• Board hones non-resident enrollment policy

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  • Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
    A revised Board Policy for Student Enrollment presented by Superintendent Dr. Keith Mispagel was unanimously approved May 23.
    Mispagel said the revisions to the plan included additions that cleared up the numbering and formatting of the original document, making the intent of policies easier to comprehend. He said it also addressed most of the types of frequently asked questions received from non-residents of Unified School District 207 over the last two years.
    “Namely, we have been explicit in the language of the guideline that states non-residents approved to attend USD 207 schools must provide the transportation for their students to and from school,” Mispagel said. “USD 207 buses will not pick up or transport students outside of district boundaries.”
    Mispagel said the entire document had received legal review and input for clarity and adherence to policy.
    “The Board Policy for Student Enrollment is a useful guide and made available to any member of the community,” Mispagel said. “The USD207.org website contains all of the information as well and will be a functional tool for families enrolling students in our schools.”
    Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Shoffner and Board President Myron Griswold recognized departing Board Vice President Lt. Col. Chris Springer for his service. Before presenting him with the Army Commendation Medal, Shoffner attributed several significant developments within the district to Springer’s contributions and service as a member of the board.
    “In the two years I have worked with the board, we’ve seen the district’s pre-school program launch and thrive,” Shoffner said. “During his watch, the new MacArthur Elementary School came online and is one of the premier education facilities in the state of Kansas. We appreciate everything (Springer) has done.”
    Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Fuller read the award citation, which said Springer’s contribution to the community was significant. Springer expressed his appreciation.
    “I will miss being a part of this great team. I appreciate the mentorship received from the leadership and friendships developed with fellow board members,” Springer said. “I am glad to have had the opportunity to work with you all, and I am honored and humbled to have served in this capacity.”
    Griswold presented a certificate of appreciation to Shoffner that also commemorated his service to the district as the garrison commander. He said Shoffner will retire in June.
    “He (Shoffner) has been a great supporter of the school district as our garrison commander and leader of the best hometown in the Army,” Griswold said. “On behalf of the board, we couldn’t be happier with (his) leadership and our relationship with him, particularly his work with the superintendent.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Mispagel, who also serves as president of the Military Impacted Schools Association Region 6, presented Shoffner with a MISA coin and recalled working closely with him.
    “(Shoffner’s) support of the MISA organization at the national level has been very significant to USD 207,” Mispagel said.
    Shoffner said the strength of the Fort Leavenworth community has been in the ability of its members to build relationships.
    “We have robust and developed relationships that allow any situation or issue to be worked through constructively,” Shoffner said. “Working with the superintendent has been a professional experience of resolving matters in the most synergistic manner.”
    Griswold and Mispagel presented a certificate of appreciation to Kathy McKinley, site council president for Eisenhower Elementary School. Griswold said her role was vital to the school improvement plans that provide a blueprint of school-based initiatives, strategies, and benchmarked standards. He said school site councils serve as monitors of continued growth.
    McKinley was cited for her collaborative, communicative and visionary leadership style that led to improvement at Eisenhower Elementary School.
    Regular school board meetings are open to members of the community. Meeting agendas and report documents are available to download before and after meetings online at www.boarddocs.com/ks/usd207/Board.nsf/Public.
    After completion of the remaining presentations and action items, the board went into executive session. The next regular meeting is at 4:30 p.m. June 20 at the board office.
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