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September 9, 2020 - Regular Session

Unified School District #377 Board of Education

USD 377 Administrative Building, 306 Main Street, Effingham, KS 66023

(913) 833-5050 / FAX (913) 833-5210 /

BEST Students, BEST Staff, BEST Schools!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020



1.01    Call the meeting to order -- Board President Lori Lanter

1.02    Approval of the agenda

Recommendation:  To approve the agenda as presented. 


** Suspended by action at the April 8, 2020 regular meeting **

Speakers are encouraged to register by calling the Clerk of the Board at (913) 833‐5050 by 2:00 PM on the day of the meeting. Speakers may also register at the BOE meeting site, prior to the beginning of the meeting.

Hearing of Audience Rules:

  • Presentations shall not exceed 5 minutes.
  • Subjects, other than policy issues, will generally be referred to the administration.
  • Comments shall be limited to issues and not refer to personalities.
  • Presentations must be in good taste befitting the occasion and the dignity of the board meeting.
  • When addressing the board, please be reminded that matters of a personal nature which, by their nature, identify an individual are prohibited by federal law in public discussion. Please assist us in protecting the privacy rights of students and staff.

Other Notes

The Board President shall be responsible for recognizing any speaker, maintaining proper order, and adhering to the set time limit.  The President may interrupt or terminate an individual’s statement if it is disruptive, not germane to the business or activities of the Board, or in violation of Kansas Statutes regarding meetings or activities of the Board.

The Board President may deny any individual speaking privileges if previous conduct of the individual has indicated that the orderly conduct of a meeting may be threatened by that person’s appearance.  The President has the option to stop the proceedings and poll the Board to determine if a speaker may continue.

During an open session, the Board shall not hear personal attacks, or rude or defamatory remarks of any kind about any employee or student of the School District or any person connected with the School District. The Board will also not accept public comments containing vulgar or obscene language.  Any individual wishing to make a complaint about school personnel shall submit the complaint in writing to the Superintendent.  If the complaint involves the Superintendent it shall be submitted in writing to the President of the Board.






4.01   Approval of Minutes August 18, 2020

4.02     Approval of Activity Reports, Bills & Claims and Treasurer's Report

4.03   Acceptance of Gifts & Grants 

4.04   Acceptance of Approved Field Trips  

4.05 Approval of Personnel Report

4.06 Acceptance of Non-Resident Students 

4.07 Acceptance of Approved Fundraisers

4.08 Acceptance of KS Dept of Ag Kitchen Inspections

4.09 Acceptance of the SRO MOU with Atchison County Sheriff's Dept. 

4.10 Acceptance of Correspondence

4.1001 Keystone Board of Directors meeting minutes 8/19/2020 (unofficial)

4.1002 Keystone Superintendent Council Agenda 09/08/2020 

4.1003  ACCS Ed Foundation Board of Directors meeting minutes for 7/06/2020

4.11 Accept the USDept. Ed Rural Education Achievement Program Grant Notification 

4.12 Accept the KSDE Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program Grant Award Agreement 

Recommendation:  To approve the consent agenda as presented.


5.01     Mrs. Gracey, Board 

5.02     Principals’ Reports

5.03     Superintendent’s Report 

  • Enrollment Update

6.0        Old Business

6.01    Honors Graduate Transition (D)

Purpose:   To begin discussions of transitioning from Valedictorian / Salutatorian to a system of graduating with Honors. 

Background:  This transition has been discussed by administration for a few years.  Currently, we recognize more than one individual at Valedictorian and Salutatorian so the only significant change is the potential to recognize more students for the academic accomplishments.  This allows students to be recognized for challenging themselves with more difficult courses that may result in a lower grade.  

Supporting Documents:   Graduation with Honors  and School Comparisons

Recommendation:   To discuss and provide input for adoption possibly in October. 

6.02    Review the USD 377 ReOpening Plan and Protocols

Purpose:  To review and discuss the ReOpening plans.  

7.0 New Business

7.01  Calendar Revision (A)

Purpose:  Change 9/28/2020 to a student contact day. 

Background:  September 28, 2020 was originally scheduled as a staff development day.  Since there was extra staff development time before school started, this day will be better served with students in class. 

Recommendation:  To change September 28, 2020 to a student contact day.  

7.02 Wall of Fame Nominations (A)

Background:  Mrs Scherer has received 2 nominations for the Wall of Fame, Mr Paul Lundgren and Mrs Eileen Wohletz.  She will present information for consideration for these individuals to be inducted into the Wall of Fame. 

Supporting Documents:    Wall of Fame Board Policy 

Recommendation:  To approve the induction of Mr Paul Lundgren and Mrs. Eileen Wohletz to the USD 377 Wall of Fame. 

8.0 Executive Session

8.01 Executive Session

Recommendation:   Move to go into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel matters pursuant to the non-elected personnel exception under KOMA, and the open meeting will resume in the boardroom at_______.

9.0 Action following Executive Session

9.01  OTHER


9.02  Adjourn