February 12, 2019

February 12, 2019
Posted on 02/12/2019

Recognitions & Presentations

You Make A Difference

The You Make a Difference Award is presented to staff members whose exemplary actions support students, colleagues and the mission of Salina Public Schools. Recipients of these awards receive a lapel pin and a handwritten note personally delivered by a board of education member.

Cathy Cash, Music Teacher

Heusner Elementary School

Cathy brought an exciting idea to Heusner: High Five Fridays. Her vision involves community members ‘high-five-ing' students as they enter on Friday mornings as acknowledgement of students' hard work, pride and grit. Participants have included Kansas State Polytechnic, the USD 305 board office and the Salina Police Department. Cathy's initiative and coordination have made a difference at Heusner, thank you!

Shawna Vakadewatabua, Kindergarten Teacher

Oakdale Elementary School

Shawna's teaching style prompted a parent to nominate her to receive this recognition. Some of Shawna's qualities that positively affect everyone include her hard work, wonderful communication skills and her warm and open heart. Her extra efforts included providing gifts to families in need at the holidays and attending school and student activities outside of the workday. Thank you, Shawna, for making a difference at Oakdale!

McKenzie Weishaar, 2nd Grade Teacher; Sara Goldsby, 1st Grade Teacher; Linda Rohrer, Music Teacher

Sunset Elementary School

Sara, McKenzie and Linda formed a committee to run a community project for Sunset students named “Give-Cember.” The Sunset family brought gloves, mittens and hats that were used at Sunset and shared with other community agencies. Students proudly watched as the collection of items grew to a final number of 234 donations. Thank you Sara, McKenzie and Linda for making a difference at Sunset!

KASB Boardsmanship

Certificates were presented on behalf of the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) who participated in KASB 2019 Introduction to Foundations of Boardsmanship training. Those receiving certificates were: Dr. James Hardy, Nedra Elbl, Gary Denning, Emma Doherty, Jim Fletcher, Gabe Grant and Ann Zimmerman.

Superintendent's Excellence Awards

Certificates were presented to the following students who qualified for state competitions:

Salina High School Central/Choir: Central High had the following students selected to the KMEA All-State Mixed Choir. They were Carly Redding, Nate Weis, and Lance Griffin. Students selected to the All-State Women's Choir were Violet Arb, Ella Eaton, Indigo Guise and Bradyn Houltberg. Ryan Holmquist is the vocal music director.

Salina High School South/Choir: South High had the following students selected to the KMEA All-State Choir. They were Amaya Dungan, Jessica Greer, Whitney Turner and Courtney White. Eddie Creer, Jr. is the vocal music director.

Salina High School Central/Band: Central High had the following students selected to participate in the KMEA All-State Jazz Band. Tyler Corl was selected for trombone and Jose Arrieta Renteria was selected for bass trombone. Ben Rohrer is the band director.

Salina High School South/Orchestra: South High had the following student selected to participate in the KMEA All-State Orchestra. Maria Bonilla was selected for violin. Alyssa Lane is the orchestra director.

Salina High School Central/Thespian: Central High Thespian students included Audrey Burgoon, Annie Taggart, Bradyn Houltberg, Madeline Paradis, Carly Redding, Rebecca Hough, Phoebe Helton, Spencer Angell and Moses Brown. Chad Nulik is the theatre director.

Salina High School South/Thespian:  South High Thespian Troupe received Gold Honor Troupe award at the 2019 Kansas State Thespian Conference. Troupe members included Kaylee Warren, Leighton Cline, Jacob Sweet, Whitney Turner and Courtney White. Kate Lindsay is the theatre director.

Salina High School South/Debate: The Debate team included Jaydyn McLaughlin, Ariana Nunez, Seth Carter, Emilee Jordan, Abigail Thompson, Mason Jones, Rylan Humphrey, Madisyn Willson-Snook, Gavin Jones, Tiana Marion, Maya Daily, Santiago Vasquez, Brandon Stewart, Savannah Bonilla, Courtney McCullough, Kaitlyn Bergmann, Tristin Kinderknecht, Maddy Turner, Miriam Benavides and Ayleen Escobedo. The team is coached by Megan Hagaman.

Salina High School Central/Art: Kansas Regional Scholastic Art Awards Competition participants included Amaya Svendblad, Silver Key and Honorable Mention; Lauren Cullins, Silver Key; Grace Holgerson, Silver Key; Logan Roush, Silver Key; Kyra Williams, Silver Key; Chloe White, Silver Key; Rebekah Franklin, Silver Key; Paige McConnell, Silver Key; Morgan Berryman, Silver Key; Melissa Chavez, Silver Key; Konner Dorenkamp, Silver Key; Mackenzie Hulsey, Silver Key; Layna Kinnaird, Silver Key; Raymond Madera, Honorable Mention; Grace Hopkins, Honorable Mention; Katie Buchanan, Honorable Mention; Jessalyn Colborn, Honorable Mention; and Aleigha Haller, Honorable Mention. Larry Cullins, Kiersten Dykes and Sarah Cradduck are the art teachers.

Personnel Report

Appointment of Certified Contract(s) for 2019-2020

  • Bills, Larrah, grade 2, Heusner Elementary
  • Pienert, Ashley, speech language pathologist, CKCIE

Transfer of Certified Contract(s) for 2019-2020

  • Dewitt, Thomas, science/Salina West, science/Central High School
  • Garcia, Irma, Art/.5 FTE Heusner Elementary/.5 FTE Meadowlark Elementary, art/.5 FTE Central High School/.5 FTE South High School
  • Oliver, Michelle, high incidence special education/USD305, high incidence special education/Meadowlark Elementary
  • Schafer, Ryan, history and government/Salina West, .5 FTE business/.5 FTE social studies/South High School

Resignation of Certified Contract(s) at the end of 2018-2019

  • Davis, James, music, Lakewood Middle School
  • Farrell, Jenifer, lead teacher, Coronado Elementary

Retirement of Certified Contract(s) at the end of 2018-2019

  • Coatney, Kelli, speech language pathologist, CKCIE
  • Scanlon, Vicki, lead teacher, Cottonwood Elementary

Appointment of Supplemental Contract(s) for 2018-2019

  • Curry, Luke, wrestling assistant high school, South High School
  • Turner, Joseph, tennis assistant boys high school, South High School

Resignation of Supplemental Contract(s) for 2018-2019

  • Graff, Jill, volleyball head middle school grade 7, South Middle School
  • Hurley, Kayley, golf head girls high school, South High School
  • Slade, T.J., football assistant middle school grade 8, South Middle School

Classified Appointment(s) for 2018-2019

  • Burgdolf, Jennifer, paraeducator, Cottonwood Elementary/CKCIE
  • Clouston, Angela, paraeducator, Coronado Elementary/CKCIE
  • Escobedo, Araseli, lunchroom aide, Schilling Elementary
  • Faz-Salas, Irving, overnight custodian, Central High School
  • Freeman, Lindsay, paraeducator, CKCIE/McKinley Abilene
  • Kline, Megan, assistant forensic coach, South High School
  • Lukavsky, Karla, paraeducator, Coronado Elementary/CKCIE
  • Nitz, Karl, golf assistant boys high school, Central High School
  • Preiner, Denise, food service worker II, Schilling Elementary
  • Ragnoni, Denise, teacher assistant II, Heartland Early Education
  • Rivers, Hannah, paraeducator, South High School/CKCIE
  • Rollins, Deshante, teacher assistant II, Heartland Early Education
  • Shepard, Evelyn, paraeducator, Schilling Pre-K/CKCIE
  • Sola, Abigail, paraeducator, Lakewood Middle School/CKCIE
  • Sollars, Sabryn, paraeducator, Coronado Elementary/CKCIE
  • Swanson, Madison, paraeducator, Coronado Elementary/CKCIE
  • Toburen, Shannon, paraeducator, CKCIE/Bennington Elementary
  • Weis, Sarah, paraeducator, Heusner Elementary/CKCIE
  • Wood, Mary Pat, Title I instructional assistant, Oakdale Elementary

Transfer of Classified Appointment(s) for 2018-2019

  • Corey, Cindy, night custodian/Sunset Elementary, paraeducator/CKCIE/Sunset Elementary
  • Evans, Mary, paraeducator/CKCIE/Ell-Saline Elementary, paraeducator/Cottonwood Elementary/CKCIE
  • Hardesty, Kristine, paraeducator/Heusner Elementary/CKCIE, paraeducator/Cottonwood Elementary/CKCIE
  • Ramirez, Hilda, night custodian/South Middle School, night custodian/Sunset Elementary
  • Scruby, Brittany, teacher assistant II/Headstart Abilene/CKCIE, paraeducator/Heartland Early Education
  • Skinner, Jennifer, lunchroom aide/Coronado Elementary, paraeducator/Coronado Elementary/CKCIE

Classified Retirement(s) for 2018-2019

  • Kuder, Carolyn, food service worker II, Schilling Elementary

Classified Resignation(s) for 2018-2019

  • Casstevens, Judith, paraeducator, Meadowlark Elementary
  • Cerati, Raysa, food service worker I, Lakewood Middle School
  • Cunningham, Azailia, title I instructional assistant, Oakdale Elementary
  • Deckert, Laura, paraeducator, Coronado Elementary/CKCIE
  • Flores Meza, Nanci, teacher assistant II, Heartland Early Education
  • Shannon, Rhonda, cashier/cook, Central High School
  • Stauffer, Angela, roving food service worker, South High School
  • Vanderford, Addy, paraeducator, Lakewood Middle School/CKCIE
  • Walker, Vicki, paraeducator, CKCIE/Minneapolis Elementary
  • Wilson, Devin, teacher assistant II, Heartland Early Education

Audit Contract

The board of education approved the audit contract with Varney & Associates, CPAs, LLC for the year ending June 30, 2019.

Out-of-State Field Trip

The board of education approved the Central High Robotics out-of-state trip to Denver, CO on March 20-24, 2019.

2019-2020 School Calendar

The board of education approved the 2019-2020 school calendar.

2020-2021 Tentative School Calendar

The board of education approved the tentative calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

School Board Reports

  • Gary Denning, board member, attended musicals at both high schools and delivered a You Make a Difference award at Oakdale Elementary School.
  • Jim Fletcher, board member, attended musicals at both high schools, basketball games and delivered a You Make a Difference award at Sunset Elementary School.
  • Ann Zimmerman, board member, attended the Smoky Hill Education Service Center Executive Cabinet meeting, musicals at both high schools and High-Five Friday at Heusner Elementary School.
  • Gabe Grant, board member, attended musicals at both high schools and basketball games.
  • Emma Doherty, board member, attended the District Health Council meeting, Kansas Day celebration with students, the Salina West Graduation and musicals at both high schools.
  • Carol Brandert, vice president, delivered a You Make a Difference award to Heusner Elementary School and attended the NEA-Salina meeting.
  • Nedra Elbl, president, attended the Salina West Graduation and the Equity Council meeting.

Upcoming Dates of Importance

  • Saturday, February 23, Chamber Legislative Meeting, Chamber, 8:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 16, Chamber Legislative Meeting, Chamber, 8:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 9, Salina Education Foundation Reception, 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20, Chamber Legislative Meeting, Chamber, 8:30 a.m.

Superintendent's Report

Dr. James Hardy, superintendent of schools, reported that February is National Career and Technical Education (CTE) month and shared a sheet of career clusters with board members. He discussed his communications with local legislators and attended the community volunteer event coordinated by the Salina Area United Way that resulted in thousands of hygiene kits for local youth.

Executive Session

The board of education recessed into executive session for personnel.

Board Worksession

The board of education reviewed Board Policy updates on first reading.