Board of Education Meeting Recap May 9

Board of Education Meeting Recap May 9
Posted on 05/10/2022

Garden City Public Schools Board of Education met on Monday, May 9, 2022.  The meeting was held at the Educational Support Center Board Room, 1205 Fleming Street. 

The Board recognized Garden City Achieve, Georgia Matthews Elementary, and Alta Brown Elementary for receiving the State Schools of Character awards through the Kansas State Department of Education. 

The Board received an update on the district’s Individual Plans of Study.  Counselors and teachers meet with students throughout the school year to work on their Individual Plans of Study.  This helps students in middle school and high school start to focus on a career.

There was discussion about the board vacancy.  The board approved a timeline and an application for potential people to fill the vacancy on the board.  The district will advertise and accept applications (submit on paper in a sealed envelope) from May 10th – May 27th.   On May 31st the received applications will be opened and submitted to all board members to review.  There will be discussion of the applications at the June 6th board meeting.  The application can be found here.

The board approved a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Superintendent Transition Report.  Proposals from firms are due at 10:00 a.m. on May 20th.  The Board committee review will be held during the board meeting on May 23rd.  A contract will be approved by the board at the June 6th  meeting. The district is seeking to transition from one superintendent to another and is looking for collaboration and assistance from qualified firms who can satisfactorily provide a Transition Report. The Report should address systems and procedures throughout USD 457. Emphasis should be placed on the actual organizational structure, culture and climate, with special focus on all aspects of finances; including budgeting, reporting and auditing. The Report will present specific findings and concrete recommendations. This Report should provide for smooth implementation and discussion. The Report should also include an analysis and recommendations related to other administrative functions of the superintendent’s office, such as Human Resources.  The RFP can be found here.

The Board approved the bid for Fun and Function LLC for sensory materials.  They also approved the Math curriculum and Foreign Language curriculum for the 2022-23 school year. 

In new business, the Board heard an update on funding and state school funding.  They also reviewed the district’s updated Bullying Policy.  The Board did not take any action on this item, but will take it up for a vote at the next meeting. 

The Board approved an updated 2022-2023 school calendar.  A morning session of school will be held for elementary, fifth, seventh, ninth and tenth grades and students new to the district on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.  The first day of school for all students is Thursday, August 18, 2022.

The calendar was approved alongside the approval of the negotiated agreement.  The agreement will add 20 minutes to the daily student contact time and the number of contract days will be reduced by six days for the school year (5 student contact days and 1 Professional Development day). Student contact changes from 400 minutes to 420 minutes/day, which reduces total days from 174.5 to 169.5 for the district.  The updated calendar can be downloaded here.

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be Monday, May 23, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Educational Support Center, 1205 Fleming Street.

The Board of Education meeting can be viewed at here.