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Larned board hears from superintendent
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LARNED — The Larned USD 495 board of education heard a report from the superintendent during the March 12 board meeting. The following are approved minutes from the March 12 meeting.
Attending were board members Marcia Giessel, Jay Haremza, Brenda Hagerman, Sharon Arnold, June Barger, Sharon Lessard, Jon Flint, superintendent; Phil Martin, board attorney; Jean Simmons, treasurer; Joyce Simpson, clerk. Kevin Reece was absent.
Fort Larned Superintendent Jon Flint reported to the board that the document they had received in their packet regarding Attendance Enterprise went out to each building, hopefully answering some questions that anyone might have as to why the district is making the change.
Flint stated that the district is starting to see some savings. Payroll costs were about 50 percent less and that doesn’t take into consideration the time the women in the buildings are saving.
Superintendent Flint also shared a printout from Blue Cross/Blue Shield about our usage and number of members that had claims. Flint stated that we will know by the first of May what our premiums will be.
Flint also noted that he is still researching a document that can be used on an exit interview. Right now, there will be 16 employees who would need the exit interview.
Superintendent Flint reported that Senator Schmidt stated that Senate Bill 450 is starting to get some traction, but the House still wants the districts to spend down their cash balances. However, there could be reduction of $40 to $41 per student base aid yet this year. If that comes to fruition, Flint stated that he would rather spend those funds on our district instead of sending it back to the state.
Flint stated that restructuring the board meetings is open to comments. President Jay Haremza stated that he felt the board needed to be more proactive about what was on the agenda. If there is something that a board member wants on the agenda it needs to be reported to either Haremza or the superintendent and if the board wants the administrators to talk about they should let the superintendent know.
Flint stated that he will get some sample agendas put together and get with Haremza to discuss.

Board Discussion
Sharon Lessard stated that back in January the board had received a draft copy of the KLN visit and inquired if a revised report had been received. Jon stated that the revised report was on our website but he would send it to the board members. Lessard noted that she would like a written report in response to the KLN needs analysis.

Contract approved
The board approved to extend the superintendent’s contract to the 2013-2014 school year with salary to be determined at a later date.

The board passed approval for the following hirings for the 2011-2012 school year.
Beth Wetzel, Para/TRI/LMS; Holly Cedillo, Para/TRI/ALC; Judy Damm, Para/TRI/PH; Donna Graf, Para/TRI/Offerle; Harold Turner, District-Wide Maintenance/SS; Reymundo Rodriguez, District-Wide Maintenance/SS; Lupe Perez, assistant baseball coach/LHS.
The board passed approval for the following hirings for the 2012-2013 school year.
Harold Carpenter Teacher/WS; Alexandra Schmaderer Teacher/LMS; Chelsea Froetschner Head Cheerleading/LHS; Bethany Skelton Asst. Cheerleading/LHS.
The board approved the following separations for the 2011-2012 school year.
Penny Fletcher, Assistant Custodian/LMS; Cindy Walker, Para/TRI/EC; Dona Graf, Para/TRI/Offerle; Reymundo Rodriguez, District-Wide Maintenance/SS.
The board approved the following separations for the 2012-2013 school year.
Suzanne Hye, Teacher/EC (5/25/12); Gina Conrad Teacher/LMS; Marc Webster, Teacher/LHS/LMS (5/25/12);
Marc Webster, Secondary Music/LHS; Marc Webster, Jazz Band/LHS; Marc Webster, Pep Band/LHS; Marc Webster, Elementary Music/HS; Kevin Brown, Teacher/LHS (5/25/12); Kevin Brown, Head Boys Basketball/LHS (5/25/12); Pam Fitzgerrel, Library Assistant/LHS (5/25/12).
The board approved the following transfer for the 2011-2012 school year — Rebecca Knauf, Para/TRI/ALC, from Para/TRI/LMS.
The board approved the following transfer for the 2012-2013 school year — Karen Fairchild Teacher/PH from Teacher/HS.