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August 17, 2021 - 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!!!


Tuesday, August 17, 2021

6:30 PM    Regular Session

(A) – Action Item(s)        (D) – Discussion Item


1.01   CALL TO ORDER – 6:30 PM  --  Mrs. Lori Lanter, President of the Board (A)


RECOMMENDATION:  To approve the agenda as presented.


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.

3.0  Recognitions / Presentations

  • Mike Lee &  Dwight Myer on Bus and Vehicle Inspections


  • Marlena Bautista, Tammi Elkins, Allison Lee, Kristi Oberg and ALL of our AWESOME Student Custodians for all their hard work this summer getting buildings ready. 


4.01  Approval of Minutes for July 14, 2021 

4.02  Approval of Treasurer’s Report

4.03  Approval of Activity Reports, Bills & Claims, Petty Cash Reports

4.04  Acceptance of Annual Bus and Vehicle Inspections

4.05  Acceptance of Non-resident student appprovals

4.06   Acceptance of Reports and Documents

4.0601 2021-2022 Title & Food Service Indirect Cost Rates

4.0602 Keystone BOD Minutes 6.16.2021

4.0603 Accept Maintenance of Effort

4.0604  Accept 2021-2022 SRSA Grant Award Notification

4.0605  Accept the Quarterly QZAB Statement 

4.0606  Accept 2020-2021 PAT Report 

4.0607  Accept PTO minutes 5.11.2021 and 8.10.2021

4.0608  Accept Keystone Superintendent meeting minutes from 8.10.2021 

4.0609  Accept Keystone BOD agenda for 8.18.2021

4.0610  Accept ACCS Ed Foundation minutes from 7.12.2021

4.07    Approve the Personnel Report

4.08   Acceptance of the 2022 Insurance Premiums 



5.01 Board Clerk

5.02 Principal’s Reports

  • Mr. Wallisch, JSH Asst/A.D.
  • Mrs. McMillan, ES Principal
  • Mr. Shelton, JSH Principal

5.03 Superintendent’s Report

5.04 Keystone Report


6.01  COVID Protocol (D/A)

Purpose:  All protocols put into place for the 2020-2021 School year were removed prior to the conclusion of that school year.  COVID cases have made a resurgence in Atchison County and the surrounding area in recent weeks.  As part of the American Rescue Plan, any district recieving funds must post their Safe Return to In-Person Instruction Plan.  The Board will review current statistics in the surrounding area and school community to determine if revisions to the plan need to be made.  

Resources/Supporting Documents:    

USD #377 American Rescue Plan Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

Recommendation:  To discuss, modify and approve the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction plan. 

6.02  Budget and RNR Publication (A)

Purpose:  The Revenue Neutral Rate and Budget Hearing publications need to be published 10 days prior to the Hearings.  We have these scheduled for September 1 which means that we need to have them published in Saturday’s paper.  

Supporting Documents:  

Recommendation:  To approve the RNR Hearing Publication and the Budget Hearing Publication Forms as presented. 

7.0 New Business

7.01  KDHE Testing Grant (A)

Background:  KDHE was awarded a $74 million grant to provide testing for schools.  This is a first come first served grant application.  As a group, all districts that are members of Keystone Learning Services felt that applying as a collective group would increase our chances of being awarded.  If awarded, this grant would provide our district with the necessary supplies and resources to keep close contacts in school instead of at home on quarantine.  Students and staff who are identified as a close contact may opt in for daily testing.  As long as the close contact tests negative daily and wears a masks they will be allowed to stay in school and participate in actvities during their quarantine period.  IF at any time an individual is showing symptoms, they may also opt in to be tested for COVID along with Flu and Strep at school free of charge.  

Supporting Documents:  

Recommendation:  To participate in the Keystone Learning Services KDHE Grant  to provide testing for students and staff at school as presented. 

7.02    COVID Leave Clarification (A)

Background:  Last year we had an MOU granting staff leave for quarantines and how those would be handled.  This was just an extension of the FFRCA which is no longer in effect.  Clarification is needed from the Board as to whether to allow staff to use accrued sick leave for close contact quarantines of themselves and/or children.  Staff get 10 days of discretionary leave each year.  Accrued sick leave can only be used when the employee is sick or caring for a sick family member.  An individual who is in quarantine for being a close contact may not be technically sick or seek medical advice, so can this leave be used in these circumstances. 

Recommendation:  To allow accrued sick leave to be used for quarantines from close contact with COVID 19 positive individuals.  


8.01 Recommendation: 

9.0 Action Following Executive Session

9.01 Other

9.02 Adjourn