The Board voted to approve the agenda with the addition of #2 Student Matter under I. Executive Session.
AUDIENCE AND COMMUNICATIONS
Janet Humble, Scammon PTO President, representing a group of Scammon patrons, addressed the Board with concerns regarding rumors of Scammon School closing. The Board assured the group there had not been any discussion on that issue. The group also expressed concerns regarding the decision to move the Scammon first grade teacher to Highland due to very low enrollment in the Scammon first grade classroom. The Board felt the decision was in the best interest of the students and the district at this time. Pending enrollment numbers in the future, returning the teacher to Scammon would be considered. The decision to allow Scammon area students to attend school in Columbus was addressed. President Billesbach explained that if class sizes are not too large, the district does allow in-district transfers with parents providing the transportation.
Dale Helwig addressed the Board concerning an issue with a teacher reading part of the President Obama’s Speech to the students after he had requested his child not watch the presentation on television.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The Board voted to approve the minutes of August 3, 2009 regular Board Meeting as presented.
APPROVAL OF THE BILLS
The Board voted to approve the district’s bills due and payable as presented.
Virginia Norris presented the district’s financial statement.
Athletic Director’s Financial Report
Todd Napier presented a report on the revenues and expenditures that are budgeted within the high school athletic account. He reported expenditures of $34,940.20 for the 2008-09 school term. He also noted that the administration has made purchases for larger needs from the district general fund in the past. Gate receipts are collected at football, basketball, wrestling, and volleyball games, and are used to pay officials and entry fees for all sports.
David Carriger reported 1,168 students are enrolled at this time. That is a decline of 63 students from the previous year. The official student count day that determines state aid will be September 21, 2009.
David Carriger reported the Highland School roof is complete and the Central Administration Building and round-top Gymnasium roofs are complete. He also reported that due to the gymnasium roof leaking during the re-roof, the gymnasium floor needs to be replaced at a cost of approximately $58,000 which should be covered by insurance. A main router in the technology department was also damaged by water and should be replaced by insurance at a cost of $38,000. Mr. Carriger reported that he has visited with FEMA representatives and they may pick up costs not covered by insurance on these items due to the initial damages caused by the May 8, 2009 wind storm.
A community meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 7:00 P.M. in the high school auditorium to discuss the football stadium condition and future plans.
RESCIND PREVIOUS MOTION REGARDING CONTRACTED SERVICES
The Board voted to rescind the motion made at the August 3, 2009 meeting regarding payment on a 90/10 percent completion basis for contracted labor.
SET SPECIAL MEETINGS
The Board voted to set October 5, 2009 at 6:00 P.M. as a special meeting for the purpose of establishing performance objectives as outlined in Phase V of the Superintendent Search process with Howard Shuler of McPherson and Jacobson, L.L.C.
They also set October 13, 2009 as a Board Planning/Goal Setting at 6:00 P.M. in the Board Office.
ALLOW COOPERATIVE WRESTLING AGREEMENT WITH BAXTER SPRINGS
The Board voted to allow Baxter Springs students, Zane Roark and Garrett Brittain, to wrestle with Central Junior High under a cooperative wrestling agreement with Columbus.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE SCHOOL
David Carriger reported that Cherokee Village, operated by the SEK Special Education Interlocal #637, sustained major damages in the May 8, 2009 wind storm and classes have been moved temporarily to Pittsburg while a replacement building can be determined. John Lopp, Columbus Representative to the Interlocal #637 Board, reported that facility committees have been established and a target date for a recommendation is set for November to assure establishment in a facility for the 2010-11 school term.
OPERATE HIGH SCHOOL CONCESSIONS
The Board voted to accept the proposal for operating the high school concessions starting with basketball season as presented.
ACCEPT FLEET INSURANCE BID
The Board voted to accept the bid from Teel Insurance Agency at a cost of $15,046 for the district’s fleet insurance effective September 21, 2009.
The Board voted to hire the following:
* Regina Jameson as CUHS Wrestling Cheerleading Sponsor.
*approve split duties between Kim Carpino and Kristen Tedlock for Central Junior High Cheerleading Sponsor.
* Aaron Whitlock as HS Assistant Wrestling Coach.
The Board voted to accept the resignation of Kevin Brown as CUHS Assistant Softball Coach.
The Board voted to transfer Becky Crystal, teacher from Scammon School to Highland School, due to low enrollment.