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USD 234 budget hearing on hold

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The USD 234 Board of Education won't adopt a budget until after a public hearing is held during a special meeting on Aug. 23.

Business Manager Susan Brown said early last week the district was notified that the assessed valuation had dropped because the City of Fort Scott had issued an industrial revenue bond.

"So we thought we needed to republish just to capture what we were losing," Brown said. "Really, there's no one to blame for this. There's been some change in staff and some things didn't get changed. Also, they had to wait for the state to certify it and that didn't get done until last week."

In order to accommodate the change, the district republished its budget on Tuesday. The district had published a budget with a mill levy of 44.502. The new published budget shows a mill levy set at 44.593.

"So you can see there's not a whole lot of difference," Brown said. "But it is a little bit of an increase."

Brown said she plans to have better communication with each of the entities next year prior to publishing the budget to avoid the same issue, even though the revenue bond is set for 10 years. Brown said the only thing the city was required to do was publish a notice in the newspaper. She said next year, she hopes to receive a formal letter from the city.

A public hearing to discuss the proposed budget as published will be held at noon Aug. 23.

Brown reminded the board they can always reduce the levy after it has been published. Board President Janet Braun also reminded the board that the district doesn't have to spend the entire budget.

"It's a projected authority that we could if needed to, but if we don't need to, we don't have to," Braun said.

Teacher negotiations

The teachers and USD 234 negotiations team have come to a tentative agreement, according to Superintendent Diane Gross. She reported that the teachers were meeting on Tuesday to vote and the board will meet on Aug. 23.

"Depending on how that vote comes out, the board will either ratify or go into the next step," Gross said.

She commended all who have participated in the negotiation process.

"I think it was a kind of a tense time for all of us as we sat through that," Gross said. "But I also think the tentative agreement benefits our teachers, I think it benefits our staff, I think it benefits the district, so hopefully we'll have a positive vote and move on from that."

Although there was no disagreement on the amount of money being offered by the district, the teachers had taken the position that too much emphasis was being placed on new teachers versus retaining veteran teachers.

Contracts and positions

The district will again contract with the City of Fort Scott for a school resource officer for $16,000, the same amount as last year.

The board accepted the resignations of Amy Hixon, seventh grade teacher; Kimberly Dawn Simons, high school paraeducator; and Laurie R. Uhler, special needs instructor.

The termination of a contract with Brandon Giltner was accepted, as well as the transfer of Kelsey DeMott from paraeducator at Winfield Scott to paraeducator at Fort Scott High School. Chris Messer and Lisa Tally were rehired as a paraeducators at Fort Scott High School.

The board of accepted new contracts for Jayci Cosens, seventh grade science; C.J. Feagins, custodian; Kelley Tucker, middle school paraeducator; and Susan Marberry, speech pathologist paraprofessional.

Supplemental contracts were approved for the following: Football -- Bob Campbell, head coach; David Brown, Bo Graham, Larry Lawrence, Josh Regan, Alvin Metcalf Jr. and Dustin Wiley, assistant coaches.

Girls basketball -- Jeff Armstrong, head coach; Curt Toll, assistant girls coach; Alyssa Glades, freshman head coach; and Brent Malone, assistant freshman coach.

Boys basketball -- Jeff DeLaTorre, head coach; Jason Young, assistant coach; Pechone Stepps, freshman coach; and Kent Gant, assistant freshman coach.

Wrestling -- David Brown, head coach; and Metcalf and Graham, assistant coaches.

Tennis -- Lynn Barr, boys and girls coach.

Golf -- Ken Klassen, boys coach; and Karen Curran, girls coach.

Track -- Armstrong, head boys coach; Tracey Bognina, head girls coach; Curt Toll, Graham and Kelly Toll, assistant coaches.

Cross County -- Tracey Bogina.

Volleyball -- Carol Bingesser, head coach; Maggie Kolbeck, assistant coach; Jena Campbell, freshman volleyball.

Summer conditioning -- Campbell, and Graham, boys; and Jared Martin and Curt Toll, girls.

Gym supervisor -- Young.

Baseball -- Regan, head coach; and Metcalf and Martin, assistant coaches.

Soccer -- Andre Cline.

Music -- James Fox, band and pep band presentations; Mary Jo Harper, vocal presentations and play assistant; Sonja Weast, orchestra; Angie Bin, musical/play.

Art Club -- Ellen Kendrick.

Audiovisual coordinator -- Monta Saker.

Cheerleading -- Sandra Beth, sponsor; and Leah Bowman, assistant.

Class sponsors -- Ken Tourtillott, freshman; Regan, sophomores; Lisa Ward, juniors; and Bert Lewis, seniors.

Debate -- Amber Toth, head coach.

Detention -- Tourtillott, first semester; and Polly Mayberry, second semester.

Future Business Leaders of America -- Ward.

Future Educators Association -- Lewis.

FFA -- Kyle Parks.

Family Community Career Leaders -- Joyce Davenport.

Foreign Language Club -- Mayberry.

Forensics -- Angie Bin.

Interact Club -- Ward.

Key Club -- Lewis.

National Forensics League -- Toth, debate and forensics.

National Honor Society -- Curran

Newspaper and Yearbook-- Tracy Homan

PDC -- Ellen Klassen

Dance Team -- Amy Drake

Pride -- Bin

Scholars Bowl -- Lewis

Science Club -- Vickie Sewell

Student Council -- Ward and Lewis.

Skills USA -- Mike Hansen.

Thespians -- Bin.

Supplemental positions not being filled at this time are assistant track coach, assistant cross country coach, assistant freshman volleyball coach, winter and spring conditioning coaches, assistant soccer coach, play assistant, art show, pep club, two debate assistants, forensics assistant, Scum Club sponsor, and Strategic Games Organization sponsor.

In other business, the board heard reports from Angie Kemmerer on the Early Steps to Success literacy program and Janelle Tate on the Children's Cabinet Block Grant. Both programs work with families to ensure that children are ready to succeed in school.

Jeff Armstrong, high school mathematics teacher, reported on the AP Calculus course, which is offered for students wishing to take a college-level calculus class.



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