Archive for Wednesday, July 11, 2001

School Board Briefs

July 11, 2001

Board re-elects officers

Darlyn Hanson attended his first meeting as a board of education member. Board members re-elected Bob DeHoff as president and Terry Needham as vice president for the 2001-2001 school year.

The board approved a bid from Roberts Dairy for milk for the 2001-2001 school year.

Program completes first year

The Reading Recovery program, enacted a year ago, completed its first school year with four students. Superintendent Richard Erickson said that he anticipates eight students will participate in the program during the 2001-2002 school year.

The program targets first-grade readers who need additional assistance in bringing their reading up to grade level. Terry Needham suggested that as the program continues, the board monitor past Reading Recovery students to determine if the program keeps helping them after they are no longer in the program.

Also, Erickson noted that Reading Recovery teacher Deniece Wakeman was awarded a $400 grant for a paper she submitted on the Reading Recovery program.

Board rejects two bids

At Superintendent Richard Erickson's recommendation, board members voted to reject all bids for a copy machine for Tonganoxie Elementary School.

Erickson explained that the lowest bid had come in five minutes after the deadline. The school has budgeted $20,000 for a copy machine, and it is expected that about 250,000 copies a month will be made during the school year.

The board will accept new bids and will vote at a meeting tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. July 19.

The board also voted to reject all bids for asphalt work on the east side of Tonganoxie High School. Erickson said the bids came in $40,000 over the budgeted amount.

"I would like to get together with the contractors and see what we need to do," Erickson said. "That's not a real large area, I was surprised that the bids came in that high."

More study is needed, Erickson said.

"We need to go back and tell them what we can afford and work out a plan," he said. "I recommend we do the same thing as with the copy machine and come back in July."

Food service revenues down

Food service revenues dropped last year, Erickson said, attributing the decline in part to school days that did not have lunch.

"There were 11 days that our kids did not have lunch," Erickson said. "The food is already in inventory and those are revenue-producing days."

Often, on a half-day of school, the elementary school will feed lunch to children, Erickson said. He said it would help if the high school and junior high could also serve lunch on those half-days.

"In the past the food service has been a self-sustaining program," Erickson said. "I want to move it back to where it can be self-supporting again."

Board acts on personnel

After a 30-minute executive session, the board accepted the resignations of Larry Percy as high school art teacher and eighth-grade basketball coach and of Sandra Willey as elementary cafeteria worker.

The board hired David Mitchell as assistant debate and forensics coach.

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