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June 24, 2013

Board bids farewell to two members

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (June 24, 2013) formally said goodbye to a pair of members.

Betty Garcia, Board member since 1999, and Joe Fangman, Board member since 2009, opted not to run for reelection this spring. Garcia has worked with five superintendents during her tenure on the Board. Fangman has worked with three.

Fangman reflected on his years as a Board member during opening comments June 10. Garcia took her turn, reflecting on 14 years as a Board member in opening comments Monday.

Stephanie King and Tad Dower will be sworn in as new Board members at the body’s July 8 meeting. The two were elected in April.

Monday's meeting also was the final for Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jeanne Stroh. Dr. Stroh will become the superintendent of Ottawa schools on July 1.

Also during Monday's meeting, Superintendent Dr. Shelly Kiblinger updated the Board on a new principal evaluation tool. The tool examines several competencies for principals in the areas of leadership, the use of data, curriculum and instruction, staff and community and resources and operations.

Dr. Kiblinger also updated the Board on the elementary school transfer process. For the past two years, the district has limited transfers of students who live in one elementary attendance area to another. The updated process is designed to be more consistent in application of the transfer guidelines.

In other action, the Board:

  • Heard a report on the district's writing improvement plan.
  • Approved final budget transfers for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. The district only received its final budget information from the state for the current fiscal year earlier this month.
  • Approved minutes of the June 10 Board meeting.
  • Approved the Hutchinson High School cafeteria seating project. The project is designed to update seating and better use space in the cafeteria, which serves the 1,400-student school.
  • Approved the child nutrition and wellness program.
  • Approved the annual renewal of support and software for all district media centers.
  • Approved a data backup agreement with ISG Technology.
  • Approved the worker,s compensation renewal for the 2013-14 school year. Rates will rise $52,848 to $299,789 largely because of an increase in the modification factor, which rates the district on its worker's comp claims.
  • Declared several pieces of electronic equipment as surplus.
  • Approved Operational Expectations -- 11 on discipline.
  • Approved the Treasurer's Report for May 2013.
  • Assigned Board members district handbooks for review. The Board will approve the 2013-14 handbooks at its July 8 meeting.
  • Approved the annual renewal with Cisco Systems for $42,610.12 as well as the annual renewal for software and support with Follet Software Co. for $25,651.58.
  • Approved the purchase of additional security cameras for Morgan, McCandless, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen and Lincoln for $66,650.
    Approved computer replacement purchases for Hutchinson Middle School for $52,173.80.
  • Approved the purchase of computer replacements for the Career and Technical Education Academy for $105,589.
  • Held an executive session for 15 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel and negotiations with district teachers.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
  • Ryan Cox, Grade 4 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, 2013-14 school year
  • Amy Reilly, Virtual School Coordinator, Administration Center, 2013-14 school year
  • Deborah Stoughton, Rule X - Head Key Club Sponsor, Hutchinson High School, 2013-14 school year
  • Harold George, SEEP Extended School Year Classified Para, CTEA , June 10 to 27, 2013, and July 8 to 18, 2013
  • Amy Zeller, SEEP Extended School Year Classified Para, CTEA, June 10 to 27, 2013, and July 8 to 18, 2013
  • Christina Ingvalson, SEEP Extended School Year Classified Para, CTEA, June 10 to 27, 2013, and July 8 to 18, 2013
  • Garalynn Durbin, Custodian/Night, Hutchinson High School,
  • Debbie Jerauld, Secretary, Hutchinson Middle School 7
Resignations
  • Bret Eckert, Head Track Coach, Hutchinson High School, end of 2012-13 school year
  • Arlan Penner, Commercial Construction Trades Instructor, Career & Technical Education Academy, end of 2012-13 school year
  • Bernard Schierling (contingent upon finding a suitable replacement), Vocal Music and Band Teacher, McCandless Elementary Teacher, end of 2012-13 school year
  • Sarah Tharp, BSS Para, McCandless Elementary, May 22, 2013
Position Changes, From, To
  • Jerri Parsons, CSS Para - Graber Elementary, Specialized Para - HMS-8, Aug. 14, 2013
  • Gerald Rieman, TACS Educational Aide - HMS-7, CSS Para - HHS, Aug. 14, 2013
  • Terry Sunner, Secretary/Food Service - Graber Elementary, Receptionist/Activities Secretary - HHS, July 30, 2013
  • Marie Burns, CSS Para - Graber Elementary, Resource Room Para - Graber Elementary, Aug. 14, 2013
  • Crystal Cape, Cafeteria Aide - HHS, Assistant Fruits & Vegtables - HHS, Aug. 13, 2013
  • Sondra Hutchison, Assistant Fruits & Vegtables - HHS, Cafeteria Aide - HHS, Aug. 13, 2013
  • Vanessa Small, Resource Room Para - HMS@ Allen, DD/K Para - Morgan Elementary, Aug. 14, 2013

Next Meeting
The Board's next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. July 8 at the Administration Center.

June 10, 2013

Board examines 21st Century skills

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (June 10, 2013) learned how district students are being prepared for the college and career world that awaits them.

Specifically, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jeanne Stroh led the Board through a review of life and career skills assessments used in the district.

The district begins career awareness as early as kindergarten, though formal work on traits and interests awareness does not start until sixth grade. Among the tools used by the district for helping student identify their areas of interests are the Crown Personality I.D., the Jung Personality Test and What Is My Thinking Style.

During the meeting, the Board had an opportunity to take one of the assessments.

The Board also reviewed and approved Results 5 Policy on Life and Career 21st Century Skills during its meeting. The Board determined that reasonable progress was being made toward the result.

In her Superintendent's Report, Dr. Shelly Kiblinger told the Board that a Business Office publication has once again received national recognition.

For the eighth consecutive year, the district received the award from the Government Finance Officer Association for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report that Lori Blakesley, executive director of fiscal management for the district, and the Business Office produced for the 2011-12 school year.

Also known as the CAFR, the document reviews in-depth district finances for the 2011-12 school year. The GFOA gave the document its Certificate of Achievement, the highest award the organization grants.

In other action, the Board:

  • Heard a technology infrastructure report from Executive Director of Support Services Randy Norwood along with Jason Reed, coordinator of technology, and Scott Johnson, technical support specialist.
  • Received the student activities financial information for the 2012-13 school year. District fund raising activities generated $411,774 -- or the equivalent of more than 2 mills of property tax if those funds had been raised through taxes.
  • Approved minutes from the May 13 and May 30 Board meetings.
  • Approved an interagency agreement with Communities that Care.
  • Approved a shared employee services agreement with McPherson USD 418 for occupational therapy services.
  • Approved an increase in the Hutchinson High School Day Care fee to $125 a week from $120 a week.
  • Approved the Carl D. Perkins application for the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy.
  • Approved Operational Expectations No. 8 -- Communicating with the Board.
  • Approved e~Funds as the electronic funds transfer agent for the district. The program allows district families to pay fees online, including electronic checks.
  • Approved a contract with Soliant Health, Inc., for a speech therapist for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Approved the accounts payable report for May 2013.

Gifts to Schools
The Board formally accepted and thanked donors of the following gifts.

  • $150 from John and Ruth Krueger to be used towards a tool storage shed for the outdoor classroom at Graber Elementary School.
  • 193 books from various donors to Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, Faris, Graber, Lincoln and Morgan elementary schools.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
  • Chanin Aumiller, SEEP Teacher, Career & Technical Education Center, effective June & July 2013
  • Erika Barnes, School Nurse, Morgan, Lincoln and Faris, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Neoshea Bergman, Grade 2 Teacher, Wiley Elementary School, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Emile Blakesley, Rule X - Assist Girls' Basketball Coach, Hutchinson High School, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Erica Buller, SEEP Coordinator, Career & Technical Education Center, effective June & July 2013
  • Jane Davidson, Reading and Math Support Teacher, Faris Elementary School, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Michele Deuter, Kindergarten Teacher, Faris Elementary School, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Marsha Hubbard, Kindergarten Teacher, Faris Elementary School, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Teresa Lehr, SEEP Teacher, Career & Technical Education Center, effective June & July 2013
  • Leslie Reams, Grade 6 Teacher, Wiley Elementary School, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Joel Thompson, SEEP Teacher, Career & Technical Education Center, effective June & July 2013
  • Jim Willis, SEEP Teacher, Career & Technical Education Center, effective June & July 2013
Resignations
  • Kirk Holmberg, Assistant Track Coach, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Ella McLaughlin, Head Key Club Sponsor, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Clinton Rodriguez, Assistant Track Coach, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective end of 2012-13 school year

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. June 24, 2013, at the Administration Center.
May 30, 2013

Board approves safety purchases

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education approved several measures Thursday, May 30, 2013, designed to improve district safety.

The Board met Thursday in a special session because the normal second meeting date of the month fell on Memorial Day, a federal holiday.

The Board approved the purchase of new hand-held radios and repeaters for the district to ensure the radios cover the entire city. The radios will allow buildings to communicate internally as well as with the rest of the district.

The radios will be similar to those used at Hutchinson High School the past several years.

The Board also approved upgrades for safety at the Shirley J. Hutcherson Center, where the district's Head Start, Early Head Start and Parents as Teachers programs are headquartered. The facility, located in the Careyville neighborhood of Hutchinson, did not receive upgrades during the 2006 bond issue.

Thursday's action by the Board will upgrade both the facility’s intercom and its fire alarm system.

In other action, the Board:

  • Approved the Title 6B Targeted Improvement Plan for fiscal year 2014.
  • Approved a slightly revised 2013-14 calendar. The only change were two early release days in the spring to accommodate changes in the state track season.
  • Approved the purchase of additional iPads and related equipment for Hutchinson Middle School and the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy.
  • Approved the purchase of a robotic welder for the HCTEA.
  • Approved the Treasurer's Report for April 2013.
  • Approved the Skyward software maintenance renewal.
  • Approved the purchase of a computer server for the district's data center.
  • Held an executive session for 10 minutes to discuss negotiations with Hutchinson National Education Association.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
  • Dustin Koeppen, Custodian/Night, HHS
  • Rich Smith, Custodian/Night, HHS
  • Joe Palacioz, Grounds Crew, Support Service Center
  • Derek Ziegler, Assistant Debate Coach, HHS
  • Scott Thomas, Summer HVAC, Support Service Center, May 28, 2013
  • Jess Westmoreland, Summer Maintenance, Support Service Center, May 8, 2013
  • Max Stewart, Summer Maintenance, Support Service Center, May 15, 2013
  • Dalton Luce, Summer Maintenance, Support Service Center, May 28, 2013
  • James Edwards, Summer Maintenance, Support Service Center, May 28, 2013
  • Ashlyn Lloyd, Summer Maintenance, Support Service Center, May 28, 2013
  • Vince Vieyra, Summer Maintenance, Support Service Center, May 28, 2013
  • Desiree Ross, Summer Maintenance, Support Service Center, May 28, 2013
  • Dylan Frantz, Summer Maintenance, Support Service Center, May 29, 2013
  • Broden Kraus, Summer Maintenance, Support Service Center, May 28, 2013
  • Lonath Perry, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Ethan Williams, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Virginia Roth, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Gloria Evans, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Shane Warren, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Danyel Phillips, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Justina Tice, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Jeremy Hoard, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Robin Ebmier, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Cherri Harmes, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Lisa Shelton, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Jennifer Halley, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Kelsea McFarland, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Brandy Turner, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Jo Clark, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Wesley Halley, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Austin McFarland, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 3, 2013
  • Rosemary Marr, Summer Custodian, Support Service Center, June 10, 2013
  • Shelia VanRanken, Extended School Year Classified Para, Avenue A, June 20 to 26, 2013
  • Leola Crow, Extended School Year Classified Para, Avenue A, July 8 to 25, 2013
  • Angie Mahoney, Family Support Worker, Head Start, July 8, 2013
  • Kolten Cook, Grade 6 Teacher, McCandless, 2013-14 school year
  • Marci Malashchuk, Gifted Facilitator, Hutchinson Middle School and Hutchinson High School, 2013-14 school year
  • Ryan Ewy, Assistant Cross Country Coach, Hutchinson Middle School, 2013-14 school year
  • Karla Degner, Scholastic Competitions Sponsor, Hutchinson Middle School, 2013-14 school year
  • Amanda Gallagher, To be determined, Faris Elementary School, 2013-14 school year
  • Teddy Gingerich, ESL Summer School Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, June 2013
  • Jeanette Glimpse, Occupational Therapist , Educational Service Center, 2013-14 school year
  • Sara Hasty, ESY Physical Therapist, Avenue A Elementary School, June & July 2013
  • Ashlie Hein, Grade 1 Teacher, Faris Elementary School, 2013-14 school year
  • Samantha Luckey, ESL Summer School Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, June 2013
  • Melissa Massingill, To be determined, McCandless Elementary School, 2013-14 school year
  • Terry McMurry, School Counselor, Faris and Lincoln, 2013-14 school year
  • Megin O'Brien, Grade 5 Teacher, Faris Elementary School, 2013-14 school year
  • Layne Stone-Evans, Special Education Teacher, To be determined, 2013-14 school year
  • Terry Williams, Science Teacher, HMS-8, 2013-14 school year
  • Matthew Zimmerman, Principal, Wiley Elementary School, 2013-14 school year
Positions Eliminated
  • Dottie Sheets, Teachers Assistant, Head Start/Fairfield, May 21, 2013
  • Janice Williams, Teachers Assistant, Head Start/Fairfield, May 21, 2013
  • Julie Brown, Teachers Assistant, Head Start/Haven, May 22, 2013
Resignations
  • Martina Saiz, Hearing Impaired Para, HMS-7, May 10, 2013
  • Courtney Colvin, Attendance Liasion, HHS, May 22, 2013
  • Samantha Carpenter, Modified Para, Morgan, May 21, 2013
  • Kathleen Redd, DD/K Resource Room Para, Graber, May 21, 2013
  • Kelly Gauthier, CSS Para, Wiley, May 21, 2013
  • Stacey Thomas, Assistant Fruits and Vegtables, HMS-8, May 21, 2013
  • Elizabeth Eschliman, DD/K/ Itinerate Para, Wiley, May 22, 2013
  • Christi Winchester, Cafeteria Aide, HHS, May 21, 2013
  • Susie Graciano, Teachers Assistant, Head Start, May 21, 2013
  • Doreva Stone, Resource Room Para, Faris, May 22, 2013
  • Buffy Countryman, Resource Room Para, HMS-8, May 21, 2013
  • Emily Smith, Middle School Activity Treasurer, HMS-7, June 7, 2013
  • Michalynn Thyrselius-English, Modified Para, HMS-7, May 22, 2013
  • Michael Ellegood, Principal, Hutchinson Middle School, June 18, 2013
  • Kathleen Foster, Gifted Facilitator, Hutchinson High School, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Valerie Garcia, Instructional Coach, Faris, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Alicia Harbaugh, Head Start Teacher, Hutcherson Center, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Hannah Hummel, Grade 1 Teacher, Faris, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Jennifer Magnall, Grade 6 Teacher, McCandless , End of 2012-13 school year
  • Sierra Michelstetter, Grade 4 Teacher, McCandless, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Elizabeth Schmidt, School Nurse, Morgan, Faris and Lincoln , End of 2012-13 school year
  • Brittney Schmitz, Special Education Teacher, McCandless, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Jeanne Stroh, Assistant Superintendent, Administration Center, June 30, 2013
Termination
  • Marquel Harper, Teacher Assistant/Bus Aide, Head Start, May 21, 2013
Position Changes, From, To
  • Kelsea McFarland, Summer Custodian, Hearing Impaired Para/Wiley, May 14, 2013
  • Ramona Ankerholz, Playground Aide/McCandless, Educational Aide/McCandless, May 15, 2013
  • Marsha Pyle, Custodian/Wiley Elementary, Head Custodian/Wiley, June 3, 2013
  • Darcie Canfield, Middle School Secretary/HMS-7, Middle School Activity Treasurer/HMS-7, July 24, 2013
  • Katy Stockton, Resource Room Para/Wiley, Educational Aide/Wiley, Aug. 14, 2013
  • Barbara Cooper, FACS Educational Aide/HMS-7, Resource Room Para/Avenue A, Aug. 14, 2013
  • Jenny Seipert, TAC Educational Aide/HMS-8, Resource Room Para/HMS-8, Aug. 25, 2013
  • Amy Allen, Kindergarten Teacher/Wiley, Kindergarten Teacher/Avenue A, 2013-14 school year
  • Cindy Cooprider, Principal/Wiley, Director of Elementary Education/Ad Center, 2013-14 school year
  • Justina Denison, Grade 5/McCandless, Instructional Coach/Faris, 2013-14 school year
  • Stacy McGlynn, SpEd Teacher/Faris, SpEd Teacher/McCandless, 2013-14 school year
  • Jennifer Mencl, Kindergarten Teacher/Faris, Grade 2 Teacher/Avenue A, 2013-14 school year
  • Amanda Snyder, Kindergarten Teacher/Faris, Grade 1 Teacher/Graber, 2013-14 school year
  • Emily Strobel, Grade 2 Teacher/Wiley, Reading and Math Support Teacher/McCandless, 2013-14 school year

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. June 10 at the Administration Center.

May 13, 2013

Board approves fees for 2013-14

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday, May 13, 2013, approved fees for 2013-14 that include a higher textbook fee to offset the elimination of a separate fee. The $5 increase will be used to offset an instrumental rental fee that was charged in the past. The Board also approved a modest increase in meal prices.

The Board approved increasing textbook fees $5 for all students to $55 from $50. Unlike many districts, USD 308 has only one enrollment fee for books and classes instead of a base fee with a variety of class fees added onto the base.

The Board also approved an increase of 15 cents a meal for full-pay lunches and a dime increase in full-pay breakfasts. The increase is required by federal Department of Agriculture regulations for evaluating meal prices.

Board action Monday also paved the way for the district to enter into an agreement with Southeast Kansas Education Service Center at Greenbush to provide a virtual school experience for students in USD 308 who want that option. Known as Greenbush Online Learning, the program provides a virtual school for participating districts.

In other action, the Board:

  • Received an update on the Affordable Care Act's implications for USD 308's partially self-funded health insurance program.
  • Heard continuous improvement reports from Graber and Faris elementary schools.
  • Heard a report on reading assessments from Assistant Superintendent Jeanne Stroh.
  • Monitored Results Policy 4 -- Information, Media and Technology Skills.
  • Received recommendations on the 2013-14 budget from district administrators.
  • Approved minutes of the April 22, 2013, Board meeting.
  • Approved submitted out-of-state student activity requests.
  • Approved a speech therapy services agreement with Onward Health.
  • Approved license renewal with Discovery Education.
  • Approved maintenance renewal with Citrix Systems.
  • Approved the renewal for network maintenance agreement with Alexander Open Systems.
  • Approved the purchase of a variety of computers, carts and laptops for Wiley, Morgan, McCandless, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen and Hutchinson High School.
  • Approved a list of district surplus items for recycling or disposal.
  • Approved the self-regulation contract with Horizons.
  • Approved Head Start and Early Head Start budget reductions.
  • Approved the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Renewal for 2013-14.
  • Approved the renewal of Microsoft licenses.
  • Approved the Accounts Payable Report for April 2013.
  • Approved Governance Culture Nos. 1, 2 and 3.
  • Reviewed the status of the 2014-19 strategic plan development.
  • Held an executive session for 10 minutes to discussion negotiations with teachers.

Gifts to Schools
The Board accepted the following gifts to schools and formally thanked donors.

  • $212.50 from Lifetouch to Lincoln Elementary School for student enrichment.
  • $449.90 from Box Tops for Education to Lincoln for student and classroom use.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
  • Dawn Regier, Secretary, HMS at Allen
  • Jarred Westmoreland, Athletic Maintenance/Event Manager, Support Service Center
  • Layne Evans, Resource Room Para, Morgan Elementary
  • Jana McIver, Custodian/Night, Hutchinson High School
  • Christina Jackson, Extended School Year Classified Para, Avenue A, effective June 20-26, 2013 and July 8-25, 2013
  • Kayla Simmons, Extended School Year Classified Para, Avenue A, effective June 20-26, 2013
  • Falon Whitsitt, Extended School Year Classified Para, Avenue A, effective June 20-26, 2013 and July 8-25, 2013
  • Karen Stuckey, Extended School Year Classified Para, Avenue A, effective June 20-26, 2013 and July 8-25, 2013
  • Julie Alexander, Extended School Year Classified Para, Avenue A, effective July 8-25, 2013
  • Reggie Fredericks, Extended School Year Classified Para, Avenue A, effective July 8-25, 2013
  • Tricia Campbell, Extended School Year Classified Para, Avenue A, effective July 8-25, 2013
  • Jerri Parsons, Extended School Year Classified Para, Avenue A, effective July 8-25, 2013
  • Jennifer Layne, Extended School Year Classified Para, Avenue A, effective July 8-25, 2013
  • Melanie Chappel, Extended School Year Classified Para, Avenue A, effective July 8-25, 2013
  • Carolyn Gamble, Extended School Year Classified Para, Avenue A, effective July 8-25, 2013
  • Kathy Allen, Extended School Year Classified Para, Avenue A, effective July 8-25, 2013
  • Sherry Brawner, Secretary - ESL Summer School, Avenue A, effective July 8-25, 2013
  • Marlene West, Classroom Support - ESL Summer School, Avenue A, effective July 8-25, 2013
  • Kylee Baldetti, Art Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Linda Becker-Wille, Extended School Year Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective June and July 2013
  • Heidi Eschliman, Extended School Year Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective June 2013
  • Jean Gaeddert, ESL Summer School Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective June 2013
  • Heidi Harris, ESL Summer School Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective June 2013
  • Colleen Jones, Extended School Year Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective July 2013
  • Kelsie Martin, To be determined, Faris Elementary School, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Marilyn Martin, Special Education Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 7, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Kellie Ponchak, To be determined, McCandless Elementary School, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Beth Redinger, ESL Summer School Principal, Avenue A Elementary School, effective June 2013
  • Shelley Rodriguez, ESL Summer School Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective June 2013
  • Lisa Riveros, Instructional Coach, Hutchinson High School, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Jodi Ruda, ESY Speech Language Pathologist, Avenue A Elementary School, effective July 2013
  • Alice Schmidt-Boyd, Extended School Year Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective July 2013
  • Brittney Schmitz, Extended School Year Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective July 2013
  • Lauren Stucky, To be determined, McCandless Elementary School, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Melissa Thomas, ESL Summer School Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective June 2013
Retirements
  • Mary K. Dechant, Speech Para, HMS at Allen, effective May 22, 2013
  • Maxine Wolzlein, Modified Para, HMS at Allen, effective May 22, 2013
  • Juanita Williams, Head Main Dish, Lincoln, effective May 22, 2013
Position Eliminated
  • Michele Hill, Day Care Assistant/Floater, HHS Day Care, May 23, 2013
Resignations
  • Carlie Field, Resource Room Para, Avenue A, effective May 22, 2013
  • Denise Smith, Custodian/Night, HHS, effective April 17, 2013
  • Sarah Otto, Title 1 Math Aide, HMS at Allen, effective May 22, 2013
  • Kellie Moore, Resource Room Para, Morgan, effective May 3, 2013
  • Jared Hatcher, Custodian/Night, HHS, effective May 8, 2013
  • Jennifer Norwood, Educational Aide - 4 year old program, Lincoln, effective May 21, 2013
  • Shawn Williams, Grounds Crew, Support Service Center, effective May 31, 2013
  • Raymond Barry, Educational Aide - PE, McCandless, effective May 3, 2013
  • Melanie Chappel, Resource Room Para, Graber, effective May 22, 2013
  • Tammie Fletchall, Food Service Bookkeeper, Support Service Center, effective June 7, 2013
  • Jamie Rexroad, Title 1 Educational Aide, Wiley, effective May 22, 2013
  • Caley Beutler, Grade 1 Teacher, Graber Elementary School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Casey Johnson, Grade 6 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Catherine Leake, Grade 6 Teacher, Faris Elementary School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Marilyn Ott, School Counselor, Faris and Lincoln, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Ron Weber, Head Girls' Tennis Coach, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
Terminations
  • Tommy Wilson, Custodian/Night, HHS, effective April 2, 2013
  • Amanda Swinney, Assistant Baker, HMS-8, May 2, 2013
Position Changes, From, To
  • Amy Armstrong, Family Support Worker/McCandless, Head Start Receptionist/Hutcherson, effective July 1, 2013
  • Clinton Rodriguez, Science Teacher/HMS-8, School Counselor/McCandless, effective 2013-14 school year

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. June 10 at the Administration Center. Because of Memorial Day, there is only one regular meeting in May.

A majority of Board members are expected to attend Hutchinson High School graduation at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Sports Arena.

April 22, 2013

 

Board receives budget report

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (April 22, 2013) heard the report from the district's Community Budget Committee on the 2013-14 budget.

The committee met four times from February through April, looking at the district’s current finances, legislative proposals on funding and future needs for the district. Since no legislative proposals have increased overall school funding for 2013-14, the committee looked at a budget that was largely unchanged from 2012-13.

Subcommittees of the group, however, did list the highest priorities. Those priorities included raises for staff, funding early childhood education, specific teaching positions at the high school to meet needs and a behavior interventionist at the middle school.

The committee also looked at increasing the district's local option budget. The district will need additional funding for the Affordable Care Act in 2014-15 to pay insurance needs of staff members who will be covered by health insurance. The committee looked at raising the LOB incrementally over two years to avoid a sudden mill levy increase for district taxpayers.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board saw a presentation from the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center at Greenbush about the center's online learning program. Known as Greenbush Online Learning, the program provides a virtual school for participating districts.

USD 308 has been investigating online education for the past several months as a way to serve district students who may prefer a virtual classroom experience.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

  • Heard a Continuous Improvement Report from Lincoln Elementary School.
  • Received an update on the strategic planning process from Superintendent Dr. Shelly Kiblinger.
  • Heard a writing assessment report from Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jeanne Stroh.
  • Monitored Results No. 3 -- Learning and Innovation Skills.
  • Approved minutes of the April 8, 2013, Board meeting.
  • Approved membership in the Kansas Association of School Boards and its legal assistance fund.
  • Approved the Parents As Teachers continuation grant.
  • Approved submitted administrator contracts for 2013-14. Pay for 2013-14 will not be set until later this summer.
  • Approved the annual software renewal for Compass Learning.
  • Approved the restroom reflooring project for both campuses of Hutchinson Middle School.
  • Approved site work and new playground equipment for the Early Education Center.
  • Approved the Supplemental Salary Committee minutes.
  • Approved the March 2013 Treasurer’s Report.
  • Heard a report on the bond and interest mill levy for the 2006 bond issue.
  • Approved extending Dr. Kiblinger’s superintendent contract for an additional year.
  • Debriefed on the April 9 Board linkage with Hutchinson High School students.
  • Heard a report on the National Association of School Boards annual meeting from Vice President Mary Lynn Baker.
  • Held an executive session for 10 minutes to discuss employer-employee negotiations.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes in the district.

Hired
  • Pam Bevan, CAMP Lincoln Principal, Lincoln Elementary School, June and July 2013
  • Tristan Burrow, Summer Library, McCandless Elementary School, June 11 to July 25, 2013
  • Kristy Farley, CAMP Lincoln, Lincoln Elementary School, June and July 2013
  • Marcia Hudson, Summer Library, McCandless Elementary School, June 11 to July 25, 2013
  • Dustin Johnson, CAMP Lincoln, Lincoln Elementary School, July 2013
  • Lori Johnson, CAMP Lincoln, Lincoln Elementary School, June 2013
  • Jessica Mandeville, CAMP Lincoln, Lincoln Elementary School, June 2013
  • Ashley Mercado, To be determined, McCandless Elementary School, 2013-14 school year
  • Deanne Nelson, CAMP Lincoln, Lincoln Elementary School, July 2013
  • Terri Oyler, CAMP Lincoln, Lincoln Elementary School, June 2013
  • Janice Rages, Reading & Math Support Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, 2013-14 school year
  • Heather Ramos, CAMP Lincoln, Lincoln Elementary School, June 2013
  • Amanda Regehr, Grade 1 Teacher, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, 2013-14 school year
  • Julia Schomacker, Special Education Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 7, 2013-14 school year
  • Casey Stiggins, Head Girls' Basketball Coach, Hutchinson High School, 2013-14 school year
  • Cassie Sturgeon, Grade 6 Teacher, Avenue A Elementary Teacher, 2013-14 school year
  • Kris Styes, CAMP Lincoln, Lincoln Elementary School, July 2013
  • Amanda Wilke, Summer Library, McCandless Elementary School, June 11 to July 25, 2013
  • Terry Williams, CSS Para, Graber Elementary
  • Jo Clark, Substitute Custodian, District
  • Cynthia Smith, Summer Library Para, McCandless Elementary School
  • Ama Reimer, CAMP Lincoln, Lincoln Elementary School
  • Alicia Green, CAMP Lincoln, Lincoln Elementary School
  • Ginny Iverson, CAMP Lincoln, Lincoln Elementary School
  • Jessica Morrison, CAMP Lincoln, Lincoln Elementary School
  • Alejandro Marroquin, CAMP Lincoln, Lincoln Elementary School
Resignations
  • Brittany Hollon, Grade 6 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Brandi Rayl, Grade 6 Teacher, Faris Elementary School, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Antoinette Root, Interdisciplinary Team Teacher, Reno County Youth Services, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Margo Suhler, Grade 6 Teacher, Faris Elementary School, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Beth Unruh, School Counselor, McCandless Elementary School, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Sheila VanRanken, Special Education Teacher, Graber Elementary & Wiley Elementary, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Daniel Vieyra, Rule X - Assistant Boys' Soccer Coach, Hutchinson High School, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Daniel Vieyra, Rule X - Assistant Girls' Soccer Coach, Hutchinson High School, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Katie Winkle, Grade 5 Teacher, Faris Elementary School, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Penelope Wolfe, Kindergarten Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Bronwen Anderson, CSS Para , Graber Elementary, April 9, 2013
  • Joe Palacioz, Athletic Maintenance/Event Mgr, Support Service Center, May 3, 2013
  • Uriel Baca, ESL Aide, Avenue A, April 19, 2013
Position Changes From, To
  • Kimberly Garrett, SpEd Teacher/HMS-7 & HHS, SpEd Teacher/Hutchinson High School, 2013-14 school year
  • Sherry Brawner, Secretary/Food Service - Avenue A, Secretary - Avenue A, June 30, 2013
  • Gina Fernandez, Head Start Receptionist - Head Start, Secretary/Food Service, June 30, 2013

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. May 13.

April 8, 2013

Board approves calendar changes

The USD 308 Board of Education Monday (April 8, 2013) approved a change that will allow most students to be dismissed a day earlier than the original calendar.

The final day of classes for students in kindergarten through 11th grade will be May 21. The day remains the same for HHS seniors for whom May 16 is the final day.

May 22 will be used by staff for training for a new student database and gradebook. The system will replace PowerSchool, a system the district has used for more than a decade.

The calendar also includes a non-school day for students in seventh and eighth grades on April 24. Hutchinson Middle School is hosting the Pioneer League Vocal Music Festival. The festival involves many HMS students and will take much of the classroom space in both buildings that day.

The Board also heard an update on the possibility of a virtual school option for the 2013-14 school year. The Board has been examining the possibility of operating a virtual school as a way to serve students who live in the Hutchinson area and want a virtual school experience but now have to use a virtual school outside the district.

The Board looked at both operating its own virtual school and contracting with a service center to operate the school.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:
 

  • Were updated on the Head Start/Early Head Start triennial on-site monitoring review.
  • Received a Schools for Fair Funding update.
  • Approved minutes of the March 11, 2013, Board meeting.
  • Approved submitted grant applications.
  • Approved an out-of-state student activity request for students to attend the National Catholic Forensics League Grand Nationals Tournament Memorial Day weekend in Philadelphia.
  • Approved Jobs for America’s Graduates memorandum of understanding.
  • Approved the surplus inventory items marked for disposal.
  • Approved the purchase of a laptop cart for computer aided instruction at Hutchinson High School.
  • Approved the annual invoice for Schools for Fair Funding.
  • Approved an agreement with Home Plate to provide indoor baseball batting practice for HHS.
  • Approved the agreement with Kansas Infinitec Coalition to provide assistive technology to district students.
  • Approved Operational Expectations No. 3 -- Treatment of Stakeholders.
  • Approved a quitclaim deed from the city of Hutchinson for a lot near Lincoln Elementary School.
  • Approved the Treasurer's Report for February 2013.
  • Approved the Accounts Payable Report for March 2013.
  • Completed planning for a student linkage at Hutchinson High School that will be Tuesday, April 9.
  • Held an executive session for non-elected personnel for 10 minutes.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
  • Amber Aden, English Teacher, Hutchinson High School, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Kelli Laudermilk, To be determined, McCandless Elementary School, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Shari Norman, Math Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Brittany Outerbridge, Grade 6 Teacher , Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Michael Rice, Special Education Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 7, 2013-14 school year
  • Amanda Wehrman, Special Education Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Diane Ziemer, Special Education Teacher, To be determined, effective 2013-14 school year
  • Bronwen Anderson, CSS Para, Graber Elementary
  • Christina Hess, Custodian/Night, HHS
  • Daniel Carrington, Custodian/Night, HMS-7
  • Brian Schmidt, Custodian/Night, Faris Elementary
  • Kenneth Bankey Jr., Custodian Part-time, Early Ed/Lincoln Elementary
  • Allison Gradig, Classified Substitute, Hutcherson Center
  • Toby Snyder, Custodian/Night, HHS
  • Randy Boyd, Custodian/Night, HHS
Resignations
  • Nancy Birgen, Special Education Teacher, Graber Elementary School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Emily Schreiner, Art Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Kathryn Waltner, Pre-K Teacher, Graber Elementary School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Russell Whittington, Assistant Boys' Basketball Coach, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Sarah Otto, Title I Educational Aide, HMS at Allen, effective May 23, 2013
  • Helen Nicholson, Teachers Assistant, Head Start, effective May 21, 2013
  • Tammy Katzenmeier, Modified/Homebound Para, ESC, effective April 2, 2013
  • Jo Clark, Head Custodian, Wiley Elementary, effective April 12, 2013
Retirements
  • Steve Graves, Special Education Teacher, Faris Elementary School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Verna Ploutz, School Counselor, Wiley Elementary School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Debbie Gideon-Long, Kitchen Manager, Lincoln Elementary, effective June 1, 2013
  • Norma Gelvin, Resource Room Para, HMS-7, effective May 22, 2013
  • Maxine Woelzlein, Modified Para, HMS at Allen, effective May 22, 2013
  • JoAnn McClaflin, Secretary, Hutchinson High School, effective May 31, 2013
Termination
  • Christina Hess, Custodian/Night , Hutchinson High School, effective March 18, 2013
Position Changes, From, To,
  • Chris Smith, Custodian/Night - HMS-7, Head Night Custodian - HMS-7, effective March 15, 2013
  • Shawn Williams, Head Custodian - Faris Elementary, Groundskeeper - SSC, effective March 21, 2013
  • Scott Barnett, Custodian/Night - Faris Elementary, Head Custodian - Faris Elementary, effective March 21, 2013
  • Wesley Halley, Custodian/Night - HHS, Substitute Custodian - District, effective March 25, 2013

Gifts to Schools
The Board formally approved the following gifts to schools.

  • $100 in books and prizes from Target to Faris Elementary School for books in the library and reading incentive prizes.
  • $300 from the Charles E. Carey Memorial Fund to Faris for books for students and reading activities.
  • $300 from the Charles E. Carey Memorial Fund to Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen for Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics supplies.
  • Hardware valued at $20,000 from Alco in South Hutchinson to the district’s maintenance and CTEA programs.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the board will be at 7 p.m. April 22 in the Administration Center. The Board will meet with HHS students at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the lobby of A Hall at the school as part of the body’s efforts to get input from students.

March 11, 2013

Board considers virtual school

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (March 11, 2013) discussed the prospects of a virtual school.

To open a school, the district would need to spend the 2013-14 school year setting up the school. Set-up includes hiring a coordinator, putting together the curriculum and marketing the school. Start-up costs are estimated at $124,600 with most of the cost paid out of the district’s local option budget in 2013-14.

The coordinator will explore several options for the school, including K-12 regular school year enrollment, summer school enrollment, adult high school diploma completion and possible extras including world languages and International Baccalaureate.

The virtual school would then become self-supporting through student enrollment during the 2014-15 school year.

During the discussion, the Board also looked at options for the virtual school, including partnering with a regional service center.

The Board tabled the matter.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board heard a Continuous Improvement Report from Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen. HMS at Allen is in its first full year as the district's Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics magnet school. Elementary students from across the district can apply to attend HMS at Allen.

The Board also took a look at the Kansas Learning Network needs assessment for Lincoln Elementary School. Lincoln is in the second year of a major restructuring to improvement student learning.

In other action the Board:
Approved minutes of the March 11, 2013, Board meeting.
Approved Operational Expectations -- 7 on asset protection.
Approved new floor covering for the Technology Support Center
Approved curriculum courses and the district's bully prevention plan.
Approved the accounts payable report for February 2013.
Set April 9 as the date for the linkage with Hutchinson High School students.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.0

Hired
  • Clayton Evans, Assistant Baseball Coach, Hutchinson High School, Spring 2013
  • Tina Johnson, Assistant Track Coach, Hutchinson Middle School - 7, Spring 2013
  • Paula Rice, Assistant Principal, Hutchinson High School, 2013-14 school year
  • Anne Sellers, School Nurse, Hutchinson High School, 2013-14 school year
  • Adam Willis, Technology Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, 2013-14 school year
  • Jessica Dilbeck, Classified Substitute Para/Secretary, District
Retirement
  • Georgia Link, DD/K/Intinerate Para, Morgan Elementary, May 22, 2013
Resignations
  • Peggy Miller, Reading Support Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Ed Bambick, Drafting Instructor, Hutchinson High School CTEA, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Cody Swanson, Math Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, End of 2012-13 school year
  • Sheila Dooley, CSS Para, Graber Elementary, Feb. 20, 2013
  • Marchelle Ewertz, Health Department Secretary, HHS, March 7, 2013

 

Terminations
  • Kristina Heim, Hearing Impaired Resource Para, Wiley Elementary, Feb. 27, 2013
  • Anastasia Rogers, Custodian/Night, HHS, March 8, 2013
Position Changes, From, To
  • Cegan Lansdown, Teacher Assistant/Haven Head Start, Modified Para/Morgan Elementary, March 15, 2013
  • Adelyn Soellner, Secondary CIS/Ad Center, Assistant Principal/McCandless, 2013-14 school year

Gifts to Schools
The Board accepted and formally thanked donors for the following gifts.

  • $285.21 from Target Stores to the revolving gift funds at McCandless Elementary School.
  • $300 from the James A and Juliet L. Davis Foundation for the McCandless Reading Is Fundamental Program in November.
  • $1,000 from the Hutchinson Community Foundation to the McCandless Activity Fund.
  • $300 from the James A and Juliet L. Davis Foundation for the McCandless Reading Is Fundamental Program in December.
  • $2,040 from the Educational Funding Group to McCandless revolving gift fund.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. April 8 at the Administration Center. The Board's normal second meeting of March has been canceled because it falls during Spring Break week.

February 28, 2013

Board declares March Youth Arts Month

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education declared March as Youth Arts Month in the district during its meeting Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

Thursday's meeting was a make-up for Monday's regular meeting that was postponed because of the snow storm.

With elementary art students in attendance, art educators for the district reviewed the many benefits art education provides and invited Board members to participate in the on-line sixth grade art show.

The art show can be seen at http://www.usd308art.com/.

The Board also heard a report from Donna Davis, executive director of secondary education, on the possibility of opening a virtual school in the district. As a land-locked district of only 14 square miles, USD 308 is looking at innovative approaches to expand its student body.

A virtual school would allow the district to serve students from across Kansas who may not want a regular classroom experience or need the flexibility that a virtual school can provide. It also would allow the district to serve some students who live in Hutchinson but currently attend another virtual school.

Dr. Shelly Kiblinger, superintendent, updated the Board on the impact of the federal Affordable Care Act on district finances. The district will have to come up with as much as $1.5 million in additional funding to meet the law's mandates when it is implemented for the 2014-15 school year.

Lori Blakesley, district executive director of finance, updated the Board on work of the Community Budget Committee. The committee, composed of students, parents, community members and staff, has met twice and will meet a third time on March 4.

Dr. Kiblinger also updated the Board on the Kansas Learning Network's report on McCandless Elementary School, the district’s largest Title I school. McCandless Principal Glenn Owen then gave a continuous improvement report on the school.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

  • Heard an assessment report on social studies.
  • Approved minutes of the Feb. 11, 2013, meeting.
  • Approved the Kansas Department of Education pre-kindergarten continuation grant.
  • Approved the property and liability insurance renewal for 2013. Rates have gone up $13,540 from 2012.
  • Approved the list of surplus district equipment for to go to auction and recycling.
  • Reviewed Board-Superintendent Relations Policy No. 5 and the Superintendent Evaluation.
  • Continued its book study of Multipliers.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
  • Shanda Swanson, Head Drill Team Coach, Hutchinson Middle School , 2013-14 school year
  • Amanda Swinney, Assistant Baker, HMS-8,
  • Nicole Barnett, Classified Substitute - TA/Food Service/Bus Aide, Head Start,
  • Sara Stiles, Educational Math Title I Aide, McCandless Elementary,
Resignations
  • Rachel Beck, Special Education Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, end of 2012-13 school year
  • Lisa Madden, Special Education Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School-7, end of 2012-13 school year
  • Dustin Miller, Custodian/Night, HHS, Feb. 11, 2013
  • Willie Stokes, Custodian/Night, HHS, Feb. 20, 2013
  • Jenny Cook, CSS Para, Graber Elementary, Oct. 12, 2012
Retirements
  • Larry Ballard, Biology/Life Science, Hutchinson High School, end of 2012-13 school year
  • Shelley Harper, Special Education Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School-7, end of 2012-13 school year
  • Joyce Phillips, Band Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School-7, end of 2012-13 school year
  • Mary Kay Dechant, Speech Language Itinerant Para, HMS at Allen, May 22, 2013

Gifts to Schools
The Board formally accepted and thanked 104 donors for cash and other donations for Hutchinson High School and the USD 308 Athletic Department, totaling $29,963.06.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. March 11 at the Administration Center. Some board members will attend the Community Budget Committee meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 4 in the Professional Learning Center at Hutchinson High School, 1401 North Severance.

February 11, 2013

Board approves new band uniforms

The last time Hutchinson High School sported new band uniforms, the vast majority of students at HHS weren't born.

Monday (Feb. 11, 2013), the USD 308 Board of Education approved spending $87,656.50 on new band uniforms. The last time HHS purchased band uniforms was in 1996.

Band Director Daryl Koestel has been working on new uniforms for more than a year, gaining input from students and staff. Only one bid was received for the uniforms from Fruhauf.

The new uniforms will be ready for the 2013 marching season in the fall. The current uniforms will be declared surplus and will be sent to auction.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board approved the formal purchase of a Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics robot for the Career and Technical Education Academy. The district received a $22,000 grant from Cargill to purchase the Aldebaran Robotics NAO H25 robot from DEPCO LLC in Pittsburg, Kan., as well as associated software licenses, curriculum and maintenance.

The 23-inch-tall humanoid robot has a multitude of sensors and has the ability to synthesize speech as well as has 25 degrees of freedom for extreme mobility.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board

  • Heard an assessments report on math.
  • Heard a report from Lori Blakesley, executive director of fiscal management, on revenue scenarios and budget imperatives for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Heard a report on the Kansas Learning Network Needs Assessment from Dr. Shelly Kiblinger, district superintendent.
  • Reviewed Board-Superintendent Relationship -- No. 5: Superintendent Accountability.
  • Approved a Xerox print services agreement.
  • Approved the minutes from the Jan. 28, 2013, Board meeting.
  • Approved the Accounts Payable Report from January 2013.
  • Reviewed Governance Culture No. 6: Annual Work Plan, and Governance Culture No. 10: Governance Cost.
  • Continued its book study of Multipliers.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes in the district.

Hired
  • Jose Padillo-Para, ESL Aide, HMS-7
  • Ramona Ankerholz, Playground Aide, McCandless Elementary
  • Wilson Campbell, Jr., Substitute Custodian, District
  • Tina Watkins, CSS Para, HMS-7
  • Addison Tritt, Classified Substitute/Assistant Forensics, HHS
  • Chad McKinnis, Assistant Track Coach, Hutchinson High School, effective Feb. 25, 2013
  • Brittney Schmitz, K-2 Resource Room Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective Jan. 23, 2013
  • Brittany Hines, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Rebecca Walenz, Substitute Teacher, District
Retirement
  • Theresa Smith, Math Teacher, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
Resignations
  • Alicia Burrola, ESL Aide, Faris Elementary, effective Feb. 15, 2013
  • Erica Grissom, Modified Para, Morgan Elementary, effective Feb. 15, 2013
  • Paul Thurston, Educational Aide, HMS-8, effective Feb. 15, 2013
  • Adam Alexander, Media Technician, TSC, effective Feb. 15, 2013
  • Jo Higgins, Head Drill Team Coach, Hutchinson Middle School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Abby Hurst, Occupational Therapist, Educational Service Center, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Nate Kluesner, Grade 6 Teacher, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective end of 2012-13 school year
Terminations
  • Amanda Trammel, CSS Para, HMS-7, effective Feb. 1, 2013
  • Laura Parra, Custodian, Graber Elementary, effective Feb. 6, 2013
  • Jordan Gajewski, Head Custodian/Night, HMS-7, effective Feb. 11, 2013
  • Sierra Reed, Substitute Custodian, District, effective Feb. 11, 2013
  • Position Changes, From, To
  • Doug Herrell, Custodian/Night - HHS, Custodian - Lincoln Elementary/Early Ed Center, effective Feb. 8, 2013
  • Cara Garcia, Custodian/Night - HHS, Custodian - Graber Elementary, effective Feb. 8, 2013
  • Wes Haley, Custodian - Lincoln Elementary/Early Ed Center, Custodian/Night, effective Feb. 8, 2013

Next Meeting
The next Board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 25. A quorum of Board members may be present during the Community Budget Committee meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Professional Learning Center at HHS. No Board action will be taken at that meeting.
January 28, 2013

Board reviews district assessments

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Jan. 28, 2013) reviewed the two types of assessments district students are given and why the assessments are given.

Dr. Jeanne Stroh, assistant superintendent, told the Board the district has two basic types of assessment -- formative and summative. Formative assessments are used to guide teachers in planning instruction so that students master the desired outcomes in classes. Formative assessments are used for screening, diagnosing and monitoring progress of students students.

Summative assessments are used at the end of instruction to determine student mastery of curriculum. Summative assessments typically are used for accountability purposes. State assessments, the ACT and end of year tests are summative. Dr. Stroh focused on the use of the ACT in the district.

Dr. Stroh and Donna Davis, district director of student learning, also reviewed the district's Multi-Tiered System of Supports for positive behavior supports. The district has been working with MTSS for several years. In December 2010, district administrators, counselors and teachers attended MTSS Leadership Essentials training.

In September 2011, the District Leadership Team for Positive Behavior Supports was formed and set district behavior expectations for all students. Those expectations included safety, responsibility and respect.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

  • Heard a Continuous Improvement Report from Wiley Elementary School.
  • Monitored science results in the district.
  • Approved an out-of-state student activity request for International Baccalaureate students to go to several places in Oklahoma City.
  • Approved a student's early graduation request to graduate a year early.
  • Approved the Hasler lease agreement for a postage meter.
  • Approved the Head Start Medicaid provider agreements.
  • Approved the Head Start memorandums of understanding addendums.
  • Approved submitted job descriptions.
  • Approved the December Treasurer's Report.
  • Debriefed on the staff linkage the Board held in December.
  • Approved minutes of the Jan. 14, 2013, Board meeting.
  • Held executive sessions for a total of 20 minutes to discuss negotiations and non-elected personnel.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
  • Uriel Baca-Franco, ESL Aide, Avenue A Elementary
  • Denise Smith, Custodian/Night, High School
  • Sheila Dooley, CSS Para, Graber Elementary
  • James Edwards, Substitute Custodian, District
  • Raymond Barry, Educational Aide, McCandless Elementary
  • Katy Stockton, Resource Room Para, Wiley Elementary
  • Angie Mahoney, Substitute Classified , Hutcherson Center
  • Krista Goertz, Educational Aide/Title 1 Math, McCandless Elementary
Retirements
  • Connie McProud, Secretary, HMS at Allen Elementary, effective June 7, 2013
  • Catherine Hupach, Grade 1, Avenue A Elementary School, effectove end of 2012-13 school year
Resignations
  • Erika Ewing, Educational Aide, McCandless Elementary, effective Jan. 18, 2013
  • Cassie Sturgeon, Assistant Principal, McCandless Elementary School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Dixie Wedel, Physical Therapist, Educational Service Center, effective end of 2012-13 school year
Termination
  • Marsha Haynes, Assistant Baker, HMS-8, effective Jan. 18, 2013
Position Changes, From, To
  • Wesley Halley, Substitute Custodian - District, Custodian - Lincoln Elementary/Early Education, effective Jan. 21, 2013
  • Sherri Hart, Assistant Principal/HHS, Principal/McCandless Elementary, effective 2013-14 school year

Gifts to Schools
The Board accepted the following gifts to schools and formally thanked the donors.

  • An Aquascape UltraFalls filter/mat for the outdoor classroom, valued at $55.28, from Dr. Shelly Kiblinger to Graber Elementary School.
  • A jogging trampoline, valued at $30, from Roy and Christi Aden to Graber Elementary School for the CSS classroom.

Next meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum.

January 14, 2013

Board recognized for its service

The Board also received the enrollment audit report from the state. The audit showed the district had an additional 17.8 full-time equivalent students for 2012-13.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board voted 4-3 to proceed with improvements at the district’s athletic fields at 23rd and Severance as well as related concrete work at the facility.

At its December meeting, the Board looked at bids on the project, which came in at about $641,000. The Board tabled the matter in December, wanting to get more input. Among other things, the proposal would have built permanent restrooms, improved equipment storage and locker rooms.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

  • Heard a Continuous Improvement Report from Morgan Elementary School
  • Monitored Operational Expectations No. 6 -- Financial Administration.
  • Approved minutes of the Dec. 10, 2012, Board meeting.
  • Approved submitted grant applications.
  • Approved an out-of-state student activity request to attend a debate tournament in Oklahoma City.
  • Approved the 2013-14 school calendar.
  • Approved submitted Career and Technical Education Academy advisory committees.
  • Approved a resolution allowing for refinancing of Education Facilities Authority of Reno County bonds for the Gowans Stadium.
  • Approved the Accounts Payable Report for December 2012.
  • Approved the Treasurer's Report for November 2012.
  • Held an executive session for 10 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following changes in district personnel.
 

Hired
  • Brittney Schmitz, Resource Room Para, HMS at Allen
  • Samantha Carpenter, Modified Para, Morgan Elementary
  • Rachel Gibson, Cook/Server, Faris Elementary
  • Amber Nadine Banz, Playground Aide, HMS at Allen
  • Jolene Carder, Teachers Assistant, Hutcherson Center
  • Amy Horton, Resource Room Para, McCandless
  • Peggy Schrag-Wolfe, Classified Substitute - Teachers Assistant, Hutcherson Center
  • Seth Freeland, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Kenneth Hubbell, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Megan Patrick, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Holly Crainer, Math Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School-8, effective 2013-14 school year
Retirements
  • Cathy Bible, Business Office Secretary, Administration Center, effective Jan. 31, 2013
  • Sylvia Luan McCubbin, Elementary Secretary, Avenue A Elementary, effective June 6, 2013
  • Ron Weber, Math Teacher, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2012-13 school year

 

Resignations
  • Daphne Franco-Micheo, Teacher Assistant, South Hutchinson Head Start, effective Dec. 21, 2012
  • Ashley Mercado, ESL Aide, HMS-7, effective Dec, 21, 2012
  • Herminia Benitez, Modified Para, Morgan Elementary, effective Jan. 18, 2013
  • Vanessa Hubbard, Custodian Substitute, District, effective Nov. 30, 2012
  • Susan Everett, ESL Aide, Avenue A, effective Dec. 21, 2012
  • Alisha Cox, Grade 5 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective end of 2012-13 school year

 

Terminations
  • Brittany Athavichitchanyaraks, Modified Para, Morgan Elementary, effective Nov. 30, 2012
  • Jill Nolde, Custodian, Wiley Elementary, effective Dec, 20, 2012

 

Position Changes, From, To
  • Robin Ebmeier, Custodian/Night -- HHS, Resource Room Para -- HHS, effective Jan. 7, 2013
  • Courtney Colvin, Resource Room Para -- HHS, Attendance Liason -- HHS, effective Jan. 7, 2013
  • Melody Mason, Classified Substitute -- District, Food Service Assistant -- Head Start, effective Jan. 7, 2013
  • Susie Graciano, Classified Substitute -- Headstart, Teacher Assistant -- Head Start, effective Jan. 11, 2013
  • Marcia Pyle, Custodian -- Lincoln/Early Ed, Custodian -- Wiley Elementary, effective Jan. 7, 2013

Gifts to Schools
The Board formally accepted the following gifts to schools and thanked donors.
 

  • Supplies for the Mexican Dinner from Tyson Prepared Foods to Avenue A Elementary School.
  • $400 from the John R. and Bethene S. Rimmer Fund too Avenue A for basic items for Pre-K through second grade students.
  • Santa Claus and treats from Tyson Prepared Foods to Avenue A Elementary School.
  • $425 from the Rimmer Fund to Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen for K-2 clothing, dental and vision items.
  • $300 from the Davis Foundation to Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen for Reading is Fundamental
  • $300 from the Davis Foundation to McCandless Elementary School for Reading is Fundamental in November.
  • $1,000 from the Hutchinson Community Foundation to McCandless Elementary School for K-2 clothing, dental and vision items.
  • $300 from the Davis Foundation to McCandless Elementary School for Reading is Fundamental in December.
  • $775 from the Hutchinson Community Foundation to Faris Elementary School for early childhood enrichment.
  • $300 from the Davis Foundation to Faris Elementary School for Reading is Fundamental.
  • A 1998 Toyota Corolla, valued at $2,500, from Steve Williams to the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy.
  • A CFHC 150cc scooter, valued at $1,300, from Duwayne Wells to the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy.
  • A 1998 Chevy Blazer, valued at $5,500, from Leon and Kay Deaver to to the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy.
  • A 1996 Toyota Corolla, valued at $2,900, from David and Stephanie Haden to to the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy.
  • A NAO STEM project robot, valued at $21,785, from Cargill Corp. to to the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy and Hutchinson High School.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 28, 2013, at the Administration Center.

December 10, 2012

Board receives commendation from KLN report

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Dec. 10, 2012) heard eight commendations the Kansas Learning Network team left for the district last week.

KLN was in USD 308 last week, conducting a needs assessment through focus groups, an online survey and hundreds of classroom observations. Donna Davis, executive director for secondary learning, told the Board of both district and building commendations.

Included in the building commendations, the group said the restructuring process at Lincoln Elementary School continues to be effective. Lincoln was restructured prior to the 2011-12 school year, bringing in many new staff members.

Other building commendations were

  • Technology is available throughout the buildings.
  • Collaboration time for Professional Learning Communities allows staff to analyze student data.
  • Professional development in the area of Common Core State Standards has helped to begin the transition.

At the district level, there were four commendations.

  • There is a clear focus on the key initiatives (Art and Science of Teaching, Multi-Tier Systems of Supports, Common Core, and PLCs) throughout the district.
  • The district leadership has a strong presence at the building level.
  • There is a focus on Common Core State Standards with a clear expectation that AYP is no longer a priority.
  • Coherent Governance of the board of education creates a tight focus on district priorities.

The district will receive the full report from the KLN team in about four weeks.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board reviewed bids for improvements in soccer and baseball facilities at the district's 23rd and Severance complex. Bids on the project were above budgeted amounts.

Originally purchased in the 1970s for a possible new junior high school, the complex has been used for soccer and baseball since the 1990s. Storage of maintenance equipment and the mobile scoreboards for the facility is in an aging pole barn that is near its useful lifespan.

Additionally, the facility has no permanent restrooms or locker rooms, even though three organizations (Hutchinson High School, Hutchinson Middle School and Hutchinson Community College) use the complex for home soccer games.

Improvements have been proposed for the facility since 1999. A master plan completed by the DLR Group about a decade ago, estimated costs of improvements at the facility at nearly triple the costs proposed.

The Board tabled the matter, postponing a decision until the Jan. 14 meeting.
 

  • Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:
  • Approved the audit for the 2012 fiscal year.
  • Heard a report on Head Start and Early Head Start.
  • Approved minutes of the Nov. 26, 2012, Board meeting.
  • Approved an out-of-state student activity request for welding students at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy to attend the Missouri Welding Competition at Nevada, Mo.
  • Approved a bid for copy paper.
  • Approved the accounts payable report for November 2012.
  • Heard a report on the Kansas Association of School Board's convention from Board Members Mike Mendoza and Sarah Blake.
  • Continued its book study of Multiplers.
  • Approved a submitted grant request.
  • Held a staff linkage prior to the Board meeting.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
  • Jordan Newton, Assistant Wrestling Coach, Hutchinson Middle School, effective December 17, 2012
  • Dennis Cummans, Custodian/Night, HHS
  • Dustin Miller, Custodian/Night, HHS
  • Margo Frey, Business Office Secretary, Administration Center
  • Carlie Field, Resource Room Para, Avenue A Elementary
  • Amanda Beeghly, Modified Para, Morgan Elementary
  • Megin O'Brein, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Richard Yust, Substitute Teacher, District
Resignation
  • Glenn Owen, Principal, McCandless Elementary School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Jennifer Poyner, Resource Room Para, Avenue A Elementary, effective November 11, 2012
  • Aimee Riddle, Family Support Worker, Hutcherson Center/Fairfield, effective November 26, 2012
  • Cynthia Kroeker, CSS Para, Wiley Elementary, effective December 10, 2012
  • Christine Pechstein, Playground Aide, HMS at Allen Elementary, effective December 13, 2012
Retirements
  • Belita Birzer, Speech Language Pathologist, Educational Service Center, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Kam McEwen, School Nurse, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Martin Vieyra, Grade 1 Teacher, Wiley Elementary School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
Position Change, From, To
  • Nichelle Lewis, Education Title 1 Math Aide/McCandless, ISS Supervisor/HHS, effective January 7, 2013

Next meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 14, 2013, in the Administration Center. December's second regular Board meeting would have fallen on Christmas Eve.
November 26, 2012

Board approves bond refinancing

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Nov. 26, 2012) approved refinancing about $8.9 million of bonds. Interest rates are near historic lows and refinancing this portion of the bonds will save interest costs over the life of the bonds. Bonds were originally issued in 2007.

USD 308 taxpayers will save an estimated $656,000 in interest on the bonds issued for the 2006 voter-approved improvements to district schools once refinancing is completed. This current resale of bonds as well as an earlier refinancing is expected to result in combined savings of nearly $1.25 million for district taxpayers.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

  • Heard a Continuous Improvement Report from Avenue A Elementary School.
  • Heard program reports on Head Start and Early Head Start.
  • Monitored Results Policy 2: Reading.
  • Approved the minutes of the Nov. 12, 2012, Board meeting.
  • Approved the purchase of a walk-in freezer for the Support Services Center.
  • Approved the purchase of school meal serving line equipment for Graber Elementary School.
  • Approved the purchase of a replacement gymnasium rooftop heating/air conditioning unit and re-roofing for Lincoln Elementary School.
  • Approved the Treasurer's Report for October 2012.
  • Continued its book study of Multipliers.
  • Reviewed motion recommendations for the Kansas Association of School Boards Assembly.
  • Reviewed Governance Culture 9: Process for addressing board member violations.

After the conclusion of the meeting, Board members took time to complete surveys for the Kansas Learning Network.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
  • Susan Everett, ESL Aide, Avenue A Elementary
  • Linda Ramsey, Cook Server, Graber Elementary
  • Audrey Fields, BSS Para, Morgan Elementary
  • Michele Hill, Assistant Daycare Floater, HHS
  • Sierra Reed, Substitute Custodian, District
Resignations
  • Larry Ashens, Resource Room Para, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective Nov. 15, 2012,
  • Shane Warren, ISS Supervisor, HHS, effective Dec. 21, 2012,
  • Christina Stewart, Grade 5 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective end of 2012-13 school year,
Position Change, From, To
  • Roxane Cline, Math/HMS-8, Elementary C&I Specialist/Administration Center, effective 2013-14 school year
Termination
  • Keenan Matthies, Custodian/Night, HHS, effective Nov. 12, 2012,

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 2012, in the Administration Center. Prior to the meeting, the Board will have a linkage with staff members from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Center.

Additionally, a majority of members may be present for two events with the Kansas Learning Network. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3, the Board will be in a focus group for the KLN. From 3:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4, the KLN will have a debriefing. Both KLN events will be in the Administration Center.

November 12, 2012

Board reviews key indicators

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Nov. 12, 2012) took an in-depth look at assessments that will guide the district's educational planning.

Known as key indicators, the assessments provide guidance to the district for reading, writing, mathematics, digital citizenship and career readiness. Each month, the district uses the indicators in its results reports to the Board.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board took "next steps" on two initiatives. Members passed a resolution that allows the City of Hutchinson to take over as sponsor of the Hutchinson Recreation Commission. The move broadens the tax base for the commission to the entire city of Hutchinson from the current school district boundaries.

The Board also approved a resolution moving forward on the refinancing of a portion of the 2006 bond issue. Over the life of the bonds, district taxpayers will save an estimated $429,000.

In other action, the Board:

  • Heard a Continuous Improvement Report from Hutchinson High School.
  • Approved minutes of the Oct. 22, 2012, Board meeting.
  • Approved submitted grant applications.
  • Approved Operational Expectations No. 4 -- Personnel Administration
  • Approved an agreement between Early Head Start and Reno County Health Department for prenatal services.
  • Approved the renewal of licenses for Odyssey Ware Program.
  • Approved the Head Start Nutrition Services Program memorandum of understanding.
  • Approved the Education Funding Group contract for a fundraiser.
  • Approved the Section 125 Agreement.
  • Approved the Accounts Payable Report for October 2012.
  • Under Coherent Governance, reviewed the Board/Superintendent Relationship for single point of connection, single unit control, staff accountability and superintendent authority.
  • Designated Member Mike Mendoza as representative to the Kansas Association of School Boards Delegate Assembly and Member Sarah Blake as alternate.
  • Continued its book study of Multipliers.
  • Planned for a staff linkage. Linkages allow the Board to hear from different stakeholders in the district. The linkage will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 10, prior to the Board meeting that evening.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.
 

Hired
  • Thane Johnston, Substitute Custodian, District
  • Justina Stowell, Substitute Food Service, District
  • Christina Ingvalson, Resource Room Para, HMS-8
  • Diane Fast, Accompanist, HMS-7
  • Jonathan McArthur, Custodian/Night, HHS
  • Jennifer Poyner, Resource Room Para, Avenue A
  • Martina Saiz, Hearing Impaired Resource Para, HMS-7

 

Resignation
  • Julie Parrott, Hearing Impaired Resource Para, HMS-7, effective Nov. 1, 2012

 

Termination
  • Kerry Selfridge, Custodian/Night, HHS

 

Position Change, From, To
  • Adrienne Warner, Resource Room Para - Avenue A, Permanent Para Sub - District

Gifts to Schools

  • School supplies, valued at $200, from the Reno County District Attorney’s office to Avenue A Elementary School.
  • Backpacks and supplies, valued at $100, from the Eastwood Church of Christ to Avenue A.
  • Spiral notebooks, valued at $50, from B.L.Rostine to Avenue A.
  • $426.48 from Target to Avenue A.
  • Snacks for teachers from First United Methodist Church to Avenue A.
  • Snacks for teachers from Kelly Love to Avenue A.
  • School supplies, valued at $200, from the Reno County District Attorney’s office to Avenue A Elementary School.
  • $100 from the ALCOA Foundation to Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 26.
October 22, 2012

Board hears refinancing information

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board Monday (Oct. 22, 2012) heard a report on bond refinancing that could save district taxpayers more than $400,000.

Historically low interest rates will mean refinancing a portion of bonds used for the 2006 bond issue could result in district taxpayers saving $429,475 over the life of the bond. The interest rates on the bonds -- issued in 2007 -- was 4.5 percent, which was very low at the time. Now rates are estimated at 2.23 percent.

The Board took no formal action, but Greg Vahrenberg of Piper Jaffray & Co. recommended refinancing later this fall with closing on the refinanced bonds in early 2013.

In other action, the Board:
 

  • Approved an out-of-state student activity requests for the Hutchinson High School choir to complete at San Antonio, Texas, May 2 to 6 and an International Baccalaureate theater trip to Lee Summit, Mo.
  • Approve the use of $100,000 of at-risk money to purchase library books. All the district's K-12 building libraries will receive books under the plan with half purchased this month and half purchased in the spring.
  • Approved an agreement between Head Start and Horizons Mental Health Center for services.
  • Approved bids on two eight-passenger vans from Midwest Superstore, which had the low bid of $23,447 per van for a total of $46,894. The money comes from district capital outlay funds.
  • Approved the contract with Reno County Educational Cooperative to provide mobility services for four students.
  • Approved a lease of equipment from the Kansas School for the Deaf.
  • Approved the Treasurer's Report for September 2012.
  • Continued its book study of Multipliers.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following changes in personnel.

Hired
  • Hilary Stutzman, Assistant Coach Girls' Basketball , HMS-7, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Marchelle Ewertz, Health Department Secretary, HHS
  • Elizabeth Eschliman, DD/K Para, Faris Elementary
  • Christine Pechstein, Playground Aide, HMS at Allen
  • Kerry Selfridge, Night Custodian, HHS
  • Wesley Halley, Substitute Custodian, District
  • John Buller, Substitute Teacher, District
Retirements
  • Kay Woods, Grade 5 Teacher, HMS at Allen, effective end of 2012-13 school year
  • Mary Killian, Cook/Server, Faris Elementary, effective Jan. 1, 2013
Resignations
  • Shana McNish, Library Media Assistant, Ave A/Lincoln, effective Oct. 8, 2012
  • Margo Douglas, ESL Aide, Avenue A. effective Oct. 31, 2012
  • Tiffany Parks, Resource Room Para, HMS-8, effective Oct. 19, 2012
Position Change, From, To
  • Ama Reimer, Teacher Assistant at Hutcherson Center to Library Media Aide at Avenue A and Lincoln

Gifts to Schools
The Board formally accepted the following gifts to schools and thanked donors.
 

  • Classroom supplies, valued at $1,088.10, from Office Max to Lisa Bohlen at Faris Elementary School for being an Office Max Teacher of the Year.
  • Classroom supplies, valued at $2,000, from Office Max to Faris teachers.
  • Two $50 gift cards from Target Corp. to Morgan Elementary School for student resources.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Administration Center.

October 8, 2012

Board hears enrollment report

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education received a preliminary enrollment report for 2012-13 Monday (Oct. 8, 2012) that showed the district with a modest increase of students.

In her Superintendent's Report, Dr. Shelly Kiblinger reviewed the preliminary headcount numbers for the district. Overall, the district is up slightly over 2011-12. At the elementary level, the district was down slightly on Sept. 20 while at the secondary level the district was up modestly. The report is due to the Kansas State Department of Education on Oct. 10.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:
 

  • Approved minutes of the Sept. 24, 2012, meeting.
  • Approve a submitted grant application.
  • Approved submitted job descriptions.
  • Approved 6B funding application.
  • Approved Operational Expectations No. 9 -- Communicating with the Public.
  • Renewed the district's snow removal agreement with Miller Homebuilders. The company moves snow off the Sports Arena parking lots where Hutchinson High School students park.
  • Approved the accounts payable report for September 2012.
  • Heard a report on the USA/Kansas Association of School Boards Fall Education Summit from Board President Joe Fangman.
  • Continued their book study of Multipliers.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes in the district.

Hired
  • LuAnn Garland, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Edith Gramkow, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Raymond Gramkow, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Emma Jean Lambert, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Meredith McNaul, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Whitney Parr, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Roger Roots, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Deborah Smith, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Jeff Yoder, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Ana Rumback, Title 1 Educational Aide, HMS at Allen
  • Anika Cohen, Educational Aide - Recess/Lunchroom/Library, Lincoln
  • Nichelle Ingram, Title 1 Math Educational Aide, McCandless
  • Julie Brown, Teachers Assistant, Hutcherson Center/Haven
  • Raymond Gramkow, Classified Substitute / Para, District
  • Kayla Simmons, CSS Para, Wiley/Graber
Resignations
  • Mary McCarthy, Cook/Server, Graber, effective Nov. 30, 2012
  • Linda Parker, Title 1 Math Educational Aide, McCandless, effective Oct. 5, 2012
  • Robert L Yates, English Teacher, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2012-13 school year
Terminations
  • Shane LeBeau, Custodian/Night - HHS, effective Sept. 24, 2012
  • Christopher Shepard, Food Service Assistant - Hutcherson Center, effective Oct. 1, 2012
Position Changes, From, To
  • Austin McFarland, Custodian/Night at Wiley/Allen, Substitute Custodian/District
  • Teri Johanning, Substitute Custodian/District, Custodian/Night at Wiley/Allen
  • Brittany Athavichitchanyaraks, Educational Aide at Morgan, Modified Para at Morgan

 

Gifts to Schools

The Board formally accepted the following gifts to schools and thanked donors.

  • Supplies, valued at $1,500, from Walmart to Lincoln Elementary School.
  • $200.40 from Target to Lincoln for the student activity fund.
  • $250 from First United Methodist Church to Lincoln for the revolving account for student assistance.
  • Supplies valued at $200 from First United Methodist Church to Lincoln.
  • $215.84 from Target to McCandless Elementary School for the revolving account for student assistance.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Administration Center.

September 24, 2012

Board examines strategic plan timeline

The Hutchinson Public School Board of Education Monday (Sept. 24, 2012) plotted a timeline for the 2014-19 strategic plan for the district.

The Board adopted the current five-year strategic plan in 2009. The strategic plan maps out the overall direction the district will be taking over the next five years.

As with the 2009 plan, the Board will be seeking public input at several junctures, beginning this fall with a staff linkage and a student linkage next spring. The process will include presentations to business and civic groups around the community.

According to the timeline, the new plan will be formally adopted by the Board prior to the start of the 2014-15 school year.

Monday's meeting also provided the Board a chance to review technology in the district. The district's technology staff completed 12 projects and made progress on five additional projects from the time students left in May until staff came back in August.

In other action, the Board:

  • Heard an update on the district's Focus Schools as defined by the Kansas State Board of Education and a Kansas Learning Network needs assessment this fall.
  • Monitored Operational Expectation No. 10 – Instructional Programs.
  • Approved the minutes of the Sept. 10, 2012, Board meeting.
  • Approved a submitted grant application.
  • Approved a revised contract with Danera LC to assist the district with special education billing and increased data services.
  • Approved Operational Expectations No. 1 -- Global Operational Expectations, and No. 2 -- Superintendent Succession.
  • Approved the Treasurer's Report for August 2012.
  • Continued its book study of Multipliers.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
  • Greg Lower, Rule 10 - Head Coach Girls' Basketball, HMS-8, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Angi Pabon, Classified Substitute Secretary, District
  • Susie Graciano, Classified TA/Child Care/ Food Service Substitute, Hutcherson Center
  • Thomas Fowler, Classified Substitue/Assistant Debate, HHS
  • Christopher Shepard, Food Service Assistant, Hutcherson Center
  • Kristen Oldham, Resource Room Para, HMS at Allen
  • Larry Ashens, Resource Room Para, HMS at Allen
Resignations
  • Kristin Vaught, Speech Language Pathologist, ESC, effective September 20, 2012
  • Callie Fickes, Teacher Assistant, Hutcherson/Haven, effective September 28, 2012
  • Marie Moody, Educational Title 1 Aide, HMS at Allen, effective September 28, 2012
  • Kristen Taverner, Resource Room Para, HMS at Allen, effective September 7, 2012
  • Brittany Adelhardt, Breakfast/lunch/Playground Educational Aide, HMS at Allen, effective September 18, 2012
Termination
  • Dawn Jones, Custodian/Night, HHS, effective September 5, 2012
Position Changes, From, To
  • Vanessa Small, Certified Substitute, Permanent Para Substitute, effective September 18, 2012
  • Leola Crow, Certified Substitute, Resource Room Para, effective September 24, 2012

Gifts to Schools
The Board formally accepted and thanked donors of the following gifts.

  • Homemade cookies, valued at $25, from First Church of the Nazarene to the Lincoln Elementary School staff
  • Snacks, valued at $40, from the First Church of the Nazarene to the Lincoln staff.
  • School supplies, valued at $100, from the Delos V. Smith Senior Center to Lincoln.
  • School supplies, valued at $130, from Eastwood Church of Christ to Lincoln.
  • School supplies, valued at $15, from Rick Retterer to Lincoln.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Administration Center.

September 10, 2012

Board approves use permit application

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Sept. 10, 2012) approved submission of a conditional use permit for district facilities near 23rd and Severance that would provide permanent storage and restrooms on the site.

The district has soccer and baseball facilities at 23rd and Severance. Restrictions on use of the facilities have required the district to have portable restrooms and few creature comforts -- including changing areas for players. Currently, there are some storage sheds on site and a pole barn.

The district will be requesting permission to build a permanent 10,400 square foot facility that would include locker facilities, ADA public restrooms, a ticket booth and a small scoreboard. Additionally, the existing stands would be mounted on concrete pads.

The proposal would not provide any field lighting.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board monitored math results for district students and received an update on Adequate Yearly Progress.

With the change to Common Core State Standards from AYP standards, the reports also are in the process of seeing major changes.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

  • Received an update on summer maintenance projects in 2012.
  • Approved minutes from the Aug. 27, 2012, Board meeting.
  • Approved submitted grant applications.
  • Approved the continuation of the interagency agreement with the Training and Evaluation Center of Hutchinson and the Reno County Educational Cooperative for the birth through age 5 services for disabled pre-school children in Reno County.
  • Approved the continuation of the interagency agreement between RCEC and the McPherson Special Educational Cooperative to participate in the day school program located in USD 308 facilities.
  • Approved participating in the Kids Voting Kansas program for 2012.
  • Approved the annual maintenance renewal agreement for CISCO network equipment.
  • Approved the accounts receivable report for August 2012.
  • Reviewed Governance Culture Policies on officers' roles, Board committees, annual work plan, members' code of conduct and conflict of interest.
  • Continued their book study of Multipliers.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following changes to personnel.

Hired
  • Brittany Athavichitchanyaraks, Educational Aide, Morgan, effective Aug. 29, 2012
  • Whitney Lansdowne, Speech/Language Para, Faris, effective Aug. 29, 2012
  • Brittany Adelhardt, Playground Aide, HMS at Allen, effective Aug 31, 2012
  • Mattie Huerta, Resource Room Para, HMS-7, effective Sept. 4, 2012
  • Donna Knight, Head Start Secretary, Hutcherson Center, effective Sept. 10, 2012
  • Erica Brooks, Classified Substitute , Hutcherson Center, effective Sept. 10, 2012
  • Velda Bell, Classified Substitute , Hutcherson Center, effective Sept. 10, 2012
  • Mary Walker, Resource Room Para, HMS-7, effective Sept. 10, 2012
  • Jeremmy Hoard, DD-K Para, Graber, effective Sept. 24, 2012
  • Shelby Twiss, Assistant Debate Coach, HHS, effective Sept. 27, 2012
  • Thomas Fowler, Assistant Debate Coach, HHS, effective Sept. 11, 2012
  • Keenan Matthies, Custodian/Night, HHS, effective Sept. 11, 2012
  • Shane LeBeau, Custodian/Night, HHS, effective Sept. 12, 2012
  • Cassie Delaney, Health Room Assistant, HHS, effective Sept. 12, 2012
  • Charles Burt, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Corinne Dunn, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Kristen Fee, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Shawn Freeman, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Napoleon Irving, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Julia Johnson, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Leon Moeder, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Carlye Morey, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Vannessa Small, Substitute Teacher, District
Resignations
  • Vanessa Bale, Educational Aide, Lincoln, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Nayoyah Wooten, Resource Room Para, HMS at Allen, effective Aug. 31, 2012
  • Tara Trass, Early Head Start Home Visitor, Hutcherrson Center, effective Sept. 14, 2012
  • Tammy Ward, Resource Room Para, HMS-7, effective Aug. 28, 2012
Termination
  • Daniel Carrington, Custodian, Wiley Elementary, effective Aug. 29, 2012
Position Changes, From, To
  • Keith Eschliman, Classified/Certified Sustitute - District, CSS Para - Wiley Elementary, effective Sept. 4, 2012
  • Jill Nolde, Custodian/Night - HHS, Custodian - Wiley Elementary, effective, Sept. 4, 2012

Gifts to Schools
The Board formally accepted the following gifts and thanked donors.

  • Supplies from Bill Durbin to Faris Elementary School.
  • Supplies from Eastwood Church of Christ to Faris.
  • Supplies from Dollar General Store to Faris.
  • $204.71 from Lowe's Home Improvements to Graber Elementary School for paint and buckets to improve and update the playground.
  • $213.28 from Target Stores to Wiley Elementary School for its revolving gifts fund.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 24, at the Administration Center.

August 27, 2012

Board tours HMS-8 FACS lab

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education went back to the future -- but this time the future has changed from the past.

The Board and the public met at Hutchinson Middle School -- 8 for a tour of the Family and Consumer Sciences lab prior to the 7 p.m. Board meeting.

For the first trimester of 2012-13, nearly two-thirds of the HMS-8 student body is taking family and consumer science courses. Once upon a time, the classes were known as "home ec," but have evolved into more. While the classes of the 1950s and 1960s might have been filled with young women, both young men and young women take the classes today.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board heard a report from Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger on a diversity survey from the district. USD 308 has a focus on diversity because its student body is a racially and economically diverse population. The survey was done last spring to identify student perceptions of their experiences within district schools. Based on the survey, a district task force will identify focus areas this fall.

The survey was done with all students in grades five through eight and 30 percent of Hutchinson High School students.

Dr. Kiblinger also gave a report on preliminary enrollment. As of Monday, Aug. 27, the preliminary counts show the district appears to have a slight gain in enrollment over 2011-12.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

  • Approved Governance Culture 6E: Annual Work Plan
  • Approved Board meeting dates.
  • Approved minutes from the Aug. 13, 2012, Board meeting.
  • Approved submitted grant applications.
  • Approved an out-of-state student trip for the Hutchinson High School band to attend the Maple Leaf Marching Festival Oct. 20 in Carthage, Mo.
  • Approved a memorandum of understanding between the district and Smart Start of Reno County.
  • Approved the purchase of graphing calculators for HHS and Hutchinson Middle School.
  • Approved Early Head Start's participation in the Making Online Decisions project.
  • Approved Reno County Head Start's selection criteria for its prenatal to age 4 programs.
  • Approved the Head Start Policy Council membership and election procedures.
  • Approved the Head Start and Early Head Start janitorial service agreement.
  • Approved the purchase of a multi-functional activity bus.
  • Approved the Skyward student data management license agreement.
  • Approved the Treasurer's Report for July 2012.
  • Held an executive session for 10 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel.
  • Discussed the second chapter of the book Multipliers, for Board development.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following changes in personnel.

Hired
  • Richard Anderson, Assistant Coach Football, Hutchinson High School, 2012-13 school year
  • Michael Hein, Assistant Coach Football, Hutchinson High School, 2012-13 school year
  • Amber Neighbor, Head Coach Volleyball, HMS-7, 2012-13 school year
  • Richard Snyder, Assistant Coach Volleyball, HMS-7, 2012-13 school year
  • Abby Thompson, Assistant Coach Volleyball, Hutchinson High School, 2012-13 school year
  • Marcus Yoder, Teacher Assistant, Hutcherson Center, Aug. 20, 2012
  • Alicia Burrola, ESL Aide, Faris/Allen, Aug. 20, 2012
  • Linda Parker, Title 1 Educational Aide, McCandless, Aug. 15, 2012
  • Alejandra Marroquin, ESL Aide, Lincoln, Aug. 22, 2012
  • Anastasia Rogers, Custodian/Night, HHS , Aug. 20, 2012
  • Dorothy McCallister, Modified Para, HHS, Aug. 20, 2012
  • Tara Horne, Accounts Payable Specialist, Ad Center, Aug. 20, 2012
  • Vanessa Hubbard, Custodial Substitute, District,
  • Ursela Hemman, Secretary Substitute, District,
  • Kay Bott, Playground Aide, HMS at Allen, Aug. 20, 2012
  • Courteney Colvin, Resource Room Para, HHS, Aug. 27, 2012
  • Joe Kaufman, Modified Para, Morgan, Aug. 14, 2012
  • Kathaleen Redd, Specialized Para, Graber, Aug. 21, 2012
  • Stacey Thomas, Assistant Fruits and Vegtables, HMS-8, Aug. 27, 2012
  • Kelly Gauthier, CSS Para, Wiley, Aug. 27, 2012
  • Sarah Kelsey, CSS Para, McCandless, Aug. 27, 2012
Resignations
  • Sierra Radke, Head Coach Volleyball, HMS-7, 2012-13 school year
  • Julie Harbert, Speech/Language Para, Faris, Aug. 14, 2012
  • Cherrie Arnold, Educational Aide, Morgan, Aug. 31, 2012
Terminations
  • Janet Milow, Custodian/Night, HHS, Aug. 20, 2012
  • Branda Kent, Resource Room Para, HMS-7, Aug. 23, 2012

Gifts to Schools
The Board formally accepted the following gifts and thanked donors.

  • $450 from Kiwanis Club of Hutchinson to Faris Elementary School to purchase library books.
  • $500 from Target to Faris to purchase library books.
  • A skeleton model, valued at $200, to HHS for student learning.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum.

August 13, 2012

Board approves FY13 budget

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Aug. 13, 2012) approved the Fiscal Year 2013 budget during its regular meeting.

Action came after a brief public hearing.

The budget proposes general fund legal maximum spending of about $30.6 million. For the first time in three years, the Legislature increased base state aid. The 2012-13 budget includes the $58 per pupil increase in state aid -- representing a 1.5 percent increase in the base state aid per pupil.

Overall, the estimated tax rate for 2012-13 for district taxpayers will be 56.41 mills or 0.75 mill lower than in 2011-12.

In other action, the Board:

  • Appointed Karin Neal to serve on the Hutchinson Recreation Commission.
  • Approved the minutes of the July 23, 2012, meeting.
  • Approved the bank card agreement with Central Bank and Trust.
  • Approved the local interagency program agreement between Reno County Head Start, Reno County Education Cooperative and the Training and Evaluation Center of Hutchinson, Inc.
  • Approved milk bids for 2012-13.
  • Approved Operational Expectation No. 5 -- Fiscal Planning.
  • Approved the accounts payable report for July 2012.
  • Approved a change to the district parent/student information booklet.
  • Approve the agreement with Hutchinson Community College for technical education courses.
  • Approved the renewal of the contract for online backup services.
  • Approved administrative policy changes.
  • Approved the Child and Adult Care Food Program agreement and certification statement.
  • Approved the contract to use the Sports Arena for Hutchinson High School graduation.
  • Approved the annual YMCA agreement.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following changes in personnel.

Hired
  • Joe Kaufman, Grade 5 Teacher , Morgan Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Catherine Leake, Grade 6 Teacher, Faris Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Kristin Vaught, Speech Language Pathologist, Educational Service Center/HMS-7, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Lisa West, Vocal Music Teacher, Faris & Lincoln, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Richard Anderson, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Karen Boston, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Deborah Davis, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Larry Dodge, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Kelbe McGill, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Samantha Owen, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Joel Vinson, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Aimee Riddle, Family Support Worker/Fairfield, SJH/Fairfield, effective Aug. 3, 2012
  • Amanda Trammel, CSS Para, HMS-7, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Tiffany Parks, Resource Room Para, HMS-8, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Kellie Moore, Resource Room Para, Morgan Elementary, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Kristen Taverner, Resource Room Para, HMS at Allen, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Julie Parrott, Hearing Impaired Resource Para, HMS-7, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Lyndsey Clune, Modified Para, HMS-7, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Janice Rages, Educational Aide, Lincoln, effective Aug. 15, 2012
  • Amber Grimes, Cafeteria Aide, HHS, effective Aug. 13, 2012
  • Kylee Hawk, Cook/Server, Wiley, Aug. 14, 2012
  • Adrienne Freeman, Assistant Baker, HMS-7, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Marcus Yoder, Head Start Teacher Assistant, Hutcherson Center/Haven, effective Aug. 8, 2012
  • Erika Ewing, Educational Aide, McCandless, effective Aug. 15, 2012
  • Sherry Treece, Resource Room Para, HMS-7, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Jane Gottschalk, CSS Para, HMS-7, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Jessica Keast, Food Service Accountability Secretary, HMS-8, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Cecilia Cross, ESL Aide, HMS-7, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Julie Harbert, Speech/Language Para, Faris, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Genevive Iverson, Resource Room Para, Lincoln, effective Aug. 15, 2012
  • Janelle Pooler, Daycare Assistant, HHS, effective Aug. 10, 2012
  • Tammy Ward, Resource Room Para, HMS-7, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Kayla Whitley, ISS Supervisor, HMS-7, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Natoyah Wooten, Resource Room Para, HMS at Allen, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Alicia Greene, Educational Aide, Lincoln
  • Cara Garcia, Custodian/Night, HHS
  • Joni Huston, Modified Para, HHS, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Branda Kent, Resource Room Para, HMS-7, effective Aug. 14, 2012
Retirement
  • Lynde Abbott, Accounts Payable , Ad Center, effective July 31, 2012
Resignations
  • Lori Scantlin, Vocal Music Teacher, Faris and Lincoln,
  • DeAngelo Green, ISS Supervisor, HMS-7, effective May 24, 2012
  • Alexa Owens, Breakfast/Lunch/Playground, HMS at Allen, effective May 24, 2012
  • Michelle Wilson, Title 1 Aide, Lincoln, effective May 24, 2012
  • Heather Ritter, Food Service Assistant, Hutcherson Center, effective May 18, 2012
  • Sarah Ruggiero, Assistant Baker, HMS-7, effective May 24, 2012
  • Ashley Stevens, Breakfast/Lunch/Playground, HMS at Allen, effective May 24, 2012
  • Christy Jones, Educational Aide - 4 year old Program, Graber, effective May 24, 2012
Position Changes, From, To
  • Carlton Devaul, Head Night Custodian/HHS, Custodian/Day, effective Aug. 1, 2012
  • Barbara LeGates, Custodian/Night - HHS, Head Night Custodian/HHS, effective Aug. 1, 2012
  • Austin McFarland, Substitute Custodian - District, Custodian/Night - Wiley/Allen, effective Aug. 8, 2012
  • Buffy Countryman, Food Service Accountability Secretary-HMS-8, Resource Room Para-HMS-8, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Rachel Green, Head Start Secretary-Hutcherson Center, Early Head Start Secretary
  • Jamie Rodriguez, Educational Aide - McCandless, Food Service Secretary - McCandless, effective July 30, 2012
  • Desiree Ross, Assistant Baker - Lincoln, Head Baker - Lincoln, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Lisa Navarro, Cook/Server - Wiley, Assistant Baker - Lincoln, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Janet Simmons, CSS Para - Lincoln, Library Media Assistant - Wiley, effective Aug. 1, 2012
  • Beverly Magnuson, Food Service Substitute - District, Cook/Server - HMS-7, effective Aug. 14, 2012
  • Cegan Lansdown, CSS Para - McCandless, Teacher Assistant - Hutcherson Center/Haven, effective Aug. 8, 2012
  • Jennifer Meza, Resource Room Para - McCandless, Educational Aide – 4 year old Program, effective Aug. 15, 2012

Gifts to Schools
The Board formally accepted the following gifts to schools and thanked donors.

  • $300 from T.A. Management Group LLC (Hutchinson IHOP) to the district for library books.
  • $100 worth of $5 gift cards from T.A. Management Group LLC (Hutchinson IHOP) to the district for new teacher give-aways.
  • 45 paint sticks from Westlake Ace Hardware, 1304 North Main, to Faris Elementary School for use on library passes and shelf markers.
  • $1,000 grant from Target to Faris to buy Common Core materials.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Hutchinson Middle School -- 8. The meeting is being held at HMS – 8 to allow the board an opportunity to tour the newly renovated FACS lab. At 6:40 p.m., the Board will take a tour of the new FACS facilities at HMS-8. The public is invited to the tour.

The Board also will meet in its annual retreat Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum. The retreat begins with breakfast and a welcome at 8 a.m. with the formal program beginning at 8:30 a.m.

July 23, 2012

Board takes first look at 2012-13 budget

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (July 23, 2012) took a first formal look at the proposed 2012-13 budget during its regular meeting.

The budget proposes general fund legal maximum spending of about $30.6 million. For the first time in three years, the Legislature increased base state aid. The 2012-13 budget includes the $58 per pupil increase in state aid -- representing a 1.5 percent increase in the base state aid per pupil.

Overall, the estimated tax rate for 2012-13 for district taxpayers will be 56.41 mills or 0.75 mill lower than in 2011-12.

The Board will have the formal public hearing on the 2012-13 budget at 7:05 p.m. Aug. 13, 2012, at the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum. At that time, the Board could reduce the maximum budget but cannot increase it.

Also during the meeting, the Board took the first step toward enlarging the tax base of the Hutchinson Recreation Commission from the USD 308 boundaries to the city limits of Hutchinson. Geographically, USD 308 only takes in a portion of the corporate city limits of Hutchinson.

The Board approved a resolution that leaves the Hutchinson Recreation Commission’s structure the same but extends its taxing authority to the city of Hutchinson. The Hutchinson City Council will be asked to act on the same resolution on Aug. 7.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

  • Heard a Common Core State Standards report from Jeanne Stroh, assistant superintendent.
  • Board later approved a motion directing Superintendent Dr. Shelly Kiblinger to move forward with Common Core State Standards with the full backing of the Board. Dr. Kiblinger will talk about Common Core State Standards to staff at the opening convocation on Aug. 8.
  • Heard a long-range facility/capital outlay plan for the district.
  • Heard the Superintendent's Update from Dr. Shelly Kiblinger, focusing on the recently announced No Child Left Behind federal waiver the state of Kansas received last week.
  • Monitored Results 2.1-7: Academics -- Social Studies.
  • Reviewed Operational Expectations 12: Learning Environment/Treatment of Students.
  • Approved minutes of the July 9, 2012, meeting.
  • Approved an as-needed interpreting services contract with Flores Interpreting, not to exceed $3,000 annually.
  • Approved submitted handbooks.
  • Designated Mike Mendoza, Jeff Nichols and Kent Hilst to serve on the Educational Facilities Authority of Reno County.
  • Approved the Title 6B application.
  • Approved the agreement between USD 308 and Keystone Learning Services for the WeKids computerized IEP program.
  • Approved the Blue Cross/Blue Shield renewal for fiscal year 2012-13. Rates have dropped slightly for the contract year that begins Oct. 1, 2012. Since starting its partially self-funded plan in 2003-04, the plan has increased an average of only 2.5 percent per year. During that period of time, dental insurance was added to the plan as well.
  • Approved the purchase of a mower.
  • Approved the Treasurer's Report for June 2012.
  • Reviewed Common Core State Standards accountability.

Personnel Report

Hired
  • Erica Buller, Assistant Coach Girls' Tennis, Hutchinson Middle School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Brittany Hollon, Grade 6 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Beth Redinger, Summer School Principal, Avenue A Elementary School, effective July 9, 2012
Resignations
  • Kami Hodson, CSS Para, Graber Elementary, effective May 24, 2012
  • Amanda Hiebert, CSS Para, HMS-7, effective May 24, 2012
  • Jennifer Bishop, Resource Room Para, HMS-7 effective May 24, 2012
  • Caleb Almanza, Rule 10 - Assistant Coach Wrestling, Hutchinson Middle School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Nathan Henry, Assistant Coach Baseball, Hutchinson High School, effective 2012-13 school year
Terminations
  • Shirley Woods, Early Head Start Secretary, EHS, effective July 11, 2012
  • Binnie Kendrick, Teacher Assistant, Head Start, effective May 24, 2012
  • Sevel Johnson, Custodian/Night, HHS, effective July 16, 2012
Position Change From, To
  • Jerye Pyle, Classified Substitute Custodian/ District, Custodian Part-time Night/ Ad Center and Graber Elementary,

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 13, 2012, at the Administration Center. A majority of Board members are expected to attend the opening convocation for the 2012-13 school year at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 8, 2012, at the Salthawk Activity Center.

July 9, 2012

Fangman elected Board president

Joe Fangman was elected president of the USD 308 Board of Education for the 2012-13 school term during the annual organizational meeting of the body Monday (July 9, 2012). Mary Lynn Baker was elected vice president.

Monday's meeting took care of legal but largely routine business to start the school term.

The Board did hear a report on Common Core Standards from Donna Davis, district executive director for secondary learning. The district is moving forward with Common Core standards in 2012-13. Parents will receive information about the standards throughout the school year.

The Board made several annual appointments during the meeting.
 

  • Treasurer: Lori Blakesley
  • Assistant Treasurer: Cindy Hughes
  • Clerk: Molly Carson
  • Deputy Clerk: Rick Kraus
  • KPERS Representatives: Lori Blakesley, Agent; Jamie Brown, Alternate Agent; Valerie Armstrong, Alternate Agent
  • Student Due Process Appeal Officers: Ronn Roehm, Michael Ellegood, Cindy Cooprider, Rod Rathbun
  • 504 Coordinator: Linda Grote
  • Food Service Representative: Jennifer Gardner
  • Hearing Officers for Free and Reduced Price Meal Application Appeal: Randy Norwood, Lori Blakesley
  • Director of Head Start Program: Jeanne Stroh
  • Custodians of the Activity Funds: Principals
  • Designation of Bank Depositories: Central Bank and Trust Company; Bank of Kansas; First National Bank and Trust; Peoples Bank and Trust; Commerce Bank; Municipal Accounting Pool
  • 403(b) Plan Administrator: Lori Blakesley
  • Clerk, Deputy Clark, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer Bonds: Public Official Bond of $100,000 each
  • Authorization for the Deposit of Interest Money from Funds to Appropriate Special Funds: Treasurer
  • Truancy Officer: Donna Davis
  • Building Truancy Reporter: Building Principals
  • Title VI, VII and IX Coordinator: Rick Kraus
  • Auditor of Record: Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Lloyd, LLC
  • Plan 125 Benefits Agent of Record: American Fidelity
  • Official Newspaper: The Hutchinson News
  • Freedom of Information Officer: Ray Hemman
  • Privacy Officer: Ray Hemman
  • Coordinator for Homeless Children: Jeanne Stroh
  • Director of Educational Federal Programs: Donna Davis
  • Board representative for Hutchinson Community College Area Vocational School: Betty Garcia
  • Board representatives for Educational Facility Authority of Reno County: Mike Mendoza, Jeff Nichols and Kent Hilst
  • Board representative for District Benefit Committee: Betty Garcia
  • Board representative for the Hutchinson Recreation Commission: Joe Fangman
  • Board representative for Head Start: Sarah Blake
  • Communities that Care liaison: Mary Lynn Baker

In other action, the Board:

  • Rescinded all policy statements not codified as policy.
  • Set regular Board meetings for 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month with an optional meeting on the fourth Monday of each month unless those dates conflict with holidays. As a practical point, the Board routinely meets on the fourth Monday of each month.
  • Approved the hourly option for the district calendar. Under state law, the district must have school 1,116 or more hours each year. The previously approved 2012-13 calendar was developed around the hour option.
  • Set petty cash limits for various schools and activities within the district.
  • Approved the destruction of certain district records in accordance with state laws.
  • Approved school activity funds for individual schools and internal accounting control measures.
  • Approved an early payment request policy to allow certain payments be made prior to Board meetings if making those payments will avoid late fees or allow the district to receive a discount for early payment.
  • Authorized the district to participate in the Municipal Investment Pool.
  • Approved the district organizational chart for 2012-13.
  • Approved designating Martindell, Swearer & Shaffer to provide legal counsel for the district for 2012-13.
  • Approved minutes from the June 25, 2012, meeting.
  • Approved district handbooks for 2012-13.
  • Approved Head Start annual memorandums of understanding with USD 309, USD 310, UISD 312 and USD 313.
  • Approved the accounts payable report for June 2012.

Personnel Report
The Board formally approved the following personnel changes.

Certified
Hired
  • Ryan Ewy, Assistant Coach Track, Hutchinson Middle School- 8, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Valerie Garcia, Instructional Coach, Faris Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Casey Johnson, Grade 6 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Kathleen Keller, Grade 4 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Amber Neighbor, Assistant Coach Volleyball, Hutchinson Middle School-7, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Cody Swanson, Assistant Coach Cross Country, Hutchinson Middle School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Kara Warren, Assistant Coach Volleyball, Hutchinson Middle School-8, effective 2012-13 school year
Position Change, From, To
  • Valerie Blanchat, Special Education Teacher/Morgan, Special Education Teacher/HMS at Allen, effective 2012-2013 school year
Classified
Hired
  • Lori Klaassen, Specialized Para, HMS-7
  • Erika Barnes, Health Assistant, HHS
  • Willie Stokes, Custodian -- Night, HHS
  • Dawn Jones, Custodian -- Night, HHS
  • Doug Herrell, Custodian -- Night, HHS
  • Dusty Raigoza, Technology Helpdesk, TSC
Resignations
  • Daniel Hoffman, Custodian/Night, HHS, effective June 15, 2012
  • Albert Hicks III, Custodian/Night, HHS, effective June 6, 2012
  • DeAngela Thiemann, Teacher Assistant, Haven Head Start, effective May 24, 2012
  • Jacquelyn Gilbert, Head Baker, Lincoln, effective July 27, 2012
Position Change, From, To
  • Abigail Schrag, Classified Daycare Substitute, HHS Daycare Assistant, effective Aug. 8, 2012

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. July 23, at the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum.