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December 14, 2022 - 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, December 14, 2022


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


1.01    Call the meeting to order

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 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.



Honor choir participants: The kids performed  in Topeka on Saturday, 12/3.

  • Annabelle Kesinger
  • Makenna Grace
  • Bristol Eagle
  • James Gaddis
  • Carsyn Thomas
  • Allison Drimmel
  • Nyla Faught
  • Maisie Gilliland
  • Ella Handke
  • Ben Oom
  • Jayton Schletzbaum
  • Kaylee Long 

NE Kansas District Honor Band Participants: 

  • 1234A All District Honor Band – Stephan Feek 3rd Chair Percussion – Qualified for audition for State Honor Band
  • Freshman Honor Band – Asthton Neill and Nicholas Long
  • Middle School Honor Band – Addison Potts, Brooks Goodpasture, Cora=Bella Tull and Camelia LaHue (Alternate)

FFA Horse Judging team placed 3rd Overall Team at Districts earning a spot to compete at State!

  • Emma Lanter -High Individual
  • Jenna Pitts (14th individual)
  • Kori Wagner
  • Caden Behrnes
  • Parker Harris
  • JJ Hoffman
  • Bobby Burge (3rd High Individual B-team)

FFA Discussion Meet 2nd Place Team 

  • Jenna Pitts – 1st Place -State Qualifier
  • Brodie McAlexander
  • Parker Harris


Presentation:   Science Curriculum 


4.01     Approval of Minutes from November 15, 2022

4.02     Approval of Financials

4.0201 Activity Reports, Bills & Claims 

4.0202 Treasurer's Report

4.03     Acceptance of Personnel Report

4.04     Acceptance of Keystone Correspondences

4.0401 Keystone BOD minutes from 10/19/2022

4.0402 Superintendents Council Agenda for 12/8/2022

4.0403   Superintendenets Council Minutes for 12/8/2022

4.05   Acceptance of the Food Service Management Company Review and Minutes - ES, JSH

4.06   Acceptance of the USDA Supply Chain Food Service Assistance Funds 

4.07   Acceptance of Administrative Reports:

4.0701 Mr. Wallisch

4.0702 Mrs McMillan

4.0703 Mr Shelton

4.08  Acceptance of Gifts and Grants

4.09   Acceptance of the OPAA! Newsletter



5.01     Board Clerk

5.02     Superintendent’s Report

5.03      Keystone Report

5.04     Transportation Report

5.0401   Mileage by Vehicle 2021

5.0402    Mileage by Vehicle 2022

5.0403     Mileage by Activity

6.0 Old Business

6.01  Strategic Planning Survey Preliminary Results Review (D)

Purpose:   To discuss the Community, Staff and Student Results and get feedback for the Strategic Plan. 

Recommendation:  Discussion Only 

7.0 New Business

7.01  Jr-Sr High School HVAC Upgrades (A)

Purpose:  To review cost estimates and approve sending to bid for upgrades to Jr-Sr HIgh HVAC Control system. 

Background:  The design of the JSH HVAC system cuts off air to the classrooms as the rooms cool and heaters begin to run.  The control system is out of date and is set up so that only 1 company can come work on it.  This upgrade will allow for us to have more choice and get more competitive pricing when needing to make repairs to our system as well as provide more fresh air consistently to the classrooms. KDHE awarded $150,000 in grant funds to improve the air quality in the building and those funds will go toward this project. 

Supporting Documents:   Estimates

Recommendation:  To approve DCS to get bids and complete Jr-Sr High HVAC Upgrades for up to $200,000.  

7.02   KASB Policy Updates (D) -- First Reading 

Purpose:  Two times a year KASB provides suggested policy updates to local Board Policies.  These policy suggestions are developed by KASB Attorneys due to changes in law and other items. 

Supporting Documents:  KASB Policy Updates 

Recommendation:  This is the first reading of the policy updates.  No action recommended, discussion only. 

7.03   Set January Regular Session Meeting Date (A)

Recommendation:   To set the January Regular Session meeting of the USD 377 Board of Education for January 11, 2023 at 6:30pm in the Board Room.  

8.0 Executive Session

8.01  Exectutive Session – Personnel (A)


9.0  Action Following Executive Session

9.01   OTHER


9.02  Adjourn