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USD 234 Special Board Meeting: New Super And Principal Hired

NEWS RELEASE

 

Monday, May 16, 2022

 

Members of the USD 234 Board of Education met at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 16, 2022, for a special board meeting.

President James Wood opened the meeting.

The board went into executive session to discuss personnel matters for nonelected personnel.  The board returned to open meeting and approved the following:

 

A.    Employment of Destry Brown as Superintendent of Schools for the 2022-23 school year

B.    Employment of Dr. Zach Johnson as the Fort Scott Middle School Principal for the 2022-23 school year

C.    Transfer of Jennifer Herring, Winfield Scott cook, to high school cook for the 2022-23 school year

D.    Base salary adjustment for Bryce Daly, district technology technician, effective July 2022

 

The board adjourned.

 

USD 234 Fort Scott Names New Superintendent

U234 Press Release to Announce Selection

Destry Brown begins leadership of USD 234 Fort Scott on July 1.


The USD 234 Board of Education has announced the selection of Destry Brown, as the new superintendent. Mr. Brown will take the reins on July 1, 2022, after the resignation of Ted Hessong at the end of the 2021-22 school year.


Destry Brown has broad educational experience, as a teacher, administrator
and an educator of educators. He is currently serving as Superintendent of Clinton, Missouri schools. Mr. Brown has also served as superintendent of schools in Pittsburg, KS, Frontenac, KS and has been an elementary principal.


Students in our schools succeed because they are quality students focused on preparing for their future. We feel our staff and administration support student learning and educational opportunities that will ensure they are prepared for career or college.


“I am so excited to be the new superintendent in my hometown! I look forward to serving the students, teachers, the Board and the rest of the Tiger community.

The Fort Scott school system has a rich history and tradition of excellence. I am humbled to think that I will be a part of continuing this tradition. The district has amazing staff and students as
well as a super supportive community. All of those things working together will make being the superintendent in Fort Scott a joy and a pleasure. I am excited for the opportunity to become reacquainted with the Fort Scott community and to become a part of the Tiger
Family once again.”


Board President James Wood says that Destry Brown emerged from a very thorough search process as the right candidate to lead the School District.

“The Board is certain in our choice of Mr. Brown and confident that under his leadership USD 234 will again to be recognized as having a culture of student success, employee appreciation and community
pride.”


James Wood, Board President, explained that community input, including the involvement of stakeholders was a key factor in the success of the superintendent search process. The feedback provided from teachers and administrators, parents and community members, insured the board and stakeholders were on the same page. “The input from the community as a whole was very helpful to our process.”


The Board selected two finalists, who were interviewed by the Board.


As a board team we feel we made the right selection to serve our students and our community.

USD 234 Special Board of Education Meeting May 16 at 5:30 p.m.

USD 234 Special Board Meeting

May 16 – 5:30 p.m. at the Board of Education Office

 

1.     Open the meeting

2.     Flag Salute

3.     Executive session – to discuss personnel matters for nonelected personnel

4.     Consider employment

5.     Adjourn

U234 Press Release May 12

NEWS RELEASE

 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

 

Members of the USD 234 Board of Education met at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022, for a special board meeting.

President James Wood opened the meeting.

The board went into executive session to discuss personnel matters for nonelected personnel.  The board returned to open meeting and adjourned.

Meet and Greet For Second U234 Super Candidate Today

The Board encourages the community to come meet the candidate at the Meet & Greet opportunity on Thursday, May 12th. This will be held at the Fort Scott Middle School Flex space from 4-5 pm and from 5:30-6:15 pm. Please enter through the south doors.

Those who attend the Meet & Greet receptions will be given a paper survey to provide feedback. Be sure to turn this in before you leave to provide your feedback. The responses will be tallied and provided to the board in summary.

The Board will then meet in executive session at the board office at 6:30 pm on Thursday evening for purposes of interviewing the candidate.

Submitted by
Gina Shelton, U234 Board Clerk

U234 Press Release from May 9 Meeting

NEWS RELEASE

 

Monday, May 9, 2022

 

Members of the USD 234 Board of Education met at the Board of Education office on Monday, May 9, 2022, for their regular monthly meeting.

President James Wood opened the budget hearing.  There were no comments; the budget hearing was closed.  The board approved the official agenda.  The board also approved the consent agenda as follows:

 

A.    Minutes

B.    Bills and Claims

C.    Payroll – April 20, 2022 – $1,443,359.12

D.    Financial Report

E.     Activity fund accounts­­­­­­

F.     Point of Information

G.    LCP Assurances

H.    Greenbush Energy Group Participation Agreement and Hedging Authorization for 2022-23

 

There were no comments in the public forum. Representatives from HTK Architects presented ideas and concepts for the Fort Scott Preschool Center.

Board members reviewed the principals’ reports.  In addition, board members heard reports from Dalaina Smith, Academics Director; Ted Hessong, Superintendent; and Gina Shelton, Finance Director.

The board approved the budget adoption.  Dan Koppa, Facilities Director, reported on summer maintenance projects.  Superintendent Hessong gave a KESA update and ESSER III update.

The board approved the following

·       High school science curriculum recommendation

·       Summer camps

·       2022-23 lunch fees

·       2022-23 fees

 

Board members shared comments and then went into executive session to discuss employer-employee negotiations.  The board returned to open session and then went into executive session to discuss personnel matters for nonelected personnel. The board returned to open session and approved Resolution 21-13 – Intent to nonrenew a teacher’s contract.  The board approved the following employment matters:

A.    Resignation of Jeff Dillow, central office HVAC maintenance, effective June 30, 2022

B.    Resignation of Raymond Allen, high school custodian, effective May 13, 2022

C.    Resignation of Amanda Jamison, Winfield Scott paraprofessional, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year

D.    Transfer of Sabrina Keating, Eugene Ware fourth grade teacher, to high school/Eugene Ware gifted teacher for the 2022-23 school year

E.     Transfer of Moriah Dillow, Winfield Scott focus room teacher, to Winfield Scott kindergarten teacher for the 2022-23 school year

F.     Transfer of Stuart Troutman, central office maintenance, to central office technology help desk specialist beginning May 10, 2022

G.    Employment of Hannelie Smit as a district occupational therapist for the 2022-23 school year

H.    Employment of Jessica Johnson as a Eugene Ware secretary for the 2022-23 school year

I.      Extended contract request from Angella Curran, high school debate/forensics teacher

J.      Resignation of Torrie Singmaster, middle school girls’ basketball coach, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year

K.    Resignation of Jared Martin as high school summer conditioning coordinator

L.     Addition of a middle school summer conditioning position for the upcoming summer

M.   Resignation of Reyna Valenzuela, high school English teacher, effective May 9, 2022

N.    Resignation of Clint Heffern, high school physical education teacher and high school head boys’ basketball coach, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year

O.    Resignation of Laura Howard, middle school language arts teacher, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year

P.     Resignation of Zach Hart, Winfield Scott paraprofessional, effective May 12, 2022

Q.    Employment of Shelly Charter as Winfield Scott Principal for the 2022-23 school year

R.    Employment of Krystle Griem as Winfield Scott Assistant Principal for the 2022-23 school year

S.     Employment of Colin Downey as a high school social studies teacher for the 2022-23 school year

T.     Employment of Christina Lutter-Smith as a speech/language pathologist for the 2022-23 school year

U.    Employment of Lori Jett as a high school English teacher for the 2022-23 school year

V.    Employment of Andrew Ables as a middle school seventh grade science teacher for the 2022-23 school year

W.  Employment of Sarah Long as a high school paraprofessional for the 2022-23 school year

X.    Employment of Bo Graham as high school summer conditioning coordinator for the 2022-23 school year

 

The board went into executive session to discuss personnel matters for nonelected personnel.  The board returned to open meeting and adjourned.

 

 

USD234 To Interview Superintendent Candidate Destry Brown

The Fort Scott Board of Education encourages the community to come meet the candidates at the Meet & Greet opportunities on Tuesday (05/10) and Thursday (05/12).  These will be held at the Fort Scott Middle School Flex space from 4-5 pm and from 5:30-6:15 pm.  Please enter through the south doors.

Those who attend the Meet & Greet receptions will be given a paper survey to provide feedback.  Be sure to turn this in before you leave to provide your feedback.  The responses will be tallied and provided to the board in summary.  The Board will then meet in executive session at the board office for purposes of interviewing each candidate Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm.

Submitted by Gina Shelton, U234 Board Clerk

 

 

USD 234

Mr. Destry Brown will be interviewing for the position of superintendent with the board of education on May 10, 2022.

Mr. Destry Brown is the first of two candidates that the USD 234 Fort Scott board of education will be interviewing. Candidates were selected for interviews based on their fit with desired characteristics that were developed with input from focus groups and an online community survey utilized during the search process.

Mr. Destry Brown is currently serving as the Superintendent of the Clinton, Missouri schools.   Mr. Brown has also served as superintendent of schools in Pittsburg, KS, Frontenac, KS and has been an elementary principal.

 

Mr. Destry Brown’s Schedule

05/10/2022

 

12:00 p.m. – 12:25 p.m. Meet with district office staff, directors, and administrators
12:30 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Tour of district school buildings with community host
3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Community tour with community host
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Meet & Greet with staff and community at FSMS Community Space
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Private time for candidate
5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Meet & Greet with staff and community at FSMS Community Space
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Dinner followed by formal interview with the candidate and the board in executive session.

 

The board of education will conclude interviews on May 12, 2022. They will then determine which candidate is the best fit for the superintendent position in USD 234 Fort Scott.

 

Agenda For U234 Board Meeting May 9

USD 234 Board Meeting Agenda

May 9, 2022 – 5:30 p.m.

 

  1. Open the meeting
  2. Flag Salute
  3. Open budget hearing
  4. Comments
  5. Close budget hearing
  6. Consider official agenda
  7. Consider consent agenda
  8. Public Forum
  9. HTK Architects
  10. Principals’ Reports
  11. Academic Director’s Report
  12. Superintendent’s Report
  13. Finance Director’s Report
  14. Consider budget adoption
  15. Summer Maintenance Projects
  16. KESA Update
  17. ESSER III Update
  18. Consider high school science curriculum recommendation
  19. Consider summer camps
  20. Consider 2022-23 lunch fees
  21. Consider 2022-23 fees
  22. Board Member Comments
  23. Executive session – to discuss employee-employer negotiations for the 2022-23 school year
  24. Executive session – to discuss personnel matters for nonelected personnel
  25. Consider Resolution 21-13 – Intent to Nonrenew a Teacher’s Contract
  26. Consider employment
  27. Executive session – to discuss personnel matters for nonelected personnel
  28. Adjourn

 

 

Today’s Christian Heights Country Store Provides Needs of the School

Christian Heights School, 1101 Barbee, Fort Scott.

Today is the annual big fundraiser for Christian Heights School, 1101 S. Barbee that helps provide necessities for the small Christian school.

“We’ve done Country Store for 56 years,” Principal Larry Davolt said. “It helps us with special projects for the school. In the past a new roof, a new floor, computers, you name it. It goes beyond our little budget for operations.”

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This year is it today, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is comprised of a flea market/ rummage sale, bakery, plant sale and a silent auction of donated items. And food: homemade ice cream, taco salads, hamburgers, malts, shakes, sodas, home made desserts and then the Chicken Annie’s Fried Chicken dinner at 4 p.m.

Ashton Pridey helps put out items in the general merchandise room of the Christian Heights Country Store on Friday. Pridey is a student at the school.

The dinner time lasts from 4 -6 p.m. and one can also order BBQ beef, salad, rolls and homemade pies for $6 for adults and $3 for children.

At 6 p.m. is a auction for merchandise supplied by area merchants and individuals.

Some of the items that will be auctioned off at 6 p.m. at Christian Heights.

The event is sponsored by the Fort Scott Christian Heights Parent-Teacher Fellowship.

 

About the school

The entrance to the school at 1101 S. Barbee.

Christian Heights is a pre-school through 12th grade Christian school.

“We’ve been here since 1947,” DaVolt said. “My motto is ‘We provide quality education in a Christian environment.'”

The school has 75 students and a staff of 10. DaVolt also teaches science classes in addition to being principal.

The pre-school is three days a week and all other school grades are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.