News Release of the USD 234 Sept. 13 Board Meeting



Monday, September 13, 2021


Members of the USD 234 Board of Education met at the Fort Scott Middle School Commons on Monday, September 13, 2021, for their regular monthly meeting.

President James Wood opened the meeting.  The board approved the official agenda.

The board approved the consent agenda as follows:


A.    Minutes

B.    Bills and Claims

C.    Payroll – August 20, 2021 – $1,293,655.87

D.    Financial Report

E.     Activity fund accounts


Patrons spoke in the public forum, and the board heard from community speakers.

The board reviewed the Operations Plan.  In addition, Ted Hessong, Superintendent; Gina Shelton, Business Manager/Board Clerk; and Dalaina Smith, Director of Academics, gave reports.  Principals from each building shared written reports with board members.

The board approved the following:


·       The Summit on Professional Learning Communities at Work for administrators and faculty

·       Memorandum of Understanding with Freeman Health Center for an athletic trainer


Board members reviewed the first day enrollment count.

Board members shared comments and then went into executive session to discuss personnel matters for nonelected personnel and returned to open meeting.

The board approved the following employment matters:


A.    Resignation of Kourtney Harper, high school paraprofessional, effective September 3, 2021

B.    Resignation of Joy Gray, middle school paraprofessional, effective September 2, 2021

C.    Extended leave of absence for Becky Howard, middle school paraprofessional

D.    Work agreement adjustment for Patsy French, Eugene Ware paraprofessional, from a 7.75-hour day to an 8-hour day for the 2021-22 school year

E.     Work agreement adjustment for Allen Davis, 8-hour middle school custodian, to a 6-hour middle school custodian/2-hour central office custodian for the 2021-22 school year

F.     Work agreement adjustment for Dee Peters, Winfield Scott paraprofessional, from a 4.5-hour work day to a 7.5-hour work day for the 2021-22 school year

G.    Employment of Makyah Goldsby as a middle school paraprofessional for the 2021-22 school year

H.    Employment of Gregg Sweet as a Eugene Ware paraprofessional for the 2021-22 school year

I.      Employment of Jenna Bunn as a Winfield Scott paraprofessional for the 2021-22 school year

J.      Employment of Mary Jo Harper and Alex Chesney as high school assistant musical directors for the 2021-22 school year; transferring Kelli Davis, high school freshman assistant volleyball coach, to high school head freshman volleyball coach for the 2021-22 school year

K.    Stipend for Angie Kemmerer, middle school social studies teacher, of $3,500 for gifted education support

L.     Addition of a nurse for the preschool center, part-time or full-time


The board adjourned.


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