BOE Meeting Recap - 7/26/21

BOE Meeting Recap - 7/26/21
Posted on 07/28/2021
USD 230 BOE Meeting Recap

The Spring Hill School Board of Education met July 26, 2021 at the District Administrative Center to discuss several items. The following are some important highlights from the meeting:

2021-22 Plan for Mitigation Practices

2022-23 Academic Calendar

ESSR II Application

Middle School Boundaries

New Paid Holidays

Public Participation

Update from JCCC

2021-22 Plan for Mitigation Practices:

The Board accepted the 2021-22 Plan for Mitigation Practices presented by Dr. Burke, superintendent. For the complete details of the plan, visit the District Plan for Safe Return (ARP ESSR).

Please note that an online education option is available for families through Kansas Virtual Academy / Insight School of Kansas.

2022-23 Academic Calendar:

The Board approved an academic calendar for the 2022-23 school year. Some key dates include:

  • August 17, 2022 - First Day of Classes (PK-9)

  • August 18, 2022 - First Day of Classes (10-12)

  • May 25, 2022 - Last Day for Students

Click here for the 2022-23 Academic Calendar.

ESSR II Application:

The Board approved the ESSER II application presented by Doug Schwinn, director of business and finance, which consisted of both a direct allocation based on Title I population and a true-up allocation. The true-up allocation was for districts such as Spring Hill with a low Title I population. It guarantees all districts will get a minimum of $300 per FTE (full-time equivalency) in funding. These funds will be used to reimburse the district for COVID-19 related expenditures during 2020-2021 and anticipated expenditures in 2021-2022.

Middle School Boundaries:

The Board was presented survey results by Christopher Villarreal, director of communications and education engagement, regarding the middle school boundaries. The data showed Option 1 as favored by respondents which was the same recommended option from RSP & Associates, a planning consultant company for educational institutions.

The action item was tabled for the August 9 meeting for an additional survey to be sent out about Option 1B. The boundaries are the same as Option 1, however, Middle School #3 would open in 2023-2024 with ONLY grades 6 and 7. Students in grade 8 would complete middle school at their assignment from the 2022-2023 school year. 

Please note that the boundaries will not go into effect until the 2023-24 school year.

New Paid Holidays:

The Board approved Superintendent Dr. Burke’s proposal for December 26 and December 31 to become paid holidays for classified staff. Click here for the updated Classified Handbook.

Public Participation:

11 individuals spoke during the public participation portion of the 7/26 meeting. The topics covered included the district’s plan for mitigation practices and middle school boundaries. Click here to view the meeting’s public participation.

Update from JCCC:

Dr. Andrew Bowne, Johnson County Community College president, gave an update on JCCC. JCCC serves about 350 individuals from Spring Hill, which include both SHHS students and Spring Hill residents. The current JCCC cost for Johnson County residents is $94 per credit hour and $112 per credit hour for non-JoCo Kansas residents.

Dr. Bowne shared about the Kansas Promise Scholarship, a new “last dollar” scholarship program. Eligible programs areas include Arts & Design, Education, Computers, Health, Industrial Technology, and Communications & Foreign Language. Click here for more information about the program.

The complete agenda is available by visiting the BoardDocs website.

The complete meeting recording is available by visiting the USD 230 YouTube channel.