Katie Peterson | Staff Writer

Karen Linn, certified public accountant and managing director from Berberich Trahan & Co., briefed Unified School District 207 board members on the results of the 2018-19 schoolyear financial audit during the monthly board meeting Oct. 28 at the board office.

The company did not identify any significant or unusual transactions or significant accounting policies in controversial or emerging areas for which there is a lack of authoritative guidance or consensus; encountered no disagreements with management over the application of significant accounting principles, the basis for management’s judgements on any significant matters, the scope of the audit or significant disclosures to be included in the financial statement; no significant issues arising from the audit were discussed or the subject of correspondence with management; and did not encounter any significant difficulties in dealing with management during the audit.

SuAnn Grant, USD 207 deputy superintendent, provided the board with a special education update. As of Sept. 20, USD 207 accommodates 232 SPED students. The SPED program assists students with autism, developmental delays, learning disabilities, and speech and language deficiencies. The three elementary schools and the overall district also have new SPED employees including Jake Scherer, interrelated teacher at Bradley Elementary School; Kara Perkins, speech language pathologist at Eisenhower Elementary School; Susan Finn, speech language pathologist, and Catherine Hutchens, interrelated teacher at MacArthur Elementary School; and Reagan Riggs, social worker, and Heather Wilk, compliance facilitator, for the district.

During the meeting, the board approved plans to change the acoustics of Bradley’s cafeteria, after they were briefed at a special board meeting Oct. 11 at the board office. The project, which will include raising the wall up to the roof deck, is meant to reduce the noise level of the cafeteria.

“It has been more noticeable over the last couple of years because the enrollment at Bradley has increased,” said Keith Mispagel, USD 207 superintendent.

“It is not like the kids are talking loudly, but when 100 kids are all having conversations over lunch, it boggles the mind,” added Rich Holden, USD 207 chief financial officer.

Hollis+Miller Architects will head the project, and work will begin in June 2020.

All board meetings are open to the public. For an overview of the meeting and the minutes, visit https://www.boarddocs.com/ks/usd207/Board.nsf/Public.

The next USD 207 board meeting is at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 25 in the MacArthur Elementary School cafeteria.

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