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USD 431 hear report on state representatives visit

Watson, Cauble tour USD 431

POSTED November 7, 2017 4:18 p.m.

HOISINGTON — Friday afternoon, USD 431 Superintendent Bill Lowry met with Kansas Commissioner of Education Randy Watson and State Board of Education Representative Sally Cauble. Lowry spoke about the visit during his administrative report at the monthly meeting of the Board of Education Monday night.
When he was sworn into office, Watson vowed to visit every district in the state. He is only 20 districts away from meeting that goal now after visiting USD 431, he said. Together, he, Cauble, Lowry and Board President Dean Stoskopf toured all four Hoisington schools, starting with Lincoln Elementary, where fourth grade teacher fourth grade teacher Shelly Hanzlick gave a brief video presentation of how she is conducting Whole Brain Learning in the classroom. Student achievement is up, and plans are being made to train more teachers to use the techniques.
At Roosevelt, Watson and Cauble expressed interest in the achievements of students who have been enrolled in the district’s free preschool for three and four-year-olds. Cauble noted that Hoisington is unique because it has been offering the program for several years, providing a base of data that is confirming students are better prepared for reading and other studies when they enter kindergarten.
At the middle school, they spent time hearing about the robotics program and how students are using the 3-D printer. Principal Pat Reinhardt told of how students were able to create a part for a tractor that is no longer available using the technology. Watson and Cauble also toured the newly renovated gymnasium, and saw the newly added greenhouse addition the science classes will be utilizing soon.
At the high school, they met with students and learned more about the robotics program there. In all, they spent just under two hours touring all four buildings, Stoskopf said. He said it would be beneficial to the rest of the board to also tour the buildings, as he was surprised to see all the changes besides those at Lincoln Elementary School.
“There are a lot of neat things going on in our schools,” he said.
Executive session
Board President Dean Stoskopf called for an executive session for the purpose of discussing resignations and the appointments of certified and classified employees, under the exemption for non-elected personnel from the Open Meetings Act. The session was set for 20 minutes, but two extensions of 15 minutes each were added. Upon resuming the regular session at 8:30 p.m., the following actions were taken:
Accepted Maggie Miller’s resignation as Middle School Girls Assistant Basketball Coach effective immediately.
The board approved the termination of Barbara Schenk as district custodian effective immediately.
Approved a motion to pay $1,000.00 to Kolten Cook for Driver Education expenses in exchange for a three-year commitment to teach Driver’s Education in the district. Motion carried 7-0.
The meeting was then adjourned.

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