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Fort Larned USD 495 conducts monthly meeting
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LARNED — The Fort Larned 495 school board met in a recent session in November.
June Barger, President, called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
Present were board members June Barger, Jay Haremza, Brenda Hagerman, Leroy Lyon, Kevin Reece, Jenny  Manry, Sharon Lessard, Jon Flint, superintendent; Phil Martin, board attorney; Tiffany Burris, board clerk.
Approval was passed to add the Junior City Council. The board approved minutes of the Oct. 14, 2013 board meeting as presented. Bills were approved as presented.
Jean Simons, finance director, stated that the 2012-2013 books have been closed out and balanced. She shared that the auditors had been here for their annual review and she will share the report once it is received.
The Larned Junior City Council learned about how the school board operates. Breannan Perez, Jr. City Council member,  presented a report on the Larned Fire Department with the board. Junior City Council members introduced themselves and were given the opportunity to ask questions.

KASB is looking at the process that districts use to negotiate and which items are negotiated.
These questions have come into play due to changes that are being implemented at the state legislative level. The amount of negotiable items is being looked at, as well as teacher due process. KASB’s goal is to ensure the negotiation process is workable for teachers and school boards. Their hope is to form a committee to look at the process. They are needing feedback from districts. June Barger, board president, will vote on behalf of the board.

This is a five-year agreement between ESSDACK and Fort Larned USD 495. ESSDACK provides professional development for the district and is the facilitator of the 403B plan. They sponsor monthly technology and early childhood meetings. Through membership, the district is offered a lower fee on many workshops and in-services.
Leroy Lyon, Board member, asked if there is an annual fee to belong to ESSDACK. Jon Flint, superintendent, said an annual fee is based upon student enrollment numbers and the number of staff employed.
Approval passed for the Interlocal Agreement between USD 495 and ESSDACK.
Margo Buscher, Tri-County director, explained to the board that this document simply states that the district is following a maintenance of effort in relation to our special education funding. It states that we are following the rules and guidelines of the funding. This is the first year the board has been asked to sign this document due to new regulations and guidelines.
Approval passed for the Title VI-B Assurances.

The following employees were hired for the 2013-2014 school year — Holly Garcia, LMS music supplement; Jennifer Colglaizier, assistant cook/Northside; Cynthia Goodrick, part-time nursing assistant/district; Matthew Cuadra, At Risk math and long-term subsitute/LMS.
The following employees were approved for separations for the 2013-2014 school year — Sherri Schmidt, assistant custodian/LMS; Jennifer Newkirk, nursing assistant/district.
The following employees were approved for transfers for the 2013-2014 school year — Holly Cedillo, para/Tri County/Pawnee Heights from para/Tri County/ALC.