Board of Education Meeting Recap May 15

The USD 457 Board of Education met Monday, May 15, during a regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting was held in the Educational Support Center Board Room. 

The board recognized Georgia Matthews Elementary School for being the pop tab challenge winning school in support of the Ronald McDonald House (Wichita).  Janet Reed presented a trophy to the school during the recognition.

The board toured the updated Technology offices at the Educational Support Center.  The offices have been updated and expanded to support the ever-increasing role that technology plays in the education of students. 

Brandy Ochs, Edith Scheuerman Elementary School Principal, provided a report on the school’s Wildly Important Goals that the school has been working on during the school year.  The school has been focusing on increase literacy across all content areas through engaging students in rich texts where they will be able to write and discuss high-level topics.

Jamie Schweer, Engage After School Program Coordinator, provided an Engage After School Program update. The focus of the program is to help the struggling students close the gap between their peers. 

They looked at and considered approval of the revised 2023-24 School Calendar upon ratification of negotiated agreement.  The start of the school year will be the same on August 15, 2023.  The revised calendar’s last day of school will be on May 23, 2024, which is two additional days more than the first approved 2023-24 calendar.

The board approved the following items during the meeting. They include the minutes of the May 1, 2023, Board of Education meeting. Extending the Standards Based Grading Pilot in Fifth and Sixth Grades for the 2023-24 school year. Technology Manager - Support Job Description; Technology Level 1 Job Description; Technology Level 2 Job Description; Technology Level 3 Job Description; Technology Level 4 Job Description; and Technology Manager – Network Job Description. Professional Development Training Agreement between Terrance M. SCOTT, PH.D. (SCOTT) and the district. The Special Education for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Grant Assurances.

There was an executive session held at the end of the meeting. It was on matters relating to actions adversely or favorably affecting a person as a student, patient or resident of a public institution, except that any such person shall have the right to a public hearing if requested by that person.  There was a motion to accept the recommendation from the appealing hearing. 

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be Monday, June 5, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. in the Educational Support Center Board Room, 1205 Fleming Street.

The Board of Education agenda can be viewed here.

The Board of Education meeting can be watched here.