Special board meeting is Monday
The school board continues to move forward with plans for an April bond issue.
A special board meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss the facility plan presentation for new facilities.
Representatives from the Tonganoxie City Council, facility planning committee, HTK Architects, Educational Consulting Services and George K. Baum also will be at the meeting to discuss the proposed bond issue and possible infrastructure needs.
Facility improvements call for a new intermediate school on the district’s 80 acres, which is home to Tonganoxie Middle School. TMS was built thanks to a successful 2004 bond issue. Improvements to the high school and middle school also are planned as part of the proposed bond issue. The board, by a vote of 6-0, approved agreements with HTK, as well as a contract with Educational Consulting Services as negotiated. Board member Kathy Baragaray was absent.
Contracts, resignation approved
The board approved the following for work agreements and contracts: Barbara Smith, food service coordinator; William Gibbs, TMS math teacher; David Wahlgren, TMS Science Olympiad; Jason Wilson, THS boys assistant baseball coach; Joe Malec, TMS eighth grade assistant boys basketball coach; Rick Hernandez, evening custodian; Maggie Thompson, special education transportation para; and Cassie Donahey and Heather Brown, co-assistant sponsors for the middle school musical. They will share the supplemental contract.
The board also approved the resignation of Margie Moore, technology assistant, effective Jan. 14.
The board met for a total of 1 hour, 35 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel. The board met for 45 minutes and then requested sessions of 20 and 30 minutes. Superintendent Kyle Hayden met with the board during the first 45 minutes and part of the second session.
Facilities and grounds report
In a written report, maintenance director Larry Easter noted that, for the second time in as many years, the State Fire Marshal found no deficiencies in his annual inspection. According to Easter, two consecutive perfect years is rare and speaks well for the maintenance and custodial staff, which not only sees issues and corrects them, but also foresees potential problems and corrects them before they become problems.
• Snow removal bids were opened in early November, and Bingham Landscaping was the low bid.
• There still is a custodial vacancy at the middle school. A series of substitutes is being utilized in the interim.
• A new ADA fire compliant fire door has been installed for the south entrance to the Tech Center, as requested by the Fire Marshal.
• Outside lighting has been repaired, as timing issues have been adjusted and fixtures and parts replaced. The district was given a credit for the cost of 56 electronic ballasts at the middle school, a savings of nearly $1,000.
In a written report, transportation coordinator Melissa Ostermeyer noted the November transportation meeting was dedicated to reviewing driving tips during inclement weather and steps drivers needed to take to ensure buses will start on cold mornings.
The department has adopted a local family for the holidays. Gifts and food will be collected at today’s transportation meeting and delivered to the family in Santa’s “yellow sleigh.”