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USD 489 approves contract with former City Manager

It was another long board meeting for the USD 489 Board of Education on Monday night. They approved the Management Consultant Contract with Randy

Randy Gustafson

Randy Gustafson

Gustafson. He had submitted a proposal to establish criteria that a new superintendent could use in establishing processes that would improve and enhance the efficiency and innovation.

Gustafson, who retired as Hays City Manager in 2007 told the board on Monday night he would review aspects of the districts operation on management issues. He said would not get involved in any personnel matters or negotiations, collective bargaining or any educations issues. “My expertise is in public management,” Gustafson explained. “This process will take from 3 to 6 months.”

Prior to the vote on the consultant contract, Board vice president Darren Schumacher asked that the issue be tabled until Marty Patterson was in attendance. Patterson was out of town.

Board president Greg Schwartz said he’d spoken with Patterson on Monday and hoped he might be able to attend the meeting on a conference call. That was not possible. Schwartz said Patterson also wanted the consultant contract tabled until he was able to attend the next board meeting. With a motion by Josh Waddell and a second by Lance Bickle already on the table, Schwartz called the question and the motion was approved 5-1. Darren Schmacher voted against the measure.

The board meeting also included two hours worth of executive session to discuss non-elected personnel and attorney-client privilege.

The board decided to table the approval of Multi-peril Insurance for the 2013-14 school year from Insurance Planning until the next scheduled meeting, depending on the policy grace period, a July 31 meeting or call a special meeting for consideration.

Voted to reject all wireless bids for updating the district’s wireless infrastructure network.

During the Superintendent’s report, Dr. Roth explained that Victory Road adjacent to Oloughlin Scholl will be closed for pick up and drop off of students. The disctrict is working on an alternative and if nothing is completed by the start of the school year, they are considering an option to temporarily shuttle students.

Board President Greg Schwartz nominated the following individuals to committees and boards.

Board member Danielle Robben to the ESEA Title 1 program committee.
Board member James Leiker to the Early Childhood Connections Council committee
Tammy Wellbrock and Curtis Braun to the USD 489 Foundation Board

Jeff Briggs to the Hays Recreation Commission Board
Darren Schumaher to replace Dr. Roth to the Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development Board Committee.

Announced a standing District Technology Committee to include three teachers; one from elementary, middle and high school. Those nominated include teachers Jeanie Michaelis, Ted Foster, and Shannon Damel. Principals Marty Straub and Tom Meagher. District Technology Coordinator Todd Bryant and two community technology representatives including board member Lance Bickel and Brian Drennan of Nex-Tech.

Schwartz asked to wait to make appointments to the KSB convention and the Hiring Committee representatives.

-The board also approved the Superintendent’s retirement of October 1. 2013

-Approved the Authorization for Board President to the Sign Nutrition Documents:
 The 2013-14 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Agreement Addendum and the Attestation of Compliance with Meal Pattern Requirements

-Approved the student handbooks from Hays High, Hays Middle, and elementary schools; as well as the approval of the District Classified Handbook and Administrative Handbook

-Approved the soda proposal from Pepsi and low bid for copy paper.
Board President Greg Schwartz nominated the following individuals to committee and boards.

Danielle Robben to the ESEA Title 1 program
James Leiker to the Early Childhood Connections Council committee
Tammy Wellbrock and Curtis Braun to the USD 489 Foundation Board

Jeff Briggs to the Hays Recreation Commission Board
Darren Schumaher to replace Dr. Roth to the Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development Board
Lance Bickle.

Announced a standing District Technology Committee to include three teachers; one from elementary, middle and high school. Those nominated include teachers Jeanie Michaelis, Ted Foster, and Shannon Damel. Principals Marty Straub and Tom Meagher. District Technology Coordinator Todd Bryant and two community technology representatives including board member Lance Bickel and Brian Drennan of Nex-Tech.

Schwartz asked to wait to make appointments to the KSB convention and the Hiring Committee representatives.

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  • Frank

    Bad, bad, bad, bad idea.

  • disqus_3OgEUy1n7a

    This is all so ridiculous. Wow what a school board. Sorry. I don’t blame Roth and Cain for leaving.

    • rumor

      It was time for them to go.

      • Guest23

        It wasn’t time for them to go. It’s foolish to have Roth leave early when he could stay and help hire and transition the next supt. In fact he could have done what Gufsastan is hired to do and it probably would have saved money. And Cain has a well earned reputation for understanding complicated school budgets and fiscal responsibility. The board was constantly asking them questions Monday evening, on simple things like definitions and clarifications. This is a bad time to be losing these two men. Who will the board ask after they are gone? Frankly the board looked panicked and clueless. Schwartz is flying by the seat of his pants up there. He’s ill equipped for the role he’s in.

  • A_L

    What I don’t understand is why weren’t other “bids” considered? Why didn’t we go out and see what else was out there? Maybe they would be more expensive – but at least we would know. Up to $62,000 for 3 to 6 months worth of work — sounds like you landed a pretty nice “part-time” job Randy. Wouldn’t that pay more than the salary of a much needed educator in our district?

  • Uncle Thomas

    WOWZERS…the BOE President showed the new boys on the block how the game is played! The strategy was mediocre, but they fell hard!

    Rather then being forthright at the beginning of the agenda item related to “the consultant” the BOE President withheld key information until he had a motion and a 2nd by junior members of the BOE. Then he shows one of his cards…absent member Mr. Patterson stated via phone conversation he would like the subject to be tabled until he can be part of the conversation. Then WHAM BAM THANK YOU MAM…in accordance with procedural integrity I have a motion and a second, all those in favor say “I do”…motion carries notwithstanding Mr. Patterson’s verbal request to the BOE President the item be tabled. S N E A K Y!
    Ladies and Gents of the community that is how we the tax payers were suckered into paying a no expert an expert consulting fee!

  • Disgusted

    I will do the “consulting” for $50,000. This will save the district $12,000 that they can put towards the portable AC unit. I have the same experience as Gustafson. I can deal with the public sector AND I have no educational background. Hit me up Schwartz

  • Frank

    cronyism [ kroh-nee-iz-uhm ]

    noun 1. the practice of favoring one’s close friends, especially in political appointments.

  • disqus_2whEyO0Gka

    Does Greg Schwartz have any real interest in our public schools? Maybe it’s time we stop electing people that don’t even send their kids to public school to the board. He wanted to close KMS down for personal reasons then he didn’t even have the balls to vote for it. He does things that help the private school not public schools. Is his plan to mess up our schools so much that people get tired of it and switch to TMP?

    • concerned citizen

      What exactly has he done to help the private schools?

  • Mrs. Fisher

    The fact is, When Gustafson WAS city manager, he did A LOT to mess this city up. It has taken a while to even get the city employees back to somewhat a normal situation where they aren’t doing 4 people’s jobs. This man is NOT an expert and I cannot see how if the BOE was going to hire an expert, they aren’t required to get bids, rather than just choose a buddy! I think this smells of rotten and putrid personal gain….

    • Uncle Thomas

      I have never heard of one city or county employee doing the job of four! I have seen four doing the job of ONE!