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Popp named hearing officer for student appeals
Action items at school board meeting
When the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education visited Jefferson Elementary School on Wednesday, students showed them some of the things they’ve done this year. On Veterans Day, veterans were invited to visit the school and walk through the Halls of Fame decorated with student art. Some of the classes sang as veterans came through. - photo by photos by Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune

Here is a summary of action taken by the  Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education when it met on Wednesday, Nov. 29:

• The board met in executive session for 10 minutes, joined by Superintendent Khris Thexton and Assistant Superintendent John Popp, to discuss student discipline.

• Following that executive session, the board adopted a resolution authorizing the appointment of a hearing officer for student appeals and named Popp as the hearing officer.

• Gifts and grant applications were approved:

- The Gifting Forward Foundation contributed a $250 Cram the Van prize for third place to Lincoln Elementary.

- Holly Tittel, GBMS Librarian, applied for and received a $500 grant from Midwest Energy Inc. Community Fund for the middle school library. 

- Amy Stein, GBMS STEM teacher, applied for and received a grant for $528.21 from Kansas Gas Donor Choice Project to purchase two Sphero Robots. Stein also applied for and received a $575 “Giving Tuesday” Grant funded equally between a Columbia Mo., donor and the Donor’s Choose Network to purchase a 3D printer and filament.

- GBHS Athletics received  $1,050 for Touchdown Incentives from Marmie Motors Auto Group. 

- GBHS Band received $1,063 from band parents’ concession sales.

- GBHS Athletics received $53.97 in reward incentives from Ohiopyle Prints

- Drama Club received $488.74 in reward incentives from Pizza Hut “Pizza Night Fundraiser.” 

• One new employee was approved. Kaylee Unruh was hired as a contracted substitute teacher.

• Another executive session was added to the agenda for the purpose of discussing the performance of an employee. Thexton and Popp were again asked to join the board for this 30-minute session. Four more sessions were announced as the discussion continued. The first three were for 10 minutes each and the last one was for five minutes. No further action was taken, other than to adjourn the meeting.