• Mispagel honored at school board meeting

  • Mispagel receives the Commander's Award for Public Service.

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Keith Mispagel, Unified School District 207 superintendent, was presented the Commander’s Award for Public Service during the monthly USD 207 board meeting Jan. 14 at the board office.
    “This is just an amazing opportunity to stand here not only as the Garrison commander to thank you for everything you do for the district and for our students and for our military families, but also as a parent of two students in the district,” said Garrison Commander Col. Marne Sutten.
    “As a military family member, the most important thing we can do to take care of service members’ families is to have a good education for their children. Everywhere I go, people talk about the Fort Leavenworth school system, and that is indicative of you, your board, your principals and the outstanding teachers that you have at this location. So, on behalf of the Garrison command team, but more importantly on behalf of my two kids in your school district, I just want to say thank you for everything that you’ve done.”
    Mispagel has worked for USD 207 for 17 years as the Eisenhower Elementary School principal from 2001 to 2005, deputy superintendent from 2005 to 2011, and superintendent from 2011 to the present.
    “I love it here. I couldn’t do what I do without all of you and without the board, without the Garrison,” Mispagel said. “On a daily basis I love to come to work.
    “I was not military. My dad enlisted in Vietnam out of high school and was in for four years,” he said. “So, I knew very little about this installation or about the military until I got here and now it is my life’s mission and goal that I can provide the best education for military families.”
    School board appreciation
    Mispagel was not the only one who was recognized during the meeting. The members of the board were also recognized with non-monetary gifts from the principals of each school and the district in honor of Board Appreciation Month.
    “What we do on a regular basis couldn’t be done without the support of the board,” Mispagel said. “It is inspiring for what we do as administrators, staff, teachers, families and kids to know that without a doubt the focus that you all have is for bettering our students and this district. So, if we could give a monetary amount, it would be priceless because of the work you guys do for us.”
    Myron Griswold, board president, said the board appreciated the recognition.
    “I know for me it is a labor of love,” Griswold said. “It has been rewarding and I look forward to these meetings and the business that comes before the board. So, thank you very much everybody and give my best to your staff and faculties and your students.”
    Page 2 of 2 - School facility assessments
    Following the recognitions, Hollis + Miller Architects updated the board on the facility assessments conducted in early 2018 and provided three courses of action for board consideration.
    During the school facility assessments, the professionals conducted a capacity study to determine whether each building was being used for maximum goal fulfillment. The four goals included academic, financial, learning environment and employee goals.
    Currently, for the 2018-19 schoolyear, the firm determined that Patton Junior High School was currently at less than 75 percent capacity, Bradley Elementary School was at more than 90 percent capacity, and Eisenhower and MacArthur Elementary Schools were not approaching under or over capacity.
    After analyzing possible enrollment fluctuations over a three-year period and considering current trends in Kansas and Missouri for grade groupings, three courses of actions were recommended.
    The first course of action was to keep the grade levels where they are at and, in the future, adding onto the schools that are approaching over capacity.
    The second course of action was to move sixth-graders to Patton in a separate education center to serve as a transitioning year from elementary school to middle school.
    The third course of action was to move sixth-graders to Patton, but have a separate education center for ninth-graders.
    While none of the courses of action immediately resolve the capacity issues in the facilities, they do address current trends and offer benefits for the district and its students, the architects said.
    The courses of action will be discussed in depth at the special board meeting in February and will be voted on at the regular board meeting Feb. 25 at Eisenhower.
    Early dismissals
    During the meeting, the board approved for Patton to dismiss at 1 p.m. April 25 to accommodate the Patton track meet at 2 p.m. at Normandy Field. The elementary schools will have normal release.
    All board meetings are open to the community. The next USD 207 board meeting is at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Eisenhower.
    For a complete overview of the meeting and the minutes, visit https://www.boarddocs.com/ks/usd207/Board.nsf/Public.
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