U234 Press Release on BOE Meeting Aug. 9



Monday, August 9, 2021


Members of the USD 234 Board of Education met at the Fort Scott High School Cafeteria on Monday, August 9, 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 – July 20, 2021 – $1,206,738.56

D.    Financial Report

E.    Activity fund accounts


Several patrons spoke in the public forum.

Brenda Hill, KNEA President, gave a report.  In addition, Ted Hessong,

Superintendent, and Gina Shelton, Business Manager/Board Clerk, shared information with board members.

The board approved an operational plan for the 2021-22 school year.  Board members discussed homeschool students participating in district activities.  The board also approved:


·       Addition of high school boys’ and girls’ swimming to the supplemental salary schedule for the 2021-22 school year

·       Addition of a Possession of Firearms policy for the 2021-22 Employee Handbook

·       New Generation contract for the 2021-22 school year

·       No Limits Rehabilitation for physical therapy service for the 2021-22 school year

·       CHC Contract for the 2021-22 school year

·       2021-22 Classified Salary Schedule


Board members shared comments and then went into executive session to discuss employee-employer negotiations for the 2021-22 school year.  The board returned to open meeting and returned to executive session to discuss personnel matters for nonelected personnel and returned to open meeting.

The board approved the following employment matters:


A.    Transfer of Sabrina Cady, van driver, to middle school paraprofessional for the 2021-22 school year

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

C.    Leave of absence dates for Natalie Kitsmiller, Winfield Scott paraprofessional

D.    Leave of absence for Becky Howard, middle school paraprofessional

E.    Employment of Johnna Walls as a Eugene Ware fourth grade teacher for the 2021-22 school year

F.     Increase in contract days and gas stipend for Krista Gorman, instructional coach for the district, for the 2021-22 school year

G.    Resignation of Ken Klassen, high school head boys’ golf coach; resignation of Kourtney Harper, high school assistant volleyball coach; and resignation of Allison Gorman, high school assistant softball coach, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year

H.    Employment of Eugene Ware supplemental employees for the 2021-22 school year

I.      Employment of Gordon Harris as a 10-month middle school custodian for the 2021-22 school year

J.      Additional work hours for Dee Peters, Winfield Scott paraprofessional, to include a two-hour regular route bus driving position for the 2021-22 school year

K.    Employment of Madeline Martin as the high school head boys’ and head girls’ swimming coach for the 2021-22 school year; employment of Kenny Hudiburg as high school assistant girls’ tennis coach for the 2021-22 school year


The board adjourned.


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