USD #273 Board of Education
Monday, March 13, 2017
By Terry Bailey
The USD #273 Board of Education met at the Board Office on North Independence Avenue on Monday evening, March 13th for its monthly business meeting.
The meeting began with Superintendent Jeff Travis giving his report to the Board. Travis said there was a lot of “business” in Topeka with lots of murmuring but not a great deal of action at this time. This is the normal course of events when not much really gets done until a flurry of activity late in the session. A Procurement Bill is being considered which would mandate all school purchases to be done through the State Procurement office. There is also talk given to requiring all districts health insurance policies to be routed through the State insurance program.
Travis said that research indicates that by the year 2020, 70 percent of all jobs in Kansas will require some type of post-secondary education.
The USD Education Foundation Board had a planning session this past Tuesday.
Jared Long, Beloit High Student Council president, gave an update on STUCO activities at the high school. Long said last month’s charity fundraiser in conjunction with St. John’s earned $3,750. The money was donated to the American Heart Association. Long said the total fundraising money in the past 7 years now stands at $25,000.
STUCO sponsored their second Blood Drive and once again met their goal. The Red Cross gave STUCO a $250 scholarship to award as they saw fit. Long said they were going to put the names of all seniors who donated blood into a hat a draw a name for the scholarship.
They still do not have picnic tables for the outdoor student lounge. They hope to earn a grant for the purchase of the tables.
Elections for the 2017-18 STRUCO officers will take place after spring break.
Long said that the last fundraiser for the school year will be the DRIVE ONE FOR YOUR SCHOOL provided by the Beloit Auto Truck Plaza. This is also a joint effort with St. John’s. For each person that test drives a vehicle, the Auto Truck Plaza will make a donation to the respective school. This activity will be conducted April 1st.
Brady Dean reported on the events at the Beloit Elementary School and the Mitchell County Partnership for Children. Dean said with this week being spring break, the custodians are using this time to give the class rooms a very thorough cleaning and disinfecting. In the last few weeks, various “bugs” have caused a high number sick children. He hopes that with the week’s break and thorough cleaning the remainder of the school year will be healthier.
Dean told the Board that the visit to the school by the KC Wolf was a very positive activity. The Chief’s mascot was immediatley recognized by the students. Dean said, “The kids went nuts.” Dean said a very positive message was passed on to the students by the Wolf.
The pickup of preschool materials has been very successful. Packets are due back March 29 and this will provide a good picture of the preschool enrollment for next year.
The State Assessment testing program will begin soon.
Kyle Beisner, Assistant Principal and Activities Director, said the Jr. Sr. High School is transitioning for winter to spring sports. There is approximately 120 students participating in spring sports at the high school level and 70 students at the Jr. High level for a total of 190 students.
The Board approved three part-time coaches for spring sports. Cade Hewitt was hired as a part-time track and field assistant coach. Keegan Bailey as hired as a part-time soft ball coach. Marty Hesting was added to the baseball coaching staff as an assistant coach.
Parent teacher conferences at the Jr. Sr. High school resulted in a 58% participation rate. The staff is considering possible alternatives to increase the participation of parents in their student’s education.
Ms. Deal and Mr. Beisner are supervising a trip for the choir to Branson, Missouri. They will leave early Wednesday morning and return on Saturday.
The KU Honors Banquet was held at the Country Club. The top 10% of the students in the senior class were honored.
Mr. Isbell took his Anatomy and Physiology class to Cloud County to visit the cadaver lab. This is view as a significant hands-on learning project.
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