• USD 490 Board of Education

    Vicki Coash
    Norm Wilks
    Monty Hughey
    Rob Lane
    Heather Nichols
    Tom Storrer
    Sharon Waugh

March 8, 2021
March 8, 2021
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Minutes
Regular Meeting
U.S.D. #490 Board of Education
March 8, 2021
6:00 p.m.


The U.S.D. #490 Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, March 8, 2021, in the Board of Education Office, 124 West Central, El Dorado, Kansas.

I. Routine

1. The meeting was called to order by Board President Heather Nichols at 6:00 p.m.

2. Roll Call

Members Present: Heather Nichols, President
Sharon Waugh, Vice President
Rob Lane
Haley Remsberg
Roger Smith
Tom Storrer
Norm Wilks

Others Present: Teresa Tosh, Superintendent
Melissa Smith, BOE Clerk
Kathy Robertson, Executive Director of Fiscal & Support Services
Julie Jensen, Executive Director of Curriculum
Doug Jensen, Executive Director of Technology
Jelinda Keeling, EHS Teacher
Staci Rickard, Patron
Trent Schell, Patron
Kyle McCawley, Project Manager - Lamp Rynearson
Randy Coonrod, Coonrod & Associates
Doug Veatch, Patron
Elesa Veatch, Patron
Beth Wittenberg, Patron
Cory Motter, Patron
Virgil Reed, Director of Maintenance
James Scott, Director of Transportation

3. Executive Session

At 6:00 p.m. Sharon Waugh moved to recess into an executive session for a period of 15 minutes to discuss an individual employee’s performance pursuant to the KOMA non-elected personnel with Board members, the Superintendent and Executive Director of Fiscal/Support Services present. Haley Remsberg seconded the motion. The motion carried 7-0.

The board returned to general session at 6:15 p.m. with the same people as listed above present.

At 6:15 p.m. Haley Remsberg moved to recess into an executive session for a period of 15 minutes to discuss contract negotiations pursuant to the KOMA exception for employer-employee negotiations with Board members, the Superintendent and Executive Director of Fiscal/Support Services present. Rob Lane seconded the motion. The motion carried 7-0.

The board returned to general session at 6:30 p.m. with the same people as listed above present.

4. Approval of the Agenda

Norm Wilks made a motion to approve the agenda as amended, omitting #9 Property Sale Discussion, and including the Addendum (10a. Additional Personnel Recommendations). Seconded by Roger Smith, the motion carried 7-0.

5. Approval of the Consent Calendar

Haley Remsberg made a motion to approve the Consent Calendar as stated below. Sharon Waugh seconded the motion; the motion carried 7-0.

Minutes, February 8th, 2021 Regular meeting
Financial Reports, enclosures A, B, C
Credit Card Report
Activity Reports
Parent Conference Reports
Information

6. Comments from the Public

Doug and Elesa Veatch, and Beth Wittenberg, expressed their frustration in how the district is
handling contact tracing and quarantine protocol.

7. Recognition

• Friends of Education: I Can Read Program – School Volunteer category; El Dorado Sports
  Foundation – Community Civic Organization.

8. Updates

• Legislative Update - Norm Wilks discussed Senate and House bills affecting education and encouraged Board Members to contact Senator Fagg and Representative Carpenter regarding the bills pertaining to expansion of private school tax credits and vouchers.

• Reopening Plan Update - Teresa Tosh shared that many staff have received both doses of Covid- 19 vaccine and expressed her appreciation of the County Health Department’s offer of a private clinic to provide vaccinations to those district employees who have not yet had the opportunity. Due to the high number of employees (approximately 22% of staff) that will receive their 2nd dose on March 25th and may experience adverse reactions resulting in absences on March 26th, Superintendent Tosh recommends Friday March 26th be a district remote-learning day.

Teresa Tosh reviewed the COVID in K-12 Schools Modified Close Contact and Quarantine Guidelines adopted by the Butler County Commission which details actions to be taken for a high- risk or low-risk exposure. Per these guidelines, students/staff who have had a low-risk exposure in the classroom or on a bus do not have to quarantine. Parents will still have the option to move to remote learning but is not required.

Norm Wilks made a motion to approve the COVID in K-12 Schools Modified Close Contact and Quarantine Guidelines adding the request that documentation and follow-up reasons for quarantine be provided to parents for transparency, as well as moving March 26th to a district remote-learning day as recommended. Seconded by Rob Lane, the motion carried 7-0.

Norm Wilks exited the meeting at 8:04 p.m. and returned at 8:07 p.m.

9. EHS Pool Repair

Kathy Robertson, along with Kyle McCawley, Project Manager at Lamp Rynearson and Randy Coonrod from Coonrod & Associates, discussed 3 options for repair of the EHS pool. No action was taken.

Haley Remsberg exited the meeting at 8:07 p.m. and returned 8:11 p.m.

Roger Smith exited the meeting at 8:11 p.m. and returned at 8:14 p.m.

Tom Storrer exited the meeting at 8:27 p.m.

10. Math Resource Adoption

Executive Director of Curriculum Julie Jensen presented a recommendation regarding K-12 math resources. The District Leadership Team has endorsed the recommendation.

Sharon Waugh made a motion to approve purchase of the K-12 Math Resources as presented, if funds are available for such purchase. Seconded by Roger Smith the motion carried 6-0.

Tom Storrer returned to the meeting at 8:29 p.m.

11. Erate Category 2 Wireless Network Upgrade Proposal

Executive Director of Technology Doug Jensen presented a recommendation regarding Erate Category 2 Wireless Network Upgrade Proposal. Universal Services Fund will cover 80% of the cost.
Rob Lane made a motion to approve the contract with Two Trees Technologies for District Wireless Access Upgrade in the amount of $77,988. Contract is contingent upon the district receiving Universal Services Funding Approval. Seconded by Norm Wilks the motion carried
7-0.

12. 2021-22 Transportation Discussion

Kathy Robertson shared transportation options for the 2021-22 school year for discussion.

13. Approve USD 490 Personnel Recommendations

Norm Wilks made a motion to approve the following USD 490 recommendations, which include the Addendum, as presented. Tom Storrer seconded the motion. The motion carried 7-0.

Employment
Brandon Brewer, Bus Driver;

Resignation
Lauren Davis, Secretary at Grandview Elementary;
Richard Guardiola, Grandview Building Aide;
Brooklyn Hamilton, EHS Dance Coach;
Sheila Meeks, Bus Aide;
Amber Olson, 1 Grade Teacher at Grandview Elementary;
Paige Olsen, EHS Science Teacher;
Deanna (DeDe) Pierce, District Elementary Asst. Principal, Title 1/Early Childhood Coordinator;
Karla Whitfield, Bus Driver;

Replacement
Drew Culbertson, EHS Assistant Track Coach, replacing Nicole Kastens;
Christopher Engel, Custodian at Skelly replacing Candice Zieman, Sub Car & CDL Driver;
Rachel Haskins, Personnel Clerk, replacing Lynda Sharp;
Sarah Henning, EHS Science Teacher, replacing Teresa Riedinger;
Leila Hoffman, Assistant Girls Soccer Coach, replacing Melissa Mahoney;
Dillon J. Kerans, EHS Assistant Baseball Coach, replacing Lance Fuller;
Shawn Lehecka, EHS Assistant Softball Coach, replacing Dommi Locke;

Retirement
Stan Ruff, Principal at Skelly Elementary;
Debra Smith, 2nd Grade Teacher at Grandview Elementary;
Jan Weber, Skelly Counselor;

Substitute Teachers
Heidi Burch, Kyelene Flaming, Tyffani Herrman, Braden Kirkpatrick, Dallas Thompson, AnitaShay Wiening

Transfer
Jessica Jensen, from Grandview Title I Teacher to Grandview 2nd Grade Teacher;
Marsha Kane, from Bus Driver to Bus Aide;

Termination
Jake Wilson, Wrestling Coach;

14. Announcements

• March 15 through 19 – Spring Break
• March 26th – District Remote Day
• March 29 – 5th Monday BOE Meeting at 5:30 p.m.

II. Adjournment

Board President Heather Nichols adjourned the meeting at 8:47 p.m.

Melissa Smith, Clerk of the Board
USD 490
Butler County, KS