BOE Meeting Recap - 1/24/22

BOE Meeting Recap - 1/24/22
Posted on 01/24/2022
USD 230 BOE Meeting Recap

The Spring Hill School Board of Education met Jan. 24, 2022 at Prairie Creek Elementary School for the school's morning meeting and to discuss several items. The following are some important highlights from the meeting:

2022-23 District Fees

KASB Superintendent Search

Middle School #3 Name & Colors

PCES Building Presentation

SHMS Track Replacement

2022-23 District Fees:

Director of Business Doug Schwinn presented the proposed district fees for the 2022-23 school year to the Board:

  1. Instructional fees - Schwinn doesn't recommend increasing the fees after a $5 increase three years ago.

  2. Technology fees - Director of Technology Phil Elliott and Schwinn discussed annual repair costs and recommended a $5 increase, the first increase since the fee began in 2015-16 .

  3. Preschool fees - Schwinn discussed leaving the fees unchanged after increasing them $20 two years ago. Another $20 increase for the 2023-2024 school year is anticipated.

  4. Meal prices - Schwinn discussed leaving meal prices unchanged after an increase of $.05 two years ago. Cash balances are higher than normal with the government providing free meals to all students.

  5. Pay-To-Ride fees - Schwinn recommends adjusting the fees based on the contract increase with AppleBus (3.8% for 2022-23 per board action Apr. 13, 2020).

  6. Driver's Education fees - These fees will remain unchanged (per board action Jan. 10, 2022).

This discussion on next school year’s district fees will come back as an action item at the Feb. 14 meeting.

KASB Superintendent Search:

The Board, with a 6-0 vote, will hold special meetings Feb. 24, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. and the week of Feb. 28-Mar. 3, 2022 (times TBD) for the district’s superintendent search. To view the timeline of the KASB process, visit the BOE Special Meeting Recap - 1/18/22.

Middle School #3 Name & Colors:

Director of Communication and Education Engagement Christopher Villarreal previously recommended that middle school #3 be named Forest Spring Middle School (FSMS) and its colors be purple, forest green and white. The Board approved the recommendation with a vote of 6-0. The mascot selection process will take place with students in Fall 2022.

PCES Building Presentation:

Prairie Creek Elementary School Principal Jody Cole, along with several PCES teachers, shared information with the Board about the building’s strategic plan and how it was developed to align with the district’s strategic plan. The next steps are to develop teacher goals and grade level goals aligned with the building’s goals. PCES staff also presented on the Leader In Me program and the building’s PLC time to the Board. 

Students at PCES were heavily involved as they greeted attendants to the meeting, led the Pledge of Allegiance and guided tours around the school. The fifth grade choir also sang to the Board during the presentation.

SHMS Track Replacement:

Director of Facilities Kyley Delphia discussed possible Spring Hill Middle School track replacement with the Board. This will be for the architectural/contract management, engineering services (geotechnical, topographical) and landscape design of the project. The cost for the currently proposed services to determine the project’s scope of work is $49,220.

The cost of the track rework will cost anywhere from $500,000 to $1,000,000, depending on how the asphalt looks when core samples are taken; the cost will be taken out of capital outlay. This discussion will come back as an action item at a future BOE meeting.

The complete agenda is available by visiting the BoardDocs website.

There is no recording available as morning Board of Education meetings in schools are not recorded.