329 Board discusses options after bond failure

Staff reports

The USD 329 board of education discussed the recent bond election at length during last week’s meeting.

The board members spoke about the recent bond election and asked the administration to have a couple of options on how much it would cost to move all students to Alma and if there would be a safe and secure way to have all elementary and junior high students in the current Wabaunsee High School and Alma Elementary School buildings.

One member cited a desire not to cut programs or educational opportunities for students if possible. The board also thanked the community for good voter turnout and the work community members put into the election.

Listen to the full discussion here. (The recording quality from our student reporter isn’t great, but we’ll work on our ability to record more meetings in the future).

Other board notes:

• Former superintendent Brad Starnes, now Build Up Kansas Education Coordinator, spoke about Associated General Contractors and its program to help Career and Technical Education classes by training students for the workforce with free lesson plans, textbooks, curriculum and training for instructors. The board approved the Build Up Kansas program 6-0.

• Transportation director Clint Thompson spoke about an Environmental Protection Agency Grant worth $790,000 which will give the district two electric school buses that will be used for routes. The grant will also supply a charging station for the buses. The board approved the grant 6-0.

• The board accepted a donation from Karen Wright of $1,400 for a new popcorn machine. 

• Kim Linck with Varney’s & Associates, CPAs, LLC gave a presentation on the school district financial audit, saying it was a clean audit.

• The board approved the employment of Tim Songs (Alma PreK bus driver), Manuel Gomez (HS Spanish proctor), Tayler Sievers (AES secretary), LeeAlan Mock ( HS assistant boys basketball coach) and Jaclynn Brown (HS assistant softball coach) and  resignations or Erin Sutherland (AES secretary) and Sally Western (bus driver).

View the meeting notes here.

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