The USD 332 Board of Education met Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at the district office in Cunningham. Vice-President Renee Ruckle called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m. Following recognition of guests, Board President Scott DeWeese arrived. Minutes of the September meeting were approved with one correction.
Present at the meeting were board members Scott DeWeese, Renee Ruckle, Karl Werner, Kenny Glenn, Brent Hansen, and Steve McKennon; Superintendent Glen Davis; Assistant Superintendent David Schmidt; Principal Bob Stackhouse and Principal Kirsten Blankenship.
Dr. Davis presented the financial report. The board approved the report and the list of warrants in the amount of $219,216.14, including payroll. Dr. Davis visited with the board about the completion of renovations to the concession stand area in the gym, installation of security system, the Schools for Fair Funding lawsuit, next year’s legislative session, and the painting of the district office building by district students in the exchange program.
Assistant Superintendent David Schmidt announced that both Cunningham Grade School and Cunningham High School have met the Standard of Excellence – the grade school in reading and math; the high school in reading. Schmidt discussed the transition to Common Core and the standard testing which the State may use in the future, as well as the stress and strain of the transition and implementation of new standards on faculty and students. Members of the board recommended the school do something special to celebrate meeting the Standard of Excellence.
Steve McKennon presented the Special Education report.
Principal Bob Stackhouse gave the board a copy of the Kansas State High School Activities Association 2012-2013 classifications and enrollments. Cunningham is in the 1A classification with a Sept. 20 enrollment of 56. Other area schools in 1A include: Attica, 47; Norwich, 55; Kiowa – South Barber, 67; Stafford, 68; Pretty Prairie, 82; Langdon-Fairfield, 85. Pratt Skyline is in Division 2A with an enrollment of 102. Medicine Lodge, 142, is 2A. Kingman, 237, is 3A. Pratt, 350, is 4A.
Items in Stackhouse’s report included news that the band received a II rating at the State Fair. German Exchange students arrived Thursday. Grades K-2 will go to the Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 16. Junior High League Volleyball will be held in Norwich, Oct. 18. The 1st nine weeks will end Oct. 19. High School volleyball sub-state will be at Argonia, Oct. 20. Cross Country Regionals will be at the Censna Activity Center in Wichita, Oc. 20. Scholar’s Bowl starts with a meet in Cunningham on Oct. 23. The grades 6 – 12 Fall Music Program will be at 7:00 p.m. on Oct. 29. Grades K-4 will visit Hilltop on Oct. 31. Play practice in underway for the play on Nov. 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Principal Kirsten Blankenship reported on staff development and Professional Learning for Teachers as well as the MTSS program (Multi-Tier System of Supports) for students. Board member McKennon asked whether or not penmanship and the ability to write with pen and paper would be lost with the use of keyboarding in the younger grades. The answer was that 5th grade students are currently taking keyboarding, 4th graders will begin using “Typing Web” soon, and that possibly next year the 3rd grade students will begin use of the program – the idea being that since students are using the computer, it is important to learn keyboarding at an early age.
The board approved Resolution 2013-014 for Capital Outlay Tax Levy, authorizing the school board to make an annual tax levy for a period not to exceed five years in an amount not to exceed 4 mills upon the taxable tangible property in the school district. The tax levy shall be made unless protested by a petition signed by not less than 10% of the qualified voters in the district and filed with the county election officer within 40 days after the last publication of the resolution.
The board approved purchase of iPad carts for grades 3 through 5, using REAP grant monies (Rural Education Achievement Program) in the amount of $11,000 and using an additional $4,000 from the capital outlay fund.
Dr. Davis and the board discussed a date for the Board Retreat and set Nov. 15 as the date. When asked to explain how the Board Retreat would comply with the Kansas Open Meetings law by the Cunningham Courier publisher, Dr. Davis explained that the Board Retreat is a public meeting; however, it is a meeting in which no action will be taken. The clerk of the board must be present for the opening of the meeting and the close. If members of the board wish to discuss items that would normally be discussed only in executive session, then an executive session will be called, as in a regular meeting.
Members of the board, Dr. Davis, Mr. Schmidt, Mr. Stackhouse, and Ms. Blankenship met in executive session for ten minutes to discuss matters pertaining to nonelected personnel.
Following the executive session, the board approved a contract revision for Julie Wimmer, from 35 hours to 40 hours per week.
The meeting adjourned at 8:18 p.m.