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March 10, 2014

Board reviews 21st century skills

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (March 10, 2014) reviewed district progress for students achieving skills that will help them as they work into the second half of the 21st century.

The district reviewed R-5: Life and Career 21st Century Skills during Monday’s meeting. Specifically, the Board looked at three measures – the number of Career and Technical Education Academy coursework participants, attendance rate and graduation rate.

In 2012-13, 91.35 percent of students at Hutchinson High School had completed one or more career and technical education credits in their freshman through junior years. That number was up slightly from 90.55 percent in 2011-12.

Attendance rate in 2012-13 was 94.27 percent, down fractionally from 94.6 percent in 2011-12 but above the state required 90 percent attendance rate.

HHS had an 87.43 percent graduation rate for the class of 2013, up nearly 1 percent from the class of 2012.

The Board agreed that adequate progress had been made on R-5.

In other action, the Board:

•During the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Shelly Kiblinger provided the Board with additional details on the Gannon lawsuit on which the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday.
•The superintendent also reported to the Board about cash line balances and the use of those balances.
•Heard a budget update from Superintendent Dr. Shelly Kiblinger and Executive Director of Fiscal Management Lori Blakesley
•Heard a continuous improvement report from the staff of Morgan Elementary School.
•Reviewed Operation Expectation 7: Asset Protection.
•Approved renewal of general liability, property and errors and omissions insurance with Fee Insurance Group.
•Approved minutes of the February 24, 2014, Board meeting.
•Approved a submitted grant application.
•Approved the renewal of software and support from Filewave, Inc.
•Approved computer purchases for elementary staff and the CTEA/HHS llabs.
•Approved the Head Start/Early Head Start continuation grant.
•Approved an agreement with IDEATEK for internet service.
•Approved the accounts payable report for February 2014.
•Began planning for an annual student input session with HHS students for later this spring.
•Held executive sessions, totaling 40 minutes, to discuss negotiations with teachers.
Gifts to Schools
The Board formally accepted the following gifts to schools and thanked donors.

•$150 from Vision Care Direct to the district’s employee wellness activities.
•$100 from TPP Certified Public Accountants to the district’s employee wellness activities.
•$75 from Hutchinson Credit Union to the district’s employee wellness activities.
•$250 from American Fidelity to the district’s employee wellness activities.
•Yoga equipment from Blue Cross/Blue Shield to be used by the district’s wellness activities.
•Coats and caps valued at $60 from Zenobia Pope  to Lincoln Elementary School.
•Tickets, valued at $250, from David Buckley and Meyer Dick to send Lincoln students to the Wizard of Oz performance on Feb. 16.
•Pencils and glue sticks, valued at $16, from Rick Retterer to Lincoln.

 

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
•Mason Engel, Assistant Track Coach, Hutchinson Middle School - 7, effective March 17, 2014
•Conor Reilly, Assistant Track Coach, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective March 17, 2014
•Tynan Honn, Certified Substitute, District
•Lori Newton, CSS Para, Graber Elementary
•Anna Mullins, Teachers Assistant, Hutcherson Center
Resignations
Mary Gere Bridger, English Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective end of 2013-14 school year
Alysha Brintnall, Grade 4 Teacher, Graber Elementary School, effective end of 2013-14 school year
Kolten Cook, Grade 6 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective end of 2013-14 school year
Shelley Harper, Special Education Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 7, effective end of 2013-14 school year
Mary Johnson, Grade 3 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective end of 2013-14 school year
Thomas Wilke, Science Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective end of 2013-14 school year
Matthew Zimmerman, Principal, Wiley Elementary School, effective June 6, 2014
Carolyn Gamble, Job Coach, High School, effective May 22, 2014
Darcy Canfield, Activity Treasurer, HMS-8, effective March 13, 2014
Angie Mahoney, Head Start Receptionist, Hutcherson Center, effective March 7, 2014
Charles Rice, Custodian/Night, High School, effective March 15, 2014
Bobby Gant, Custodian/Night, High School, effective March 14, 2014
Retirements
Diane O'Neal, Instructional Coach, Morgan Elementary School, effective end of 2013-14 school year
Luann Sawyer, Health Coordinator, Hutcherson Center, effective end of 2013-14 school year

Next meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. April 14. The second regular meeting in March falls during Spring Break and has been cancelled.

Board members will be present during the first negotiations session for the 2014-15 contract with NEA-Hutchinson at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Career and Technical Education Academy’s Events Center, 800 15th Circle. Except for caucus periods of the individual groups, the negotiations are open meetings.

 


 

 

February 24, 2014
Board monitors student tech, info skills

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Feb. 24, 2014) monitored student progress in the critical 21st century skills of information, media and technology, also known as Results 4.

In less than a generation, students access to information has gone from spending time in a library to carry all that information and more in the palm of their hand on a data device such as a smart phone.The challenge for education has gone from teaching students were to find the information to evaluating the information and then using it in ways that can be understood by others.

To reflect the changes, more College and Career Ready standards were embedded into the multi-media class at Hutchinson Middle School -- 8.One project, for example, required students to do a multi-media project on the American Revolution that addressed both English language arts and social studies standards.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board proclaimed March as Youth Arts Month and heard a presentation from K-6 art teachers and students. On Wednesday, the district's online art show opens at www.usd308art.com.March 1, artwork from eight USD 308 students will be displayed in thecapitol building in Topeka.

In other action, the Board:
Heard a Continuous Improvement Report from Lincoln Elementary School.
Approved minutes of the Feb. 10, 2014, Board meeting.
Approved submitted grant applications.
Approved administrative policies -- J -- students.
Approved a list of surplus items for disposal.
Approved a semi-annual paper purchase.
Approved the Treasurer’s Report for January 2014.
Reviewed and approved Board/Superintendent Relationship -- 5, superintendent accountability. The policy, which examines district progress on all other results and operations policies, serves as the superintendent’s evaluation from the Board under Coherent Governance.

Held an executive session for 50 minutes to discuss negotiations and non-elected personnel.

 

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.
Hired
Ivy Newton, Language Arts Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School -- 7, effective 2014-15 school year
Cathy Lamas, Assistant Main Dish, Lincoln Elementary
Kenda Ely, Certified Substitute, District
Jean Nagle, Certified Substitute, District
Ivy Newton, Certified Substitute, District
Mary Lou Neher, Certified Substitute, District
Tammy Wagoner, Certified Substitute, District
Darby Strawn, Certified Substitute, District
Nancy Birgen, Certified Substitute, District

Resignations
Pamela Clark, Special Education Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective end of 2013-14 school year
Samantha Luckey, Grade 1 Teacher, Avenue A Elementary School, effective end of 2013-14 school year
Lora Randolph, School Counselor, Graber Elementary School, effective end of 2013-14 school year
Cegan Lansdown, Modified Para, Morgan Elementary, effective March 7, 2014
Jeanette Rice, CSS Para, Graber Elementary, effective March 14, 2014

Position Changes, From, To
David T. Patterson, Director of CTEA/CTEA, Principal/Hutchinson Middle School, effective 2014-15 school year

Next Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. March 10. It will be the only regular meeting in March because the second meeting falls during Spring Break.


 

Feb. 10, 2014
Board approves STEM grant applications
The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Feb. 10, 2014) approved submitting a pair of Project Lead the Way grant applications that would bring additional STEM resources to a pair of district schools.

STEM -- Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics -- are at the center of both the Career and Technical Education Academy at Hutchinson High School and at Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, which is the district's STEM K-6 school.

Both applications are being made to Project Lead the Way at Wichita State University's College of Engineering.

For the high school, the grant application for $20,000 would allow the CTEA to offer a computer integrated management class at the school. The funds would be used for educator training and materials and supplies for the class.

Computer integrated management is designed to introduce students to manufacturing process, product design, robotics and automation.

The second grant would allow HMS at Allen to become a Project Lead the Way Launch school. The $14,492 grant would allow students to have access to resources to gain a deeper understanding of STEM concepts. The money would be used for technology resources, curriculum and educator training.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

•Recognized Board Members Sarah Blake and Michael Mendoza with a Level I Boardsmanship Academy certificate from the Kansas Association of School Boards
•Approved the minutes of the Jan. 27, 2014, Board meeting.
•Approved the accounts payable report for January 2014.
•Approved locker bids for the 23rd Street soccer/baseball complex.
•Approved Governance Culture -- 10 -- Governance Cost.
•Met in executive session for 20 minutes to discuss negotiations with teachers and non-elected personnel.

Gifts to Schools
The Board formally accepted the following gifts to schools and thanked donors.
$216.66 from Target to McCandless Elementary School for its revolving gifts fund.
$154 from Target to McCandless for its revolving gifts fund.
$1,100 from Hutchinson Community Foundation to McCandless for its activity fund for preschool to second grade for basic items (hygiene, vision, clothes and books).
$64 from the Hutchinson Civitan Club for fourth graders at McCandless.
88 gifts from various individuals and groups, totaling $30,720.15, to Hutchinson High School from July 3 through Dec. 5, 2013.

 

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.
Hired
Brenda Dawson, Cook/Server, HMS-8
Kathy Goering, Library/Playground/Lunchroom Aide, Lincoln Elementary
Linda Guieb, Cook/Server, Faris Elementary
Angie Mourn, Head Fruit/Vegtables, Lincoln Elementary
Jamie Newman, CSS Para, High School
Roger Roots, Playgrond Aide, McCandless Elementary
Gary Cornelsen, Certified Substitute, District/High School
Conor Reilly, Certified Substitute, District/HMS-8
Heath Peine, Director of Special Education, Educational Services Center, effective 2014-15 school year
Monica Reza, Math Teacher, Hutchinson High School, effective 2014-15 school year
Retirements
Kathy McAllister, Custodian/Part-Time, Avenue A, effective July 31, 2014
Resignations
Dustin Koeppen, Custodian/Night, High School, effective Jan. 28, 2014
Heidi Glover, Head Fruits/Vegtables, Lincoln Elementary, effective Jan. 1, 2014
Michael Dyer, Social Studies Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, effective Jan. 30, 2014
Termination
Laurie Brady, CSS Para, Graber Elementary, effective Jan. 31, 2014
Position Changes, From, To
Amanda Enslinger, Kitchen Manager - HHS - Full-Year, Kitchen Manager - HHS - Part-Time, effective Feb. 7, 2014
Tammy Collins, Kitchen Manager - HMS-7 - Part-Time, Kitchen Manager - HMS-7 - Full-Year, effective Feb. 7, 2014
Tina Johnson, Assistant Track Coach/HMS-7, Varsity Assistant Track Coach/HHS, Feb. 6, 2014

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

 


 

 

January 13, 2014

Board approves 2014-15 calendar

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Jan. 27, 2014) approved a 2014-15 academic calendar that starts school for pre-kindergarten through ninth grades on Wednesday, Aug. 13, and ends it for pre-K through 11th grades on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

The calendar largely follows the 2013-14 calendar with one notable change. Students will be off the entire Thanksgiving week (Nov. 24 through 28). Licensed staff, meanwhile, will have professional development on Nov. 24 and 25 and will be off for Thanksgiving Nov. 26 through 28.

Christmas-New Year's Recess will be two full weeks for students and staff – from Dec. 22 through Jan. 2.

The Hutchinson High School senior class of 2015's final day of class will be Thursday, May 14, with graduation set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board reviewed Results Policy 3 -- Learning and Innovation Skills. Donna Davis, assistant superintendent, told the Board significant progress had been made in three areas on the report:

•increasing the percentage of middle school students earning a "C" or better in advanced courses,
•increasing the percentage of high school students who earn a "C" or better in dual credit classes and
•decreasing the percentage of high school students who need to take a "developmental" course when entering Hutchinson Community College.
In other action, the Board:

•Heard a School Improvement Report from Faris Elementary School.
•Heard more information about the district's anti-bullying programs from the elementary counselors.
•Approved a submitted grant application.
•Approved Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy advisory committees for 2013-14. The committees provide business and industry input into HCTEA programs.
•Approved window replacement programs at the Educational Service Center, Technology Support Center and the Administration Center.
•Approved minutes of the Jan. 13, 2014, Board meeting.
•Approved the Treasurer's Report for December 2013.
•Continued a discussion on the 2014-19 results policies and strategic plan.
•Held an executive session for 10 minutes to discuss negotiations with the National Education Association -- Hutchinson.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
Jamie Cornelsen, Position and building to be determined, effective 2014-15 school year
Kaley Silcott, Modified Para, HMS at Allen
Tagan Trahoon, Classified Educational Aide Substitute, Hutchinson High School
Jahman Hill, Classified Educational Aide Substitute, Hutchinson High School
Megan Ellegood, Classified Para Substitute, District
Beverly Lacefield, Custodian/Night, Hutchinson High School
Merin Benson, Classified Educational Aide Substitute, Wiley Elementary
Resignations
Kimberly Corkill, Health Aide, Hutcherson Center, effective Jan. 24, 2014
Crystal Sifuentes, Teacher Assistant, Hutcherson Center, effective Jan. 24, 2014
Termination
Sara Trotter, Assistant Main Dish, Lincoln Elementary, effective Jan. 16, 2014
Position Changes From, To
Jarred Westmoreland, Athletics/Event Manager - SSC, Irrigation Specialist - SSC, effective Feb. 1, 2014
Joe Palacioz, Grounds Crew - SSC, Athletics/Event Manager - SSC, effective Feb. 1, 2014
Retirements
*Virginia Mayfield, Art Teacher, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2013-14 school year
*Lora Walenz, Special Education Teacher/Hearing Impaired, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2013-14 school year
*Will be returning for the 2014-15 school year

Gifts to Schools
The Board formally accepted the following gifts to schools and thanked donors.
$500 Books for Schools Award from Target to Faris Elementary School.
$250 in books from Target for the Faris library.
Supplies, pencils and prizes from Target to Faris.
$20 in snacks and certificates from Target to Faris for a safety patrol party.

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

 


 

January 13, 2014

Board considers results policies
The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Jan. 13, 2014) formally considered the framework for the 2014-19 strategic plan.

The framework, known as the Results Policies, drives virtually everything the district does.

For the past year, district staff has been setting the stage for the proposed results policies.

The proposal simplifies and streamlines the framework. For the current plan, which was adopted in 2009, the document had a mission statement, a vision statement and a Results 1 policy. The proposed 2014-19 plan simply has a Results 1 statement, which also serves as the district mission -- "Students graduate with the knowledge, skills and behaviors to be college and career ready."

The Board will vote on the results policies at its Jan. 27 meeting and begin looking at definitions of key terms within the policies.

The Board also heard from secondary counselors about the district’s bullying prevention program.

Debbie Bradstreet, counselor at Hutchinson Middle School -- 7, said the middle school uses a curriculum known as "Bullies to Buddies." The curriculum focuses on skills young teens can use to deal with bullies.

Jeff Morris, Hutchinson High School counselor, said the focus at HHS is broad-based. Before bullying occurs, HHS staff focuses on building relationships with students. When bullying does occur, peer-to-peer mediation is one of the first steps. If that doesn’t work or is not appropriate, HHS has a social worker that works with students. If more interventions are needed, administrators and the school resource officer can be brought in to deal with bullying.

During the Jan. 27 meeting, the Board will hear about the bullying prevention program in elementary schools.

Also during Monday's meeting the Board:

•Heard the Continuous Improvement Report from Hutchinson High School.
•Monitored Operational Expectations No. 6 -- Financial Administration.
•Approved minutes of the Dec. 9, 2013, Board meeting.
•Approved submitted grant applications.
•Approved bids for the wireless infrastructure project.
•Approved revisions and updates to district policies.
•Approved the Treasurer's Report for November 2013.
•Approved the Accounts Payable Report for December 2013.
•Approved submitted out-of-state student trip request.
•Debriefed on the business/industry linkage from December. During the linkage, local business and industry leaders provided input on the district's Results Policies.
•Held an executive session for five minutes concerning an individual, such as a student, who is not a non-elected personnel.

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

Hired
•Jolene Mora, Resource Room Para, HMS-8
•Farrington Lear, CSS Para, Wiley Elementary
•Travis Reece, Technology Support Specialist I, Technology Support Center
•Wayne Valentine, Technology Support Specialist I, Technology Support Center
•Jeffery Caton, Modified Para, Avenue A
•Quentin Benning, Rule 10 - Assistant Wrestling Coach, Hutchinson High School, effective 2013-14 school year
•Ryan Cornelsen, Physical Education Teacher/Head Football Coach, Hutchinson High School, effective 2014-15 school year
Retirements
•*Jeff Morris, School Counselor, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2013-14 school year
*Will be returning for the 2014-2015 school year.

Resignations
•Jessica Keast, Accountability Secretary, HMS-8, effective Jan. 15, 2014
•Randy Dreiling, Physical Education Teacher/Head Football Coach, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2013-14 school year
•Bo Frondorf, Rule 10 - Head Varsity Assistant Football Coach , Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2013-14 school year
•Lisa Chapman, Health Room Assistant, Lincoln Elementary, effective Dec. 19, 2013
•Charles Pontius, Custodian/Night, High School, effective Dec. 27, 2013
Terminations
•Anthony Trotter, Custodian/Night, Hutchinson High School, effective Dec. 17, 2013
•Graylynn Durbin, Custodian/Night, Hutchinson High School, effective Dec. 27, 2013
Position Changes, From, To
Sherri Elam, Assistant Fruit/Vegetables - Lincoln, Cook/Server - McCandless, effective Dec. 9, 2013
Cynthia Keeler, Education Coordinator/Hutcherson Center, Director of Head Start/SJH, effective Jan. 22, 2014

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

•Turkeys from the First Church of God to families at Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen.
•Crocheted hat and scarfs from the Crochet Angels at Elmdale Center for all third graders at Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen.

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


 

December 9, 2013
Board hears audit report

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Dec. 9, 2013) was told the district's independent auditor found no significant issues with USD 308's financial books for fiscal year 2013.

Christina Henson with Swindoll Janzen Hawk & Loyd LLC gave Board members an overview of the independent audit her firm conducted earlier this year. Fiscal year 2013 ran from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.

The audit is be posted on the district's webpage.

Also during Monday's Board meeting, members:

•Approved a 1-percent raises for district administrators.
•Approved minutes of the Nov. 25, 2013, Board meeting.
•Approved the Reno County Youth Services formal agreement. The district provides educational services for Reno County Youth Services.
•Approved a proposal for a math consultant. Dr. Connie Schrock from Emporia State University will work with the district to make sure district curriculum and practices are aligned with Kansas College and Career Ready Standards.
•Approved the accounts payable report for November 2013.
•Debriefed on the Board's meeting at Head Start on Nov. 25 and on the Kansas Association of School Board's Convention last weekend.
•Continued its discussion on policy results for 2014-19.
Gifts to Schools
The Board approved the following gifts to schools and formally thanked donors.

•$216.66 from Target to McCandless Elementary School for its revolving gifts funds.
•$154 from Target to McCandless for its revolving gifts fund.
•$1,100 from the Hutchinson Community Foundation to McCandless to be used for pre-school to second grade for basic items, including dental hygiene, vision, clothes and books.
•$64 from the Hutchinson Civitan Club to McCandless.

 

Personnel Report
The Board accepted the following changes in personnel.

Hired
•Jennifer Gentry, Health Assistant, Morgan Elementary
•Andrea Alarcon, ESL Aide, High School
•Ashton Law, Modified Para, HMS at Allen
Retirement
•Lynn Booth, Activities Treasurer, High School, effective Jan. 31, 2014

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 13. There will be no second regular meeting during December because it would fall during Christmas Break.

Also, a majority of Board members may be present for a linkage with local business leaders at noon Dec. 12, 2013, in the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy's Events Center. While no action will be taken at that time, the Board will be getting input from the business community on the district’s proposed 2014-19 Results Policies/Strategic Plan.

 


 

 

November 25, 2013
Board approves classified pay increase
The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Nov. 25, 2013) approved a 1 percent pay increase for classified staff.

Additionally, the Board tabled a proposal to increase administrative pay by 1 percent until its Dec. 9 meeting, asking for additional information.

The Board met Monday at the Hutcherson Center, the headquarters of three of the district's early childhood program. The Hutcherson Center, located in the Careyville neighborhood, is the home base for Parents as Teachers, Early Head Start and Head Start.

The Head Start Policy Council was on hand for the meeting so its members could see how their work with Head Start relates to district work. After Monday's meeting, the Board toured the Hutcherson Center.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

•Reviewed Result 2 -- Science.
•Approved minutes of the Nov. 11, 2013, meeting.
•Approved Policy Council program planning.
•Approved an agreement with Wichita USD 259 for special transportation for a student to attend Kansas School for the Deaf.
•Approved K-12 library book purchases.
•Approved duct cleaning at Hutchinson High School.
•Designated surplus items and approved the items' sale in December.
•Approved the GASB 45 report as of July 1, 2013.
•Approved the treasurer's report for October 2013.
•Reviewed Governance Culture 9 -- the process for addressing Board member violations.
•Discussed policy resolution recommendations for the Kansas Association of School Boards annual meeting in early December in Wichita.

 

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

Hired
•Nathan Henry, Assistant Softball Coach, Hutchinson High School, 2013-14 school year
•Coleen Cupp, Health Room Assistant, Faris Elementary
•Ken Walker, CSS Para, Wiley Elementary
•Samuel Downe, Substitute Teacher, District
Resignations
•Shaelee Mendenhall, Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, end of 2013-14 school year
•Kyle Friesen, Technology Support Specialist I, Technology Support Center, Nov. 29, 2013
•Vicki Mackey, Resource Room Para, Graber Elementary, Sept. 23, 2013
•Alicia Marsh, Family Engagement/ERSEA Coordinator, Head Start & Early Heart Start, Nov. 15, 2013
•Rachel Gibson, Cook/Server, Faris Elementary
Position Changes, From, To
•Gidget Watson, EHS Parent Involvement Coordinator - EHS, Family Engagement/ERSEA Coordinator - Early HS & Head Start
•Mary Stafford, Parent Involvement Facilitator - Early Head Start, EHS/ HS Parent Involvement Coordinator - Early HS & Head Start
•Jean Naccarato, HHS Secretary - High School, Activity Treasurer - High School
•Nanette Severns, Literacy Para - Graber Elementary, HHS Secretary - High School
Retirements
•Janice Hoppes*, Reading Specialist, Wiley Elementary School, end of 2013-14 school year
•Suzanne Meeks, Special Education Teacher, Educational Service Center, end of 2013-14 school year
*Will be returning for the 2014-2015 school year

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

•$425 from the Bethe and John Rimmer Grant Donor Funds to Head Start for student learning.
•22 Cando Plastic Fit Chairs form Bill Ambruster to be used in the kindergarten classroom at Wiley Elementary School.
•Meals valued at $348.97 from the Olive Garden for the staff at Graber Elementary School.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Administration Center. There will be only one regular meeting of the Board in December. A majority of Board members are expected to attend a community engagement event with the business community Dec. 12 at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy.


 

 

October 28, 2013

Board gets good news on enrollment
The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Nov. 11, 2013) approved the negotiated agreement with NEA-Hutchinson.

After a brief executive session, the Board approved the 2013-14 contact with licensed staff. The contract had gone to impasse and fact-finding earlier this year. At issue was movement on the salary schedule. While NEA-Hutchinson wanted both movement for an additional year of service and for additional education, the Board only felt it could offer movement for additional education.

More recently, the district learned it had additional students for state aid. At a meeting Nov. 6, an offer was made to include both movement for years of service to licensed staff who qualified as well as education. Licensed staff approved the tentative agreement Friday afternoon.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

•Monitored OE-4: Personnel Administration.
•Approved minutes of the Oct. 28, 2013, Board meeting.
•Approved an out-of-state student activity request.
•Approved a submitted grant application.
•Approved the Hutchinson High School yearbook agreement with Jostens.
•Approved the annual Memorial Hall rental agreement for the district to use it for two concerts during 2013-14.
•Approved the memorandum of understanding with Head Start for food services.
•Approved district policy updates for polices D, H, K, L and M as submitted
•Approved the accounts payable report for October 2013.
•Monitored the Board-Superintendent Relationship under Coherent Governance.
•Continued its results policy discussion.
•Planned a linkage with the business community to review proposed results policies for 2014-19.
•Named Board President Mary Lynn Baker as the delegates to the Kansas Association of School Boards Convention in early December at Wichita.
•Held executive sessions, totaling 20 minutes, to discuss non-elected personnel and negotiations.

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

•Three gifts from Target, totaling $578.14, to Wiley Elementary School.
•A total of 41 dictionaries, valued at $41, from the Hutchinson Civitan Club to fourth graders at Graber Elementary School.

 

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
•Nancy Frank, Resource Room Para, Morgan Elementary
•Tiani Sanders, CSS Para, Wiley Elementary
•Alicia Stout, CSS Para, Wiley Elementary
•Kimberly Fenton, Cafeteria Aide, High School
•Margaret Poltera, Accompanist, HMS-8
•Darren Morawitz, Title 1 Educational Aide, McCandless Elementary
•Brittany Orrison, Resource Room Para, McCandless Elementary
•Kassidy Kaiser, Substitute Teacher, District
•Dustin Woodward, Substitute Teacher, District
•Dedra Anderson, Assistant Volleyball Coach, Hutchinson High School, effective 2013-14 school year
•Daniel Vieyra, Rule X - Assistant Girls' Soccer Coach, Hutchinson High School, effective 2013-14 school year
•Brian Weber, Rule X - Assistant Boys' Basketball Coach, Hutchinson High School, effective 2013-14 school year
Resignations

•Sinah Gosnell, Custodian/Night, High School, effective Nov. 8, 2013
•Lisa Chapman, Health Room Assistant, Lincoln Elementary, effective Dec. 19, 2013
•Kathleen Hall, School Psychologist, Educational Service Center, effective end of 2013-14 school year
Retirement
•Chris Baird, Director of Head Start, Hutcherson Center, effective Dec. 31, 2013
Position Changes, From, To
•Deann Romero, Curriculum and Instruction Secretary - Ad Center, Data Specialist - Ad Center, effective Oct. 28, 2013
•Valerie Armstrong, Payroll / Benefits Assistant - Ad Center, Curriculum & Instruction Secretary - Ad Center, effective Nov. 18, 2013
•Mindy Williams, Middle School Secretary - HMS-8, Payroll / Benefits Assistant - Ad Center, effective Nov. 19, 2013
•Tamra Stanley, Resource Room Para - HMS-8, Middle School Secretary - HMS-8, effective Nov. 18, 2013

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Hutcherson Center, 330 Charles. The Board will then tour the Hutcherson Center, home of Head Start and Parents as Teachers, two of the district's early education programs and will meet with the Head Start Council.

 


 

 

October 28, 2013

Board gets good news on enrollment
The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Oct. 28, 2013) learned district enrollment is up slightly for the 2013-14 school year.

During her superintendent's report, Dr. Shelly Kiblinger told the Board enrollment was down at the elementary level by 33 students, up by 13 students at Hutchinson Middle School and up by 63 students at Hutchinson High School for a net increase of 47 students.

Putting the enrollment numbers through the state school finance formula, the district expects to see a net increase of about $169,000 for 2013-14 over last year.

The district will see its enrollment audited by the Kansas State Department of Education early next year.

Also Monday, the Board took a tour of the new facilities at the Salthawk Sports Complex at 23rd and Severance.

The new facility replaces a circa 1940s pole barn on the property that was used only for storage. The building, which is nearing completion, provides a place for teams to dress out, restrooms, a concession area and storage.

Originally purchased in the 1970s for a possible new junior high school, the complex has been used for soccer and baseball since the 1990s.

Three organizations (Hutchinson High School, Hutchinson Middle School and Hutchinson Community College) use the complex for home soccer games. Teams playing at the facility either come dressed out for the game or change into uniforms on their buses.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

•Monitored Results Policy 2 -- Reading.
•Approved minutes of the Oct. 14, 2013, Board meeting.
•Approved a lease of equipment from the Kansas School for the Deaf.
•Approved the annual 6B application for special education funding for nearly $1.2 million of federal funds, which are routed through the Kansas State Department of Education.
•Approved the Child and Adult Care Food Program grant.
•Approved the Treasurer’s Report for September 2013.
•Continued its discussion on Results Policies. Dr. Kiblinger started her fall listening tour with staff on Monday. During her fall tour, the superintendent will be getting staff feedback on a draft of the Results Policies for 2014 through 2019.
•Held executive sessions, totaling 30 minutes, to discuss negotiations with NEA-Hutchinson.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
•Tyann White, Resource Room Para, Graber Elementary
•Bobby Gant, Custodian/Night, HHS
•Laura Parra, Custodian Substitute, District
•Eunice Ortiz, ESL Aide, HMS-7
•Charles Rice, Custodian/Night, HHS
•Shelby Barker, Classified Substitute, Head Start
•Ashley Perry, Early Head Start Home Visitor, Early Head Start
•Kevin Denison, Rule X -- Assistant Boys' Basketball Coach, HMS-7, effective 2013-14
Retirements
•Bonita Ballard, Reading Specialist, HMS-7, effective end of 2013-14 school year
•Debra Hall, Grade 2 Teacher, HMS at Allen, effective end of 2013-14 school year
Resignations
•Jemaine Herring, Custodian/Night, HHS, effective Oct. 10, 2013
•Kathleen Enslinger, Kindergarten Teacher, Wiley Elementary, effective November 5, 2013
•Linda Grote, Executive Director of Special Education, Educational Service Center, effective June 30, 2014
Terminations
•Debra Witt, Early Head Start Home Visitor, Early Head Start, effective Oct. 22, 2013
•Jackie Sullivan, Assistant Baker, HMS-8, effective Oct. 2, 2013
Position Changes, From, To
•Roxanna Cox, Assistant Baker/High School, Assistant Baker/HMS-8
•Robin Kretzer, Cafeteria Aide/High School, Assistant Baker/HHS
•Sheila Van Rankin, CSS Para at Graber/Wiley Elementary, Early Head Start Home Visitor
•Nicole Wells, CSS Para/Wiley Elementary, Classified Para Substitute/District

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Administration Center.

 


 

 

October 14, 2013

Training builds on national award
The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Oct. 14, 2013) approved a contract that will help the district build on a nationally-recognized career education program.

The Board approved a contract with the Southern Regional Educational Board to provide Enhanced Career Technical Education Programs training at Hutchinson High School and the district’s Career and Technical Education Academy.

The training will build on the Outstanding Technology Centers That Work Center Award the CTEA received over the summer. The award is based on the success of academy leaders and teachers in improving center practices and increasing the quality of experiences provided to students.

CTEA staff will be challenged to developed project based instruction in career fields that are high wage, high skill and in considerable demand.

Also during Monday's meeting the Board:

•Approved minutes of the Sept. 23, 2013, Board meeting.
•Approved an out-of-state student activity request for the HHS band to participate in the Maple Leaf Marching Festival Oct. 19 in Carthage, Mo.
•Approved the district's annual contract to use the Hutchinson Sports Arena for HHS graduation in May.
•Approved the formation of a new student organization -- the Hutchinson Career Awareness Association -- at HHS.
•Approved the renewal of OdysseyWare Software.
•Approved the disposal of inoperable projectors and electronics.
•Approved a services agreement with Education Funding Group.
•Approved a contract with Midwest Drywall to do EIFS work at HHS. No other companies submitted bids on the project.
•Approved a standing seam reroofing bid to repair damage at the CTEA building done by a hail and wind storm in July 2013.
•Approved a 1003(a) school improvement grant.
•Approved Operational Expectations No. 9: Communicating with the Public.
•Discussed results policies for the district under Coherent Governance.
•Approved the accounts payable report for September 2013.
•Held an executive session for 15 minutes to discuss employer-employee negotiations.

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

•$250 from First United Methodist Church to HMS-7 for student enrichment and general supplies.
•$146.08 from Target's Take Charge of Education program to Lincoln Elementary School for student enrichment.
•School classroom supplied valued at $50 from Norma Exposito to Lincoln.
•$250 from First United Methodist Church to Lincoln for student needs
•Three Naomi Hardy paintings from Zella McClure to the district.
•School supplies, valued at $40, from First United Methodist Church to Lincoln.
•School supplies, valued at $20, from an anonymous donor.

 

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
•Sherri Elam, Assistant Fruits and Vegetables, Lincoln Elementary
•Robin Kretzer, Cafeteria Aide, High School
•Wendy Newkirk, Resource Room Para, HMS-8
•Krista Bontrager, CSS Para, Graber Elementary
•Marchelle Ewertz, Functional Para, High School
•Carol McMillan, EHS Secretary, Early Head Start
•Sarah Sotomayer, Teachers Assistant, Hutcherson Center
•Margie Barnes, EHS Home Visitor Substitute, Early Head Start
•Emile Blakesley, Substitute Teacher, District
•Patricia Daniels, Substitute Teacher, District
•Sarah Kern, Substitute Teacher, District
•Patricia Mitchell, Substitute Teacher, District
•Kelly Pankratz, Substitute Teacher, District
•Shane Warren, Substitute Teacher, District
•Tammy Davis, Substitute Teacher, District
•Trisha Cooper, Substitute Teacher, District
•Carrie Ashford, Substitute Teacher, District
•Christina Ingvalson, Substitute Teacher, District
•Marnie Proffitt, Substitute Teacher, District
•Chad McKinnis, Head Track Coach, Hutchinson High School, effective 2013-14 school year
Retirements
•Kristin Anshutz, English Teacher, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2013-14 school year
•Sondra Horning, Art Teacher, Graber and HMS at Allen, effective end of 2013-14 school year
Resignations
•Robert Pitt, Modified Para, Morgan Elementary, effective Sept. 20, 2013
•Lindsay Hildebrand, EHS Home Visitor, Early Head Start, effective Oct. 8, 2013
•Shirley Swan, Cook/Server, McCandless Elementary, effective Oct. 2, 2013
•Chris Baird, Director of Head Start, Hutcherson Center, effective June 30, 2014
•Michelle Abernathy, Data Specialist, Administration Center, effective Nov. 8, 2013
Position Changes, From, To
•Emily Groom, Substitute Certified/District, Title 1 Educational Aide/Lincoln Elementary
•Nicky Wells, Permanent Para Sub/ESC, CSS Para/Wiley Elementary

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Administration Center. At 6:15 p.m. Oct. 28, a majority of Board members are expected to tour improvements to the district’s facilities at 23rd and Severance.

 


 

 

September 23, 2013
Board examines instructional program
The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Sept. 23, 2013) took an in-depth look at the district's overall instructional program.

As part of Coherent Governance, the Board examines all aspects of district instructional programs and operations each year. Monday’s review was on Operational Expectation No. 10: Instructional Program.

In short, the Board Monday examined how the district is moving to College and Career Ready Standards while continuing to provide instruction tailored to meet the needs of each of nearly 5,000 district students.

To individualize instruction from the students facing the most challenges academically to the students needing the most academic challenges, the district uses Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports.

After the review, the Board voted that the district was in compliance with OE 10.

Also during Monday's meeting the Board:

•Heard a Continuous Improvement Report from Avenue A Elementary School.
•Heard an update on district technology from Jason Reed, district technology coordinator.
•Reviewed Operational Expectation No. 1: Global operational expectations for the district.
•Approved submitted policy changes.
•Approved a contract with the Reno County Educational Cooperative for 70.25 hours of orientation and mobility services.
•Approved Operational Expectations No. 2: Superintendent succession.
•Approved items for the fall 2013 surplus auction.
•Approved the 2013-14 snow removal contract with Miller Homebuilders, Inc.
•Approved the ESSDACK interlocal agreement.
•Approved the Early Head Start janitorial services contract.
•Approved the annual YMCA contract for $13,200, the same amount as in 2012-13. Hutchinson High School uses the YMCA facilities for swimming classes and its swim teams.
•Approved the Head Start Policy Council membership and election process.
•Approved submitted job descriptions.
•Approved the minutes of the Sept. 9, 2013, Board meeting.
•Approved the August 2013 Treasurer’s Report.
•Debriefed on Saturday's Board retreat.
•Held an executive session for non-elected personnel and negotiations for 15 minutes.

Gifts to Schools
The Board formally accepted and thanked the donor for the following gift.

•Tim and Debby Crater, a refrigerator for the HHS forensics and debate program.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
•Austin Souidaray, Hearing Impaired Para, HMS-8
•Lori Cooper, Modified Para, Morgan Elementary
•Cynthia Kroeker, Modified Para, Morgan Elementary
•Ryan McFarland, Assistant Debate/Classified Substitute, HHS
•Alicia Hornbaker, Head Start Classified Substitute, Hutcherson Center
•Monica Pulliam, Head Start Classified Substitute, Hutcherson Center
•Shelby Self, Head Start Classified Substitute, Hutcherson Center
Resignations
•Derroll Bretz, Custodian/Night, HHS, effective Sept. 10, 2013
•Ginny Brandenburger, Modified Para, HMS at Allen, effective Sept. 12, 2013
•Krista Goertz, Title 1 Educational Aide, McCandless Elementary, effective Sept. 27, 2013
•Rachel Green, Early Head Start Secretary, Early Head Start, effective Oct. 2, 2013
•Ella McLaughlin, Math Teacher, Hutchinson High School, effective end of 2013-14 school year
Position Change, From, To
•Jolene Carder, Head Start Teachers Assistant - Hutcherson Ctr., Head Start Classified Substitute

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

 


 

September 9, 2013
Board hears about new grade cards
For longer than anyone can remember, grade cards have been simple, but didn't really tell parents much. An "A" in math in one second grade classroom might be a "B" in a classroom across the hallway.

Beginning this fall, USD 308 parents will have concrete information about what's being taught in K-6 classes and how their students fall on a four-level rubric, the district’s Board of Education learned at its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

For the past several years, district staff has been working on a grade card that would provide parents with more information on how their students were progressing on college and career ready standards. A year ago, the Board formally adopted college and career ready standards.

"Teachers have been actively involved in creating the report cards," said Cindy Cooprider, district director of elementary education, told Board members. "The report cards align with research-based practices as well as with the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards."

Parents will have a chance to talk about the new report cards with teachers during the first set of Parent-Teacher Conferences the week of Sept. 30.

Monday's meeting also featured a report on summer maintenance projects in the district. While the district facilities were significantly improved by the 2006 bond issue, each summer staff works on minor to major projects to maintain and improve district facilities.

In sheer numbers, the district had 1,323 maintenance requests for the May 1 to Aug. 31 period and staff were able to complete 1,103 requests. Staff continues to work on the remaining requests.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

•Heard a Continuous Improvement Report from McCandless Elementary School.
•Approved minutes of the Aug. 26, 2013, Board meeting.
•Approved a submitted grant application.
•Approved an out-of-state student activity request.
•Approved the purchase of a 14-passenger activity bus.
•Approved the accounts payable report for August 2013.
•Had a debriefing on its training for Coherent Governance. During the debriefing, members voted to discontinue the practice of opening comments.

•Reviewed Governance Cultures 4 (Officers Rolls), 5 (Board Committees/Liaisons), 6 (Annual Work Plan), 7 (Board member’s code of conduct) and 8 (Board member conflict of interest).

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

•$286.24 from Lifetouch National School Studios to Lincoln Elementary School for student enrichment.
•Student supplies, valued at $200, from Michelle Dodge to Lincoln.
•Snacks for staff, valued at $50, from First Church of the Nazarene to Lincoln.
•Student supplies, valued at $25, from Rick Retterer to Lincoln.
•$5,000 from Zella McClure in memory of Howard McClure to Lincoln for its library.
•Student supplies, valued at $100, from Delos V. Smith Senior Center.

 

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
•Derroll Bretz, Custodian/Night, High School
•Anthony Trotter, Custodian/Night, High School
•Marlena Castor, Resource Room Para, Wiley Elementary
•Jamie Rexroad, Educational Aide, Wiley Elementary
•Marie Burns, CSS Para, Wiley Elementary
•Marquel Harper, BSS Para, McCandless Elementary
•Austin Souidaray, Hearing Impaired Para, HMS-8
•Sinah Gosnell, Custodian/Night, HHS
•Darien Hill, Substitute Custodian, District
•Laura Blair, Substitute Teacher, District
•Kandace Gooch, Substitute Teacher, District
Resignations
•Karen Rohling, BSS Para, Faris Elementary, Aug. 29, 2013
•Christina Ingvalson, Resource Room Para, HMS-8, Sept. 30, 2013
•Cynthia Lowe, Title 1 Educational Aide, Lincoln Elementary, Sept. 13, 2013
Position Changes, From To
•Henry Cline, Custodian/Night - HHS, Substitute Custodian - District, Sept. 3, 2013
Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Administration Center.
The Board also will meet in its annual retreat from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 21, at the Administration Center. No formal Board action will occur at the retreat.

 


 

 

August 26, 2013

Board reviews district math progress
The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (Aug. 26, 2013) took an in-depth look at the district's math programming.

As the district moves into its second year of fully embracing college and career ready standards, the Board and staff are looking carefully at the supports provided to district teachers both internally and externally. A year ago, the Board went on record in full support of college and career ready standards, which is known nationally as common core state standards.

With respect to math, the Board approved dropping current state math assessments as a key indicator as well as dropping an indicator on the percent of HHS students who take additional math classes beyond advanced algebra.

The Board did approve adding three key indicators for the district that staff already collects -- AIMS Web, NWEA Measures of Academic Progress and the percent of high school students meeting the ACT college readiness benchmarks.

Additionally, the Board approved a request to help the district reach out for additional math support. State budget cuts have reduced the resources the Kansas State Department of Education has for working with local school districts. Historically, the district would be able to use KSDE resources for support, but those resources are not there.

The district will fill in the state resources gap by contracting with an outside consultant to look at what the district currently is doing for its K-12 math programming, how that is aligned with college and career readiness, what the district is doing well and how the district can continue to improve its math instruction.

In other action, the Board:

•Received an overview of assessments for the 2013-14 school year.
•Approved regular Board meeting dates for 2013-14. The Board normally meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Administration Center unless a district holiday conflicts with the meeting.
•Approved minutes from the Aug. 12, 2013, meeting.
•Approved submitted grant requests.
•Approved the continuation of an interagency agreement with the Training and Evaluation Center of Hutchinson and the Reno County Education Cooperative to provide birth through age 5 services to district students.
•Approved the continuation of an interagency agreement with the Reno County Education Cooperative and the McPherson Special Educational Cooperative to participate in the day school program at 1300 East 13th.
•Approved submitted administrative policy changes.
•Approved the Treasurer’s Report for July 2013.
•Held executive sessions, totaling 10 minutes, to discuss negotiations and non-elected personnel.

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

•25 paint sticks with holes drilled into the sticks from Westlake Ace Hardware, 1304 North Main, to Faris Elementary School for shelf markers in the library.

 

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
•Daniel Vieyra, Rule 10 - Assistant Boys' Soccer, Hutchinson High School, 2013-14 school year
•Carie Vieyra, Title 1 Educational Aide, Lincoln Elementary
•Cindy Lowe, Title 1 Educational Aide, Lincoln Elementary
•Cynthia Shultz, ESL Aide, Avenue A Elementary
•Dalphane Franco, ECD Para, Hutcherson Center
•Elaine Doty, Modified Para, HHS
•Erica Grissom, Modified Para, Morgan Elementary
•Jackie Sullivan, Assistant Baker, HMS-8
•Jane Brown, Assistant Fruits/Vegtables, HMS-8
•Jeannette Rice, CSS Para, Graber Elementary
•Jessica Garwood, Resource Room Para, McCandless Elementary
•Laurie Brady, CSS Para, Graber Elementary
•Miriam Khan, Modified Para, HMS at Allen
•Nicky Wells, Permanent Para Sub, District
•Sara Trotter, Lincoln Elementary, Assistant Main Dish
•Sarah Smith, Hearing Impaired Para Substitute, District
•Stacy Hammeke, Classified Secretary Substitute, District
•Teighlor Huston, Resource Room Para, HHS
•Traci Luce, Resource Room Para, Morgan Elementary
•Zachary Cepeda, Educational Aide, HHS
•Steven Schmidt, Speech Language Itinerate Para, Lincoln Elementary
•Keith Rohling, Custodian/Night, HHS
•Darlene Easley, Resource Room Para, Graber Elementary
•Joey Schneider, DD/K Para, Wiley Elementary
•Trae Mayberry, Educational Aide, HHS
•Marsha Haynes, BSS Para, McCandless Elementary
•Florence Marson, Substitute Teacher, District
•Brian Brillhart, Substitute Teacher, District
•Mitchell Bringle, Substitute Teacher, District
•Maureen Hubbell, Substitute Teacher, District
•Karen Jacobs, Substitute Teacher, District
•Jenise Nelson, Substitute Teacher, District
•Kristen Wenner, Substitute Teacher, District
Retirements
•Gloria Evans, Resource Room Para, HHS, May 22, 2013
•Earl Vines, Modified Para, HHS, May 22, 2013
Resignations
•Jose Padilla-Para, ESL Aide, HMS-7, May 23, 2013
•Amy Horton, Resource Room Para, McCandless Elementary, May 22, 2013
•Richard Smith, Custodian/Night, HHS, Aug. 21, 2013
•Chandell Hayden, Rule 10 - Head Coach Girls' Basketball, HMS-7, 2013-14 school year
Position Changes, From, To
•Christine Block, SpEd Teacher/HMS-7, SpEd Teacher/Hutchinson High School, 2013-14 school year
•Mary Roots, Certified Substitute/District, Resource Room Para/HHS

Next Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 9, 2013, at the Administration Center. Board members will have training with the Aspen Group on Coherent Governance on Tuesday with new members meeting in the afternoon for an orientation on Coherent Governance and the entire Board meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Center. No Board action will occur on Tuesday.

 


 

 

August 12, 2013

Board approves FY2014 budget
After a brief formal public hearing, the USD 308 Board of Education Monday (August 12, 2013) approved its budget for the current school year.

The budget proposes general fund legal maximum spending of about $30.915 million. The 2013-14 budget includes no new money in the base state aid per pupil. Base state aid per pupil in 2013-14 is $3,838.

Overall, the estimated tax rate for 2013-14 for district taxpayers will be 60.619 mills or 4.439 mills higher than in 2012-13.

Also during Monday's meeting, David T. Patterson, director of the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy gave his annual report to the Board. A year ago, the Board formally adopted Common Core State Standards. Those standards have been adopted by Kansas as College and Career Ready.

While College and Career Ready culminates at Hutchinson High School, Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger told staff during the annual back-to-school convocation on Aug. 8 that all staff members -- from those working with pre-school students to high school -- play a role in the success of making students college and career ready.

An estimated 90 percent of jobs high school graduates will fill in the future are expected to require some training or certification beyond high school. Many of those certifications can be completed prior to graduating from HHS through the Career and Technical Education Academy.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board:

•Approved minutes off the July 22, 2013, meeting.
•Approved a Head Start toothbrush grant renewal.
•Approved a list of surplus items for disposal.
•Approved a semi-annual copy paper purchase.
•Approved Operational Expectations No. 5 -- Financial Planning for 2013.
•Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Hutchinson Community Foundation for the Kansas Preschool Program grant.
•Approved the child and Adult Care Food Program Certification.
•Approved submitted job descriptions.
•Approved the five year Professional Development Council plan.
•Approved an agreement with the National Student Clearinghouse to provide the district with information about graduates.
•Approved the Head Start agreement with Horizons Mental Health Center.
•Approved the accounts payable report for July 2013.
•Held executive sessions, totaling 25 minutes, on negotiation and security.

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

•Materials and clothing, valued at $172, from Michael Lange, to the Hutchinson High School Theater Department.
•Five Microsoft Surface RT Tablets, valued at $349.99 each, from Microsoft to the district.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
•Mitchell Bringle, Assistant Coach Football, Hutchinson High School, 2013-14 school year
•Katharine Foster, Grade 4 Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, 2013-14 school year
•Shelley Harper, Special Education Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 7, 2013-14 school year
•Jacquelyn Wakefield, Business Office Secretary, Administration Center
•Amber Clay, CSS Para, Graber Elementary
•Adriana Rohling, Resource Room Para, Graber Elementary
•Stacie Unruh, Title 1 Educational Aide, Lincoln Elementary
•Amanda Undersfer, Title 1 Educational Aide, HMS at Alle
•Rebekka Voss, Resource Room Para, HMS-7
•Karen Rohling, BSS Para, Faris Elementary
•Jemaine Herring, Custodian/Night, HHS
•Amy Dunigan, CSS Para, Graber Elementary
•Celia Ocon, Bi-Lingual Teachers Assistant, Head Start/South Hutchinson
•Melissa Edmonson, Educational Aide - 4yr old program, Lincoln Elementary
•Miriam Khan, Modified Para, HMS at Allen
•Ginny Brandenburger, Modified Para, HMS at Allen
•Catie Schrader, Modified Para, Morgan Elementary
•Sheila VanRanken, CSS Para, Graber/Wiley Elementary
•Vickie Mackey, Resource Room Para, Graber Elementary
Retirement
•Nancy Frank, Resource Room Para, Morgan Elementary, May 22, 2013
Resignations
•Marilyn Martin, Special Education Teacher, Hutchinson Middle School - 7, August 5, 2013
•Mattie Huerta, Resource Room Para, HMS-7, May 22, 2013
•Amanda Beeghly, Modified Para, Morgan Elementary, May 22, 2013
•Toby Snyder, Custodian/Night, HHS, July 24, 2013
•Audrey Fields, BSS Para, Morgan Elementary, May 22, 2013
•Roberta Benitez, ECD Para, Head Start, May 21, 2013
•Kayla Simmons, CSS Para, Wiley Elementary, May 22, 2013
•Marie Burns, Resource Room Para, Graber Elementary, May 22, 2013
Termination
•Randy Boyd, Custodian/Night, HHS, July 29, 2013
Position Changes, From, To
•Anika Cohen, Library Media Aide - Lincoln Elementary, Resource Room Para - HMS at Allen
•Patti Axtell, Speech-Language Para - Lincoln Elementary, Certified Substitute - District
•Marnie Porffitt, Literacy Para - ESC, Certified Substitute – District

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 26.

 


 

 

July 22, 2013

Board examines FY2014 budget
The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (July 22, 2013) took its first official look at the 2013-14 budget.

The budget proposes general fund legal maximum spending of about $30.915 million. The 2013-14 budget includes no new money in the base state aid per pupil. Base state aid per pupil in 2013-14 is $3,838.

Overall, the estimated tax rate for 2013-14 for district taxpayers will be 60.619 mills or 4.439 mills higher than in 2012-13.

The Board will have the formal public hearing on the 2013-14 budget at 7:05 p.m. Aug. 12, 2013, at the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum. At that time, the Board could reduce the maximum budget but cannot increase it.

Also during Monday's meeting, the Board heard a report on the International Baccalaureate Programme. Hutchinson High School was the first Kansas school west of U.S. 81 to offer the full diploma program.

In its eighth year, HHS has seen 91 percent of its IB diploma candidates receive the full diploma. The program was initiated in 2004 with the Class of 2006 receiving the first diplomas.

HHS also has students who take International Baccalaureate classes and then take examinations for certificates.

In addition to receiving a world-class diploma, the vast majority of colleges award credit for students who successfully pass examinations. Typically, HHS students who have received full diplomas have received college credit from nearly a semester of college work to approximately a year of college.

In other action, the Board:

•Monitored Results 2 -- Academics: Social Studies.
•Approved minutes of the July 8, 2013, Board meeting.
•Approved Operational Expectations 12 -- Learning Environment/Treatment of Students.
•Approved the interpretation and translation with Flores Interpreting Inc., not to exceed $3,000.
•Approved a resolution appointing Tad Dower, Jeff Nichols and Kent Hilst to the Educational Facilities Authority of Reno County. All other Board members are alternates.
•Approved the Head Start selection criteria for 2013-14.
•Approved an addendum to the district's contract with Soliant Health, Inc., to provide physical therapy services.
•Approve a milk bid with Hiland Dairy for the 2013-14 school year.
•Approved using Hutchinson Credit Union as the district's health savings account vendor.
•Approved the Treasurer's Report for June 2013.

Personnel Report
The Board approved the following personnel changes.

Hired

•Julie Brown, Food Service Bookkeeper, Support Service Center
•Kathryn Waltner, Four-Year-Olds Program Teacher, Graber Elementary, effective 2013-14 school year
Resignations

•Ryan Cox, Grade 4 Teacher, McCandless Elementary, effective July 11, 2013
•Jerye Pyle, Custodian/Night, Administration Center, effective July 8, 2013
•Linda Tripp, Resource Room Para, McCandless Elementary, effective May 22, 2013
•Alicia Greene, Tilile 1 Education Aide, Lincoln Elementary, effective July 25, 2013
Gifts to Schools
The district formally accepted and acknowledged 127 gifts for district activities at Hutchinson High School, totaling $40,338.69

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

 


 

 

July 8, 2013

Baker elected Board president
Mary Lynn Baker was elected president of the USD 308 Board of Education for the 2013-14 school term during the annual organizational meeting of the body Monday (July 8, 2013). Jeff Nichols was elected vice president.

The Board also welcomed two new members -- Tad Dower and Stephanie King.

The two were elected in April and took their seats Monday.

Monday's meeting took care of legal but largely routine business to start the school term.
The Board made several annual appointments during the meeting.

•Treasurer: Lori Blakesley
•Assistant Treasurer: Cindy Hughes
•Clerk: Molly Carson
•Deputy Clerk: Rick Kraus
•KPERS Representatives: Lori Blakesley, Agent; Jamie Brown, Alternate Agent; Valerie Armstrong, Alternate Agent
•Student Due Process Appeal Officers: Ronn Roehm, Jim Menze, Beth Redinger, 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: Cindy Cooprider
•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: Cindy Cooprider
•Director of Educational Federal Programs: Donna Davis
•Board representative for Hutchinson Community College Area Vocational School: Sarah Blake
•Board representatives for Educational Facility Authority of Reno County: Tad Dower, Jeff Nichols and Kent Hilst
•Board representative for District Benefits Committee: Kent Hilst
•Board representative for Head Start: Stephanie King

•Communities that Care liaison: Mike Mendoza
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 2013-14 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 2013-14.
•Approved designating Martindell Swearer Shaffer Ridenour LLP to provide legal counsel for the district for 2013-14.
•Approved minutes from the June 24, 2013, meeting.
•Approved district handbooks for 2013-14.
•Approved math consumables purchases for grades 4 to 6.
•Approved the Reno County Head Start/Early Head Start Self-Assessment Action Plan.
•Approved the district’s contract with Pinnacle Sports Medicine to provide trainer services for 2013-14.
•Approved the Head Start/Early Head Start local interagency program agreements with the Early Education Center and Reno County Education Cooperative No. 610.
•Approved a contract with ESSDACK for Jim Menze to be the interim principal for Hutchinson Middle School for 2013-14.
•Approved the Career and Technical Education Academy courses agreement with Hutchinson Community College.
•Approved Head Start annual memorandums of understanding with USD 309 and USD 313.
•Approved the accounts payable report for June 2013.
•Set Sept. 21, 2013, as the Board retreat.

Personnel Report
The Board formally approved the following personnel changes.

Hired
•Alan Beck, Commercial Construction Trades Instructor, Career and Technical Education Academy, effective 2013-14 school year
•Cindy Root, Vocal Music and Band Teacher, McCandless Elementary School, effective 2013-14 school year
•Stephanie Stroh, CAMP Lincoln Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, effective June - July 2013
Resignations
•Amy Armstrong, Head Start Receptionist , Hutcherson Center, effective May 24, 2013
•Dennis Cummins, Custodian/Night, HHS, efffective June, 19, 2013
•Jennifer Layne, Resource Room Para, Graber Elementary, effective May 22, 2013
Position Changes, From, To

•Brandy Turner, CSS Para - Graber Elementary, Custodian/Night - HHS, effective July 1, 2013
•Brianna Bailey, Resource Room Para - Wiley Elementary, Speech Language Para - HMS at Allen, effective Aug. 15, 2013
•Crystal Sifuentes, Child Care Director - Hutcherson Center, Teachers Assistant - Hutcherson Center, effective Aug. 8, 2013
•Ashley Ramirez, Child Care Teacher Asst. - Hutcherson Center, Teachers Assistant - Hutcherson Center, effective Aug. 8, 2013
•Velda Bell, Teachers Assistant Substitute - Hutcherson Center, Teachers Assistant - Hutcherson Center, effective Aug. 8, 2013
•Crystal Richardson, Teachers Assistant Substitute - Hutcherson Center, Teachers Assistant - So. Hutchinson H.S., effective Aug. 8, 2013
•Jessica Dilbeck, Secretary/Para Substitute - District, Food Service Secretary - Graber Elementary, effective July 26, 2013
•Angie Mahoney, Family Support Worker - Hutcherson Center, Head Start Receptionist - Hutcherson Center, effective July 8, 2013
•Robin Ebmeier, Resource Room Para - Hutchinson High School, Family Support Worker - Hutcherson Center, effective July 8, 2013
Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Board will be at 7 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013.