USD 231 Board Briefs
September 14, 2020
Great Employees Serving the District Recognition
Congratulations to the following employees for being nominated AND selected as this past month's Great Employees Serving the District award winners! They have been recognized as a result of consistently demonstrating the ability to connect with students and always exceeding expectations as they relate to serving our student body, fellow employees and the community at large.
Superintendent Stranathan shared the most up-to-date information regarding schools reopening and data as provided by Johnson County Health and Environment.
Additionally, several departments reported to the Board of Education.
Educational Services - Information related to the progress of both remote learning and in-person learning was shared by directors. In choice remote learning, 1000 students are enrolled (250 @ GEHS, 320 @ middle school, 430 @ elementary).
Information related to the Virtual Homework Support (VHS) program was shared. VHS allows students to reach out to district educators with specific homework questions via Zoom sessions; Monday - Thursday, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. District educators will be available via a virtual help desk to provide assistance to students who could use extra support with an assignment or project. https://www.usd231.com/o/district/page/virtual-homework-support-vhs
GEYCP also shared updates related to protocols developed to ensure spectator safety at athletic events; new procedures developed to obtain tickets safely; and how to live stream home athletic events.
Concerns related to the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Madison and Waverly were shared. Extensive research was conducted and it concludes that student safety will be in jeopardy if the project proceeds as planned. Specifically, in the letter USD 231 submitted to the Mayor and City Council on September 3, 2020, the following safety concerns were outlined:
- No signed or signaled stoppage of traffic from four sides of the proposed roundabout
- Confusion for children/students crossing one or two arms of the roundabout walking to or from school
- Motorist’s attention for looking out for children/students crossing the roundabout
- Increased walking distance for children/students may lead to impatience/panic crossing
- Concern for young pedestrians crossing the roundabout when crossing guards are not available
- Crossing Guard Company indicated the need for two crossing guards for this roundabout configuration
Approved Action Items
- 5.1 - 5.3 - Approved Consent Agenda consisting of: Minutes of the regular meeting held on August 17, 2020; Financial Statements; Claims.
- 7.4 - Approved motion to continue to support the district following the Johnson County Health and Environment Gating Criteria with the exception of allowing sports while in the "Red" phase. All mitigation and recommendations by the county along with quarantine procedures and recommendations will continue to be implemented and followed as advised by JCHE.
- 9.1 - Approved the purchase of Math Textbooks, Teacher Materials and Online Resources for grades 8-12 (Alg.1, Geometry, Alg.2). Purchase includes access to online materials for 7 years. The textbook publisher is Pearson, through the company Savvas Learning Company. The price quote includes teacher materials, 705 books, and 1,225 licenses of digital course-ware. Quote Total for 7 years: $197,110.07.
- 9.3 - Approved Personnel Report
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