“Brian has children in the district and he’s involved in the community. He knows those spectrums and he’s current and engaging in those aspects.”
The USD 418 Board of Education approved Brian Kynaston to fill the board’s vacant seat at Monday’s regular meeting.
“Brian has children in the district and he’s involved in the community. He knows those spectrums and he’s current and engaging in those aspects,” said Brad Berg, board member.
The motion to approve Kynaston was approved 4-2. Two members voted for LaMonte Rothrock.
Kynaston will serve on the board effective immediately through January 2018.
Recently district staff and members of the board’s facility committee met to review the HVAC projects proposed by 360 Energy Engineers. The group reviewed projects at each building to better identify the work to be done and potential costs over time. This group revised the scope of work that 360 Energy Engineer will complete and identified three priority items — the middle school auditorium, the high school boiler and domestic hot water, and the Eisenhower Elementary School boiler.
“We’re working on borrowed time and some of these things needed to be done yesterday,” Board Member Alan Burghart said about the urgency of some renovations. “I believe we made quite a bit of headway during the meeting.”
Superintendent Gordon Mohn said the district will aim for the annual lease payment of $80,000 for projects each year for 20 years. This will allow the district to comfortably pursue projects, rather than risk overspending for an emergency repair.
At each board meeting, Mohn will review a section of policies to check regulations and practice.
At this week’s meeting, Mohn reviewed section JBC through JBD. The section pertains to mostly enrollment, including non-resident students, homeless and foster care students. After reviewing the policy and comparing it to state recommendations, the board approved some changes in language and clarification.
“This policy cleans it up and is more welcoming to students coming in from other districts,” Mohn said. “The healthiest thing for us is to ask if our policy matches practice and our practice matches policy.”
Policies and the updates will be uploaded to the district’s BoardDocs account soon.
Mohn reported on the Council of Superintendents meeting held recently where he and other superintendents from across the state discussed the upcoming school finance changes in the Kansas Legislature.
“There’s a whole wide variety of aspects involved in this bill, but the most encouraging thing I heard from legislatures is the feeling of hope, collaboration,” Mohn said. “They’re really pleased with the freshmen class in our legislature, but the big question is, how do we fund that? This plan would increase our funds by $409,000. It’s very insightful and encouraging.”
The board adopted a resolution for a disclosure compliance policy relating to bonds issued by the district. The Securities and Exchange Commission requires districts to comply with a number of filing requirements, so the resolution formalizes the process of compliance.
Gilmore and Bell, a firm in Wichita, represents the district bond and will keep the district’s chief financial officer up to date of compliance schedules.
The board also approved a policy for the use of video in the classroom. The policy divides films for grades by age-appropriate ratings, and through principal and parental approval.
“We don’t want videos to become all of our instruction, so the policy requires that clips and films tie into the curriculum and are age-appropriate,” Mohn said. “We think this allows us the flexibility to use timely movies in the classroom while allowing for parent involvement.”
The board also accepted three gifts for McPherson Middle School — an anonymous donor gave $1,000 to the track program, a gift of $190 was given for word problem cards through Donors Choose, and a gift of $224.91 was given for art and writing through Donors Choose.