U234 Board Meeting Press Release Dec. 14

Monday, December 14, 2020


Members of the USD 234 Board of Education met at the Fort Scott Middle School Commons on Monday, December 14, 2020, 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 – November 20, 2020 – $1,424,756.14

D.    Financial Report

E.     Activity Fund Accounts

F.     Fundraiser Application


There was one comment during the public forum.  Board members heard reports from the


·       Brenda Hill, KNEA President

·       Dalaina Smith, Director of Academics

·       Ted Hessong, Superintendent

·       Gina Shelton, Business Manager/Board Clerk


Superintendent Hessong discussed the Return-to-School Plan.  Board members approved an update to the length of quarantine time for close contacts to seven days if there is a negative COVID test taken along with no symptoms; otherwise the close contact quarantine is ten days.

Superintendent Hessong also reported on the KSHSAA COVID-19 guidelines.

Board member approved the following items:


·       The release of Dave Regan Tiger Tough Scholarship funds to the Regan family for future investment

·       Workers Compensation Insurance with Ryan Insurance

·       An adjustment in the 2020-21 school calendar for January 4, 2021, to change from a student contact day to a teacher collaboration day

·       Health insurance rates for 2021

·       Broker contract with RPS Benefits by Design Inc.

·       Technology purchase


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.    Retirement of Deb Rice, Winfield Scott special education teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year

B.    Early retirement request from Larry Lawrence, high school technology teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year

C.    Leave of absence request for Andrea Heckman, preschool teacher

D.    Employment of Jennifer Durkin as a high school paraprofessional for the 2020-21 school year

E.     Employment of Allison Nighswonger as a high school paraprofessional for the 2020-21 school year

F.     Addition of a Winfield Scott paraprofessional position; employment of Francis Torres as a Winfield Scott paraprofessional for the 2020-21 school year

G.    Addition of a high school wrestling coach position; employment of Tyler Bell as a high school wrestling coach for the 2020-21 school year; cancellation of Strategic Games for the 2020-21 school year

H.    Resignation of Mikiah Anderson, Eugene Ware paraprofessional, effective at the end of the 2020 year

The board adjourned.



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