BOE Meeting Recap - 9/13/21

BOE Meeting Recap - 9/13/21
Posted on 09/15/2021
USD 230 BOE Meeting Recap

The Spring Hill School Board of Education met September 13, 2021 at the District Administrative Center to discuss several items. The following are some important highlights from the meeting:


COVID-19 Dashboard

Critical Race Theory

Middle School #3 Water Supply

Public Participation

SHHS Activities Request


Director of Business & Finance Doug Schwinn presented information on the upcoming year’s budget to the Board during the revenue neutral rate (RNR) and budget hearings. Schwinn shared that the overall mil levy will be declining for a second straight year. The Board approved the budget for the 2021-22 school year with a 6-0 vote during the meeting.

COVID-19 Dashboard:

Superintendent Dr. Wayne Burke presented to the Board a request from several individuals for mask exemption counts to be added to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard. The Board will bring back this topic as an action item at the September 27 meeting.

Critical Race Theory:

Assistant Superintendent Brad Willson and Director of Teaching & Learning Dr. Erin Smith presented on Critical Race Theory to the Board at their request. Smith and Willson covered the district’s curriculum and policies that relate. Click here to view the 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.

Middle School #3 Water Supply:

Director of Construction & Safety Tim Meek presented requests relating to the water supply near Middle School #3 to the Board:

  1. To approve the Water Main Extension and Petition Agreement MX-21020 with Water District No. 1 of Johnson County, Kansas at an estimated cost of $70,030.00.

  2. To approve the Permanent Easement, for public water main, unto Water District No. 1 of Johnson County (Kansas).

  3. To approve joining Water One Benefit Area for a water main extension designated MX-18006BA at a cost of $32,934.80.

  4. To approve joining Water One Benefit Area for a water main extension designated MX-07027BA at a cost of $2,479.12.

The Board approved each of the four action items with four 6-0 votes.

Meek also shared other construction updates to the Board. Middle School #3 has its concrete slabs completed and the masonry walls continue to go up. The solar project near SHHS and the roof repairs at the Insight School of Kansas building are both still expected to be completed this fall. 

Public Participation:

2 individuals spoke during the public participation of the 9/13 meeting. The topics covered included COVID-19 and the district's dashboard. Click here to view the meeting’s public participation.

SHHS Activities Request:

Two different activities from Spring Hill High School presented to the Board about upcoming opportunities. The SHHS Dazzler Dance Team discussed attending the ADTS National Dance Championship at the University of North Texas. The Spring Hill FFA chapter discussed attending the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Board will bring back the funding requests as an action item at a future meeting.

The complete agenda is available by visiting the BoardDocs website.

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