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USD 495 makes personnel decisions
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LARNED — Fort Larned USD 495 finalized personnel decisions for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school year in a recent meeting of the board of education. The following are approved minutes from the June 13 meeting.
Jay Haremza, USD 495 board president, called the regular meeting to order. Attending were board members Marcia Giessel, Jay Haremza, Brenda Hagerman, Sharon Arnold, Cory Stetler, June Barger, Sharon Lessard, Phil Martin, board attorney, Bonnie Carlson, treasurer, Joyce Simpson, clerk. Absent was Jon Flint, superintendent.
Personnel Nominations
Lawrence Unruh, district wide maintenance, was approved for the 2010-2011 school year.
A.B. Stokes was approved as head football coach at LMS and head wrestling coach at LHS for the 2011-2012 school year.
Approval passed for the following separations for the 2011-2012 school year:
Ashley Hamilton, Northside teacher; Wendy Hacker, Westside counselor; Kris Roberts, para/TRI/LHS; Judith Smith, para/TRI/LHS; JoAnn Vine, para/TRI/LMS; Marcia Smith, para/TRI/LMS; Lynn Longey, para/TRI/LMS; Caleb Miles, para/TRI/LMS; Spring Vilmure, para/TRI/Northside; Jerolyn Lyon, para/TRI/Phinney;
Leann Thomas, para/TRI/ALC; Mary Linder, para/TRI/LHS; Michael Lemuz, para/TRI/Kinsley; Sheri Mills, At-Risk aide/LMS; Jeanette Moore, secretary/Westside; Janice Kneisley, library aide/LMS; and Valerie Posey dishwasher/LMS.
Approval passed for the following nominations for the 2011-2012 school year:
Jenny Erway, Northside 4th Grade from Northside 3rd Grade; David Gladow, LMS 5th Grade from LMS 7th Grade; Heidi Ribordy, LMS 7th Grade from LMS 5th Grade; Tricia Prescott, LMS 6th Grade from LMS 5th Grade; Marcy Wagner, LMS 7th Grade Science from LMS 7th Grade Math; Stephanie Bauer, LMS 8th Grade from LMS 7th Grade; Kelly Roberts, LHS secretary from District office secretary; Tiffany Burris, Elementary secretary/HS/Phinney/Northside from HS secretary; Julie Snyder, Aide-ELL (1/2) HS/Phinney/Northside and At-Risk(1/2) Phinney from full-time ELL.
Administrators’ and  directors’ salaries were tabled until the July meeting.
The agenda and minutes of the May 9, 2011 meeting were approved. The bills were approved as presented. The treasurer’s report was accepted as presented.
Early Childhood
Lana Amspacker, teacher for Early Childhood, thanked the board for allowing her to address its members. Amspacker noted the reasons for leaving the Early Childhood Program at its location and staffed with the current personnel.
It is her hope to give the board a clear understanding of the services that are provided by the program and to give the best possible education for the students and support for their families. Amspacker stated that education and interaction with others in a loving environment is the intent at Early Childhood.
Aimee Peschka and Paul Herrington, parents of students, spoke on behalf of the program, noting the hard work put forth by the teachers of Early Childhood and how their children had benefited. The benefits their children received with allow them to proceed on into kindergarten.
Grant acceptance
Approval passed for the Kansas Technology Rich Classroom Grant for $25,500 to be shared with Reno Valley Middle School and Larned Middle School.
Approval passed for the Golden Belt Community Foundation Grant for Nutrition and Physical Activity for $3,500.
Staff handbooks
Approval passed for the changes in the USD 495 elementary, middle school and high school staff handbooks for the 2011-2012 school year as presented.
Funds transfers
Approval passed to grant the Director of Finance the authority to do year-end adjustments.
Negotiated Agreement
Approval passed for the Negotiated Agreement for the 2011-2012 school year.