October 12, 2020
Wabaunsee USD #329 District Office
Board Vice-President Tony Conrad called the regular meeting to order at 6:00 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance & a moment of silence. Board members Callie Meinhardt, Jerome Hesse, Kelly Oliver, Jim Vopata, and Tony Conrad attended in person. Board members Don Frank and Justin Frank were absent.
There were additions to the Agenda that included: Under Consent Agenda-accept a donation from Patterson Family Foundation Grant; Under Personnel-Add Terri Padilla-AES/WHS Food Service and Norma Burris PMS/WJH Classified Substitute. Board member Vopata moved to accept the additions. Board member Meinhardt seconded. Motion carried 5-0
Written reports were submitted by Principals Hutley, Oliver, and Craghead as well as from Technology Director Josh Nisly, Maintenance/Transportation Director Freddie Johnson, and Food Service Director Deb Westhoff.
Board member Kelly Oliver moved to accept the Consent Agenda. Meinhardt seconded. Motion carried 5-0
Mr. Starnes reviewed updated information on custodial outsourcing with ATS. He presented comparisons on benefits In addition to duties in comparison with other surrounding districts. With the continued difficulty filling open positions, the district has had to go to outside sources for temporary help which is very costly. He asked the board to give strong consideration towards custodial outsourcing. Board member Oliver moved to accept the plan from ATS as proposed. Board member Hess seconded. Motion carried 5-0. Mr. Starnes informed members the final Town Hall meeting will be October 19 in Alma, at WHS at 6:00 pm. A flyer from HTK will be going out to all registered voters and will be included in the district paper as an insert. He also reviewed current enrollment numbers.
At 6:30 pm, Tony Conrad moved to go into executive session for the exception for data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts, and individual proprietorships under KOMA, and the open meeting will resume at 6:40 pm. Oliver seconded. Motion carried 5-0. Board member Conrad moved that after the first executive session, to immediately go into executive session at 6:40 pm to discuss an individual employee’s performance pursuant to non-elected personnel exception under KOMA, and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 6:50 pm. Oliver seconded. Motion carried 5-0. The Board reconvened at 6:50 pm.
Board member Conrad moved to approve Employment as listed, including additions to the agenda. Oliver seconded. Motion carried 5-0
Mr. Starnes discussed USD 329 being featured in TLTalkradio podcast and a TV feature on the bond that highlighted all the positives happening in our district. Board member Conrad thanked administrators and all others who have assisted with the town hall meetings, to help them run smoothly.
Board member Conrad moved to adjourn. Meinhardt seconded. Motion carried 5-0. Meeting adjourned at 6:55 pm.
Submitted by Cheryl Zeller