BAXTER SPRINGS —DeAnne Binns presented a resignation from Superintendent Dennis Burke as his intent to seek early retirement through KPERS, effective June 1, 2014. Chuck Sweeton made a motion to accept the resignation of Dennis Burke as presented.
Bob Hall seconded. Carried 6-0.
The board expressed their appreciation to Superintendent Burke for a great job and that they accept his resignation with deep regrets.
Joseph Skye made a motion to hire David Pendergraft as Superintendent of
Schools effective June 1, 2014 and to extend his current contract as High School Principal to a 12 month contract to enable him to work with Mr. Burke in the transition to Superintendent.
Mary Kirkpatrick made a motion to approve the annotated agenda adding a presentation of the Kansas Teacher of the Year representatives under Item IV a and a resignation under the Presidents Report, item d. Melanie Bingham seconded. Carried 6-0.
Joseph Skye made a motion to approve the consent agenda which included the approval of minutes of the August 13, 2012 and August 20, 2012 meetings, payment of bills and approval of treasurer’s report. Mary Kirkpatrick seconded. Carried 6-0.
President Binns introduced Sharon Cannon, elementary representative for Kansas Teacher of the Year. Sharon expressed her appreciation to the board for recognizing teachers and expressed her appreciation for their support for the teachers in the district. President Binns introduced Sue Commons, HS representative for Kansas Teacher of the Year. Sue was named the Kansas Teacher of the Year for Region 2 and will attend the state ceremony in Wichita in November. Sue also expressed her appreciation to the board for recognizing teachers. Mrs. Cannon and Mrs. Commons both shared their passion for teaching with the board and guests and both expressed their gratitude for being able to teach in a great school district.
The board expressed their appreciation to the KTOY representatives and thanked them for a job well done and for the wonderful representation of our district.
Ross Davis, Technology Director gave an update on iPads in the Middle School.
The Middle School currently has 219 students and only seven parents asked that their students not be able to bring the iPads home. Ross played a video of a
KSN news report that showcased the Middle School students with their iPads and showed how this technology is being utilized in the classroom and also shared that other TV stations and area newspapers had stories about the Middle School iPads as well, so the district received recognition.
President Binns reported on the upcoming meeting October 3 for the Region 3 Kansas Association of School Boards at Greenbush and the Kansas Association of School Boards State Convention in Wichita in late November.
President BInns presented a resignation from Gayle McDonald as cook at Central School effective October 2, 2012.
Bob Hall made a motion to accept the resignation of Gayle McDonald as presented. Mary Kirkpatrick seconded. Carried 6-0.
President BInns presented an invitation to the school board and administrators for an appreciation banquet that is being hosted by Mamie Houser on October 6, 2012 at Baxter High School.
The board discussed possible members for a committee to study the future of the Middle School. They encouraged anyone that is interested in serving on this committee to please contact the district office.
Superintendent Burke gave an update on the bond issue and reported that the bond closing took place on September 5. He also reported on a meeting held with KDOT officials concerning a possible second entrance to the High School, and traffic control for events at this site. Mr. Burke also reported on replacing the poles and lights at the High School football field.
Arts Roberts, Lincoln Principal reported on storm damage at Lincoln School on Friday, September 7. A tree on the playground was lost, damaging a backstop and losing electrical service to the building. He also reported that he had received word that Lincoln School would not be receiving the Safe Routes to School grant for this year, but they would apply again in the future. Mr. Roberts reported that enrollment at Lincoln School is currently 296 students. He also invited the board to attend the grandparents day program on Friday, September 14 which is for all grandparents of second graders. Lincoln School will also participate in the Johnston Public Library book fair on September 19.
Robert Womack, Central Principal reported on KTOY and expressed his appreciation for the passion our staff has for the jobs they do, including the school board. He wanted the board to know how proud he is of all our teachers.
Mr. Womack reported that enrollment at Central is at 236 students.
Superintendent Burke gave the report for Middle School as Principal Walker had to attend a MS volleyball game. Mr. Walker wanted to thank the board for the iPads and expressed that they are “awesome.” He also reported that current enrollment at the Middle School is 230 students.
David Pendergraft, HS Principal, reported that enrollment at the High School is currently at 286 students. He also reported that the ZAP program is working extremely well, with only one student having multiple failings, and none of the students were failing because no work had been turned in. He reported that even teachers who teach elective classes are seeing improvement in their students because of the ZAP program. Mr. Pendergraft also made a recommendation that the district pay a stipend of $1295.00 for the dance team sponsor.
Bob Hall made a motion to pay a stipend of $1295 for the dance team sponsor for 2012-13 as recommended by Mr. Pendergraft. Melanie Bingham seconded.
The board also wanted to express their appreciation to Ross Davis for being a leader in technology for the district.