Recap Board of Education Meeting on January 11

Recap Board of Education Meeting on January 11
Posted on 01/12/2021

The USD 457 Board of Education met Monday, January December 11th, during a regularly scheduled meeting.  The meeting was held at the Educational Support Center. The meeting was conducted with social distancing protocols to make sure the public, Board members, and school staff involved in the meeting were safe. The meeting was presented live on YouTube for the community to view.

January is School Board Recognition Month and Garden City Public Schools is joining other school districts across the state to acknowledge the important contributions local school board members make to their communities.  School Board Recognition Month recognizes that the elected board represents a continuing commitment to local citizen control and decision-making in education.  As citizen leaders who serve our children, individual school board members face complex and demanding challenges.  School board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on educational issues, which impact the entire community.  The board members were presented certificates of recognition.  The Garden City Public Schools Board of Education members include: Lara Bors, Dr. Tim Hanigan, Dana Nanninga, Janene Radke, Mark Rude, Jennifer Standley, and Alex Wallace.

The board recognized Garden City High School principal, Steve Nordby, who was recently named as the Principal of the Year for Southwest Kansas (Region 6) by KASSP (Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals).  He was nominated and selected by principals across Kansas for his leadership, school improvement, dedication, professionalism and service to students. 

The board recognized the Parents as Teachers program for earning the Blue Ribbon Affiliate endorsement by the Parents as Teachers National Center, which is the highest designation a program can earn. The designation means that the program implements the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity and quality.

The board heard an update on ACT scores from Steve Nordby, Principal at Garden City High School and Crystal Steinmetz, Director of Curriculum and Assessment.  ACT is a college entrance standardized test that measures a student’s skills in five core areas: English, Math, Reading, Science and Writing which is optional.  The student body taking the ACT has increase over the last three years from 192 in 2018, 251 in 2019 to 351 in 2020. 

The board heard an update to the Special Education Program from Josh Guymon, Director of Special Education.

The board heard an update on COVID in the community and district from Glenda LaBarbera, Assistant Superintendent.  Michelle Shull, Health Services coordinator, presented that the district will have COVID tests available to test staff.  Heath Hogan, Deputy Superintendent, discussed staffing during COVID and how substitute teachers have helped during this time. 

The board approved the following items during the meeting.  They include approval of the board meeting dates for July that will be held on July 12 and 26; a resolution to extend the term of board officers; a resolution to set board meeting dates and times; and the Student Assistance Team (SAT) handbook.  Curriculum council items approved were: name changes for AP Spanish Language and Literature S1 to AP Spanish Language and Culture S1; and AP Spanish Language and Literature S2 to AP Spanish Language and Culture S2.  New courses with Garden City Community College include: Blueprint Reading; Safety and Core Curriculum; Basic Electricity; and Industrial Wiring.

The board held an executive session regarding personnel matters for non-elected personnel.   The board approved the Superintendent Employment Agreement as presented after the executive session.