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November 13th, 2019

usd 480 logoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


Monday evening will mark the first meeting of the 2019-20 school year for the USD 480 school board beginning at 6:30. 

Up first for the board will be the administrator reports from Superintendent Renae Hickert, Director of Business Jerry Clay, Director of Elementary Education Lana Evans, Director of Operations Chad Mease, and Director of Technology Rusty Tuman. Mease will be updating the board on some of the project updates and Tuman will be updating the board on some technology-related projects. 

“With the Auditorium Tech Improvements, we’re working on getting new video projections for presenters, events and performances. Our current setup is an old projector on a cart that sits on the stage the presenter must walk around, they also must be mindful of moving between the projector and the screen as well.   A power cord and an audio/video cord are also ran to this setup along the stage floor.  I would like to explore and bring back information to the board on upgrading this piece of the auditorium,” Tuman’s report noted. “With the lighting board, the current lighting board for the auditorium was installed in 2003.  The backup programming for the board is stored on a floppy disk.  In the event of a prolonged power outage the board will lose its settings and need to be restored via this disk, this occurred the day of our welcome back assembly, and we were unable to control the lights to the degree needed. With the wireless microphones and the 600MHz frequency, the FCC has set a deadline of July 13, 2020 for all wireless microphones to be off the 600MHz frequency.  We currently have wireless microphones that operate within that frequency that we will need to replace by the deadline. The FCC information is available for the board to review.”

After the reports, the board will move on to new business, with the first item under that tab concerning the hire and transfer of interim instructors throughout USD 480. Several interim instructors were approved at the board’s last meeting in August, and this evening’s meeting will add Dalia Sanchez and Darko Cohadarevic to the interim instructors list. The board will also be asked to approve the hiring of case managers Susana Hernandez and Ivette Nevarez. 

The board will also be discussing a land donation. 

“R&R Properties has proposed to donate 3 lots to USD 480 near MacArthur, as depicted on the attached plat for the board’s review,” the agenda information noted. “ The proposed properties do not abut the MacArthur property.”

The board will also be discussing Salto access control. 

“USD 480 has requested Convergint Technologies to provide a quote to install the Salto access control system at the District Office.  This is the same platform that is being utilized throughout the district,” the agenda information noted. “This quotation has been approved through Sourcewell (formerly NJPA) and staff is recommending the board approve the proposal from Convergint for $23,270.94.”

“On behalf of our thousands of global colleagues, I want to personally thank you for considering Convergint Technologies for this project and for providing us with the opportunity to present this proposal addressing your electronic security needs,” a memo from Convirgent in the agenda information added. “We are confident that this proven solution is both comprehensive and customized to meet your needs today and in the years ahead. Convergint has developed a strong reputation for service excellence and is the only company recognized twice as the Systems Integrator of the Year by SDM Magazine. Most recently, Convergint was ranked the fourth largest global systems integrator. This recognition is, in part, a reflection of the strong relationships Convergint has developed with the industry’s top technology manufacturers. Convergint Technologies has a strong history of success with similar solutions provided to other clients and would be happy to provide these references upon request. Our guiding principal has always been to be a customer-focused and service-based company, supported by dedicated and certified professionals who strive to make a daily difference. Our vision of becoming our customers’ best service provider is what drives everything we do. After achieving a successful on-time and on-budget project installation, Convergint will provide you with the industry’s best on-going service. This service includes our 24/7 customer portal (iCare), designed to track service work orders, project progress, and provide you with detailed metric reporting for continuous improvement.”

Meal prices will also be up for discussion. 

“It is recommended by USD 480 staff to increase adult meal prices as listed below to remain compliant with USDA guidelines: the adult breakfast price will go up from $2.25 to $2.45, and the adult lunch price will go up from $3.65 to $3.70,” the agenda information noted. 

Staff will also be recommending the board  approve the authorization of principals to suspend students for up to 10 days, and approve the authorization of superintendent/deputy superintendent to suspend students for up to 90 days or expulsion of student for up to 186 days.

“Per Legal Counsel Recommendation: K.S.A. 72-6114 states that ‘The Board of Education of any school district may suspend or expel, or by regulation authorize any certificated employee or committee of certified employees to suspend or expel a pupil guilty of other offenses outlined in K.S.A. 72-6114,’” the agenda information noted. “The Board should take the following action in addition to approving Policy JCDAD: (1) The Board should authorize the principals and assistant principals at each building to suspend a student for up to 10 days (‘Short-Term Suspension’). (2) The Board should authorize the Superintendent or the Deputy Superintendent to suspend a student for up to 90 days (‘Extended-Term Suspension’) or expel a student for up to 186 days.”

To conclude the new business, the board will also talk about a real estate offer. 

“Mr. Witzke has received a verbal offer for 910 N. Washington,” the agenda information noted.

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