Board approves Tate as member
Doug Tate officially is a school board member.
Tate interviewed with the Tonganoxie School Board in a special meeting Monday at the Tonganoxie Middle School library.
Tate was interviewing for the vacant board seat left by Bob DeHoff, who resigned in October.
During the public interview, board members posed several questions to Tate, from what he thought the district's strengths and weaknesses are, to whether his career would cause a conflict with meetings.
Tate, who has been with the Kansas Highway Patrol for 25 years, said he's usually home by 5 p.m., but it's subject to change in the event of an accident to which he must respond on his way home.
And, training assignments that are out of town can be scheduled around board meetings if the situation presents itself, Tate said.
Board member Mildred McMillan asked Tate what he viewed to be Tonganoxie's biggest challenges.
The longtime Tonganoxie resident listed curriculum and No Child Left Behind as challenges.
"It has put a kink in things," Tate said about NCLB.
Tate also pointed to new and renovated school buildings as strengths, as well as faculty.
"I think a lot of our new teachers, especially high school," Tate said. "I've been very impressed with the high school teaching staff.
"Some of the older ones here are the better ones I think : and some really fantastic new ones (teachers).
On Monday, the board also:
¢ Went into executive session three consecutive times to discuss personnel matter to protect the identity of an identifiable person. The board went into executive session at 6:04 p.m. for 10 minutes and then took a 5-minute break.
Before the break, the board approved 6-0 the hiring of Cori Samsky as a high school math instructor.
At 6:20 p.m., the board started a 45-minute session, with Tonganoxie High School principal Jamie Carlisle leaving at 6:33 p.m. and Superintendent Richard Erickson at 6:34 p.m. The final executive session started at 7:05 p.m. and lasted 20 minutes. When the board came out of executive session, no action was taken.
Tate joined the meetings, but did not vote in regular session.
¢ Discussed conducting two board meetings per month. During the interview process with Tate, board president Leana Leslie said she's pondered having two board meetings per month rather than one because some meetings haven't adjourned until late at night. For instance, the regular January board meeting adjourned about 11:30 p.m. No action was taken on the matter.