Board Meeting Summary
October 19th, 2022
Information regarding Old Business, New Business, and the Superintendent Report is listed below.
The music department shared a presentation of their 2022 trip to Disney highlighting their experiences including courses taken at Imagination Studio and the Marching Band parade. Student Ashleigh Ifert commented that they learned a lot on their trip and she thanked the sponsors for all of their support and shared excitement for the upcoming trip. Music Chair Swart shared the itinerary for their 2024 trip including courses at a local university with band and choir directors. The BOE complimented the department for exploring wonderful opportunities for their students. Superintendent Kashner highlighted and complimented the entire K-12 music program as the numbers of students participating continue to rise. At the high school level the number of students that are in band and or choir is 51, which is a 20% growth from the previous year.
One snow plow bid was received by Tim Kaus and it was accepted. Rates will be $150.00 with salt as needed.
The use of the high school on November 26, 2022 by the "Celebrate Lanark" committee for Jingle Fest was approved. Superintendent Kashner complimented Rosemary Flikkema and her committee for this community event as it is well attended and well ran. Additionally, the 5th Grade field trip to Lorado Taft Field on April 21, 2023 was approved.
Bus leases at $26,000 per bus were accepted for 72 passenger buses. Superintendent Kashner commented that we are approving this early to ensure our buses arrive on time for the 2023-2024 school year.
The BOE heard a preliminary plan for the small gym at Eastland Elementary School. The floor has significant damage and will need to be replaced in addition to adding an ADA compliant ramp. The board approved moving forward with the architect to develop plans and bid sequences.
Superintendent Kashner complimented the FFT committee, building administration and Director Prowant for their work to identify the facility needs for the foreseeable future. He commented that it is a luxury to be proactive and make changes before they become emergencies. Superintendent Kashner shared the thought process of urgent vs need vs want and how items are placed in those buckets. Those urgent items for the 2023-2024 school year include small gym renovations at EES and roof repairs at EES. A few other items discussed included carpet and LED lighting in classrooms on a rotation basis and replacing flooring at EJSHS.
A first quarter financial report showed district expenses at 36% for the year. Superintendent Kashner shared that is not concerning as building expenses are paid up front and those numbers are in line with historical averages.
Personnel and Job Vacancies
The following were approved:
Christi DeSpain - .2 Speech Language Pathologist
Matt Lara - part time substitute custodian
Connie Downs - Bus Aide
Bronte Wright - Fall Play Assistant
Substitute Bus Drivers