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BOE Meeting Recap, 04/22/2024

By Marissa Winkel, For Spring Hill Schools

The Spring Hill Schools Board of Education met April 22, 2024 at Dayton Creek Elementary to discuss several items. The following are important highlights from the meeting:

DCES Presentation

Good News, Recognitions & Announcements

Action Items

Discussion Items

 

DCES LogoDCES Presentation

Dr. Theresa Miller, Dayton Creek Elementary principal, Melanie Golubski, DCES teacher, and Katie Smith, DCES reading interventionist, provided a presentation of the many activities happening at their school every day.

 

Good News, Recognitions & Announcements

Dr. Link Luttrell, superintendent, mentioned the signing of SB 73 by the Governor on Friday, April 19.

There are many activities happening each day at Spring Hill Schools.

Dr. Miller recognized two individuals among her staff with Core Value Awards.

Katie Smith, DCES reading interventionist, for Student Success. “[Katie’s] unwavering commitment to our students’ success is truly commendable…[Her] dedication to encouraging students to meet their reading goals is inspiring,” Dr. Miller said. “[Katie’s] ability to inspire and motivate both students and colleagues alike is a true testament to [her] passion for education.”

Sharon Dvorak, DCES administrative secretary, was recognized for Supportive Environment. “We strive to facilitate a safe, supportive environment that serves as the foundation for all learning, and [Sharon has] played a pivotal role in making this a reality,” Dr. Miller said. “[Her] positive attitude and willingness to go above and beyond to assist others have made a significant impact on our school community. [Sharon is] truly an invaluable member of our team, and we are incredibly grateful for all that [she does].”

Katie Smith & Sharon Dvorak smiling with Core Value Award with district leadership

Jayci Dalton, director of Nutrition Services, recognized Glenda Johnston, nutrition coordinator, with a Core Value Award for World-Class Staff. “[Glenda] is always kind, positive, and upbeat. She is always willing to step in and assist in kitchens at all grade levels,” Dalton said. “She recently completed over 120 hours of professional development in school food service management. By doing this, she earned the KSDE Certificate in Child Nutrition Management and was honored at a State Board meeting. Glenda consistently puts our students first, making her World-Class Staff.”

Glenda Johnston smiling with Core Value Award with district leadership

 

Action Items

As discussed at a previous board planning session, an evaluation of the complete Board Policy Manual might be necessary as it was last fully reviewed in 2014. This proposal was approved by the Board.

As stated in a previous meeting, technology equipment upgrades are needed for older devices located in standard classes of Spring Hill Elementary, Prairie Creek Elementary, Wolf Creek Elementary, Spring Hill Middle, and 2007-constructed classrooms in Spring Hill High. The Board approved the request.

 

Discussion Items

SHMS LogoDr. Courtney Weber, Spring Hill Middle assistant principal, and Sydney Lual, SHMS teacher, provided an overview of a potential trip for the National History Day competition. Four students advanced to state competition and are currently waiting on state results in order to know eligibility for the national competition. This competition takes place in Maryland, and SHMS is asking the Board to fund the travel, lodging and expenses for a staff sponsor. The Board approved for the trip to take place upon national competition eligibility.

Dr. Joshua Robinson, assistant superintendent, Marc Williams, Spring Hill High principal, Darcy Sly, Forest Spring Middle principal, Dr. Miller, and Cassie Barton, Insight School of Kansas head of school, all discussed recommended changes to the 2024-25 Student Handbooks. Change recommendations were submitted for consideration.

Robinson, Clay Frigon, Spring Hill High assistant principal, and Jolene Rutledge, Woodland Spring Middle instructional coach, presented recommendations for the 2025-26 District Calendar. Families and staff were also asked to provide input on these options via survey.

 

The complete agenda and presented information are available by visiting BoardDocs.

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