BOE Meeting Recap - 8/9/21

BOE Meeting Recap - 8/9/21
Posted on 08/10/2021
USD2 230 BOE Meeting Recap

The Spring Hill School Board of Education met August 9, 2021 at the District Administrative Center to discuss several items. The following are some important highlights from the meeting:

JoCo Public Health Order

Middle School Boundaries

Critical Race Theory

Public Participation

Superintendent’s Contract

JoCo Public Health Order:

After an executive session with Greg Goheen, MVP's lead attorney for the district, and listening to public participation, the Board discussed the recent Johnson County (JoCo) public health order. No action was taken by the Board during the meeting, which means the public health order will take effect.

Following the Johnson County Board of Commissioners Health Order No. 001-21, the Spring Hill School District COVID-19 mitigation practices for 2021-2022 have been updated. The entire Spring Hill USD 230 District Plan for Safe Return is available on the district website, and the update to section "(B) Universal and correct wearing of masks" is included below. 

In accordance with the CDC requirement, passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems.

In accordance with the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners requirement (effective 8/9/2021), masks or other face coverings are required for all children while inside a USD 230 elementary school building and/or middle school building (grades K-8), unless actively eating or drinking. Masks or other face coverings are required for all faculty, staff, and visitors while inside a USD 230 elementary school building and/or middle school building (grades K-8), unless actively eating or drinking. Masks are optional for all students and staff during outdoor activities.

If pursuing a medical mask exemption, please have your student's health care provider complete the Face Mask Medical Exemption Request Form and submit it to your student's school nurse. 

For those not included in the mandate above, masks are highly encouraged, but not required, inside Spring Hill High School and other Spring Hill USD 230 facilities for those individuals who have not been fully vaccinated.

No individual shall be treated unfairly or uncivilly based on their masking choices.

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

Middle School Boundaries:

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

The Board approved the Option 1 boundaries by a vote of 5-2. Middle School #3 will open for the 2023-24 school year with grades 6-8. Click here for the approved 2023-24 middle school boundaries.

Critical Race Theory:

The Board discussed Critical Race Theory (CRT), a topic presented by Nels Anderson, board member. Click here to view the Board’s discussion on the topic.

The Spring Hill School District curriculum for History, Government, and Social Studies (HGSS) follows the approved standards and recommendations from the Kansas State Board of Education which can be found at KSDE HGSS Standards. Our students are encouraged to engage in inquiry-based best practices in order to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens. Neither our curriculum nor the KSDE HGSS Standards require the teaching of Critical Race Theory.

Public Participation:

18 individuals spoke during the public participation portion of the 8/9 meeting. The topics covered included the JoCo Public Health Order and Critical Race Theory. Click here to view the meeting’s public participation.

Superintendent’s Contract:

The Board approved a raise percentage matching certified staff for Dr. Burke, superintendent, and extended his contract for another year by a vote of 7-0.

The complete agenda is available by visiting the BoardDocs website.

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