Wednesday, September 1, 2010

USD 383 Board of Education

Sept. 1, 2010
Kathy Dzewaltowski, observer

Dr. Bob Seymour, Associate Superintendent, presented the board with preliminary enrollment information and said enrollment had increased by a net of 135 students. Dr. Bob Shannon, Superintendent, reported that elementary enrollment has increased by 800 students over the past 6 years.

The board was presented with the design development plans for Bluemont Elementary. The plans included adding two additions and an elevator. The board approved the plans 7-0.

Dr. Seymour presented a recommendation to hire an additional elementary teacher for Lee Elementary due to high enrollment numbers at Lee in the lower grades. The board approved 7-0 to hire the additional teacher.

The board approved 7-0 to accept a grant of just under $300,000 from the U.S. Dept. of Education for Readiness and Emergency Management. The district will work with the Kansas Dept. of Homeland Security and prepare an infectious disease plan, a food defense plan, and develop an emergency management plan for special needs students.

Board members discussed possible topics for the board retreat scheduled for Oct. 27. Board members indicated they would like to review the improvement projects scheduled for Priorities I and II of the bond projects, and also review the projects that were removed from the bond list and moved to capital outlay in order to reduce the overall bond costs.

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