Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
Unified School District 207 conducted its monthly school board meeting at the Bradley Elementary School library March 28.
Board President Myron Griswold presided over the meeting agenda. Directors in attendance were Vice President Lt. Col. Chris Springer, Superintendent Dr. Keith Mispagel, Assistant Superintendent Bill Hatfield, Deputy Superintendent SuAnn Grant, Board Member Marianne Eldridge, and Rich Holden, chief financial officer of the district and clerk of the board.
After approval of the agenda and minutes, the meeting began with the Bradley Elementary School Principal Report by Dr. Michaela Culkin.
Culkin said the school celebrated Music in Our Schools Week March 13-17. Her report began with a musical presentation by the school choir directed by Tenessa Martin and comprised of students in grades four through six.
Bradley Elementary School Student Council President Trishelle Keese, with Vice President Emily Taylor and Secretary Caitlyn Yengo, presented an organizational activities report to the board.
Other elements of Culkin’s report were discussions about community events, including reading day, movie night, family math night, the fall picnic and Thanksgiving dinner.
“We are pleased to report all of our programs were successful,” Culkin said. “Our Thanksgiving dinner served 630 people.”
Culkin concluded her report with information that state testing started earlier in the day with fourth- and fifth-grade students. She provided an overview of the STAR (Software Tools for Academics and Researchers) scores and how teachers were able to assess students within a given time frame using specific interventions.
Holden initiated a discussion item about renaming the old MacArthur Elementary School building. He said as part of the Board of Education Addition Plan, the central office will relocate across the street to the old MacArthur Elementary School building on Biddle Boulevard in early July 2017.
“Given we have a new Mac school building, it is time to retire the old Mac building name,” Holden said. “I have proposed the name USD 207 Annex.”
Grant recommended for kindergarten to begin the school year 2017-18 with a half-day schedule. She said students from each classroom would either attend a morning or afternoon session.
“This shortened schedule would run from the first day of school, Thursday, Aug. 10, through Friday, Aug. 18,” Grant said. “The regular full-day attendance schedule will then begin on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.”
Grant said the benefit of this plan is that it allows kindergarten students to incrementally transition to a full-day schedule. She said upon approval, the information will be posted on the USD 207 website and provided to all incoming parents of 2017-18 kindergarten students at enrollment.
“Additionally, we will provide information to Jessica Brushwood, our school liaison, and Jennifer Burford, the installation (Exceptional Family Member Program) manager, for their (further) distribution in working with incoming families,” Grant said.
Page 2 of 2 - The board went into executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel matters of non-elected personnel. For more information, visit the USD 207 website at www.usd207.org.
Board meetings are open to members of the community. Meeting agendas and report documents are available in advance online from the www.usd207.org website or at http://www.boarddocs.com/ks/usd207/Board.nsf/Public.
The next meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. April 25 at the board office.