School boundaries still in ‘rough draft’ phase



November 26, 2013 - 12:00 AM

The design of new school district boundaries for USD 257 has some bugs to be worked out.
A rough draft of a new map was presented at Monday night’s board of education meeting. And while it was in compliance with the Kansas Association of School Boards, it would be problematic for district elections.
The problem with the rough draft is that Ward 4 is not currently represented by a school board member, while Ward 1 represents the area of two members.
“This becomes problematic with board members who have different terms,” said Jack Koehn, superintendent of schools. “I don’t want to put existing board members against each other.”
The board made the decision to keep exploring their options of the new boundary lines.
Curriculum director Angie Linn informed the board she is reviewing math textbooks. She said she has spoken to other districts to see what they are working with.
“I’ve taken suggestions from our teachers, contacted textbook companies and will be attending a textbook conference at Greenbush on Dec. 9,” she said.
Linn said they will take a look at the options and meet with teachers in January with recommendations. They hope to get resources by the end of the year so teachers can begin planning for the 2014-15 school year.
After a 45-minute executive session for personnel, school board members approved the 2014-15 fall coaches. Those approved were Marv Smith, cross country; Dough Kerr, football; Emily Sigg, volleyball; and Jen Bycroft, girls tennis.
The board accepted the resignation of Amy Utley as high school bookkeeper and approved Caroline Cole, attendance secretary, as the new bookkeeper. Members also decided to make the receptionist at the board office a permanent position.
A representative from Jarred, Gilmore and Phillips went over the USD 257 district audit and members approved the report.
They adjourned as USD 257 board of education and reconvened as Bowlus trustees and also approved the Bowlus’ audit report.
Board members will have only one regular meeting next month due to winter break. The meeting will be on Dec. 9

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