USD234 Press Release



Monday, February 8, 2021


Members of the USD 234 Board of Education met at the Fort Scott Middle School Commons on Monday, February 8, 2021, for their regular monthly meeting.

President David Stewart opened the meeting.  The board approved the official agenda.  The board also approved the consent agenda as follows:


A.    Minutes

B.    Bills and Claims

C.    Payroll – January 20, 2021 – $1,406,590.06

D.    Financial Report

E.     Activity Fund accounts

F.     Point of information – 2021 School Board Election


Board members recognized Jessica Phillips, Fort Scott Middle School Kitchen Manager, for achieving the Kansas Certificate in Child Nutrition Management.

There were no comments in the public forum section.

Brenda Hill, Fort Scott NEA President, gave a report.  In addition, Mrs. Hill presented $100 UBenefit Grants to the following teachers:  Mercedes Judy, Alexandra VanSickle, Kelly Toll, Michelle Defebaugh, and Kristin Duffey.

Board members heard a report from Dalaina Smith, Director of Academics.

In addition, Superintendent Ted Hessong and Gina Shelton, Business Manager/Board Clerk presented reports.

Board members approved a Math Resource adoption and also approved disposal of school property with Midwest Equipment Online Auction.

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 Karen Gordon, Winfield Scott technology teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year

B.    Resignation of Kerry Van Etten, central office HVAC maintenance, effective May 1, 2021

C.    Resignation of Brian Allen, high school teacher aide, effective February 5, 2021

D.    Resignation of Jill McDonald, Eugene Ware cook, effective January 25, 2021

E.     Retirement letter from Kyle Parks, high school vocational agriculture teacher

F.     Leave of absence for Katie McGee, Winfield Scott kindergarten teacher

G.    Employment of administrators for the 2021-22 school year

Fort Scott High School Athletic/Activities Director – Jeff DeLaTorre

Fort Scott Middle School Principal – David Brown

Fort Scott Middle School Assistant Principal – Matt Harris

Eugene Ware School Principal – Stephanie Witt

Eugene Ware School Assistant Principal – Brandon Boyd

Winfield Scott School Principal – Joy McGhee

Winfield Scott School Assistant Principal – Martin Altieri

Fort Scott Preschool Center Principal – Andrea Scott

District Psychologist/Special Education Coordinator – Rick Scholes

H.    Employment of district directors for the 2021-22 school year

Transportation Director – Joe Allen

Food Service Director – Robin Button

Facilities Director – Daniel Koppa

Technology Director – Stephen Mitchell

Academic Director – Dalaina Smith

I.      Non-renewal of Amber Toth, Fort Scott High School Principal, for the 2021-22 school year

J.      Resignation of Robyn Kelso, high school assistant principal, effective June 4, 2021

K.    Employment of Gina Shelton, Business Manager/Board Clerk, for the 2021-22 school year

L.     Addition of a preschool paraprofessional position for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year

M.   Employment of Jeffrey Dillow as central office HVAC maintenance for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year

N.    Resignation of Bronson Moylan, middle school assistant football coach, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year

O.    Employment of Whitney Beth as middle school head volleyball coach for the 2021-22 school year

P.     Leave of absence request from Danielle Norris, Eugene Ware fourth grade teacher

Q.    Transfer of Bethany Higgins, Eugene Ware fourth grade teacher, to Eugene Ware technology teacher for the 2021-22 school year

R.    Transfer of Amy Lybarger, Eugene Ware fourth grade teacher, to Eugene Ware third grade teacher for the 2021-22 school year

S.     Employment of Ronda Bailey as a middle school piano accompanist for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year

T.     Employment of Peyton Guiles as a Eugene Ware special education teacher for the 2021-22 school year


The board adjourned.

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