HUMBOLDT — USD 258 Board of Education members voted unanimously Monday to accept the resignation of Scott Brady as the middle school girl’s basketball and track coach effective the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
The vote took place after two executive sessions to discuss non-elected personnel, negotiations of land acquisitions and a student concern. Once they reconvened, board members also unanimously voted to accept the donation of land located at 512 Osage St., for their next building trade site.
During discussions, Kay Lewis, superintendent of schools, said there is a large amount of surplus building materials in the board’s basement and in the shed of the elementary school. She said she would like to see the items auctioned in a silent auction.
“It is like a hoarder’s house in the basement,” Lewis said.“There is a lot stuff in there.”
A list of items will be presented to the board at a later date.
Board members also unanimously agreed to adopt a K-12 suicide manual upon Lewis’s recommendation that it was well written by counselors employed by the school district. She said it is mandated by law that all staff participate annually in one hour of training in suicide awareness and prevention.
Lewis said she contacted 365 Energy, Lawrence, regarding problems with the underground heat source. After an evaluation, options for repair will be discussed at a future board meeting.
Dunlap Industries contacted Lewis regarding the board’s potential purchase of a floor cover for the new gymnasium. The floor covering retails for $11,000, but according to Lewis the board can purchase it for $2,800 through the Facility Hope Program.
Lewis said it has been a week of audits. On Tuesday, the school district did well on a federal food service audit, Lewis said.
“We just had some minor things to fix and actually they have all pretty much been fixed,” Lewis said.
On Wednesday a safety audit, which according to Lewis deals with building safety and security, marked a few minor things that needed attention.
“The fire extinguisher needed to be attached to a wall and there were cords that were on a floor by a desk that needed to be covered,” Lewis said.
Then Lewis said a fiscal audit went well but for “one small hiccup.”
“We duplicated the number of driver’s ed students from 16 to 32,” Lewis said.She said there will be a deduction in November’s payment due to this error.
Lewis discussed with members the passing of Erin’s Law by the Kansas State Legislature. She said it presented an opportunity for additional training for students and pointed out that parents may opt their children out of it, if they so choose.
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