Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
In honor of Board of Education Appreciation Month, Unified School District 207 board members were presented with gifts from all four post schools — Bradley, Eisenhower and MacArthur Elementary Schools, and Patton Junior High School — and district staff during the monthly board meeting Jan. 27 at the district office.
“It is an excellent time of year when we get to recognize the board of education for your dedication, service and your commitment to not only our students, but the staff and the district,” said Keith Mispagel, superintendent of schools. “It is the district’s thanks knowing that it is not just showing up here for the meeting, and hearing how great things are. It is a lot of behind the scenes and challenges that require your support and input and guidance on how to make this district the best it can be.”
Myron Griswold, board president, said being on the board is a labor of love.
“I love coming to the meetings and preparing for the meetings and the attitude of the students and the superintendent, this team, the principals and their teams at all the schools, all licensed and classified personnel just wanting to do the best they can possibly do every day and wanting to improve,” Griswold said. “That’s what gets me up in the morning. I think that’s what is so great about this district.”
Lt. Col. Chris Evans, board vice president, said he has two passions.
“I got a passion for serving and a passion for education and coming here I get to do both,” Evans said. “You don’t get to do that very often where you can get back and give something back as well, but in this job I can.”
Col. Scott Green, board member, said with the new year comes a new decade of things to look forward to.
“(The new decade) made me think of the opportunity to be part of the best school district in the state and the chance to make it that way for the next decade,” Green said. “Thanks for letting me be a part of it.”
Because of the Patton home invitational track meet at 2 p.m. April 30, Patton students will have early dismissal at 1 p.m.
During the board meeting, Mispagel presented the board with a working school calendar for the 2020-21 schoolyear. The final calendar will be approved at the February board meeting and will be available on the district website following that approval.
The board approved five additional competition field trips connected to the Kaw Valley League. The Math Counts State Competition is Feb. 4 at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City; the KVL Spelling Bee Competition is Feb. 4 at Tonganoxie Middle School; the KVL Band Festival Competition is March 5 at Lansing Middle School; the KVL Choir Festival Competition is March 26 at Lansing; and the KVL Math Relays Competition is April 28 at Bonner Springs Middle School.
In November 2019, the board approved the update of the technology in the educational theater at Bradley. During the January meeting, Mispagel presented some additional proposed changes to go along with the technology update. Proposed updates include the addition of one more row of seats raising the capacity from 62 to 80; mounting the projectors and screens; putting in a stationary wall to replace the partition, which will help with presentation style; painting the dome ceiling and replacing the carpet to colors that will allow for best projection; and cross curriculum opportunities to expand its uses.
The board will approve all proposed changes and the final budget at the February board meeting.
For a complete overview of the meeting and the minutes, visit https://go.boarddocs.com/ks/usd207/Board.nsf/Public.
All board meetings are open to the public. The next USD 207 board meeting is at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Eisenhower Elementary School library.