• USD honors Garrison Command team

  • Unified School District 207 honored the Garrison Command team — Garrison Commander Col. Marne Sutten and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Williams — with special awards for their support to the district during the monthly board meeting May 20 at the board office.

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Unified School District 207 honored the Garrison Command team — Garrison Commander Col. Marne Sutten and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Williams — with special awards for their support to the district during the monthly board meeting May 20 at the board office.
    Both Sutten and Williams will be relinquishing their responsibilities to a new commander and command sergeant major, respectively, in a ceremony May 30.
    Williams was presented a certificate of appreciation and a district coin.
    “You’ve been very supportive this schoolyear and last schoolyear,” said Keith Mispagel, USD 207 superintendent of schools. “Many of the things that we’ve done in the school district would not be possible without your support, your oversight and your input.”
    Williams said he appreciated the kind words.
    “I think (those words) need to be reversed and put back to each and every one of you all for all the great things that you do for our community and education,” he said. “There are so many great things going on at Fort Leavenworth and watching every one of us and the synergy that is created in reference to bettering our community whether it is the soldiers, our civilians or our family members, it is just amazing to me.”
    Sutten was presented with the first District Patron Award.
    “This is a challenging one for me because you’re also leaving us not only as a parent of two kids in our schools, but as the Garrison commander and a true supporter of what we do here for kids,” Mispagel said. “You and I have had many conversations about not just USD 207 military kids, but (students) across the country and the importance of what we do is bigger than just here. We could not do what we do in this district without your support.”
    Sutten said it has been an honor and a privilege to work with the district and wishes she could have served on the school board.
    “I feel so strongly that this school district is the best that anybody could ever ask for, not just military, but other districts,” Sutten said. “It is to the point where I feel so passionately about it that it may be something I want to do when I get out of the Army.
    “We talk a lot about ‘thank you for your service’ and ‘what can we do for veterans and military members,’ but if you truly want to help a military member you will take care and provide a good education for their kids,” she said. “A lot of school districts talk about it, but this is the first school district that I’ve been in that they don’t just talk, they execute it for our kids and that’s why so many people get out (of the military) and stay in this area is because the school districts are amazing.”
    Page 2 of 3 - School bus tracking
    During the December 2018 board meeting, the board approved the recommendation of Mispagel and USD 207 Chief Financial Officer Rich Holden to contract with Transportant for a new tracking system with the buses in the district.
    During the May 2019 meeting, Andy Vaughn, director of business development for Transportant, shared information about the new bus-tracking system with the board members.
    The new system will include a mobile app, which will include pop-up notifications; mileage reports, which will help determine and eliminate unnecessary fuel costs; second-by-second updates; live video when the buses are moving; and incident reports with video footage.
    “As a parent, I’m excited to see it in progress and in place,” said Lt. Col. Bryce Frederickson, board vice president.
    The system and app are expected to be fully operational by the beginning of the 2019-20 schoolyear.
    School lunch prices
    Due to a positive financial status of the Food Service Fund for the 2018-19 schoolyear, lunch prices will not rise for the 2019-20 schoolyear.
    “We have done some things that have saved us quite a bit of money,” said Marianne Estes, USD 207 food service director.
    The prices for kindergarten through sixth-grade lunches will be $2.80 per meal and seventh- through eighth-grade lunches will be $2.90 per meal.
    As part of the ninth-grade initiatives the board approved during the April 2019 board meeting, ninth-grade lunches will be free.
    Recruiting teachers
    During the meeting, Bill Hatfield, USD 207 talent acquisition specialist, briefed board members on the current status of recruiting student teachers for the 2019-20 schoolyear.
    Over the course of the 2018-19 schoolyear, Hatfield said district representatives have attended several recruiting events including education and career fairs at various universities.
    Currently, USD 207 has recruited two student teachers, both from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., who will begin in the fall.
    Hatfield said the district has also extended the program to high school students who are able to come and observe a classroom for two to four weeks.
    “I think this is a great program,” Frederickson said. “You have to go out and seek the best talent, cultivate it and then obtain them.”
    District summer hours
    To help save on energy costs, the district will have new hours of operation May 27 through July 12.
    All buildings district-wide will operate four 10-hour days, Monday through Thursday. Fridays all buildings will be closed.
    The central office will be open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
    Normal operating hours will resume July 15.
    All board meetings are open to the public. For a complete overview of the meeting and the minutes, visit https://www.board docs.com/ks/usd207/Board.nsf/Public.
    Page 3 of 3 - The next USD 207 board meeting is at 4:30 p.m. June 17 at the board office.
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