting, Seidl reported on the meetings with the architects and Loyd Builders.
    Per the architects’ direction, nine core samples were taken from the land south of the high school as part of the drainage study. A report of the findings should be available soon.
    The architects’ plans continue to be developed. Figures for the project should be presented at the December board meeting. Tentative plans include bids being taken Jan. 15 with a due date of Feb. 8. Board members will review bids at its Feb. 11 meeting and could schedule a second meeting later that week to approve the bids.
    Groundbreaking is projected for March 15, 2013.
    One change being researched for the project is the possibility of adding backs to some of the lower gym bleachers.
    Other items
    Board members also reviewed and approved a vote for resolutions for the Kansas Association of School Boards Delegate Assembly.
    To recognize the district employees during National Education Week, the board voted to give them a $20 gift certificate and a fleece blanket with an embroidered Eagle logo.
    The board approved Kim Krase, Cassie Alumbaugh, Shawna Herrera and Debbie Allen as elementary site council members for 2012-13.
    A donation of $87.27 was accepted from the Booster Club to be used toward the meal for the cross country team.
    Administrative reports were presented to the board. Brent Kaempfe, C-GHS principal, reported on parent-teacher conference attendance, fall activities and the Veterans Day Program.
    Jim Struber, C-GMS principal, advised that the middle school raised $131.10 for the mid-Kansas chapter of the Komen Foundation for breast cancer research and awareness. The Student Council is looking into a similar fund-raising event in mid-December, with proceeds going to the Angel Tree participants.
    In the C-GES elementary principal’s report, Seidl told board members that 41 guests were treated to lunch following the Veterans Day Program at the school.
    He also reported that the school schedule has been reconfigured on the second and fourth Fridays of each month to allow teachers two-hour blocks of time to work on the implementation of the new language arts curriculum. That also opens up some creative opportunities for the children who are involved in dance, crafts, computers and other alternative activities during those times.
    Page 2 of 2 - In his superintendent’s report, Seidl, reported on repairs to 2000B bus. It is being sandblasted, repaired and repainted in Owasso, Okla. It will return to service in early December. He also announced time changes to the December board meeting to allow members to watch the fourth- to twelfth-grade music program at the high school.
    Board members approved a request to move the Galva trophies won prior to consolidation from the middle school trophy case to the Galva Museum.
    In personnel action, the board approved a contract to increase Tamie Wallace’s contract to eight hours per day as the middle school assistant head cook.
    A contract for three hours per day while school is in session was approved for Iona Likins at the middle school. The resignation of Carol Dreiling as a high school English teacher effective Dec. 21, 2012, was accepted.
    A full-time contract for Ben Coffey as high school English teacher and forensics coach was approved; that contract is effective beginning Jan. 2, 2013.

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