Jan 12, 2021 11:07 AM

USD 308 board approves planning contract

Posted Jan 12, 2021 11:07 AM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday approved a contract with a consulting firm to help the district with long-term planning.

The Board approved a contract Monday with RSP & Associates. RSP previously has worked with the district for internal boundaries of its elementary schools. Included in the project will be an enrollment analysis, current elementary boundary analysis and facilities analysis.

The Superintendent’s Committee will be one of the resources RSP will use for community input during the research.

The Board also heard about two successes in the district.

First, the Board met Nick Preheim, first grade teacher at Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, and Paige Stewart, English language arts teacher at Hutchinson Middle School – 7. The two educators are Kansas State Department of Education’s Horizon Awards winners for being up-and-coming teachers.

Second, the Board heard from staff at Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen. In a process that began more than a year ago, the magnet school has been working with students, parents and the community on school redesign. The district’s only magnet school is an Apollo redesign school and spent the 2019-20 year working on what redesign would look like. It joins Wiley Elementary School as approved Apollo redesign schools.

In other action, the Board:

Recognized Board members for School Board Appreciation Month.

Tabled dropping temperature checks until after the Superintendent’s Committee meets next week. None of the temperature checks done during the first five months of the school year have flagged any student or staff who might have COVID-19, but the checks cost the district each month about $17,000 for staff who administer the checks before school. Members of the committee will be asked for input on the temperature checks.

Approved an updated transportation agreement with Durham School Services and Leasing.

Extended the deadline for staff to use FFCRA (Family Friendly Coronavirus Relief Act) days to June 30.

Approved minutes of the Dec. 14, 2020, special and regular meetings.

Approved the 504 Handbook.

Approved Resolution 2021-20, which states that the Board will elect its officers in July.

Approved the Treasurer’s Report for November 2020.

Approved the Accounts Payable Report for December 2020.

Held an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.