Late in Monday’s meeting agenda, the USD 489 board discussed staffing issues at the District office/Rockwell Administration Center in anticipation of the upcoming administrative transitions.
After a motion by board president Greg Schwartz, the school board unanimously decided to add Hays Middle School’s assistant principal Shanna Dinkel to the staff at Rockwell Administration Center to oversee curriculum and to help track professional development and instructional changes
She will begin in the new role on September 1, provided the district can find an interim to replace her.
During the discussion, board member Josh Waddell expressed concern about how Dinkel’s promotion might impact Hays Middle School. Hays Middle School principal Craig Pallister told the board he has always supported wanting the school district to do well. “I make a lot of decisions that are not only good for our building but also good for the district,” Pallister said. “The district really needs a curriculum instruction person but if we want to continue having an outstanding middle school, I need a full time person, (to replace Dinkel)
Also during the discussion of Rockwell staffing transition, the board voted to have USD 489 consultant Randy Gustafson make a presentation at the August 19 meeting on his recommendations for the replacement of deputy superintendent Richard Cain.
There was a discussion of Board Policy for administrators and Directors evaluation dates. The board will continue the current contracts without a January 15 notification and will utilize the first meeting in March, as per board policy. The board voted 5-1 to approve negotiations with administrators (central office and principals) to remove the January 15 notification date from their contracts. The Superintendent was instructed to meet with administrators on the issue and report to the board. Marty Patterson voted against the motion.
The board voted 5-1 to eliminate the use of contracts for directors and salaried staff and directed the Superintendent to negotiate to eliminate the current contracts for these individuals. Marty Patterson voted against the motion. Superintendent Will Roth says it’s not a reflection of job performance. The seven or eight people effected by the change will now have work agreements, rather than contracts:
The board approved the request to renew the district’s Renaissance Learning assessment and intervention program.
The board approved the request to approve the renewal of Edgenuity Online Curriculum for the Hays Area Learning Center for $23,195.00 and authorized the Board President to sign the contract with Edgenuity.
The board approved the change in the Child & Adult Food Care Program authorized representative from Shiela Brening to Jessica Calhoun.
Officials with Trane presented their Energy Conservation Program for the school district.
Approved unanimously a change in board policy (first reading) to require any contract of less than $20,000 can be approved by the Superintendent. Contracts of $20,000 or more must be approved by the board and signed by the board president.
Approved a 2nd Reading of BOE Policy BBC allowing for a Technology Standing Committee.
Approved 5-0 the Lease/Purchase Financing bid for Hays Middle School FEMA 8 classroom addition with Commerce Bank/Clayton Holdings, LLC/Commerce Bank $1.448 Million at a fixed annual rate of 2.38% for a 10-year period. Marty Patterson did not vote citing a conflict of interest.
Approved authorization to publish a Notice of Public Hearing for the 2014 Budget and to schedule the hearing on August 19:
Approved leasing or renting an air chiller for Roosevelt elementary for the school year.
Board president Greg Schwartz also reported that following discussions with TMP-Marian, there was positive movement on a way to work together to possibly repair Victory Drive adjacent to O’Loughlin elementary school. More discussion on the issue is expected at the board work session next Monday.
The board had a 30-minute executive session to discuss negotiations and non-elected personnel. Board member Darren Schumacher was absent from Monday’s meeting.