Saira Lopez De Juarez, asst. cook, Food Service, EMS
Other Board Business
Board Policy Revisions
The board reviewed proposed changes in Section I - Instructional Program. Changes include policies to incorporate the new Kansas Student Data Privacy Act and new guidelines for animals at school. The board will consider the policies for final action at the Aug. 13 meeting.
Elementary Staff Handbook
The board approved the 2014-15 Elementary Staff Handbook.
Memorandum of Understanding
Due to a lack of a quorum, The board tabled a memorandum of understanding between EHS and Flint Hills Technical College for concurrent enrollment. EHS now offers at least 10 courses for college credit through FHTC.
Flint Hills Technical College - FHTC has purchased property on West Sixth Avenue to house the welding program starting in fall 2015. Solar panels have been installed on the Jones Education Center making the building a zero-energy building.
2014-15 Budget Study Session
Assistant Superintendent of Business Rob Scheib reviewed the preliminary budget for 2014-15 and explained how changes in the school finance law will affect revenue for the district. The district will benefit from a $14 increase in base state aid per pupil and the restoration of state aid for capital outlay and supplemental general funds. As a result, the district mill levy will remain flat while revenue will increase without increasing local taxes. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 7 pm Aug. 13.
Superintendent Theresa Davidson reviewed the report and recommendations from the Legislative Post Audit Efficiency Audit conducted last spring. Recommendations are made at three levels: those that would have a low impact on students and community; those that would have a moderate impact; and those that could have a significant impact.
Recommendations included reducing staff in the food service department, using procurement cards to make purchases, issuing district cell phones to employees who require them in place of paying stipends, reducing staff at the middle and high schools by raising class sizes to reduce the number of sections, and changing to an eight-period day at EMS. The final recommendation was to relocate Turning Point Academy to a building with another school or closing the school.
Davidson explained that the business department is already studying the procurement card system and it is one recommendation the district will likely implement immediately. Other recommendations will be studied to ensure that both financial efficiency and educational benefits to students quality are considered. No immediate changes will be made in staffing or at TPA.