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October 13, 2021 - Regular Session

Unified School District #377 Board of Education

306 Main Street, Effingham, KS 66023

(913) 833-4040 / FAX (913) 833-4210 /

BEST Students, BEST Staff, BEST Schools!!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021


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


 1.01    Call the meeting to order,  Board President Lori Lanter

1.02    Approval of the agenda



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 4 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

  • Atchison County Neighborhood Revitalization Plan Hearing 
  • Dr John Eplee - Legislative update


4.01     Approval of Minutes from September 14, 2021

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

4.03     Acceptance of Keystone Correspondences

4.0301 Keystone BOD Minutes for 8/18/2021

4.0302  Keystone Sups Minutes for 9/07/2021

4.0303  Keystone Sups Agenda for 10/12/2021

4.04 Acceptance of Sports Complex 4th Quarter Request for Reimbursement

4.05 Approval of Personnel Report

4.06 Accept KASB Legal Assistance Fund Agreement

4.07  Accept the USDA Food Service Inspections for the Elementary and Jr-Sr High 



5.01     Board Clerk

5.02     Principals’ Reports

5.03      Superintendent’s Report

5.04       Keystone Report

6.0        OLD BUSINESS

6.01 Neighborhood revitalization Plan (A)

Purpose:  In July, the board heard a presentation on the proposed Neighborhood Revitalizaion Plan that was being put together.  This plan has been finished and needs to be formally adopted and the interlocal agreement entered into.  

Supporting Documents:

***Last night(10/12) the City of Effingham held their public hearing, and decided that they want to designate the City of Effingham as a “Target Area.”  This will allow them to participate in the more robust rebates.  This has caused a slight modification of the proposed Plan. On pages 5, 13, and 17 the word “non-” was deleted before the word “Target” in reference to the City of Effingham.  The words “Target Area” were added on page 10.   The words “& Non-Target Area” were deleted on page 13 in reference to the City of Effingham in Benton Township.  There are more substantial changes on p. 36, which should be reviewed.

Recommendation:  (2 motions)

  • To approve the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan as presented.
  • To authorize entering into the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for Participation in the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. 

6.02     Review of COVID-19 Protocols and Conditions (D/A)

Supporting Documents:

Current Statistics


7.01   Emergency Connectivity Fund Grant for Bus Internet Access (D)

Background:  The Emergency Connectivity Fund Grant is a federal program providing funds to increase internet access to schools and libraries.  This round will allow for adding internet access to busses.  The grant will cover all materials and installation as well as the monthly cost for the internet through the end of next school year (June 2023).  It may be expanded but that is unknown at this time.  

Supporting Document:  Premier Wireless / T-Mobile Quote

Recommendation:  Discuss the Boards interest in exploring this grant opportunity.  


8.01 Personnel Matters(A)

Recommendation (15 minutes): 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_______.

8.02   Negotiations (A)

Recommendation (10 minutes):  Move to go into executive session to discuss negotiations pursuant to the exception for employer-employee negotiations under KOMA, and the open meeting will resume in the board room at_______.

9.0 Action following Executive Session

9.01 Other


9.02 Adjourn