U234 Press Release of Minutes from Oct. 11



Monday, October 11, 2021


Members of the USD 234 Board of Education met at the Fort Scott Middle School Commons on Monday, October 11, 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 – September 17, 2021 – $1,425,060.90

D.    Financial Report

E.     Activity fund accounts

F.     FCCLA Fundraiser

G.    Operations Guidelines Correction


Patrons spoke in the public forum.

Board members discussed and approved COVID gaiting criteria that will begin on October 18 for USD 234.  The gaiting criteria will allow for masks to be optional pending the number of cases/percentages in each school building.  In addition, the board approved to proceed with a Memorandum of Understanding with CHC to provide parent opt-in COVID testing for students.  Board members approved the gaiting criteria and testing procedure to be added to the Operations Plan.

Ted Hessong, Superintendent, and Gina Shelton, Business Manager/Board Clerk; gave reports.  Dalaina Smith, Director of Academics, and principals from each building shared written reports with board members.  Gina Shelton gave an ESSER Funds update.

Board members reviewed the September 20 Enrollment Count Report.   In addition, the board approved the following:


·       Emergency Operations Plan for 2021-22

·       Purchase of three buses

·       Audit contract with Diehl, Banwart, Bolton for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021

·       Workers Compensation with Atkins Insurance

·       Live streaming school board meetings


The Fort Scott Middle School VIP Fall Extravaganza will be held on November 22, 2021, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the middle school commons and gymnasium.

Board members shared comments and then went into executive session to discuss personnel matters for nonelected personnel and returned to open meeting.   The board then went into executive session to discuss employer-employee negotiations and returned to open meeting.

The board approved the following employment matters:


A.    Resignation of Jeff Armstrong, high school math teacher (currently on a leave of absence), effective September 29, 2021

B.    Transfer of Carrie Lord, preschool center teacher aide, to preschool paraprofessional for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year

C.    Transfer of Bobbie Yoakam, preschool paraprofessional, to part-time preschool paraprofessional and part-time preschool nurse for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year

D.    Reemployment of Kourtney Harper as a high school paraprofessional for the 2021-22 school year

E.     Employment of Selena Alvarado as a high school assistant softball coach for the 2021-22 school year

F.     Leave of absence for Danielle Cavin, Eugene Ware special education teacher

G.    Resignation of Glenda Cooper, high school cook, effective October 14, 2021

H.    Resignation of Haleigh Lowry, Winfield Scott cook, effective October 11, 2021

I.      Resignation of Marie Henderson, middle school paraprofessional, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year

J.      Resignation of Evangeline Korinke, Winfield Scott paraprofessional, effective January 2, 2022

K.    Employment of Gary Floyd, II as a high school ISS teacher aide for the 2021-22 school year

L.     Addition of an occupational therapist assistant position for the 2021-22 school year

M.   Addition of a speech/language pathologist position for the 2021-22 school year


The board approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Fort Scott KNEA.

The board adjourned.

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