Archive for Tuesday, November 15, 2011

High school roof repairs to cost more than $400,000

November 15, 2011

Roof work at Tonganoxie High School will be needed in the near future, USD 464 maintenance director Larry Easter told the Tonganoxie school board Monday.

Portions of the Tonganoxie High School east campus need repair, Easter said.

One section, about 10,000 square feet, had an estimated cost of repair of $120,000 as of 2009. The other, covering about 16,280 square feet, carried a 2009 estimated price tag of $294,000.

The action year for the larger area originally was anticipated for 2010 and 2012, but budget crunches in recent years have delayed the projects.

In other business, the board:

• Viewed a presentation from Superintendent Randy Weseman regarding the education issues in the upcoming 2012 state legislative session.

Weseman said there were many uncertainties, but more information should come to light as the session gets under way in January.

• Reviewed and approved, 7-0, the first reading of the board policy revisions for code sections D and E.

• Discussed use of district credit cards. Board members Kathy Baragary and Leana Leslie mentioned having issues with a school vehicle during an FFA trip to the national convention in Indianapolis.

The vehicle’s power steering went out on the trip. The district’s credit card for the trip was a gas card for a specific gasoline station.

Baragary used her personal card and was reimbursed, but inquired about a general credit card for the district in the event of such emergencies in the future. Weseman said he would address the issue.

• Met in executive session for a total of 50 minutes. The board met for 25 minutes and then 20 minutes, both closed-door sessions including Weseman.

The board then met for a final five minutes without Weseman in attendance. All sessions took place to discuss personnel.

• Approved minutes, bills and treasurer’s report, 7-0.

• Approved the hires of Jon Snapp, THS assistant boys basketball coach; Jenna Meyer, color guard coach; and Melinda Gee, special education bus para.

Recommendations also had been made to the board to hire Ryan Scott and Brad Shelton as assistant THS baseball coaches. No action was taken for those positions.

Leslie said after the meeting the board wanted to ensure the opportunity to fill the positions was made available to all district staff.

She also noted there was substantial time to make a decision, as the baseball season doesn’t start until the spring.

Comments

gotongie 3 years, 1 month ago

  1. "Roof work at Tonganoxie High School will be needed in the near future, USD 464 maintenance director Larry Easter told the Tonganoxie school board Monday. Portions of the Tonganoxie High School east campus need repair, Easter said. One section, about 10,000 square feet, had an estimated cost of repair of $120,000 as of 2009. The other, covering about 16,280 square feet, carried a 2009 estimated price tag of $294,000."

Too bad the superintendent and board decided to reduce the capital outlay mill levy in August. That would have come in handy in trying to complete this project.

  1. "Approved the hires of Jon Snapp, THS assistant boys basketball coach; Jenna Meyer, color guard coach; and Melinda Gee, special education bus para."

Why would the district choose to rehire a former employee that was terminated for unprofessional conduct?

  1. "Recommendations also had been made to the board to hire Ryan Scott and Brad Shelton as assistant THS baseball coaches. No action was taken for those positions. Leslie said after the meeting the board wanted to ensure the opportunity to fill the positions was made available to all district staff."

So, an individual board member did not like the two options presented to her and wants administration to keep looking until she is presented with something she prefers. This would be typical board micro-management of building administration.

I hope folks in Tonganoxie start paying closer attention to the leadership decisions being made for their schools. Most of what I am reading in this article is far from impressive and warrants some public questioning.

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ruserious 3 years, 1 month ago

The last three paragraphs of this article are disturbing. They define our lack of leadership. They define our lack of desire to be competative not only in sports but in education as a whole . Both men who applied are district employees. Both coach other sports in the district. Those openings for baseball have been known to district employees since last May. 2 assistant coaches left for better opportunities.

This attitude is what permeates the board and stagnates progress. The fact that administration cannot convince them to make a decison would indicate that they are concerned for their jobs.

I was a huge supporter of the bond issue that did not pass. After reading the comments of Mrs. Leslie, I am so thankful it did not pass. Can we honestly trust this board to handle 25 million dollars when hiring an assistant baseball coach becomes an issue.

Our district has been the subject of numerous "black eye" incidents for the past 5 - 6 years. Tonganoxie schools have been in the news much too often for negative events in that time frame. The common denominator in all these events - 4 board members.

I do not know the process of getting board members ousted or if that is even possible, but do we have the time to wait for them to make Tonganoxie the butt end of another joke?

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