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August 26th, 2019

usd 480 logoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


Summer vacation has started, but the USD 480 school board will remain hard at work during its next meeting Monday evening starting at 6:30. 

Up first for the board will be discussion of property and liability insurance and health insurance, with both presentations being done by Al Shank of Al Shank Insurance. 

After the insurance discussion, the board will revisit some discussion about the former South Middle School building. The Liberal City Commission accepted the district’s donation of the building at its May 28 meeting. 

“The property west of Pershing was not accepted by the City of Liberal until additional environmental studies could be performed.  Mr Yoxall has revised the original document to exclude this property,” the agenda information noted.

The board will also be discussing the use of some remaining bond project funds. 

“With the delay in the bids for the kitchen expansion at Cottonwood Elementary School and Sunflower Elementary School, the board will need to determine how to use the $410,000 allocated for this project in the bond funds,” the agenda information noted. “The bond funds need to be spent by September 2019 and this project will not occur in the summer of 2020.  The following are areas these funds could be used: 7 Parkway Blvd - $800,000; performance contracting - $2,500,000; carpet replacement - $263,464; fiber expansion - $80,414; fire alarms for Bright Start - $132,887. The board will need to make a recommendation on how to use the $410,000.”

The board will also be hearing information about the 2019-20 Certified and Classified Staff Handbooks.

“Minor changes include updating the MVR language, adding the Safety & Security section, and the addition of hyperlinks to specific policies,” the agenda information noted. “Final approval will be asked for at the June 24 meeting.”

The board will also be asked to approve the proposed K-5 redesign programs and professional learning. 

“iStation Reading and Math will be utilized by Meadowlark, Prairie View and Sunflower throughout the 2019-2020 school year. iStation is a digital learning platform that provides students instruction and practice at their individual learning level and provides teachers with actionable and usable data in order to help each student be successful,” a note in the agenda information noted. “One of the principles of redesign is personalized learning. iStation is one avenue that helps in reaching personalization for all students. This technology combined with teacher direct instruction will aid in achieving personalization for every student, both struggling and excelling. iStation Spanish will help support our current Dual language students. Having this resource will also help students reach fluently bilingual by 5th grade. The cost for this is $31,848. iReady will be utilized by MacArthur and Cottonwood as their main platform for reading and math. iReady strengths include: student engagement, report availability, student growth potential and personalization of skills. There are three components of iReady: Diagnostic, Instruction and Teacher Toolbox. The iReady Diagnostic test is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions based on student’s answers and will be given three times a year to all students K-5 to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses. iReady Instruction is the daily interactive online program that provides students with lessons based on their individual skill level and needs. Teacher Toolbox is a virtual filing cabinet with thousands of resources to help differentiate instruction for students performing below, on, and above grade level. The cost for this is $56,342. Eureka Math will be used at Prairie View as a math resource within a math structure that will incorporate teacher direct instruction (using Eureka math resources), independent practice, and digital learning. Having one math resource as a go to for all teachers will help to ensure common vocabulary between teachers and grade levels, vertical alignment of standards, collaboration amongst teachers, and instruction to achieve the rigor and depth of the KCCRS. This resource is also in English and Spanish to enable us to provide quality math instruction in both languages and help students become fluently bilingual across all subject areas. This is a one-time cost of $24,799.”

Up next for the board will be a request for the acceptance of a quote from KCAV for $18,230 for projectors for the Liberal High School science room remodel. The board will also be asked to approve payment applications 1 and 2 from ESP in the combined amount of $1,259,645.28 for the performance contracting project. The board will also hear a request to update the fire alarms at Bright Start Early Learning Center and will conclude the new business with discussion of  the district’s meal charging policy and breakfast and lunch prices for the 2019-20 school year. 

“Changes for the meal charging policy include the addition of utilizing from an ‘Emergency Fund Account,’ which is funded by donations,” the agenda information noted. “It is recommended to increase lunch and breakfast prices as follows: K-5 lunch from $2.85 to $2.90; K-5 breakfast from $2 to $2.05; 6-12 lunch from $2.95 to $3; 6-12 breakfast from $2.05 to $2.10. Adult prices will remain at $3.65 for lunch and $2.25 for breakfast.”

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