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November 8, 2023 - 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, November 8, 2023

Hearing for Policy JBCC – 6:20 P.M.

Proposed Board Policy JBCC

  1. Call Hearing to Order
  2. Hearing from the Public
  3. Closing of Hearing

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, November 8, 2023


    (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.



Cross Country –

Girls 2nd place NEKL

Rebekah Caplinger - 7th - First Team All League

Ava Handke - 10th - Second Team All League

Addison Potts - 11th - Second Team All League

Leah Wilson - 13th -  Second Team All League

Regional Cross Country: 

Girls Results: 7th Place Team Finish

Rebekah Caplinger - 13th

Ava Handke - 20th

JH Football -- Undefeated Back to Back to Back League Champions

TIger Band –  II Excellent Rating at the Holton Marching Band Competition. 

Honor Society New Inductees-


  • Natalie Donaldson


  • Makinzee Bauerle
  • Rebekah Caplinger
  • Anna Falk
  • Kaylee Foote
  • Brylyn Jolly
  • Avery Handke
  • Gracie Kimmi
  • Carme LaHue
  • Easton Schletzbaum

NEKL Athletic Academic Award Winners:


  • Malorie Bosch
  • Emma Lanter
  • Hannah Simmers
  • Avery Sutley
  • Josie Sutley


  • Makinzee Bauerle
  • Rebekah Caplinger
  • Avery Handke
  • Gracie Kimmi
  • Easton Schletzbaum


  • Max Bottorff
  • Ethan Brooks
  • Kaydeece Fultz
  • Avery Gilliland
  • Ashton Neill

Math Competition at Emporia State University: 

Placing in the top 50% were Evan Sinclair in the Geometry Individual Contest (8th place out of 50 students!), Brylyn Jolly in the Algebra Individual Contest, and the Geometry Team of Emma Speer, Avery Sutley, and Kaylee Foote.


4.01     Approval of Minutes from October 11, 2023

4.02     Approval of Financials

4.0201 Activity Reports, Bills & Claims 

4.0202 Treasurer's Report –  revised 11/7/2023

4.03     Acceptance of Gifts & Grants

4.04     Acceptance of Correspondences

4.0401 Keystone Superintendents’ Council Minutes for 10/13/2023

4.0402 Keystone BOD Minutes from 9/20/2023 and 10/04/2023

4.0403  Opaa! Newsletter

4.05 Accept Food Establishment Inspection Reports - ES & JSH

4.06   Accept Personnel Report

4.07 Acceptance of State Reports

4.0701  ACCES Principals Building Report

4.0702  ACCJSH Principals Building Report

4.0703 USD 377 SO66

4.08 Administrative  Reports

4.0801 Mrs. Handke

4.0802 Mrs. McMillan

4.0803 Mr. Malm

4.09  Accept the Q4 QZAB Statement 



5.01     Board Clerk

5.02    Superintendent’s Report

5.03    Keystone Report

6.0        Old Business

6.01   Board Policy JBC / JBCC Adoption (A)

Background:  Recent legislation has required each district to develop a policy for the enrollment of non-resident students.  The Board must develop the policy and then publish a notice for 2 consecutive weeks prior to holding a public hearing on the policy before adopting it.   It must be adopted and in place by January 1, 2024. 

Supporting Documents:  

Resolution to Adopt Policy JBCC

Proposed Policy JBC

Proposed Policy JBCC

Recommendation:   To approve the resolution to adopt Policy JBC and JBCC as presented.

7.0        New  Business

7.01   Food Service Community Eligibility Provision (A)

Background:  Due to recent changes, USD 377 qualifies for the Community Eligibility Provision for Food Service.  This would allow us to use Food Service funds to provide free meals to all students.  

Recommendation:  To utilize the Community Eligibility Provision to offer Free meals to all students starting in January.  

8.0 Executive Session


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_______.

9.0 Action Following Executive Session

9.01 Other 


9.02 Adjourn