• School board welcomes newest member

  • Col. Scott Green was sworn in as the newest member of the USD 207 school board June 17.

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Col. Scott Green, director of the Command and General Staff School, was officially sworn in as the newest board member for Unified School District 207 during the monthly meeting June 17 at the board office.
    Green took over as director of CGSS June 14 and previously served as head of the Department of Army Tactics at the Command and General Staff College. He said he applied for the school board position because he wanted to give back to the community.
    “I was interested in the school district policies, teacher hiring actions, curriculum development, and I thought there might be some transference of that in my job as the director of the Command and General Staff School,” Green said. “I thought I might be able to learn some things to carry back to my Army job and vice versa.
    “I have kids in the district, so it is my hope that I can contribute to the future planning and growth of the school district both for faculty and teachers and the students and families who are part of the district,” he said.
    Green will have one child going into fourth grade at Eisenhower Elementary School and one child starting as a freshman at Leavenworth High School for the 2019-20 schoolyear.
    In other news, the board approved the upgrading of surveillance equipment throughout the district, following a presentation by Keith Mispagel, superintendent of schools, and Rich Holden, USD 207 chief financial officer, at the May board meeting.
    “Previously, we had surveillance software that was different in two of the schools based on the origination of their video systems. We will now have consistency of the software in all buildings, which will also allow for review and viewing from one system instead of operating two,” Mispagel said. “The new Salient software also has additional features for DVR, etc., that previously were not part of the older software. Additionally, this allows us to operate cameras that have less pixelated viewing at higher resolution.”
    The new video surveillance system will be installed in time for the beginning of the 2019-20 schoolyear.
    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.
    The next USD 207 board meeting is at 4:30 p.m. July 22 at the board office.
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