Report from the U234 Board of Education Meeting on June 10

Unified School District 234

424 South Main

Fort Scott, KS 66701-2697

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DESTRY BROWN , Superintendent





Monday, June 10, 2024


Members of the USD 234 Board of Education met at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10, 2024, for their regular monthly meeting at the board office.


President David Stewart opened the meeting.


The board approved the official agenda and the consent agenda as follows:

Board Minutes

05/13/24 Board Minutes

06/03/24 Work Session Minutes

Financials – Cash Flow Report

Check Register

Payroll – May 08, 2024 – $1,677,190.37

Activity Funds Accounts

USD 234 Gifts

Resolution 23-19 KMIP Signers

Belinda PItts and Cynthia Row. Submitted photo.

Belinda Pitts, mental health liaison, was recognized by Tonya Barnes and Destry Brown. She was thanked for her willingness to be involved and available to the students. Belinda has taken this newer roll and has really excelled. She started as a para and transferred to this position in September.


Cynthia Row, SEK Mental Health, along with her team (Malinda Bailey, Ashlee Reeder, and Angel Brazeal) were recognized by Tonya Barnes and Destry Brown. Cynthia is our “911 call” with some of our students. She was thanked for always being pleasant and easy to work with. Her and her team work throughout the district with students. We are extremely glad to be partnered with SEK Mental Health.


Destry Brown was recognized by staff for his support and help throughout this last year. The ESY students made him a poster of “what I love about Mr. Brown” that was presented to him by staff.


Superintendent Destry Brown reported on the budget for end of fiscal year. He also informed the Board about the EPA grant that the district will partner with that will help in the workforce development. There was a report from CHC and the services they provided to the students for the 2023-24 school year.


Assistant Superintendent Dalaina Smith updated the board on iReady testing for the 2023-24 school year where there has been excellent improvement thanks to the hard work of the teachers and staff.


Tonya Barnes, Special Education Director, reported on Extended School Year being held in partnership with Summer Enrichment at Winfield Scott this summer. She explained about the final SPED payment for the fiscal year and gave a quick look at training for August with the SPED staff.



The board approved the following items:

  • iReady Testing Quote
  • TCI Social Studies Resource Quote
  • 2024-25 District Handbooks
  • Purchase of two vehicles
  • Resolution 23-20 – Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Resolution 23-21 – Change Method of Election
  • District Cell Phone Policy


There was none present for public forum.


The board went into executive session for negotiations.


The board went into an executive session for personnel matters.


President Stewart adjourned the meeting.



June 10, 2024


Carter, Leah – Retirement – Physical Education Teacher – Middle School – May 28, 2024

Hall, Kathi- Supplemental Resignation – Assistant Softball – High School

Hoener, Rhonda – Resignation – Part Time School Psychologist Paraprofessional

Hull, Megan – Resignation – Paraprofessional – High School

King, Christina – Supplemental Resignation – Play Assistant (Fall Musical) – High School

Peterson, Emily – Resignation – Special Education Teacher – Preschool – May 17, 2024

Nance, Amy – Resignation – 1st Grade Teacher – Winfield Scott

Staton, Shanna – Resignation – Paraprofessional – Preschool – May 15, 2024



Certified Recommendations for the 2024-35 school year:

Coen, Jessica – Special Education Teacher – Preschool

Cox, Kelly – Reading/Math Intervention Teacher – Preschool
Dunkeson, Lewis – Special Education Teacher – High School

Groll, Delaney – .6 Speech Pathologist

Holthaus, Danielle – Virtual Kansas Renewal Institute Teacher May 20 – July 31, 2024

Jones, Taylor – Spanish Teacher – High School

Lancaster, Bridgett – Girls Physical Education Teacher- Middle School

Russell, Heather – School Psychologist

Vincent, McKayla – 1st Grade Teacher – Winfield Scott

Classified Recommendations for the 2024-25 school year:

Guss, Stewart – Full Time Bus Driver

Supplemental Recommendations for the 2024-25 school year:

Colvin, Crystal – Assistant Volleyball Coach – High School

Flanner, Kevin – From assistant to Head Volleyball Coach – High School

Gorman, Allie – Girls Summer Conditioning – High School

Homan, Tracy – STUCO & Yearbook Sponsor – Middle School

Martin, Jared – Girls Summer Conditioning – High School

Sprague, Nate – Assistant Summer Weights & Assistant Football Coach – Middle School

High School Supplemental Recommendations for the 2024-25 School year

Summer School Elementary 

Julie Forkner, Candy Turner, Sabrina Terry, Rhonda Hoener, Lindsey Gulager, Brooklyn Newell, Amy Nance, Vangie Korinke, Lindsey Davis, Moriah Dillow, Rhiannon Tuck, Katie McGee, Michelle Defebaugh, Tiffnie Spears, Darcy Workman, Caitlin Shrewsbury, Anna Kim, Kim Couch, Regina Cruse, Xoe Altic, Jenny Tourtillott, Linda Minor, Sarah Dunivan, Caleb Hendricks

Summer School Additional Paras

Samara Hernandez, Nancy Mincks

Summer School Preschool 

Andrea Heckman, Cynthia Hemphill-Witham, Mya Stewart, Shannah Staton, Natasha Lindo













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