USD 333 Concordia Board of Education Meets for Over Four Hours; Tables Action on Acquisition of Property

USD 333 Concordia Board of Education Meets for Over Four Hours; Tables Action on Acquisition of Property

The USD 333 Concordia Board of Education met for over four hours on Monday, June 10th.

During their regular meeting, the board held two separate Executive Sessions, totaling 30 minutes in length, for a preliminary discussion of the acquisition of real property.  Following the sessions, the board voted to table action on the acquisition of property.

No public statements were made regarding the location of the possible site acquisition.

Personnel Matters
The board voted Monday to accept the resignation of Ken Meyer, Concordia Junior/Senior High School Counselor and Assistant High School Football Coach.  The board also voted to accept the resignations of Christy Hasch, School Psychologist for the Learning Cooperative of North Central Kansas; Jodi McManus, Interrelated Teacher for the Learning Cooperative of North Central Kansas; and Traci Ball, Clifton-Clyde Elementary Grades K-3.

Other resignations approved Monday included Cyndi Atwell and Ashley Blain as Scholar's Bowl Coaches; Andrew Dominguez as High School Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, High School Assistant Track and Field Coach and Concordia Junior/Senior High School At-Risk Paraprofessional; and Shalynn Loring as 7th and 8th Grade Assistant Girls Basketball Coach.

Josh Pounds was approved as a new High School Assistant Football Coach and High School Assistant Boys Basketball Coach.  Rowe Hinkle was hired as a new High School Assistant Football Coach and Assistant Summer Weights Coach.  Jenny Acree was approved as a new Assistant Junior High Volleyball Coach and Assistant Junior High Girls Basketball Coach.  Tristen Leiszler has been added as a High School Assistant Girls Basketball Coach.  And Tori Jessup has been approved as an Assistant Junior High Girls Basketball Coach.

Ashlea Marsh was also hired as a Title Reading Paraprofessional at Concordia Elementary School.

Other Action Items
The board approved the purchase of new Social Studies Curriculum for Grades 3 through 12 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the amount of $78,316.71.

A Letter of Understanding with Mapes & Miller LLP, Certified Public Accountants, for audit services for the fiscal years 2019, 2020 and 2021 was approved.

The board approved a proposal for milk pricing from F&A Food Sales, Inc., set meal prices for 2019-2020, and approved handbook revisions for Concordia Elementary School.

The board also set Thursday, June 27th at noon as the date to conduct their soft close for the end of fiscal year 2019.

Plans for a School Greenhouse
During their information update and communication section of the meeting, Junior High Science Teacher Bruce Jacobs and Agriculture Education Instructor Krystal Nelson outlined a proposal to construct an on-campus greenhouse west of the Concordia Junior/Senior High School Career and Technical Education building.

The greenhouse, estimated between $18,000 to $20,000, would be used for research in classes such as Plant Science, Soil Science and Agriscience.

Jacobs said having a greenhouse available to students would allow them to promote gardening, food origins, plant usage, diet, greenhouse management, and enhance awareness of locally grown produce.  He also said some districts have been able to contribute fresh produce daily to supplement their cafeteria salad bar.

6th Grade Cross Country
Concordia Middle School Principal and Junior High Athletic Director Larry Myers and Junior/Senior High School Boys and Girls Cross Country Coach Rick Haden highlighted plans to allow 6th Grade Students at Concordia Middle School to run with 7th and 8th Grade students during the Junior High Cross Country season. 

The plan is to allow 6th Graders to participate to expose them to the sport and hopefully increase participation levels in Junior High and High School.