Archive for Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New fees coming in 2010-11

Tonganoxie School Board Office 330 E. U.S. Highway 24-40. 913-845-2153

Tonganoxie School Board Office 330 E. U.S. Highway 24-40. 913-845-2153

April 13, 2010, 6:09 p.m.

Updated: April 13, 2010, 9:25 p.m.

Parents of Tonganoxie high and middle school students will be paying fees for each elective class and club in which their children enroll and participate during the 2010-11 school year.

At Monday’s regular meeting, the Tonganoxie School Board approved a fee schedule for 2010-11 that includes a $10 fee per elective class for each fine arts and technical education class at TMS and THS.

Participation fees for activities such as Future Farmers of America, debate, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, pep/marching band and others will carry a $15 per activity for those schools also. Those fees would be in addition to any club dues that might exist.

“Those dues don’t flow through the district,” Superintendent Kyle Hayden said. Previously, there were no class and club fees. Other changes for 2010-11:

• Out-of-district tuition, per household, at $350 per semester. There previously was not a charge for out-of district tuition, though currently new students are not being accepted because of space and resource limitations. Anyone owning property in the district would not be required to pay out-of-district tuition.

• All-day kindergarten fees will jump from $5 to $20 per week.

• Fees for team sports, as well as cheerleading and dance, will be $35 per activity, up $5 from 2009-10.

Board member Kris Grinter voiced concern that the out-of-district tuition was sending the wrong message.

Board member Kathy Baragary said the message is that the district is running out of money.

School year to end early

May 20 will be the last day of school for USD 464 students this school year. The board approved Hayden’s recommendation to shorten the school year to cut costs. He said the move would save between $25,000 and $30,000.

The district used four snow days this school year and had 7.9 inclement weather days built into the school calendar. School originally was to end for the year May 25. The board approved a similar measure for the 2008-09 school year to cut costs.

Resignations approved

The school board, by a 6-0 vote, approved the resignations of Ron Leslie, food service coordinator; Robert Hudson, transportation maintenance; Phil Loomis, THS science teacher; Brad Shelton, THS assistant basketball coach; and Ruth Wickey, TES teacher. Leslie and Hudson’s resignations were effective immediately, while Loomis, Shelton and Wickey were effective at the end of the school year. In his resignation letter, Loomis stated he wished to continue as THS head baseball coach next school year. Wickey is retiring after 32 years in the district. Board member Leana Leslie did not vote because her husband, Ron Leslie, was included in the list of resignations. She said she followed the Kansas Association of School Boards’ recommendation to abstain from voting when it involves a family member.

Maintenance news

Larry Easter, district maintenance director, reported that the maintenance department:

• is taking bids for fencing repair around Beatty Field, as well as bids for sidewalk repair on the east side of the elementary school.

• had roof inspections done by America First, the district’s accident and liability insurance provider. The company recently requested that roof inspections be conducted on district buildings. The inspections are finished and took one day to complete.

• spread new mulch on garden and landscaped areas around all buildings. THS students also will weed flowerbeds, spread rock and perform other beautification projects on Community Service Day in May.

• had outside antennas installed at the elementary school trailers, which will allow for better computer connections.

• changed filters on all heating and cooling units.

• continues to work with Trane on comfort in the buildings. Easter noted that with the changing seasons, Trane was fine tuning controls and settings. After a full year of season changes and weather, the routine and settings should become more predictable and fewer modifications will be needed, Easter said.

In other business the board:

• met in executive session for a total of 1 hour, 15 minutes to discuss personnel. • approved computer expenditures for equipment and financing as presented.

• approved accepting secure bids for roof work expenditures as presented.

• approved the amended budget and budget hearing at the start of the regular May monthly meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, May 10. Because the full-time equivalent numbers increased from its original budget, he district is required to publish its amended budget and hold a public hearing. Hayden said money was shifted from one budget to another and it did not increase taxes.

• approved Justin Seaver as assistant girls soccer coach for the remainder of the season. Seaver is added because of the high number (35) of students on the team.

• approved adoption of the supplemental positions for 2010-11.


kanfarmer 8 years, 2 months ago

What kind of message is Ms. Grinter wanting to send? Bring your kids to our over crowded almost broke school district?


Stacy Crook 8 years, 2 months ago

Sounds like if a family doesn't have the money, fine arts and technical classes are not an option for their student. Is this really the road we want to travel down?


getagrip 8 years, 2 months ago

I hope everyone is paying attention to the fact that Tonganoxie is not the only school district in this situation. Districts all around Kansas and Missouri are making cuts. I encourage everyone to contact their local legislator and voice their concern. The folks in Topeka are the ones who hold the purse strings. They are the ones we need to be complaining to.


maryjo 8 years, 2 months ago

What you don’t realize is that for each of those out of districts students, the state pays the district $4000+ in student aid. So, if they choose not to send their kids to Tonganoxie, the district loses the state aid for that student. Not only would the district not get the $700, it would actually lose $4000+ for each student it loses. Say 10 out of district students choose to not return to Tongie. That would mean the district would lose $40,000+ out of next year’s budget.


kanfarmer 8 years, 2 months ago

maryjo Your right about the student aid, but where are you going to teach them? In the halls? Our grade school is OVER CROWDED. Theres no where to put more students. The tax payers of USD464 are paying for our schools with bonds that we pay for ,and our mill leves.. It takes more money then just the student aid to pay for the buildings. Tonganoxie schools should be for Tonganoxie kids.


maryjo 8 years, 2 months ago

Let’s look at those hypothetical 10 kids. Spread throughout the district the impact on student numbers is negligible. However, if they were to leave the district, the loss of $40,000+ equals the pay of one teacher. The loss of that one hypothetical teacher would add 25 or so students to the teaching load of the remaining teachers - a much bigger impact than keeping the 10 out of district kids. We’re already losing enough teachers and other personnel. Besides, most of the students we are talking about have been attending Tongie schools for some time. They ARE a part of our school community even if they don’t live here.


briantks09 8 years, 2 months ago

Check out the cuts planned for next year. Go to the district’s website, look at the Supplemental Contracts link. You’ll see the district, led by Mr. Hayden, plans to cut nearly all of the assistant/B team coaches at the middle school leaving only one coach per grade, per team. They’re doing this while keeping FIVE high school football coaches, THREE high school coaches each for golf, girls and boys basketball, soccer, softball, baseball, cross country, volleyball, and wrestling, and SIX track coaches! They’ll also put a cut policy in place. So, the middle student who maybe matures a little later may not get the chance to play a sport, be a part of a team. Getting cut from a team in middle school may prevent a talented future athlete from trying to be a part of a team in high school. For some students athletics is a great motivator that helps them be more successful. Not only that, but most of the middle school coaches are also teachers. Not so at the high school. Therefore, not only will teachers not get a raise for the second year in a row, but many will actually see a cut in pay because they will lose their coaching pay. Sad, really sad.


kanfarmer 8 years, 2 months ago

maryjo Were not talking about 10 students spread over the district. Last years senior class was 7% out of district students. Times that by K-12 . Tonganoxie taxpayers are paying for the buildings. None of this is "hypothetical. The building are over crowded.


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