Board approves year-end bills, new hires
The Tonganoxie School Board met Thursday for a special session to discuss year-end items, and to approve hirings and resignations.
The board approved year-end bills, as well as general fund transfers and encumbrance expenditures.
Board member Darlyn Hansen excused himself when the year-end bills topic came up on the agenda because of bills pertaining to Hansen's purchasing firm, Micro Resources.
The board approved general fund transfers contingent upon $350 being transferred from a high school activity fund to the general fund. According to board president Leana Leslie, it was her understanding that the money was used to purchase a massage intended for a gift through the high school leadership class and that there was misunderstanding - that the massage was to be donated. Leslie wanted the general fund to be reimbursed for the money.
"I don't care whether it's $350, I think money needs to come back into the general fund," she said.
Superintendent Richard Erickson urged board members to consider comprehensive insurance for students at $13,700 a year, which is a reduction of about $15,000 from the previous school year.
Erickson said "it was a nice service" to provide for families, especially if they do not have primary insurance.
But board member Kay Smith did not think it was ideal for the district, because of previous issues with the insurance company the district contracted.
"It's the icing on the cake, but the cake tastes great without the icing," Smith said.
The board tabled the issue so that more information could be gathered. However, the board did approve catastrophic insurance at $1,105 for one year.
Hires, resignations approved
After a 10-minute executive session, the board approved hires for non-athletic supplemental contracts for 2008-09.
The following were approved for non-athletic supplemental contracts: Barb Bahm, district library coordinator, and Noda Hileman, Title I coordinator; at Tonganoxie High School: Pam Lamb, head senior class sponsor; Sherrie Evans, assistant senior class sponsor; Jean Willson, assistant junior class sponsor and prom sponsor; Suzanne Rucker, head sophomore class sponsor; Amy Johnson, assistant sophomore class sponsor; Barb Gurss, head freshman class sponsor; Kim Swearingin, assistant freshman class sponsor; Tom Gifford, vocal; Charles VanMiddlesworth, band; Sandy Saultz and Karla Holton, cheerleading; Kim Swearingen, concessions; Randy Kraft, FFA; Pam Lamb, FCCLA; Heather DeMaranville, assistant FCCLA; Jessica Johnston and Sherrie Evans, student council; Jared Jackson, FBLA; Ron Lewis, Scholars Bowl; Pam Arevalo, Foreign Language Club; Ron Lewis and Pat Wakeman, Science Club; Jessica Johnston, art club; Jean Willson; at Tonganoxie Middle School: Kim Laverentz (fifth grade), Janet Burnett (sixth), Shelley Scates (seventh) and John Tollefson (eighth), grade level chairs; Heather Brown and Tom Gifford, vocal music; Charles VanMiddlesworth and Heather Brown, band; Stacy Willis and Heidi Menssen, cheer; Chris Weller, concessions; Werner Anderson, seventh- and eighth-grade student council; Kyle Stadalman and Janet Burnett, fifth- and sixth-grade student council; R.J. Dake, yearbook; and Cassie Donahey, Art Club.
The board also approved the hiring of Elsa Robinson for middle school teacher.
After approving the hires, the board approved the minutes of Thursday's meeting.