USD 234 Board of Education Met on April 8

Unified School District 234

424 South Main

Fort Scott, KS 66701-2697

620-223-0800   Fax 620-223-2760



DESTRY BROWN                                                                                                                                                        









Monday, April 08, 2024


Members of the USD 234 Board of Education met at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 08, 2024, for their regular monthly meeting at the board office.


President David Stewart opened the meeting.


Public was given the chance to comment on the utilization of the Construction Management At-Risk as the project delivery method on the renovations at the Preschool building. No patrons were present.


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

Board Minutes

03/04/24 Board Minutes

Financials – Cash Flow Report

Check Register

Payroll – March 8, 2024 – $1,656,831.58

Activity Funds Accounts

USD 234 Gifts

Appoint Dalaina Smith – Deputy Board Clerk

LEA Assurances


Nick Johnson, Preschool Principal, recognized four Special Education Teachers for their dedication and hard work with our youngest learners. Candy Turner is in her first year. Andrea Heckman has been with the district for five years. Completing her sixth-year teaching is Theresa Hurd. And Emily Peterson is also in her first year.

Candy Turner, Theresa Hurd, Andrea Heckman, Brennen Feeback, submitted photo.

Scott Kimble, High School Principal, recognized Brennen Feeback. Brennen is just completing his first year with the district as a Special Education Teacher. Mr. Kimble thanked Brennen for being willing to jump in and help and truly has compassion and heart for each student.

Superintendent Destry Brown reported on the school audit. He also informed the board of an upcoming school wide clean-up day. Each building will be helping to clean up city wide on April 24.


Assistant Superintendent Dalaina Smith updated the board on State Assessments and end of year IReady. Summer school has open registration until the end of April. She also recognized the first-year teachers and how hard they have been working with their development.


Tonya Barnes, Special Education Director, reported on CATAID payments and partnering with Kansas Renewal Institute for Special Education Services. She also gave a wonderful report on our district Special Olympics and is excited for the next event on April 23 in Pittsburg.

Amanda Lancaster was present to review the district audit and answer any questions.


The PDC presented their five-year professional development plan to the board and was present for any questions.


The board approved the following items:

  • KASB Membership Renewal & Legal Assistance Fund Contract
  • Contract for Occupational Therapy Services with Outreach OT, LLC for 2024-25
  • IReady ELA Grade 2-5 Quote
  • School Pictures 2024-25 – Kenny Felt
  • Greenbush Contracts for Low-Incidence & Audiology for 2024-25


The board went into an executive session for personnel matters and Superintendent Evaluation.


President Stewart adjourned the meeting.















April 08, 2024


Alford, Sierra – Resignation – ELA Teacher – High School

Almond, Steve – Retirement – Bus Driver

Arnold, Kaitlin – Resignation – 2nd Grade Teacher – Eugene Ware

Brown, Harmony – Resignation – Paraprofessional – Middle School

Chidester, Frances – Resignation -3rd Grade – Eugene Ware

Claypool, Kaitlyn – Resignation – Paraprofessional – Eugene Ware

Dunn, Hannah – Resignation – Accounts Payable Clerk

Hampton, Breanna – Resignation – 6th Grade ELA – Middle School

Harper, Connie – Resignation – Paraprofessional – Eugene Ware

Heatherly, Julie – Resignation – Science Teacher – High School

Heidrick, David – Resignation – SPED Teacher – Middle School

Houston, Linda – Resignation – Science Teacher – High School

Kim, Jong – Resignation – Kitchen Manager – Winfield Scott

McKinsey, Rayanne – Resignation – 2nd Grade Teacher – Winfield Scott

Setina, Ashlee – Resignation – Family & Consumer Science Teacher – High School

Stanley, Billie – Resignation – 5th Grade Teacher – Eugene Ware

Stephan, Dennis – Retirement – Bus Driver

Stephens, Emily – Resignation – SPED Teacher – Eugene Ware

Woellhof, Beckie – Resignation – 4th Grade Math – Eugene Ware

Leave Of Absence

Hendricks, Sarah – 4th Grade Teacher – Eugene Ware


Certified Recommendations

Eastwood, Kim – Summer School Elementary Principal

Gilmore, Nicole – Assistant Principal – Winfield Scott -2024-25

Holthaus, Danielle – Virtual Kansas Renewal Institute Teacher

Mayfield, Terry – Assistant Superintendent/Business Manager 2024-25

Motley, Aubri – SPED Teacher – Winfield Scott – 2024-25

Nickelson, Aaron – Secondary SPED Teacher – 2024-25

Page, Marcus – Science Teacher – High School – 2024-25

Ragan, Mackenzie – 3rd Grade Teacher – Eugene Ware – 2024-25

Sage, Morgan – Summer School Secondary Principal

Weddle, Codee – 4th Grade Teacher – Eugene Ware – 2024-25

Classified Recommendations for the 2023-24 school year:

Ballou, Jessica – Paraprofessional – High School

Leslie, Brandy – Accounts Payable

Supplemental Recommendations for the 2023-24 school year:

Barnes, Jon – Head Girls Golf Coach – High School

Beth, Whitney – Track Coach – Middle School

Sprague, Sierra – Head Cheer Coach – High School

Certified & Special Services Personnel

Fort Scott Preschool

Eugene Ware Elementary

Winfield Scott Elementary

Fort Scott Middle School

Fort Scott High School

Brown, Chase – Science Teacher – High School – 2024-25

Stewart, Mya – Speech Paraprofessional – 2024-25


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