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June 25, 2012

Board reviews fundraising

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (June 25, 2012) reviewed fundraising within the district, and the new processes that are being implemented for the 2012-13 school year.

Like most school districts, taxpayer funding is augmented in USD 308 by student, parent and community fundraisers. For 2011-12, an incomplete listing estimated that more than $377,000 was raised through fundraisers.

In terms of taxes, since 1 mill of property taxes raises about $195,000, it would be the equivalent of nearly 2 mills of taxes. On a per-student basis, it is the equivalent of $75 per student in the district.

The money and other items donated are used for a wide range needs in the district -- from basic student supplies to field trips to meals and travel for teams to playground equipment.

he district has moved to a more organized way of tracking fundraisers, designed to give staff a better idea of how much money is raised and to help organizations determine how successful different types of fundraisers are.

The Board also approved an administrative job swap. Jeanne Stroh will change jobs with Donna Davis, beginning July 1. Stroh has been the director of elementary education and will become the assistant superintendent. Davis will return to her former position of executive director of secondary learning.

The two are working together on the job swap. Stroh is working to finish her doctorate in education later this year from Kansas State University and wanted a broader experience in district-wide administration.

The job changes were initiated by the pair, who work closely together in their jobs. It is similar to a job swap Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger had with another colleague in Garden City USD 457 prior to coming to USD 308.

Also during Monday's meeting the Board:

  • Heard a Superintendent’s Update from Dr. Shelly Kiblinger.
  • Heard a Common Core Report from Davis.
  • Approved Operational Expectations 11 -- Discipline.
  • Approved final budget transfers for the 2011-12 school year. The district’s fiscal year goes from July 1 to June 30.
  • Approved minutes from the June 11, 2012, Board meeting.
  • Set Aug. 18, 2012, as the Board retreat.
  • Approved the Kansas State Department of Education Child Nutrition Wellness program agreements for 2012-13.
  • Approved the purchase of three convection ovens and milk cooler from Nutrition Services funds.
  • Approved the worker's compensation contract for 2012-13 with Fee Insurance.
  • Approved an increase in cellular telephone stipends for administrators.
  • Approved copy paper bids.
  • Heard a report on the Kansas Association of School Boards legislative wrap-up meeting in Hutchinson June 20.
  • Approved the Treasurer's Report for May 2012.

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

Licensed
Hired
  • Pam Bevan, June Bugs Principal, Lincoln Elementary School, effective June 11, 2012
  • Joe Kaufman, Summer Education Experience Program, Career and Technical Education Academy, effective June 11, 2012
  • Teresa Lehr, Summer Education Experience Program, Career and Technical Education Academy, effective June 11, 2012
  • Heather Olson, Summer Education Experience Program, Career and Technical Education Academy, effective June 11, 2012
  • Michelle Smith, Grade 1 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Shannon Stuckert, Summer Scholars Principal, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective July 9, 2012
  • Joel Thompson, Summer Education Experience Program, Career and Technical Education Academy, effective June 11, 2012
  • Jim Willis, Summer Education Experience Program, Career and Technical Education Academy, effective June 11, 2012
Position Changes, From, To
  • Donna Davis, Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning/Ad Center, Executive Director of Secondary Learning/Ad Center, effective July 1, 2012
  • Jeanne Stroh, Director of Elementary Education/Ad Center, Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning/Ad Center, effective July 1, 2012
Classified
Hired
  • Steve Cline, Certified Substitute SEEP, CTEA
  • Tamra Stanley, Para, SEEP, CTEA
  • Sno Thieman, Para, SEEP, CTEA
  • Mark Good, Custodian/Night, HHS
  • Janet Milow, Custodian/Night, HHS
  • Sevel Johnson, Custodian/Night, HHS
Position Eliminated
  • Christina Ingvalison, Title 1 Aide , Faris, effective May 24, 2012
Retirement
  • Kay Martin, Custodian/Night, HHS, effective June 29, 2012
Resignations
  • Enrique Morgan, Resource Room Para, McCandless, effective May 24, 2012
  • Veronica Alvarez, Functional Special Class Para, Faris, effective May 24, 2012
  • Gloria Vera, Elementary Secretary, McCandless, effective June 1, 2012
  • Nicole Lamar, CSS Para, Wiley, effective May 24, 2012
  • Ashlee Brown, Behavior Support Para, Morgan, effective May 25, 2012
Position Changes, From, To
  • Amy Traffas, LD Para/HMS-8, Library Aide/HMS-7 and HMS-8, effective 2012-13 School Year
  • Daniel Carrington, Custodian Part-Time/Wiley, Custodian Full-Time/Wiley, effective July 2, 2012
  • Jo Clark, Custodian/ Wiley, Head Custodian/Wiley, effective July 2, 2012

Gifts to Schools
The Board accepted and formally thanked 20 donors for gifts totaling $26,885 for athletics and activities at Hutchinson High School for the period Jan. 1 to June 14, 2012.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. July 9 at the Administration Center. This will be the first meeting of the 2012-13 school term and the annual organizational meeting of the Board.

June 11, 2012

Board approves bond refinancing

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (June 11, 2012) approved a refinancing plan for a portion of the 2007 bonds. The bonds financed districtwide improvements.

The plan will save about $593,006. Under federal regulations, the district is limited to the amount of bonds it can refinance at lower rates at any given time.

The district's 2006 voter-approved bond issue was for $78.8 million. The amount refinanced by the Board’s action Monday was about $7.5 million.

Also during Monday's meeting, after a brief public hearing, the Board approved a republished budget for the 2011-12 school year.

In late May, the district has learned it could receive an additional $17,962 in special education money from the state of Kansas. To access that money, however, the Board had to republish a larger budget amount than it had previously.

The Board also monitored and approved the Results-5: Life and Careers 21st Century Skills. As part of the process, the Board reviewed work at the district’s Career and Technical Education Academy as well as programs at other schools. For example, in fall 2012, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen's focus shifts to STEM -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The Board later approved STEM-focused purchases for Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen.

Prior to the formal discussion of R-5, David T. Patterson, HCTEA director, gave a Continuous Improvement Report on the Academy. During his report, he used technology to video conference with district welding students who are preparing for national competition.

In other action, the Board:

  • Heard an update from Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger.
  • Reviewed the 2011-12 Operational Plan.
  • Heard a Common Core report from Assistant Superintendent Donna Davis.
  • Approved minutes from Board meetings on May 14 and May 30.
  • Approved submitted grant applications.
  • Approved Operational Expectations-8: Communicating with the Board.
  • Approved the purchase of Skyward student data management and human resources management suites.
  • Approved Developmental Reading Assessment kit purchases.
  • Approved Fit for Kansas Kids renewal memorandum.
  • Approved the purchase of Reading Plus licenses and a district license for the program.
  • Approved a Hutchinson High School Child Care Center and Early Head Start memorandum of understanding.
  • Approved a resolution agreement with the Office for Civil Rights.
  • Approved a tax-exempt compliance procedure resolution.
  • Approved the Head Start continuation grant application addendum.
  • Approved increases in substitute teacher pay, paralleling increases given to other district staff members. The daily rate for substitute teachers increases to $83 from $80 in 2012-13.
  • Approved the athletic trainer agreement with Pinnacle Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic.
  • Approved the 2013 Carl D. Perkins application.
  • Approved Family and Consumer Sciences remodel work at HMC-8.
  • Approved the agreement renewal with Stutzman Refuse to provide trash and recycling services to the district. The agreement extends pricing from the 2007 agreement with the company.
  • Renewed the district's agreement with Discovery Education for streaming video.
  • Approved technology purchases for Reno County Youth Services. USD 308 provides educational services for youth in RCYS.
  • Approved the accounts payable report for May 2012.
  • Approved the treasurer's report for April 2012.
  • Met in executive session for 20 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel. After the executive session, the Board increased 2012-13 salary for the superintendent by 3.36 percent.
  • Approved a non-competition agreement with a firm with which the district is contracting to provide a speech pathologist for the 2012-13 school year.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following changes in personnel.

Hired
  • Stephanie Stroh, Summer June Bugs Para, Lincoln
  • Janet Simmons, Summer June Bugs Para, Lincoln
  • Gloria Evans, Summer Custodian, District
  • Virginia Roth, Summer Custodian, District
  • Erica Grissom, Summer Custodian, District
  • Kami Hodson, Summer Custodian, District
  • Shane Warren, Summer Custodian, District
  • Lonath Perry, Summer Custodian, District
  • Danyel Phillips, Summer Custodian, District
  • Austin McFarland, Summer Custodian, District
  • Katelyn Klaassen, Summer Custodian, District
  • Dalton Luce, Summer Custodian, District
  • Matt Sunner, Summer Custodian, District
  • Ethan Williams, Summer Custodian, District
  • James Edwards, Summer Maintenance, District
  • Jalen Getting, Summer Maintenance, District
  • Jarred Westmoreland, Summer Maintenance, District
  • Desiree Ross, Summer Maintenance, District
  • Tanner Blakesley, Summer Maintenance, District
  • Devin Brown, Summer Maintenance, District
  • Justin Goetz, Summer Maintenance, District
  • Jess Westmoreland, Summer Maintenance, District
  • Vince Vieyra, Summer Maintenance, District
  • Scott Thomas, Summer Maintenance, District
  • Max Stewart, Summer Maintenance, District
  • Ashlyn Lloyd, Summer Maintenance, District
  • Brett Vieyra, Summer Maintenance, District
  • Lisa Garcia, Gifted Para, Trinity
  • Megan Thurston, Classified Secretary Substitute, District
  • Tracy Bradford, Functional Class Para, Faris, effective 2012-13 School Year
  • Darcie Canfield, Middle School Secretary, HMS-7, effective 2012-13 School Year
  • Wanda Schmitz, Elementary Secretary, Wiley Elementary, effective 2012-13 School Year
  • Mary Gere Bridger, Language Arts Teacher, HMS-8, effective 2012-13 School Year
  • Angela Leep, Grade 4 Teacher, McCandless Elementary, effective 2012-13 School Year
  • Cody Swanson, Math Teacher, HMS-8, effective 2012-13 School Year
  • Shandi Webster, Language Arts Teacher, HMS-7, effective 2012-13 School Year
Resignations
  • Drew Luty, Help Desk Specialist, Technology Support Center, effective June 22, 2012
  • Samantha Owen, Title 1 Aide, McCandless, effective May 24, 2012
  • Kim Brockleman, Head Custodian, Wiley, effective June 29, 2012
  • errine Bonham, DD/K/Intinerate Consultant, Avenue A, effective May 24, 2012
  • Dorothea Warner, Resource Room Para, HMS at Allen, effective May 24, 2012
  • Meshka Becker, ESL Aide, Lincoln, effective May 24, 2012
  • Courtney Anschutz, Day Care Assistant, HHS Daycare, effective May 25, 2012
  • Kaylene Nisly, Family Support Worker, Hutcherson Center, effective May 30, 2012
  • Brandon Brown, Modified Special Class Para, HMS-7, effective May 24, 2012
  • Nathaniel Hoefer, CSS Para, McCandless, effective May 24, 2012
  • Jena Simms, Resource Room Para, Morgan, effective May 24, 2012
  • Kyle Unruh, Modified Special Class Para, HMS-7, effective May 24, 2012
Terminations
  • Jennifer Latimer, CSS Para, HMS-7, effective May 24, 2012
  • James Belcher, Custodian, HHS, effective May 14, 2012
  • Adrienne Freeman, Resource Room Para, HMS at Allen, effective May 24, 2012
Position Changes, From, To
  • Amy Weeks, Certified Substitute/District, Literacy Para/Allen/TBA, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Marcy Janssen, Resource Room Para/HMS-7, Special Literacy Para/HHS effective 2012-13 school year
  • Marnie Proffitt, Title 1 Aide/Lincoln, Literacy Para/Lincoln/Faris, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Helen Nicholson, Modified Special Class Para/HHS, Teacher Assistant/Hutcherson Center, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Ashley Mercado, Educational Aide/Lincoln, ESL Aide/HMS-7, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Emily Smith, Middle School Secretary/HMS-7, Middle School Activity Treasurer, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Marlen West, ESL Aide/Avenue A, Interpreter Aide/Avenue A, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Terri Baumchen, Literacy Para/Faris, Library Media Assistant/HHS, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Marie Keyser, Kindergarten Aide/McCandless, Resource Room Para/McCandless, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Loretta Smith, Assistant Fruit & Vegetables/HMS-8, Head Baker/HMS-8, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Reginald Fredericks, Resource Room Para/HMS at Allen, Modified Special Class Para/Avenue A, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Janet Simmons, Resource Room Para/Lincoln, Library Media Assistant/Wiley, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Jenny Siepert, Kindergarten Aide/McCandless, Title I Math Aide/McCandless, effective 2012-13 school year

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

  • $300 from the Hutchinson Community Foundation to Faris Elementary School for its Reading is Fundamental program.
  • $150 from Target to Faris for library books and items to promote reading.
  • $300 from the Hutchinson Community Foundation to Faris for Reading is Fundamental.
  • $450 from the Center for Learning Tree Institute to Wiley Elementary School for sixth grade classroom supplies.
  • Ice cream sandwiches from First National Bank to Wiley for students.
  • $400 from the John R. and Bethen Rimmer Fund to Morgan Elementary School for enrichment supplies for K-2 students.
  • $450 from the Center for Learning Tree/Communities That Care to Morgan for the CTC youth survey.
  • $973.16 from the Morgan PTO to Morgan to pay for three field trip buses.
  • Oranges, valued at $57, from Smith’s Market to Morgan.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. June 25 in the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum. A majority of Board members may attend the Kansas Association of School Boards summer advocacy meeting at 11:30 a.m. June 20 in the Professional Learning Center at Hutchinson High School. This will not be a Board meeting and no action will be taken.

May 30, 2012

Board approves negotiated agreement

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Wednesday (May 30, 2012) approved the 2012-13 negotiated agreement with Hutchinson NEA as well as an addendum to the 2011-12 agreement.

The 2012-13 agreement includes a pay increase package totaling about 3.9 percent for licensed staff. The addendum to the 2011-12 agreement pays licensed staff -- including teachers, counselors and nurses -- a $1,000 stipend. The stipend resulted from the district having additional salary dollars available because of increased student enrollment for the current school year.

Also on the agenda were stipends for classified staff and administrators. Classified staffers, primarily hourly employees for the district, who were on duty April 1 and were employed at the end of the school year will receive $500 while administrators will receive $1,000.

The Board also voted to increase compensation for classified staff and administrators. Those staff members will see about a 3.36 percent increase in compensation. The Board will set Superintendent Dr. Shelly Kiblinger's compensation later this summer.

Also during Wednesday's meeting, the Board approved republishing the current year's budget. The public hearing on the republished budget will be at 7:05 p.m. June 11 at the Administration Center.

The district has learned it will receive an additional $17,962 in special education money from the state of Kansas. To access that money, however, the Board has to republish a larger budget amount than it had previously.

In other action the Board:

  • Approved out of state travel to Bloomington, Indiana, for the Future Problem Solvers competition.
  • Approved Early Head Start lease agreements at 317 West 2nd and 518 North Washington.
  • Approved furniture purchases for Early Head Start.
  • Approved the renewal of library software with Follett Software Co.

Personnel Report
The Board also approved the following personnel changes.

Licensed
Hired
  • Samantha Kempf, Grade 5 Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Lisa Madden, Special Education Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School-7, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Peggy Miller, June Bugs Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, effective June 11, 2012
  • Amanda Wilke, To Be Decided, McCandless Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Thomas Wilke, Science Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Nicole Wolf, English Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Robert L Yates, English Teacher, Hutchinson High School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Kylie Yearout, Kindergarten Teacher, Wiley Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
Resignations
  • Carolie Ediger, Math Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School-8, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Terri Kaegi, Grade 5 Teacher, Morgan Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Noah Krol, Rule 10 - Assist Coach Girls' Basketball, Hutchinson Middle School - 7, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Sierra Radke, Assistant Coach Track , Hutchinson Middle School - 7, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Seth Swihart, Grade 6 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Jasinta Wencel, Grade 3 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Melissa Wright, Middle School CIS, Administration Center, effective end of 2011-12 school year
Position Changes, From, To
  • Corey Durham, Science/HMS-8, Science/HHS, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Candy Lawrence, Grade 2/Avenue A, Grade 6/Lincoln, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Heather Olson, Assistant Coach Girls' Tennis/HMS, Head Coach Girls' Tennis/HMS, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Marilyn Ott, School Counselor/HMS at Allen, School Counselor/Lincoln and Faris, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Lori Scantlin, Vocal Music/HHS, Vocal Music/Faris and Lincoln, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Leslie Specht, Grade 3/McCandless, Grade 3/Lincoln, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Kathryn Taylor, Communications/HMS-8, Middle School CIS/Ad Center, effective 2012-13 school year

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

May 14, 2012

Board reviews Budget Committee results

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (May 14, 2012) reviewed the results of a three-month-long process to gain more input on the 2012-13 budget.

The Budget Committee, composed of students, community members and staff, met several times from late January through early April to provide the Board with input.

Overall, the committee favored budgeting a cost of living increase for staff members after several years of no increases, said Dr. Shelly Kiblinger, district superintendent. Meanwhile, about half the committee favored increasing the local option budget, if needed, to fund budget imperatives.

The group almost unanimously agreed the community input process should be continued for the 2013-14 budget.

The Board of Education has final authority over the district's budget. Typically, the Board receives the proposed budget in late July and acts on it in early August.

Also during Monday's meeting, Jennifer Gardner, director of nutrition services, made a presentation on meal prices. Because of federal regulations, full-pay meal prices will increase in the district.

Student breakfast prices will increase to $1.30 per meal, up from $1.20 for K-8 students and $1.25 for high school students. Lunch prices will increase to $2 from $1.85 for K-6 students, to $2.15 from $2 for middle school students and $2.40 from $2.25 for high school students. Adult lunch prices will increase to $3.25 from $3.10 while adult breakfasts will remain unchanged at $1.85.

Milk prices will increase to 50 cents from 35 cents.

Also during the meeting, the Board,

  • Heard a Continuous Improvement Report from Wiley Elementary School staff.
  • Heard a technology report from Randy Norwood, executive director of operations and support services.
  • Heard a report on Common Core standards from Donna Davis, assistant superintendent.
  • Approved the Result 4 Report on information, media and technology skills.
  • Tentatively approved refinancing a portion of the district bonds. Even though the district was able to obtain financing at relatively low levels, it has been able to find some additional savings, amounting to $277,400 over the life of the 2007 bond issue.
  • Approved minutes of the April 23, 2012, Board meeting.
  • Approved submitted grant applications.
  • Approved out-of-state travel for Hutchinson High School students as submitted.
  • Approved Operational Expectations 13 -- Facilities.
  • Approved re-roofing projects for McCandless and Avenue A elementary schools. The district's roofs are on a planned replacement cycle.
  • Approved architectural and engineering fees for upgraded facilities at the 23rd and Severance sports complex.
  • Approved a self-regulation training agreement with Horizons Mental Health.
  • Approved a technology purchase from Filewave as well all as a technology purchase for Microsoft licenses and support and a maintenance agreement for virtual environment software with Citrix Systems.
  • Approved an interagency agreement with Communities that Care/YouthFriends and the district.
  • Approved the sale of surplus computers.
  • Approved the annual Memorial Hall rental agreement with the City of Hutchinson.
  • Approved level books purchases.
  • Approved MTSS materials purchases.
  • Approved the Accounts Payable Report for April 2012.
  • Approved the Governance Culture Policies 1 (Board purpose), 2 (governing commitments) and 3 (Board job descriptions).
  • Heard a National School Board's Association report from members Jeff Nichols and Kent Hilst.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following changes in personnel.

Licensed
Hired
  • Jodie Ackerman, June Bugs Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, effective June 11, 2012
  • Linda Becker-Wille, Special Education Teacher, Wiley Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Alisha Cox, Grade 5 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Heidi Eschliman, Extended School Year Teacher, Graber Elementary School, effective June 19. 2012
  • Clayton Evans, Business Teacher, Career & Technical Education Academy , effective 2012-13 school year
  • Kristy Farley, June Bugs Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, effective June 11, 2012
  • Kelli Fast, Art Teacher, Morgan and Lincoln, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Debra Field, Extended School Year Teacher, HMS at Allen, effective July 9, 2012
  • Dalia Garcia, June Bugs Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, effective June 11, 2012
  • Kimberly Garrett, Special Education Teacher, HMS-7 & HHS, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Michael Hein, Physical Education Teacher, Graber Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Lori Johnson, June Bugs Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, effective June 11, 2012
  • Tina Johnson, Permanent Sub & Head Volleyball Coach, Hutchinson High School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Colleen Jones, Extended School Year Teacher, HMS at Allen, effective July 9, 2012
  • Katherine Kirby, Special Education Teacher, Morgan Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Jarl Moreland, Vocal Music Teacher, Hutchinson High School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Terri Oyler, June Bugs Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, effective June 11, 2012
  • Randall Rank, Grade 5 Teacher, Morgan Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Ashley Regier, Grade 4 Teacher, Graber Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Alice Schmidt-Boyd, Extended School Year Teacher, HMS at Allen, effective July 9, 2012
  • Sheila VanRanken, Special Education Teacher, Graber and Wiley, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Shane Warren, Rule X - Assistant Baseball Coach, Hutchinson High School, effective March 1, 2012
Resignations
  • Angela Armbrust, Grade 4 Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Elizabeth Cliburn, Grade 3 Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Jane Davidson, Math Interventionist, Faris Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Chris Endress, Physics/Chemistry Teacher, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Connie Friesen, Math Interventionist, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Janie Patterson, Assistant Stuco Sponsor, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Jill Robb, Grade 1 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Jean Rowland, Grant Facilitator, Avenue A and Graber, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Jessica Shinliver, Grade 4 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Abby Thompson, Assistant Volleyball Coach, Hutchinson Middle School - 7, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Kristin Vaught, Speech Language Pathologist, Educational Service Center, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Robert Yates, Grade 4 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
Retirement
  • Al Kolarik, Business Technology Teacher, Career & Technical Education Academy, end of 2011-12 school year
Position Changes, From To
  • Sarah Ellegood, Assist Volleyball Coach/HMS-8, Head Volleyball Coach/HMS -8, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Jessica Engelland, SpEd Teacher/HMS-7, Special Education Teacher Coach/ESC, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Amy Reilly, English Teacher/HMS-8, C and I Specialist, K-12 Technology/Ad Center, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Alice Schmidt-Boyd, SpEd Teacher/McCandless, SpEd Teacher/Avenue A, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Joyce Smith, Elementary CIS/District, Inst Coach/STEM Coordinator/HMS at Allen, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Tambra Stucky, SpEd Teacher/HMS-7 and ALPS, SpEd Teacher/Alternative Learning Placement, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Krystal Young, Instructional Coach/Wiley, Instructional Coach/McCandless, effective 2012-13 school year
Classified
Hired
  • Jerye Pyle, Custodian Substitute, District
  • Lisa Navarro, Cook/Server, Wiley Elementary
  • Kalene Nisly, Family Support Worker, Hutcherson Center
  • Reginald Fredericks, Resource Room Para, HMS at Allen
  • Julie Alexander, Extended School Year Para, HMS at Allen
  • Trica Campbell, Extended School Year Para, HMS at Allen
  • Kathy Allen, Extended School Year Para, HMS at Allen
  • Leann Wondra, Extended School Year Para, HMS at Allen
  • Cegan Lansdown, Extended School Year Para, HMS at Allen
  • Hermina Benetiz, Extended School Year Para, HMS at Allen
  • Jennifer Pence, Extended School Year Para, HMS at Allen
  • Brandy Turner, Extended School Year Para, Graber
  • Nichole Lamer, Extended School Year Para, Graber
  • Christina Jackson, Extended School Year Para, Graber
Retirements
  • Patricia Compton, Custodian, HHS, effective June 1, 2012
  • Sandra Graves, Functional Special Class Para, Faris Elementary, effective May 24, 2012
Resignations
  • Jessica Howard, Health Room Assistant, HHS, effective May 25, 2012
  • Karen West, Child Care Assistant, Hutcherson Center, effective April 27, 2012
  • Vickie Pearce, Family Support Worker , Haven Head Start, effective May 23, 2012
  • Christina Murphy, Child Care Provider, Hutcherson Center, effective May 31, 2012
  • Fulicia Sligar, Head Baker, HMS-8, effective April 30, 2012
  • Sandra Reed, Cafeteria Aide, HHS, effective May 25, 2012
  • Jennifer Self, Modified Special Class Para, HHS, effective May 22, 2012
  • William Stewart, Resource Room Para, McCandless, effective May 24, 2012
  • Adrienne Freeman, Modified Special Class Para, HMS at Allen, effective May 24, 2012
  • Abby Crowe, Resource Room Para, HMS-8, effective May 24, 2012
Terminations
  • Crystal Sanchez, Bilingual Family Support Worker, Hutcherson Center, effective April 24, 2012
  • Michele Baggett, Teachers Assistant, Hutcherson Center, effective April 27, 2012
Position Changes, From, To
  • Lyndee Abbott, Middle School Activity Treasurer/HMS-7, Accounts Payable Specialist/ Ad Center, effective May 14, 2012
  • Marquel Harper, Classified Substitute/Hutcherson Center, Head Start Teacher Assist-Bus Aide/So. Hutch, effective May 1, 2012
  • Ashley Ramirez, Classified Substitute/Hutcherson Center, Child Care Assistant/Hutcherson Center, effective April 30, 2012
  • Silvia Magana, Interpreter-Aide/Avenue A, Bilingual Family Support Worker/ Hutcherson Center, effective May 29, 2012

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. June 11, 2012. A special meeting may be held later this month, however, if an agreement is reached with NEA-Hutchinson. Additionally, Board members are expected to attend HHS graduation at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

April 23, 2012

Board approves republished budget

After a brief public hearing, the Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday, April 23, 2012, approved a republished budget.

The Board's action allows the district to take advantage of a maximum budget that is more than $1.2 million higher than the budget adopted in August 2011. The increased maximum budget resulted from the district having increased enrollment and high weightings of some of those students.

Both the number of students enrolled and how the individual weighting factors for those students can increase or decrease the district's budget. The weighting factors, such as vocational or at-risk, account for additional costs involved in educating certain students.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board focused on learning and innovation skills as part of a review of district policy. The learning and innovation skills are critical for success in the 21st century as students move increasing from traditional lifetime careers to something known as "giganomics" -- the move toward a more flexible and skills-based workforce.

As part of the review, the Board looked at data from 2011-12 in writing, the percent of students taking honors or International Baccalaureate Programme courses at Hutchinson High School and the percentage of Hutchinson Middle School students taking honors courses.

In other action, the Board:

  • Approved minutes from the April 9, 2012, meeting.
  • Heard a Continuous Improvement Report from Morgan Elementary School.
  • Approved submitted grant applications.
  • Approved submitted out-of-state student activity requests.
  • Approved the report from the Supplemental Salary Committee.
  • Approved rehiring district administrators for 2012-13 in their current positions. Actual compensation will be set at a later time.
  • Approved the TEACH contract that will allow some district staff to complete an early childhood degree at a reduced cost to the staff member.
  • Approved an invoice to pay for PowerSchool, the district's student management software package.
  • Approved Fiscal Year 2013 dues for Schools for Fair Funding and the accompanying litigation assessment from the district's local option budget.
  • Approved a custodial services agreement with Pur-O-Zone.
  • Approved the purchase of custodial equipment.
  • Approved the purchase of iPads, cards and covers for Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, Faris, Graber and Morgan elementary schools.
  • Approved the Treasurer's Report for March 2012 and the quarterly building financial reports.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following changes in personnel.

Certified
Hired
  • Chelsea Clough, Head Start Teacher, Hutcherson Center, effective 2012-13 school year
Resignations
  • Kelly Hartshorn, Instructional Coach, McCandless Elementary School, effective end of 2011-2012 school year
  • Lori Scantlin, Vocal Music Teacher, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2011-2012 school year
  • Kristi Zogleman, Special Education Teacher, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective end of 2011-2012 school year
Retirement
  • Patricia Lillard, Grade 2 Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, effective end of 2011-2012 school year
Classified
Hired
  • Jennifer Bishop, Resource Room Para, HMS-7
  • Crystal Cape, Cafeteria Aide, HHS
  • Marsha Haynes, Assistant Baker, HMS-8
  • Hannah Herrington, Certified Substitute, District
Retirements
  • Robert Davis, Custodian/Night, Administration Center, effective July 19, 2012
  • Wanda Schmitz, Accounts Payable, Administration Center, effective May 31, 2012
Resignations
  • Traci Bradford, Library Media Assistant, HHS, effective April 13, 2012
  • Antonia Inchuriga, ESL Aide, HMS-7, effective April 4, 2012
  • Dana Long, Library Media Assistant, Wiley, effective April 30, 2012
  • Mary Brillhart, Resource Room Para, HMS at Allen, effective May 3, 2012

Gifts to Schools

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

  • $2,110 from the Educational Funding Group to Lincoln Elementary School for student enrichment and activities.
  • $300 from the Charles E. Carey Memorial Fund to Lincoln Elementary School for the Reading is Fundamental Program.
  • $1,000 from Robert Glover to Lincoln Elementary School for the Robert Glover Fund for student use and activities.
  • $185 from Lifetouch Studios to Lincoln Elementary School for student enrichment and activities.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. May 14, 2012, at the Administration Center. Because of Memorial Day, it is anticipated the Board will have only one regular meeting in May.

A majority of Board members, however, will be present during two events in May -- at the Retirement Reception for staff at 1:30 p.m. May 6, 2012, in the Career and Technology Academy Events Center, and at Hutchinson High School graduation at 2 p.m. May 20, 2012, at the Sports Arena.

April 9, 2012

Board approves republishing budget

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (April 9, 2012) approved republishing the district's 2011-12 budget.

The Board's action allows the district to republish a maximum budget that is more than $1.2 million higher than the budget adopted in August 2011. The increased maximum budget resulted from the district having increased enrollment and high weightings of some of those students.

Both the number of students enrolled and how the individual weighting factors for those students can increase or decrease the district's budget. The weighting factors, such as vocational or at-risk, account for additional costs involved in educating certain types of students.

The budget will be republished in an edition of this week's The Hutchinson News and is available on the district's website -- www.usd308.com.

A public hearing on the republished budget is set for 7:05 p.m. April 23 at the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum. The public hearing will be held during the Board’s regular second April meeting.

The Board also heard a Continuous Improvement Report from Lincoln Elementary School. The school is in the midst of the Lincoln Excellence Project, which is designed to improve student achievement.

Early on, Lincoln staff looked at best practices to improve math and reading scores for the students, to build positive behavior expectations and to reach out to the parents and the Lincoln neighborhood.

During the school year, staff, community members and parents worked together to create an atmosphere for student success.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

  • Approved minutes of the March 12, 2012, meeting.
  • Approved submitted grant applications.
  • Approved an out-of-state student activity request for the Business Professionals of America national qualifiers to attend the leadership conference in Chicago.
  • Approved the agreement with the Kansas Infinitec Coalition.
  • Approved annual membership in the Kansas Association of School Boards and its legal assistance fund services.
  • Approved district library purchases.
  • Approved the purchase of science textbooks for kindergarten through second grade.
  • Approved new floor covering for the Educational Services Center.
  • Approved a request for proposals for finished concrete work in the district.
  • Approved the purchase of additional iPads for Wiley Elementary School.
  • Approved the Skyward maintenance fee for 2012-13.
  • Approved the purchase of additional security cameras.
  • Approved duct cleaning for both campuses of Hutchinson Middle School.
  • Approved Operational Expectations 3 -- Treatment of Stakeholders.
  • Approved the termination notice on the lease between New Beginnings and Reno County Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
  • Approved the Accounts Payable Report for March 2012.
  • Approved the Treasurer's Report for February 2012.
  • Held an executive session for 10 minutes to meet with its attorney.

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

Licensed
Hired
  • Tina Beeghly, Summer Scholars Teacher, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective Effective July 9, 2012
  • Keith Blaske, Industrial Technology - Metals Instructor, Career and Technical Education Academy, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Kristy Farley, Summer Scholars Teacher, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective July 9, 2012
  • Laura Hartley, Summer Scholars Teacher, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective July 9, 2012
  • Tavis Lydic, Automotive Technology Instructor, Career and Technical Education Academy, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Brian McCandless, Science Teacher, Hutchinson High School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Jenny Mencl, Summer Scholars Teacher, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective July 9, 2012
  • Peggy Miller, Summer Scholars Teacher, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective July 9, 2012
  • Amber Neighbor, Language Arts Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 7, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Sarah Nicks, Summer Scholars Teacher, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective July 9, 2012
  • Heather Ramos, Summer Scholars Teacher, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective July 9, 2012
  • Breann Schoon, Summer Scholars Teacher, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective July 9, 2012
  • Suzann Shea, Summer Scholars Teacher, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective July 9, 2012
  • Carol Stockton, Summer Scholars Teacher, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective July 9, 2012
  • Sheena Wyatt, Grade 5 Teacher, Wiley Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Sydney Johnson, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Megan McKenna, Substitute Teacher, District
Resignations
  • Jennifer Birdsall, Grade 1 Teacher, Wiley Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Danette Dutton, School Counselor, Faris and Lincoln, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Nicole Hoffman, Art Teacher, Morgan and Lincoln, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Patrick Jenkins, Grade 5 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Patricia Lillard, Grade 2 Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Amy Reilly, Head Coach Volleyball, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Mike Vernon, Physical Education Teacher, Graber Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Kenneth Walker, Music Teacher, Faris and Lincoln, effective end of 2011-12 school year
Retirement
  • Al Kolarik, Business Technology Teacher, Career and Technical Education Academy, effective end of 2011-12 school year
Classified
Hired
  • Taronda Hooker, Summer Scholars Secretary, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen
  • Sally Bailey, Summer Scholars Library Aide, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen
  • Melanie Chappel, Summer Scholars Aide, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen
  • Michelle Mora, Summer Scholars Aide, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen
  • Heather Thompson, Summer Scholars Aide, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen
  • Penny Lovett, Summer Scholars Aide, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen
  • Marilyn Forbes, Summer Scholars Aide, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen
  • Jeannette Cecil , Summer Scholars Aide, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen
  • Carolyn Gamble, Summer Scholars Aide, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen
  • Juanita Adams, Summer Scholars Aide, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen
  • Catherine Marlow, Summer Scholars Aide, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen
  • Patti McMurphy, Summer Scholars Aide, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen
  • Sarah Ruggiero, Assistant Baker, HMS-7
  • Amanda Cole, CSS Para, HMS-7
Resignations
  • Kiairla Beltz, CSS Para, HMS-7, effective Feb. 20, 2012
  • Seth Freeland, CSS Para, HMS-7, effective March 13, 2012
  • Jessica Garwood, Daycare Assistant, HHS, effective Feb. 7, 2012
  • Tiffani Wilson, TACS Aids, HMS-8, effective March 16, 2012
  • Vincent Sturgeon, Title 1 Math Aide, McCandless, effective April 18, 2012
  • Rhonda Gisick, Secretary, Wiley, effective June 1, 2012
Position Changes, From, To
  • Paul Thurston, Resource Room Para/HMS-7, TACS Aide/HMS-8, effective April 9, 2012
  • Dawn White, Cook/Server/Wiley, Food Service Substitute/District, effective April 13, 2012

Gifts to Schools

  • 20, $5 gift cards from TA Management Group LLC (Hutchinson IHOP) to the district.
  • $2,500 from DLR Group to the District for the open house and ribbon cutting at Hutchinson High School last fall.
  • Boxes of items, valued at $1,500, from First Church of the Nazarene to Avenue A Elementary School students.
  • $200 in cash, clothes and food from First United Methodist Church to Avenue A Elementary School students.
  • $552 from Care of First Books: K-State University Mortar Board Chapter to purchase books for Avenue A Elementary School students.
  • $1,000 from EFG to purchase books for Avenue A Elementary School students.
  • $147 from Reta Joy Campbell to purchase books for Avenue A Elementary School students.
  • $218 from AMBUCS to purchase books for Avenue A Elementary School students.
  • $300 from the Hutchinson Community Foundation for the Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen Reading is Fundamental Program.
  • Coupons from Lonestar Steakhouse for students at Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen for free kids' meals at the restaurant.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. April 23, 2012, at the Administration Center.
March 12, 2012

Board approves social studies textbooks

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (March 12, 2012) approved spending $557,720.38 for the adoption of new social studies textbooks across the district.

The district will use Pearson textbooks primarily while picking up supplements from other vendors and will use McGraw Hill for the civics program at Hutchinson High School.

The money for the textbook adoption comes from the district’s textbook fund. As with families who budget to replace a car or other big-ticket item, the district saves money in certain funds for expected large expenses -- such as textbooks.

The Board also approved Operational Expectation No. 7 -- Asset Protection in an annual review on how the district is protecting taxpayer-funded assets. The policy ensures that all district assets are properly maintained, appropriately used and not placed at undue risk. The policy also requires the district to maintain reasonable amounts of insurance in case unforeseen incidents occur.

In other action, the Board:

  • Heard a Continuous Improvement Report from Hutchinson Middle School. USD 308 has a single middle school, serving about 700 students, on two campuses.
  • Heard a report on the Curriculum Council’s work.
  • Approved minutes from the Feb. 27, 2012, Board meeting.
  • Approved submitted grant applications.
  • Approved the purchase of software support for Compass Learning.
  • Approved declaring certain items surplus and sending the items to auction this spring.
  • Approved a contract between the district and Reno County Education Cooperative for orientation and mobility services for a student.
  • Approved a contract between the district and McPherson County Special Education Cooperative to allow a USD 308 speech pathologist to serve a McPherson student who attends the Transition Learning Center in the Educational Services Center.
  • Approve an agreement for internet services.
  • Approved an agreement for telecommunications services.
  • Approved a copier lease addendum.
  • Approved the Head Start/Early Head Start Continuation Grant Agreement.
  • Approved the accounts payable report for February 2012.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Licensed
Hired
  • Trent Bain, Reno County Youth Services Summer School Teacher, Reno County Youth Services, effective June and July 2012
  • Jessica Boese, ESL Summer School Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective July 9, 2012
  • Tristan Burrow, Assistant Coach Track, Hutchinson Middle School - 7, effective Spring 2012
  • Jean Gaeddert, ESL Summer School Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective July 9, 2012
  • Samantha Graves, Grade 1 Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Heidi Harris, ESL Summer School Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective July 9, 2012
  • Josh Miller, Rule 10 - Assistant Coach Track , Hutchinson High School, effective Spring 2012
  • Chris Newton, RCYS Summer School Teacher, Reno County Youth Services, effective June and July 2012
  • Cathy Paget, ESL Summer School Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective July 9, 2012
  • Linda Parker, Grade 6 Teacher, Faris Elementary School, effective February 10, 2012
  • Wendy Queal, Head Coach Boys' Tennis, Hutchinson High School, effective Spring 2012
  • Cami Racette, Grade 1 Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective March 5, 2012
  • Cami Racette, Kindergarten Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Jennifer Ramirez, Elementary Special Education Teacher, to be determined, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Shelley Rodriguez, ESL Summer School Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective July 9, 2012
  • Toni Root, Reno County Youth Services Summer School Teacher, Reno County Youth Services, effective June and July 2012
  • Amanda Snyder, Kindergarten Teacher, Faris Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Richard Snyder, Science Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 7, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Melissa Thomas, ESL Summer School Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective July 9, 2012
  • Penelope Wolfe, ESL Summer School Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective July 9, 2012
Resignations
  • Danna Buzzard, Head StuCo Sponsor, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Cheri Horyna, Assistant StuCo Sponsor, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2011-2012 school year
  • Emily Jones, Grade 5, Wiley Elementary School, end of 2011-12 school year
  • Amy Staley, Grade 1, Avenue A Elementary School, effective March 9, 2012
Classified
Hired
  • Luan McCubbin, ESL Summer Secretary, Avenue A
  • Marlen West, ESL Summer Aide, Avenue A
  • Shana McNish, ESL Summer Library Aide, Avenue A
  • Heather Ritter, Food Service Assistant, Hutcherson Center
  • Melissa Valentine, Classified Substitute, Hutcherson Center
  • Karen Barr, Early Head Start Home Visitor, Early Head Start
Resignation
  • Freddie Rodriguez, Assistant Baker, HMS-8, effective March 2, 2012
Termination
  • Marcela Martinez, Teacher Assistant, Hutcherson Center, effective February 29, 2012
Position Change, From, To
  • Kandi Gregg, Head Baker/HMS-7, CSS Para/Graber Elementary, effective March 12, 2012

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

  • $400 from Heidi Eschliman to purchase an iPad for the Communications and Social Skills Program at Graber Elementary School

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. April 9. There will be no second meeting in March because of Spring Break.

A majority of Board members are expected to attend the third Community Budget Meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 19 in the Professional Learning Center on the Hutchinson High School campus. No Board action will take place at that meeting.

February 27, 2012

Board approves 2012-13 calendar

School will start three days earlier, families will get a full two weeks at Christmas and the state fair in-service day changes to Friday in the 2012-13 calendar approved by the Board of Education at its meeting Monday (Feb. 27, 2012).

The Board approved the calendar devised by the district's Calendar Committee. The first day of classes on the calendar is Aug. 15 for first through ninth grades. Sophomores through seniors begin on Aug. 16. Half the kindergartners attend a first day on Aug. 20 with the other half attending a first day on Aug. 21.

The "state fair" in-service day has been moved to the second Friday of the Kansas State Fair in 2012 -- Sept. 14. The Wednesday date has caused problems for activities at the middle school. Additionally, teachers reported students often came back to school tired on the day after the Wednesday in-service.

Christmas/New Year's recess will be a two-week block from Dec. 23, 2012, and ending Jan. 5, 2013. Spring Break will be from March 25 through April 1.

The final day for seniors in 2013 will be May 16 with the final day for all other students on May 22.

The calendar is subject to change based on state laws, funding and negotiations.

While online enrollment for 2012-13 will begin in late July, walk-in enrollment for 2012-13 will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 2. Pre-enrollment for the 2012-13 and at-risk 4-year-old programs will be from 4 to 7 p.m. April 3. Both the April pre-enrollment and the August walk-in enrollments with be at the Salthawk Activity Center on the Hutchinson High School campus.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

  • Celebrated the start of Youth Arts Month. The elementary art teachers and several students made a presentation to the Board about the importance of visual arts in education.
  • Received an update on the budget and budget process from Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger.
  • Heard a Continuous Improvement Report from Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen. HMS at Allen will be transitioning to a Science-Technology-Engineer-Mathematics magnet in 2012-13. The report also included information about the school's use of tier time to help all students and about art education at the school, including two visual art clubs.
  • Approved minutes from the Feb. 13, 2012, Board meeting.
  • Approved submitted grant applications.
  • Approved the Reno County Head Start/Early Head Start 2012-13 self-assessment action plan.
  • Approved a trial program with Skyward for its suite of financial and student programs.
  • Approved the renewal of property and liability insurance.
  • Approved a fund raising program agreement with TA Management Group LLC – IHOP.
  • Approve the Treasurer's Report for January 2012.
  • Approved the Board’s work plan revision.
  • Held executive sessions, totaling 35 minutes, to discuss negotiations and non-elected personnel.
  • Upon returning to open session, the Board unanimously approved Dr. Kiblinger's evaluation and verbally extended her three-year contract for an additional year.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.
 

Licensed
Hired
  • Ryan Ewy, Social Studies, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Christopher Shaw , Vocal Music, Hutchinson Middle School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Mike Vernon, Assistant Coach Track, Hutchinson Middle School - 7, Spring 2012
Position Change, From, To
  • Kara Warren, Grade 4/Graber, Reading Support/Graber, effective 2012-13 school year
Classified
Hired
  • Rosemary Marr, Elementary Secretary, Morgan Elementary
  • Seth Freeland, CSS Para, HMS-7
  • Enrique Morgan, Resource Room Para, McCandless Elementary
Resignations
  • Margie Barnes, Early Head Start Home Visitor, Early Head Start, effective Feb. 16, 2012
Terminations
  • William Sewell, ESL Aide , Faris Elementary, effective Feb. 10, 2012
  • Darla Healey-Eckhoff, Cafeteria Aide , High School, effective Feb. 27, 2012
Position Change, From, To
  • Mary Brillhart, Certified Substitute/District, Resource Room Para/HMS at Allen, effective Feb. 27, 2012

 

Gifts to Schools

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

  • $1,165 from the Helen Adams Hamilton Foundation to Reno County Head Start/Early Head Start for its revolving gift fund.
  • 312 Valentine balloons from Dillons on 30th Avenue to Faris Elementary School to give to every student at the school.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. March 12. Because of Spring Break, there will be only one regular meeting of the Board in March 2012.

February 13, 2012

Board reviews student linkage

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Feb. 13, 2012) reviewed its listening session with Hutchinson High School students.

Jan. 24, Board members met with about 30 HHS students in what is called a "linkage." A linkage is a formal, structured listening event. A diverse group of students sat down with individual Board members to answer questions about the quality of education they receive at HHS.

As part of the Coherent Governance process, Board members meet with different stakeholder groups during the year. Earlier this school year, the Board met with a wide-ranging group of volunteers, community members and real estate agents for their input on the district.

Board members, then, reflect on what they learned at the linkages and can consider policy or other changes.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board distributed evaluations for Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger. Dr. Kiblinger's evaluations are based in large part on the student and operational results reports the Board receives at most meetings.

The Board will formally take up Dr. Kiblinger's evaluation at the Feb. 27 meeting.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:
 

  • Heard a Continuous Improvement Report from Graber Elementary School.
  • Approved submitted grant applications.
  • Approved an agreement for Horizons Mental Health to teach Lincoln Elementary School kindergartners lessons in self-regulation.
  • Approved the FASTT Math Program.
  • Approved the district's purchasing card manual.
  • Approved job descriptions.
  • Approved the accounts payable report for January 2012.
  • Approved the annual work plan and reviewed the cost of governance culture.
  • Held an executive session for 15 minutes to discuss employer-employee negotiations and an individually identifiable student.

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

Certified
Hired
  • Susan Bailey, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Melody Elsworth, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Anne Fee, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Emily Graham, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Amanda Grant, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Emily Groom, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Merry Deanna Mick, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Amy Weeks, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Amy Delaney, Grade 2, Faris Elementary School, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Kathryn Gardner, Elementary, To Be Determined, effective 2012-13 school year
  • Carolyn Morris, School Counselor, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective 2012-13 school year
Resignations

Valerie Stephenson, Rule 10-Salt Shakers, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
 

Classified
Hired
  • Keeliza Loewen, Cook/Server, Wiley Elementary
  • Molly Mansel, HHS Daycare Substitute, HHS Daycare
  • Amy Dinwoodie, Food Service Substitute, District
  • Wayne Pearson, Para Substitute, District
  • Jamie Rodriguez, Educational Aide, McCandless Elementary
Resignations
  • Anne Shelton, Food Service Assistant, Head Start, effective Dec. 9, 2011
  • Reginald Fredricks, Resource Room Para, HMS at Allen, effective Feb. 29, 2012
  • Barbara Renner, CSS Para, Graber, effective Feb. 10, 2012
  • Deborah O'Gorman, Educational Aide, McCandless, effective Jan. 30, 2012
Position Change, From, To
  • Valerie Armstrong, Elementary Secretary/Morgan Elementary, Payroll/Benefits Assistant/Ad Center, effective Feb. 22, 2012

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

  • Goody trays, valued at $50, from First Church of the Nazarene to Lincoln Elementary School staff.
  • Blankets, boxes of tissue paper and knitted hats, valued at $885 from First Church of the Nazarene to Lincoln students.
  • 20 gift packages, valued at $300, from First United Methodist Church to Lincoln students.
  • $100 from First United Methodist Church to Lincoln for student needs.
  • $100 worth of Dillon Stores Gift Certificates from an anonymous donor to Lincoln for student families.
  • 85 donors, totaling $35,692.06, to various programs at Hutchinson High School for the period Aug. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 27, 2012.

January 23, 2012

Board reviews science results

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Jan. 23, 2012) reviewed district results on science.

Each month, the Board reviews academic progress in the district, focusing on a different area. Monday's meeting examined district results on science.

Overall, district students tested in fourth and seventh grades as well as high school improved on assessments with 87.3 percent listed as proficient or higher, compared to 86.5 percent in 2009-10.

The district also uses ACT science scores as a benchmark. Of the 153 HHS students who took the ACT, the average science score was 22.2, up from 22.0 a year earlier.

Based on the data presented, however, the Board determined that reasonable progress had not been made in science because of dips at the high school and district level. Board members did commend progress that had been made at Hutchinson Middle School and Faris, Graber and Wiley Elementary Schools.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

  • Heard a Continuous Improvement Report from Avenue A Elementary School.
  • Approved minutes from the Jan. 9 meeting.
  • Approved an agreement for security and fire alarm monitoring.
  • Approved an updated Nutrition Services Program memorandum of understanding with Head Start.
  • Approved an out-of-state activity trip for welding students.
  • Approved the December 2011 Treasurer's Report.
  • Held an executive session for 15 minutes to discuss negotiations.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Licensed
Resignations
  • Susan Fangman, Salt Shakers, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Jessica Mitchell, Head Start Teacher, Hutcherson Center, effective end of 2011-12 school year
Classified
Hired
  • Kyla Reed, Headstart Substitute, Hutcherson Center
  • Crystal Richardson, Head Start Child Care Assistant, Hutcherson Center

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

A majority of Board members are expected to attend a Community Engagement event for Hutchinson High School students at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at HHS. During the engagement, which is part of the Coherent Governance process, Board members will meet with HHS students on a variety of topics. No action will be taken by the Board at the engagement.

Additionally, Board members will be present during the first community budget input session at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Professional Learning Center at Hutchinson High School. No Board action will occur at the budget input session.

January 9, 2012

Board moves forward on HRC

The Hutchinson Public Schools Monday (Jan. 9, 2012) approved sending proposed legislation to House Speaker Mike O'Neal that would create a city-sponsored independent Hutchinson Recreation Commission.

The Board in a letter asks O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, to sponsor legislation to transition the Hutchinson Recreation Commission from a school-district-sponsored recreation commission to a city-sponsored independent commission. The move will broaden the property tax base of the commission. Geographically, it moves the taxing base from 14 square miles to about 22 square miles.

Also during Mondays meeting, the Board:

  • Reviewed the district integrated improvement plan.
  • Approved Operational Expectation No. 6 -- Financial Administration.
  • Approved minutes of the Dec. 12, 2011, Board meeting.
  • Approved an out-of-state student activity trip.
  • Approved designating Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger, Executive Director of Fiscal Management and Business Operations Lori Blakesley and Board Clerk Molly Carson as district representatives to have access to the district's safety deposit box at First National Bank.
  • Approved a discovery audit for the Technology Department. The audit will review the district's Technology Department and make recommendations for improving it.
  • Approved the Accounts Payable Report for December 2011, and the Treasurer's Report for November 2011.
  • Planned a student linkage event at Hutchinson High School, which will be Jan. 24.
  • Held an executive session for 15 minutes to discuss employer-employee negotiations and non-elected personnel.

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

Licensed
Hired
  • Cami Racette, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Camille Wuthnow, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Leola Crow, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Jennifer Gilley, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Steven Mitchell, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Janice Mefford, Substitute Teacher, District
Resignation
  • Andrea Urban, Science, Hutchinson Middle School-7, effective end of 2011-12 school year
Classified
Hired
  • Henry Cline, Custodian, High School
  • Karla Beltz, Spec Ed Para/Homebound Students Para, Morgan/HHS
  • Abigail Schrag, HHS Daycare Substitute, High School
  • Paul Thurston, Resource Room Para, HMS-7
  • Deborah O'Gorman, Resource Room Para, McCandless Elementary
  • Kyle Friesen, Tech Support Specialist, TSC
  • Pat Brown, Para Substitute, District
  • Gloria Brown, Full Time Para Substitute, District
Retirement
  • Pam Ditgen, Secretary/Payroll Benefits Coordinator, Administration Center
Resignation
  • Misty Barnum, Educational Aide, McCandless Elementary
Termination
  • Lois Ehm, Cook/Server, Morgan & Faris Elementary
Position Change, From, To
  • Sandra Maple, Custodian - HHS, Custodian - HMS-7 & 8

Gifts to Schools

  • $75 from the Logan Neufeld Memorial Fund for books for children enrolled at Parents as Teachers.
  • $5,000 from an anonymous donor for the library fund at Lincoln Elementary School.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 23.

December 12, 2011

Board updated on renewable energy program

The Career and Technical Education Academy building will soon have solar panels installed atop and a 90-foot wind turbine will be constructed north of the building, the director of career and technical education at Hutchinson High School told the Board of Education Monday (Dec. 12, 2011).

David T. Patterson, career and technical education director, told the Board of work between USD 308 and Hutchinson Community College to bring renewable energy education programs to the community. The classes will be available to Hutchinson High School students, area high school students through cooperative agreements and HCC.

High school students can receive college credit through the program and work toward a renewable energy technology certificate.

Later in the meeting, the Board approved an interlocal agreement with HCC on the wind turbine.

In other action, the Board continued its discussion on the Hutchinson Recreation Commission taxing authority. The Board tabled any formal vote on the matter, deciding to wait until the Hutchinson Recreation Commission makes its recommendation on future structure. The Board first surfaced the issue in the spring and a community study committee was formed.

The taxing authority issue is seen by the Board as one of equity for district taxpayers. While the HRC�s property tax authority currently is locked into the school district�s 14-square-mile borders � the city limits of Hutchinson in the mid 1960s � the Recreation Commission serves the entire community. The city limits have grown to 22 square miles.

Also during Monday�s meeting, the Board:
� Approved the audit report for Fiscal Year 2011, which ended June 30, 2011. The audit found no major issues. Each year, an independent audit of district finances is done with the FY 2011 audit done by Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Lloyd, LLC. Results of the audit will be posted this week on the Business Office page of the district�s website � www.usd308.com.
� Heard a report on district special education programs from Linda Grote, district special education director.
� Approved an Early Head Start interagency agreement with Reno County Health Department.
� Approved an additional assessment for Schools for Fair Funding.
� Approved Career and Technical Education Academy advisory boards.
� Approved the Accounts Payable Report for November 2011 and Treasurer�s Report for October 2011.
� Approved minutes of the Nov. 28, 2011, Board meeting.
� Heard reports on the Kansas Association of School Boards convention.
� Reviewed information from the Community Linkage held prior to the Nov. 28 Board meeting.
� Set a student linkage for 1 p.m. Jan. 24 at Hutchinson High School.
Personnel Report
The Board approved the following changes in personnel.

Licensed
Hired

� Sherlyn Jefferson, Substitute Teacher, District
� Marilyn Thomas, Substitute Teacher, District
� Megan Vick, Substitute Teacher, District
� Sara Childs, Substitute Teacher, District
� Charlotte Maxwell, Substitute Teacher, District
� Jinny Walz, Substitute Teacher, District
� Heather Olson, Head Coach Boys' Tennis, Hutchinson Middle School, effective Spring 2012

Resignations

� Valli Dawn Booe, Head Coach Girls' Tennis, Hutchinson Middle School, effective Fall 2012

Retirements

� Rochelle Berkley, Vocal Music, Hutchinson Middle School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
� Chuck Ebmeier, Auto Mechanics, Career and Technical Education Academy, effective end of 2011-12 school year
� Lynda McCue, Grade 4, Morgan Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year

Classified
Hired

� Joe Hammeke, At-Risk Consultant, HHS
� Ashlyn Lloyd, Resource Room Para, HMS-7
� Ashlee Brown, Behavior Support Para, Morgan
� Cindy Roberts, Classified Substitute, Hutcherson Center
� Patrina Edwards, Classified Substitute, Hutcherson Center
� Melody Mason, Classified Substitute, Hutcherson Center
� Marie Burns, CSS Para, Graber Elementary
� Andrew Luty, Technology Spport Specialist, Tech Support
� Susan Temaat, Technology Support Specialist, Tech Support

Resignation

� Karen Barr, Special Class Para , HMS-7, effective Dec. 21, 2011

Position Change, From, To

� Ashley Perrett, Resource Room Para/HMS-7, Educational Aide/Faris Elementary
� Jamie Rexroad, CSS Para/Graber Elementary, Educational Aide/Wiley Elementary
� Tammy Katzenmeier, Certified Teacher Substitute, ALP/Grandview/Functional Class Para/HHS

Gifts to Schools
� $300 from the James and Julia L. Davis Foundation to McCandless Elementary School for the Reading is Fundamental Program.
� $1,000 from the John R and Beth Rimmer Fund for pre-kindergarten through second grade student supplies.
� $475 from the Hutchinson Community Foundation to Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen for kindergarten through second grade needs.
� A total of 45 dictionaries, valued at $90, from the Hutchinson Civitan Club to Wiley Elementary School.
� A box of copy paper, valued at $30, from the Westside Baptist Church Youth Group to Wiley.

Next Board Meeting
The next regular meeting of the USD 308 Board will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 9.

November 28, 2011

Board updated on technology plan

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Nov. 28, 2011) held a public listening event, known as a linkage, prior to its regular Board meeting.

During the event, 17 patrons broke into three groups � one of the public, a second of real estate agents and a third of volunteers � to discuss issues important to them.

Listening events, such as Monday�s, are an integral piece of the Board�s governing process. Previous linkages had been with the public for bond issue improvements, with staff and with secondary students.

The Board also met in regular session on Monday. The Board spent considerable time during the meeting discussing the geographic size of the taxing authority of the Hutchinson Recreation Commission.

Currently, the HRC�s taxing boundaries are the same as the school district�s boundaries. The boundaries were set in the 1960s and were Hutchinson�s city limits at the time � about 14 square miles.

Since the mid 1960s, Hutchinson�s city limits have expanded, and the city currently takes in about 22 square miles or 50 percent more land than the school district. Earlier this year, the Board began a discussion of the issue as a matter of equity for district taxpayers. Even though the HRC�s services are offered to patrons outside the school district, the property tax boundaries are limited to USD 308 taxpayers.

The Board tabled formal action on the matter. Members directed Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger to meet with representatives of the City of Hutchinson and the Hutchinson Recreation Commission to clarify expectations of the two other agencies on any legislative options for changing boundaries and what each entity�s role would be after any change.

Also during Monday�s meeting, the Board:
� Heard a report on the multi-tier system of support for students in the district by Assistant Superintendent Donna Davis.
� Approved the annual work plan for the Board.
� Approved an out-of-state student trip.
� Approved minutes of the Nov. 14, 2011, meeting.
� Approved submitted grant applications.
� Approved a contract with Education Funding Group. The district�s elementary schools use the organization to sell discount cards as a fundraiser in the community.
� Approved the annual agreement between Head Start and Horizons Mental Health Center to provide services to Head Start.
� Approved delegate recommendations for the annual meeting of the Kansas Association of School Boards. KASB meets next weekend in Kansas City.
� Reviewed Governance Culture policy No. 9 � the process for addressing Board member violations.
� Approved the Treasurer�s Report for November 2011.

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

Licensed
Hired

� Rebeca Sandoval, Social Worker, Educational Service Center, effective December 19, 2011

Resignations

� Tonya Saiz, Grade 2, Faris Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year

Retirements

� Kristen Anderson, Reading Support, Graber Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
� Tony Santangelo, Social Studies, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective end of 2011-12 school year
� Donna Thiessen, Kindergarten, Faris Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
� Margo Miller, Grade 5, Wiley Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year

Classified
Hired

� Cegan Lansdown, CSS Para, McCandless
� James Sanchez, Custodial Substitute, District
� Yvonne Liby, Headstart Substitute, Hutcherson Center

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

� $400 from the Hutchinson Community Foundation to Wiley Elementary School for kindergarten through second grade basic items.
� $400 from the John R. and Bethene S. Rimmer Fund to Morgan Elementary School for supplies for kindergarten through second grade enrichment.
� $300 from Target to Faris Elementary School to buy a paper cutter and postage for Coupons for the Troops Project.

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

A quorum of members may attend a Head Start governance seminar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the United Methodist Health Ministries Fund office at 100 East 1st. This is a training event and no Board action will take place.

November 14, 2011

Board updated on technology plan

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Nov. 14, 2011) adopted updated local and state technology plans.

Thanks to a commitment from district voters beginning with a bond issue in 2000, the district has been a leader in technology hardware. With the updated plan, more resources will be placed on support for the hardware and software tools provided to students and staff.

Also during Monday�s meeting, the Board received an update from Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger on the new Kansas accreditation model. Historic accreditation models looked at the resources available for education.
The newer accreditation models focus more on how those resources are used to advance student achievement. Accreditation now looks more at the continuous improvement of a district, not unlike the AdvancED accreditation process through which the district has gone.

In other action, the Board:
� Received information about Head Start training for Board members.
� Heard a Continuous Improvement Report from Faris Elementary School.
� Monitored Operational Expectation No. 4 � Personnel Administration.
� Approved submitted grant applications.
� Approved an out-of-state student activity request for a band trip to Chicago in the spring. Band students will raise money for the trip.
� Approved second floor security cameras for the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, metal covers to install over old exterior panel units at Hutchinson and the purchase of iPad tablets for McCandless Elementary School and HHS from 2011 bond money.
� Approved job descriptions as submitted.
� Approved the accounts payable report for October 2011.
� Reviewed Board/Superintendent Relationships as defined by Coherent Governance.
� Reviewed information from a series of fall educational summits.
� Met in executive session for 30 minutes to meet with district counsel.

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

Licensed
Hired

� Chandell Hayden, Rule 10 - Head Coach Girls' Basketball, Hutchinson Middle School-7, effective October 26, 2011
� Noah Krol, Rule 10 - Assistant Coach Girls' Basketball, Hutchinson Middle School-7, effective October 31, 2011

Classified
Hired

� Steven Kruger, Para Substitute, District
� Danyel Phillips, BSS Para, Morgan
� Brandon Brown, Modified Special Class Para, HMS-7
� Ashley Ramirez, Substitute, Head Start
� Shelly Dinwiddie, CSS Para, Wiley
� William Sewell, ESL Aide, Faris/Allen

Resignations

� Rachel Ryan, Title 1 Aide - Holy Cross, effective October 27, 2011
� Cindy Clark, CSS Para - McCandless, effective November 11, 2011

� Mary John, Cook/Server, effective November 11, 2011
� Trisha Crow-Eubanks, Educational Aide, effective November 11, 2011

Termination

� Marlena Castor, Family Support Worker, Hutcherson Center, effective October 26, 2011

Position Changes, From, To

� Dawn White, Food Service Substitute/District, Cook Server/Wiley, effective November 21, 2011
� Gary Johnson, Custodian Substitute/District, Head Night Custodian/HMS-8, effective October 26, 2011
� Jordan Gajewski, Custodian Night/HMS 7&8, Head Night Custodian/HMS-7, effective January 3, 2012
� Barbara Renner, Certified Substitute/District, CSS Para/Graber, effective November 7, 2011
� Patti Axtell, BSS Para/HMS-7, Speech Language Para/Lincoln & HMS 7&8, effective November 1, 2011

Gifts to Schools
� $300 from the James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation for Reading is Fundamental at Avenue A Elementary School.
� $475 from the Rimmer Fund for Early Childhood Education and Enrichment to Avenue A.
� $800 from the Hutchinson Community Foundation to Faris Elementary School for student needs including dental, clothes, shoes and school supplies.
� $300 from the James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation for Reading is Fundamental at Faris
� $1,000 from the Peter M. and Barbara A Macdonald Charitable Foundation for Reading is Fundamental at Faris.
� Flu shots, valued at $525, from Wesley Towers to the staff at Graber Elementary School.
� Silly Banz, valued at $200, from Dillon Stores on 30th Avenue to Graber for carnival prizes.
� $300 from the James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation for Reading is Fundamental at Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen.
� Memorial trees, valued at $300, from Harold & Jessica Owens as a memorial for a grandfather.
� School supplies, valued at $10, from the Delos V. Smith Center to Lincoln Elementary School.
� School supplies, valued at $100, from the Alta Lawrence Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Psi to Lincoln Elementary School.
� $675 from the John R. and Bethene Rimmer Fund for Early Childhood Education and Enrichment at Lincoln.
� 50 hats and 50 scarves, valued at $250, from the Crochet Angels at Elmdale Community Center to Lincoln.
� $500 from the John R. and Bethene Rimmer Foundation for Early Childhood Education and Enrichment to Reno County Head Start.
� $300 from the James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation for Reading is Fundamental at Head Start.

Next Board Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board begins at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Administration Center. The meeting begins with a community linkage, moving to regular Board items at 7 p.m.

October 24, 2011

Board receives final bond update

By the end of December, the final touches will be completed on the $78.8 million bond issue district voters approved nearly five years ago, the Board of Education learned Monday (Oct. 24, 2011).
In his last regular report on bond issue work, Bob Williams, district bond project manager, updated the Board on the final jobs being completed. The final projects are being funded by interest accrued on the bonds after they were sold.
Williams said that of the $10.9 million of interest earnings, the Board previously voted to use $5.5 million to reduce the bond and interest mill levy while $1.2 million of the excess interest will have to be paid to the IRS.
The balance of the interest income was used for projects that focused on safety, security and improved the longevity of the facilities. All the projects will be done by Dec. 31.
Also during Monday�s meeting, the Board monitored district reading results and determined that reasonable progress was being made. For the first time, the report included building-level targets for reading.
In other action, the Board:

  • Heard a Continuous Improvement Report for McCandless Elementary School.
  • Made its first evaluation of Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger and determined her performance, based on Board policy, met expectations with several commendations. With Coherent Governance, the superintendent�s evaluation is based largely on district performance on regular results and expectations reports, which are given each month. The Board did not go into executive session to make its evaluation.
  • Approved minutes from the Oct. 10, 2011, meeting.
  • Approved the Interfaith Housing Program agreement. The Building Trades Program now works with Interfaith Housing on its rehabilitation projects. The projects give students a wide range of construction experience.
  • Approved the purchase of licenses from Discovery Education for media streaming.
  • Approved the district snow removal agreement with Miller Homebuilders. When conditions warrant, Miller Homebuilders moves snow from the east and north Sports Arena parking lots, areas the district leases for Hutchinson High School parking.
  • Designated the former Building Trades classroom trailer as surplus property.
  • Approved duct cleaning for Faris and Lincoln Elementary schools.
  • Approved a bid for an elevator for the district�s Administration Center. The elevator will be funded by capital outlay funds.
  • Approved a lease for equipment from the Kansas School for the Deaf.
  • Approved the September Treasurer�s Report.
  • Appointed President Mike Mendoza as district delegate to the Kansas Association of School Board�s annual meeting in Kansas City in December and designated all other Board members who attend as alternates.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following changes in personnel.

Licensed
Hired
  • Jessica Langvardt, Substitute Teacher, District
Retirements
  • Cynthia Shultz, Kindergarten, McCandless Elementary School, effective end of 2011-12 school year
  • Judy Snyder, School Counselor, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective end of 2011-12 school year
Position Changes, From, To
  • Sean Bueford, Rule 10-Head Coach Girls' Basketball/HMS-7, Rule 10-Asst Coach Boys' Basketball/HHS, effective Oct. 10, 2011
  • Amanda McCue, Rule 10-Asst Coach Girls' Basketball/HMS-7, Rule 10-Asst Coach Girls' Basketball/HHS, effective Oct. 10, 2011
Classified
Hired
  • Jennifer Blair, Kitchen Manager, HMS-8
  • Missy Smies, CSS Para, Wiley
  • William Stewart, CSS Para, McCandless
  • Nicole Wells, Classified Substitute, District
Retirements
  • Barbara Nitzsche, Head Night Custodian, HMS-8, effective Oct. 17, 2011
  • Linda Garcia, Head Night Custodian, HMS-7, effective Dec. 31, 2011
Resignations
  • Susan Kaiser, Head Start Child Care Teacher Assistant, Hutcherson Center, effective Oct. 31, 2011
Position Change, From, To
  • Gloria Vera, CSS Para/McCandless, Secretary/McCandless

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

  • $285.21 from Target Stores to McCandless Elementary School.
  • $227.02 from Target Stores to Wiley Elementary School.
  • An Elison die and die cuts, valued at $656.60, from the Wiley PTO to Wiley.
  • School supplies, valued at $150, from First United Methodist Church to Lincoln Elementary School.
  • $192.40 from Target Stores to Lincoln.
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste, valued at $100, from Susan Evans Family Dentistry to Lincoln.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 14.

October 10, 2011

Board reviews district communication

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education did its annual review of how the district communicates with the public during its meeting Monday (Oct. 10, 2011).
The Board reviewed Operational Expectation No. 9, which covers communication with the public. Communication has evolved through the years from primarily paper and mass media to electronic communication supplemented by more traditional methods � a high tech/high touch approach.
The district maintains a wide range of high-tech communications tools, including AlertNow, email, the district website, Facebook and Twitter. For example, the public can access the next Board meeting�s entire agenda packet online on the Friday before the Monday meeting on the district website, providing the complete background for the meeting in case a parent or patron wants to make a comment during the meeting.
Augmenting those electronic tools, however, are high-touch methods, including community meetings throughout the year, superintendent meetings with staff and school and district paper newsletters.
The Board received good news on Monday during the Superintendent�s Update. Dr. Shelly Kiblinger told Board members full-time-equivalency enrollment was up 187.9 for 2011-12.
Total weighted FTE for the district is up 413.9, which would result in about $1.5 million of additional state funding. Of that $1.5 million, however, about $660,000 comes from new facilities weighting for recently completed bond issue projects.
This will be the last year the district receives any significant new facilities money.
Dr. Kiblinger also told the Board that last week�s parent-teacher conferences drew between 90 and 98 percent of the K-6 parents, about 68 percent of Hutchinson Middle School parents and 60 percent of Hutchinson High School parents.
Also during Monday�s meeting, the Board heard a continuous improvement report on Hutchinson High School. HHS offers one of the richest high school curriculums available in Kansas, including the International Baccalaureate Programme and the Hutchinson Career and Educational Academy. HHS students have the ability to take college classes for on campus or at the adjacent Hutchinson Community College.
In other action, the Board:

  • Approved 2011-12 targets for math and reading for all district schools.
  • Approved submitted grant applications.
  • Approved the purchase of computers for both campuses of Hutchinson Middle School.
  • Approved a 6B application for federal funds.
  • Approved the orientation and mobility service contract with Reno County Educational Cooperative.
  • Approved an interpretation and translation services contract with Flores Interpreting Inc.
  • Approved the accounts payable report for September 2011.
  • Approved minutes for the Sept. 26, 2011, meeting.
  • Reviewed Board/Superintendent Relationship No. 5 � Superintendent Accountability.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Certified
Hired
  • Geraldine Hilger, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Tammy Katzenmeier, Substitute Teacher, District
Classified
Hired
  • Vincent Sturgeon, Educational Aide, McCandless
  • Sheena Wyatt, Educational Aide, Faris
  • Kiairla Beltz, CSS Para, HMS-7
  • Dawn White, Food Service Substitute, District
  • Beverly Magnuson, Food Service Substitute, District
  • Karen West, Child Care Teacher Assistant, Hutcherson Center
Resignations
  • Melanie Hefton, Secretary, McCandless, effective Oct. 7, 2011
Termination
  • Sarah Coonce, CSS Para, HMS-7, effective Oct. 3, 2011

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

  • School supplies and paper, valued at $175, from First United Methodist Church to Avenue A Elementary School.
  • Clothing, valued at $200, from the American Legion Auxiliary No. 68 to Avenue A.
  • School supplies, valued at $100, from the Delos V. Smith Center to Avenue A.
  • $197.71 from Target to Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen.
  • School supplies from Jerry and Gerry Wilcox to Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen.
  • Welcome back to school food from First Nazarene Church to McCandless Elementary School staff.
  • Gift bags and gift cards from Walmart to McCandless staff.
  • Case of copier paper and supplies from First United Methodist Church to HMS-7.
  • $656.31 from Target to Morgan Elementary School.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 24.

September 26, 2011

Board hears about building level goals

Beginning this year, all buildings will have individual math and reading targets that are higher than their current achievement levels, the USD 308 Board of Education learned Monday (Sept. 26, 2011).
The Board heard a report from Assistant Superintendent Donna Davis on achievement targets for all buildings and student subgroups. These targets are designed to increase achievement, not just for buildings that did not make AYP in the past, but also for buildings where test scores already were higher than state targets.
In addition to increased achievement at the building level, the targets also are designed to decrease the achievement gap among gender, racial and economic subgroups.
Later this fall, the Board will set similar targets for reading.
The Board later reviewed math results for the district and determined reasonable progress had been made for the 2010-11 school year.
Also during Monday�s meeting the Board:

  • Monitored and approved OE-1 (global expectations for the district) and OE-2 (superintendent succession).
  • Approved minutes of the Sept. 12, 2011, Board meeting.
  • Approved Board policy changes.
  • Approved submitted grant applications.
  • Approved the replacement of the boiler for the Salthawk Activity Center at Hutchinson High School.
  • Approved a pair of change orders for construction at HHS.
  • Approved a memorandum of understanding with Horizons Mental Health Center for a licensed social worker at HHS.
  • Approved the replacement of rooftop heating/air conditioning units for HHS and Graber Elementary School out of capital outlay funds.
  • Approved the district�s Section 125 document.
  • Approved the RevTrak government merchant agreement. RevTrak allows the district to take payments from parents online.
  • Approved uniform contractual provisions addendum the district includes with all vendor and service contracts.
  • Approved the sale of the 2010-11 Building Trades Program home for $221,750. The program will not have a home for sale in 2011-12. Instead, the Career and Technical Education Academy has developed a cooperative venture with Hutchinson�s Interfaith Housing to do improvements and housing rehabilitation through Interfaith�s programs.
  • Approved the treasurer�s report for August 2011.

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

Licensed
Hired
  • Morgan Penner, Mental Health Specialist, Hutcherson Center, effective 9/28/2011
Classified
Hired
  • Delores Devault, Substitute Para, District
  • Mary Nowlan, Substitute Classified/Certified, District
  • Dottie Sheets, Teacher Assistant, Hutcherson/Fairfield
  • Crystal Sanchez, Bilingual Family Support Worker, Hutcherson Center
  • Rhonda Gisick, Elementary Secretary, Wiley Elementary
  • Jenny Siepert, Educational Aide, McCandless
Resignations
  • Angie Mourn, Kitchen Manager, HMS-8, effective 9/16/2011
  • Tammy Leiker, Health Room Assistant, Morgan, effective 8/19/2011
  • Lisa Mitchell, FACS Educational Aide, HMS-7, effective 5/26/2011
  • Vada Unrein, Cook/Server, Morgan, effective 5/26/2011
  • Jeanette Williams, Educational Aide, HMS at Allen, effective 5/26/2011
Position Changes, From, To
  • Cindy Clark, Elementary Secretary/Wiley, Resource Para/McCandless
  • Falon Whittsit, Certified Emergency Substitute/District, CSS Para/Wiley, effective 9/22/2011

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

  • Homemade granola, valued at $100, from the First Church of the Nazarene to Lincoln Elementary School staff.
  • Backpack and supplies, valued at $15, from Janice Martin, to Lincoln.
  • School supplies, valued at $100, from the Delos V. Smith Sr. Center to Lincoln.
  • School supplies, valued at $50, from Rick Retterer to Lincoln.
  • Snacks, valued at $50, from First United Methodist Church to Lincoln.
  • $566.58 from Lifetouch National School Studios to the Lincoln School Student Enrichment Fund.
  • Snacks, valued at $100, from First United Methodist Church, to Avenue A Elementary School staff.
  • School supplies, valued at $50, from Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins to Avenue A.
  • School supplies, valued at $200, from Keith Schroeder to Avenue A.
  • Games, valued at $100, from Andy Anderton to Avenue A.
  • Snacks, valued at $75, from First Church of the Nazarene, to Avenue A staff.
  • $423.08 from Target to Avenue A.
  • $2,500 from Nabholz Construction to USD 308 to be used for the end of bond issue celebration Oct. 1.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Administration Center.
Board members will attend the ribbon cutting for Hutchinson High School at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at HHS, 810 East 13th. Immediately after a short program, there will be a tour of HHS facilities, which will take about 90 minutes. The Oct. 1 festivities and tours will be completed by noon.

September 12, 2011

Board hears about naming rights

District staff began a community conversation with the USD 308 Board of Education Monday night (Sept. 12, 2011) about the naming of different facilities.
The discussion is the localization to a national trend. With reduced financial resources from the state and federal sources, school districts across the nation are looking for different ways to fund education.
One of those means is allowing donors to place their names on different school facilities for a pre-determined amount of time.
Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger and Executive Director of Human Resources Rick Kraus briefed the Board on initial work that has been done in the district, looking at possible scenarios and legal aspects of naming rights.
Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

  • Purchased $100,000 library books from 2006 bond issue funds. The books will go to all K-12 buildings.
  • Approved memorandums of understanding with Smart Start for a pilot project for the 4-year-old program at Lincoln and Graber elementary schools.
  • Approved bids for $29,760 for broadcast journalism equipment from Wink Audio Visual.
  • Approved the continuation agreement with Cross and Joftus for consulting at Lincoln Elementary School, paid with a grant the Board had already approved.
  • Approved the annual YMCA contract for use of its facilities for physical education classes and the Hutchinson High School's interscholastic swimming teams. The cost is $13,200 for the year, up $1,200. The increase was the first in three years. YMCA facilities are adjacent to HHS.
  • Approved handbooks for the Professional Development Council, safety, bloodborne pathogens and licensed staff.
  • Approved a change order for sidewalk work on the east side of HHS.
  • Reviewed Governance Culture 5 (Board Committees/Liaisons) and Governance Culture 6 (Annual Work Plan) and had first reading on Board policy changes.
  • Approved the Accounts Payable Report for August 2011.
  • Approved minutes for the Aug. 22, 2011, meeting.
  • Approved submitted grant applications.

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

  • Large bag of goodies and card from First United Methodist Church to Hutchinson Middle School-7 staff for the beginning of the new school year.
  • $975 from friends of the late Cindy Beshore, a long time HMS-7 teacher, for educational supplies at the school
  • $900 from Hutchinson Youth Soccer to the district for equipment at the USD 308 Soccer Complex.
  • $227.02 from Target Stores to the Wiley Elementary School revolving gift fund.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following changes in district personnel

Licensed
Hired
  • Melissa Dauphin, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Kathryn Field, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Jared Hamilton, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Beverly Heck, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Andrea Henne, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Derek Law, Substitute Teacher, District
  • David Miller, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Oneita Penner, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Lisa Pitts, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Eric Reichert, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Velda Schwarm, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Sarah Tucker, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Virgil Tucker, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Wendy Queal, Rule 10 - Assistant Coach Girls' Tennis, Hutchinson High School, 2011-12 school year
  • Kyle Unruh, Rule 10 - Assistant Coach Cross Country, Hutchinson Middle School, 2011-12 school year
Retirement
  • Terrie Kale, Communications, Hutchinson Middle School-7, end of 2011-12 school year
Classified
Hired
  • Dixie McLaughlin, Bus Aide, SJH/Nickerson/South Hutchinson
  • Jamie Rexroad, CSS Para, Graber
  • Laura Zambo, Resource Room Para, Lincoln
  • Brandy Turner, CSS Para, Graber
  • Emily Smith, Middle School Secretary, HMS-7
  • Tiffani Wilson, TACS Aide, HMS-8
  • Jennifer Norwood, PreSchool Aide, Lincoln
  • Ashley Stevens, Playground Aide, HMS at Allen
  • Melanie Hefton, Elementary Secretary, McCandless
  • Daniel Carrington, Night Custodian, Wiley, Allen, Graber
  • Vanessa Bale, Breakfast/Lunch/Playground/Library Media Aide, Lincoln
  • Terri Kaegi, Special Education Para, Morgan
  • Gloria Vera, CSS Para, McCandless
  • Austin McFarland, Custodian Sub, District
  • Darla Healey-Eckhoff, Cafeteria Aide, HHS
  • Sandra Reed, Cafeteria Aide, HHS
  • Amy Miller, CSS Para, HMS-7
  • Marilyn Bolton, Foreign Language Aide, HHS
  • Lisa Chapman, Health Room Assistant, Morgan
Termination
  • Kim Starks, Teacher Assistant Child Care, Shirley J. Hutcherson Center
Position Change, From, To
  • David Smiley, Substitute Custodian/ District, Custodian/ Shirley J. Hutcherson Center

Next meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Administration Center.

August 22, 2011

Board tabs Roberts for Rec Commission

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Aug. 22, 2011) reappointed Jacque Roberts to the Hutchinson Recreation Commission.
Under the current governance structure, the Board approves appointments to the five-member Hutchinson Rec board. It has one of its own members -- Joe Fangman -- who serves on the commission.
Also during the meeting, Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger updated the Board on the first day of school, which was Monday for first through ninth grades. Sophomores through seniors report to HHS on Tuesday while kindergartners and four-year-olds start school on Wednesday.
Most of the Board's Monday agenda was routine. The Board had met on Saturday in its retreat to develop its annual work plan.
Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

  • Approved minutes of the Aug. 2, 2011, meeting.
  • Approved the Treasurer's Report for July 2011.
  • Approved payment for backup services for the district�s computer servers.
  • Approved the annual contract with the City of Hutchinson for using the Sports Arena for Hutchinson High School graduation.
  • Approved the low bid of $104,765 from Vogts-Parga Construction to construct a north side parking lot at Graber Elementary School. Bond funds will be used to pay for the construction.
  • Approved parent and health handbooks for Head Start and Early Head Start.
  • Monitored Governance Culture 4, 7 and 8 on officers' roles, code of conduct and conflict of interest.

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

Licensed
Hired
  • Valli Dawn Booe, Rule 10 - Head Coach Girls' Tennis, Hutchinson Middle School, effective 2011-12 school year
  • Jane Davidson, Math Interventionist (0.5), Faris Elementary School, effective 2011-12 school year
  • Terri Kaegi, Grade 5 (0.5), Morgan Elementary School, effective 2011-12 school year
  • Heather Olson, Assistant Coach Girls' Tennis, Hutchinson Middle School, effective 2011-12 school year
  • Daniel Vieyra, Rule 10 - Assistant Coach Boys' Soccer, Hutchinson High School, effective 2011-12 school year
  • Mary Brillhart, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Curtis Cleveland, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Karen DeCou, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Randi Drake, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Stephanie Dunworth, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Keith Eschliman, Substitute Teacher, District
  • John Fairbanks, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Debora Green, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Gary Hudson, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Chris Mullins, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Jeanette Mills, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Jeanette Nunn, Substitute Teacher, District
  • KayAnn Shultz, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Chad Stutzman, Substitute Teacher, District
  • Peter Youngs, Substitute Teacher, District
Resignations
  • Carla Little, Mental Health Consultant, Hutcherson Center, effective Sept. 23, 2011
  • Kyle Unruh, Rule 10 - Assistant Coach Boys' Soccer, Hutchinson High School, effective 2011-12 school year
Classified
Hired
  • Terri Baumchen, Speech Language Para, Faris
  • Harold George, Behavior Support Para, HMS-8
  • Jessica Morrison, Resource Room Para, Lincoln
  • Dorothea Warner, Resource Room Para/Breakfast Supervisor, HMS at Allen
  • Shane Warren, ISS Supervisor, HHS
  • Tasha Wessel, Part-time Health Room Assistant, Graber
  • Nathaniel Hoefer, CSS Para, McCandless
  • Brianna Bailey, CSS Para, Wiley
  • Alexa Owens, Playground Aide, HMS at Allen
  • Antonia Inchauriga, ESL Aide, HMS-7
  • Marcy Janssen, Resource Room Para , HMS-7
  • Samantha Owen, Title I Math Educational Aide, MCCandless
  • Jennifer Self, Modified Special Class Para, HHS
  • Fulicia Sligar, Head Baker, HMS-8
  • Bonnie Westfahl, Resource Room Para, HMS-7
  • Michelle Wilson, Title I Educational Aide, Lincoln
  • Herminia Benetiz, Behavior Support Special Class, McCandless
  • Marnie Proffitt, Title I Educational Aide, Lincoln
  • Wendy Turley, Special Education Secretary, ESC
  • Sarah Tharp, CSS Para, McCandless
Resignations
  • Tammy Lippert, Resource Room Para, McCandless/Holy Cross, effective May 26, 2011
  • Alejandra Marroquin, ESL Interpreter/Translator, Avenue A, effective May 26, 2011
  • Vicky Rumford, TACS Educational Aide, HMS-8, effective May 26, 2011
  • Jana Parra, ESL Aide, Lincoln, effective May 26, 2011
  • Termination
  • Rachele Fideldy, CSS Para, Graber, effective Aug. 12, 2011
Position Changes, From, To
  • Rhonda Rodriguez, Resource Room Para/HMS-7, Permanent Para Sub/District
  • Sylvia Magana, Family Support Worker/Bilingual/Head Start, ESL Interpreter/Translator/Avenue A
  • Valerie Armstrong, Middle School Secretary/HMS-7, Elementary Secretary/Morgan
  • Vance Mayes, Speech Language Para/Lincoln, Capital Asset/Federal Programs/Administration Center

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

August 8, 2011

Board approves FY2012 budget

After a 10-minute public hearing, the Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Aug. 8, 2011) approved the 2011-12 budget on a unanimous vote.
The budget sets the general fund legal maximum spending of just over $29.1 million, more than $813,000 less than the actual 2010-11 budget and below the $30.9 million of 2008-09.
State aid for students was cut dramatically for the 2011-12 school year -- $157 per student. With the cut and additional costs for utilities and other unavoidable fixed expenses, the district was looking at a budget gap of $1.4 million.
To partially offset some cuts, the Board earlier this spring directed staff to design a budget that increased the local option budget to partially offset some losses in state aid. While the local option budget percentage decreases slightly to 26.7 percent for the 2011-12 year from 26.85 percent in FY2011, the mill levy to support the LOB increases by 1.88 mills.
A decrease in the amount the state provides to equalize the local option budget resulted in the increase in local property taxes. Historically, the state has paid a portion of the local option budget for low-wealth districts, a concept known as equalization. Hutchinson is known as a low-wealth district. For FY 2012, the state is reducing that assistance, leading to higher local property taxes.
USD 308 will get an additional $63,706 from the local option budget in FY2012.
The budget also reduces the district's carryover funds -- what businesses would consider operating capital and emergency reserve funds -- by $380,000. The carryover funds are used during the school year to fund federal programs for which money isn't received until October and as a hedge against late payments by the state to the district. In the past two years, the state has been late in making its school district payments more often than it has been on time. Currently, USD 308 has just under three months of cash operations in reserve.
Carryover funds are one-time money that will need to be replenished in a future budget.
Overall, the estimated tax rate for 2011-12 will be 57.46 mills or 4 mills higher than in 2010-11. Of the 4-mill increase, 2.1 mills resulted from the district's $78.8 million bond issue voters approved in 2006.
The district spends 65 percent of its funds on direct instruction and instructional support. Only 7 percent is spent on administration.
The Board also received an update from staff at Lincoln Elementary School. Lincoln had 10 staff members on hand with Principal Pam Bevan to give the Board an overview of work done this summer in anticipation of the new school year.
Teacher Kristy Farley thanked the Board and other district staff for its support of the work at Lincoln. Instructional coach Deanne Nelson said the teachers had met four times in the summer to work on plans for 2011-12.
Dr. Bevan said the group had looked at best practices to improve math and reading scores for the students, to build positive behavior expectations and to reach out to the parents and the Lincoln neighborhood.
Also during Monday's meeting, the Board heard a report on Adequate Yearly Progress, a report that will be aired on a statewide basis in front of the Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday.
As a district, USD 308 met AYP in reading but did not in math. The district's math scores went up but did not go up as much as the AYP target. As a diverse district, USD 308 can fail to meet AYP in 16 different ways. Missing the mark in one subcategory results in a district not meeting AYP.
Avenue A Elementary School comes off improvement because it met AYP for two years in a row. Four schools did not meet AYP in math -- Faris, Lincoln, Hutchinson High School and Hutchinson Middle School. Lincoln also did not make AYP in reading.
Board President Mike Mendoza commended the work the district had done to close the achievement gap at the elementary level, but noted concern about gaps in math at the secondary level.
Current federal law requires all students to be proficient or above by 2014.
The Board, itself, hears updates on academic progress each month during monitoring reports on district results.
Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

  • Monitored Operational Expectations No. 5, Fiscal Planning.
  • Approved minutes of the July 25 Board meeting.
  • Approved the Head Start/Early Head Start Child and Adult Care Food Program renewal.
  • Approved the Head Start/Reno County Cooperative and Head Start/Training and Evaluation Center of Hutchinson local interagency program agreements.
  • Approved the Translation and Interpretation Services contract.
  • Approved the continuation of the interagency agreement with Reno County Educational Cooperative and McPherson Special Education Cooperative to participate in the Day School to provide services for severe emotionally disabled students.
  • Approved the continuation of the interagency agreement with TECH and RCEC to provide birth through age 5 services to disabled children.
  • Approved the Prime Vendor Agreement/Purchasing membership.
  • Approved the accounts payable report for July 2011.
  • Appointed Mr. Mendoza as the district's Kansas Association of School Board�s Governmental Relations Network representative.

Human Resources Report
The Board approved the following changes in personnel.

Licensed
Hired
  • Connie Friesen, Math Interventionist (0.5), Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, effective 2011-12 school year
  • Emily Jones, Grade 5, Wiley Elementary School, effective 2011-12 school year
  • Kris Styes, Grade 5, Lincoln Elementary School, effective 2011-12 school year
  • Kathryn Waltner, Four-Year-Olds Program (0.5), Graber Elementary School, effective 2011-12 school year
  • Ron Weber, Head Coach Girls' Tennis, Hutchinson High School, effective 2011-12 school year
Classified
Hired
  • Callie Fickes, Teacher Assistant, Hutcherson/Haven
  • Lauren Gardner, Health Room Assistant, HMS at Allen
  • Daphne Franco Micheo, Teacher Assistant, Hutcherson/South Hutchinson
  • Marquel Harper, Substitute, Head Start
  • Nanette Severns, Specialized Literacy Para, Faris/Graber
  • Dustin Schultz, Building Trades Assistant, CTEA/HHS
  • Jane Cohen, District Copy Clerk, District
Resignations
  • Scott Drush, Behavior Support Para, HMS-8, effective May 26, 2011
  • Janet Martens, ESL Educational Aide, HMS-7, effective May 26, 2011
  • Bonnie Isreal, Bus Aide, Hutcherson/Nickerson, effective May 26, 2011
  • Robin Woodworth, Elementary Secretary, Morgan, effective Aug. 19, 2011
  • Bambi Brunn, Custodian/Part Time, Head Start, effective Aug. 22, 2011
Terminations
  • Crystal Everidge, Assistant Fruits/Vegetables, HHS, effective May 26, 2011
  • Charlotte Keller, Cook/Server, HHS, effective May 26, 2011
Position Changes, From, To
  • Sean Beuford, Resource Room Para/HMS-7, ISS Supervisor/HMS-8
  • Sondra Hutchinson, Cafeteria Aide/HHS, Assistant Fruits/Vegetables/HHS
  • Geraldine Field, Cook/Server/Wiley, Cook/Server/Faris
  • Ana Simental, Cook/Server/Faris, Assistant Main Dish/HMS-8
  • Barbara Cooper, Speech Para/Faris, FACS Education Aide/HMS-7

Gifts to Schools

  • $150 and curriculum from the Kansas State Department of Education to Head Start/Early Head Start for the Power Panther Preschool Program.
  • A variety of books and videos to the district�s libraries.
  • $1,000 from the Women�s Civic Center to Reno County Head Start.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the USD 308 Board of Education will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Administration Center. The Board will hold its annual retreat at 8 a.m. Aug. 20 at the Administration Center.
A quorum of Board members will be on hand for a new teacher picnic at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Kansas State Fairgrounds but it will strictly be a social event for the Board and no action will be taken.

July 25, 2011

Board takes look at FY2012 budget

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (July 25, 2011) took a first formal look at the proposed 2011-12 budget during its regular meeting.

The budget proposes general fund legal maximum spending of just over $29.1 million, more than $813,000 less than the actual 2010-11 budget and below the $30.9 million of 2008-09.
State aid for students was cut dramatically for the 2011-12 school year -- $157 per student. With the cut and additional costs for utilities and other unavoidable fixed expenses, the district was looking at a budget gap of $1.4 million.
To partially offset some cuts, the Board earlier this spring directed staff to design a budget that increased the local option budget to partially offset some losses in state aid. While the local option budget percentage decreases slightly to 26.7 percent for the 2011-12 year from 26.85 percent in FY2011, the mill levy to support the LOB increases by 1.88 mills.
How does a drop in the LOB percentage equal an increase in local property taxes? Historically, the state has paid a portion of the local option budget for low-wealth districts, a concept known as equalization. Hutchinson is known as a low-wealth district. For FY 2012, the state is reducing that assistance, leading to higher local property taxes.
USD 308 will get an additional $63,706 from the local option budget in FY2012.
The budget also reduces the district's carryover funds -- what businesses would consider operating capital and emergency reserve funds -- by $380,000. The carryover funds are used during the school year to fund federal programs for which money isn't received until October and as a hedge against late payments by the state to the district. In the past two years, the state has been late in making its school district payments more often than it has been on time. Currently, USD 308 has just under three months of cash operations in reserve.
Carryover funds are one-time money that will need to be replenished in some future budget.
Overall, the estimated tax rate for 2011-12 will be 57.46 mills or 4 mills higher than in 2010-11. Of the 4-mill increase, 2.1 mills resulted from the district's $78.8 million bond issue voters approved in 2006.
The district spends 65 percent of its funds on direct instruction and instructional support. Only 7 percent is spent on administration.
The Board will have the formal public hearing on the 2010-11 budget at 7:05 p.m. Aug. 8, 2011, 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:
  • Monitored student results for social studies.
  • Monitored operational expectations for student discipline and learning environment for students.
  • Approved submitted grant applications.
  • Appointed Mike Mendoza, Jeff Nichols and Kent Hilst to the Educational Facilities Authority of Reno County. All other Board members are alternates for EFARC.
  • Approved the Hutchinson High School Child Care Center and Early Head Start memorandum of understanding.
  • Approved handbooks for substitute teachers and classified staff.
  • Approved the WebKIDDS computerized individual education plan program contract with Keystone Learning Services.
  • Approved the purchase of learning software for HHS and Reno County Youth Services computer labs. USD 308 provides educational services for Reno County Youth Services.
  • Approved the Apple lease-purchase agreement.
  • Approved the purchase of three servers to support the district�s thin client computers.
  • Approved copy paper bids.
  • Approved bids for an elevator at the Educational Services Center and remodeling at the facility.
  • Approved playground equipment for Lincoln Elementary School from the 2006 bond issue.
  • Approved irrigation systems and grass sod upgrades for Avenue A Elementary School and Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen funded by the 2006 bond issue.
  • Approved a prime vendor contract with US Foodservice for 2011-12 with the possibility of up to four one-year extensions. The contract, which went to the low bidder, provides about 80 percent of district Nutrition Services food needs.
  • Approved milk bids from Hiland Dairy, the only company to submit a bid.
  • Approved the June 2011 Treasurer's Report.
  • Approved minutes from the July 11, 2011, meeting.
Human Resources Report
The Board approved the following changes in personnel for the district.
Certified
Hired
  • Emily Schreiner, Art, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective 2011-12 school year
Resignations
  • Kristen LaPoint, Grade 5, Lincoln Elementary School, effective July 25, 2011
  • Danah Schremmer , Art, Hutchinson High School, effective July 25, 2011
Position Change, From, To
  • Alisha Jester, Art/HMS-8, Art/Hutchinson High School, effective 2011-12 school year
Classified
Hired
  • Stacy Beal, School Psych Para, ESC
  • Desirae McConnel, Teacher Assistant, Hutcherson Center
  • Tammy Leiker, Health Room Assistant, Lincoln
  • Dusty Rickard, Technology Support Specialist, TSC
Resignations
  • Rita Buckaloo, Support Service Secretary, SSC, effective Aug. 1, 2011
  • Cassie Morales, Special Education Resource Room Para, Wiley, effective May 26, 2011
  • Paula Miller, Elementary Secretary, McCandless, effective June 3, 2011
  • Alexa Bell Owens, Fixed Assets/Federal Program Secretary, Administration Center, effective Aug. 10, 2011
  • Kim Green, Special Education CCS Para, Graber, effective May 26, 2011
Position Changes, From, To
  • Meagan Koeppen, Special Education Resource Room Para/Wiley, Part-time Family Support Worker/Hutcherson Center
  • Kim Starks, Teacher Assistant/South Hutchinson, Child Care Assistant/Hutcherson Center
  • Rebecca Hazelton, District Copy Clerk, Support Service Secretary, effective Aug. 1, 2011
Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum. The meeting will include the formal public hearing on the FY2012 budget at 7:05 p.m.
 

July 11, 2011

Mendoza elected Board president

 
Mike Mendoza was elected president of the Board for the 2011-12 school term during the annual organizational meeting of the Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (July 11, 2011). Joe Fangman was elected vice president.
The Board formally welcomed Dr. Shelly Kiblinger as superintendent. She formally joined the district July 1.
The Board also welcomed new member Kent Hilst. Mr. Hilst was elected to a four-year term during the April 2011 general elections. Also returning for new four-year terms were Mr. Mendoza, Mary Lynn Baker and Sarah Blake. Jeff Allen, a four-term veteran on the Board, chose not to run for re-election in 2011.
During the meeting, the Board approved a lease agreement and amended interlocal agreement with the Reno County Educational Cooperative to move the Day School to the Educational Services Center, 700 East 13th, from Medora. The Day School had been at Grandview School, 1900 East 4th, until four years ago when it moved to Medora. The original move was to create a cooperative program with RCEC and McPherson USD 418.
The Medora Day School has since become overcrowded. Recent moves of programming for Hutchinson High School into other buildings on the HHS complex opened up space at the ESC.
The Day School provides programming for students with challenging emotional and behavioral problems.
Much of the agenda dealt with routine matters. 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; Pam Ditgen, 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
  • YouthFriends Advisory Board: 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 2011-12 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 2011-12.
  • Approved designating Martindell, Swearer & Shaffer to provide legal counsel for the district for 2011-12.
  • Approved minutes from the June 27, 2011, meeting.
  • Approved playground equipment and installation for Avenue A Elementary School and Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen as part of the 2006 bond issue work.
  • Approved the accounts payable report for June 2011.
  • Set the Board retreat for Aug. 20 at the Administration Center.
Personnel Report
The Board formally approved the following personnel changes.
Certified
Hired
  • Jennifer Adams, Head Start Teacher, Hutcherson Center, effective 2011-12 school year
 
Gifts to Schools
The Board formally accepted and thanked the donors of the following gifts.
  • Cash donations and items with a total value of $26,634.14, to Hutchinson High School programs from 28 donors for the period Jan. 1, to June 30, 2011.
 
Next Meeting
The next formal meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. July 25, at the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum. A majority of Board members may be present during an all-day training seminar, beginning at 8 a.m. July 21, on Coherent Governance at the Administration Center.