The enrollment at USD 409 schools has decreased from the previous school year.

The numbers were reviewed and discussed during the regular school board meeting Monday at Atchison Elementary School.

Superintendent Susan Myers told board members the actual headcount from Sept. 20 was 1,691. The full time equivalency count checked in at 1,649.6. Myers said the difference in the numbers is that not all pupils count as one student.

Although kindergartners as of recent school years count as one pupil, but preschoolers only count as one half. High school students who are only in school for part of the day are also only counted as one half compared to high-schoolers enrolled to attend a full day of classes on school days.

Home-schooled and parochial students who receive special services facilitated through the district are also only counted in part in accordance with FTE standard, Myers explained. The numbers are all subject to the state audit that usually takes place after the first of each New Year.

The current counts reflect a decrease of 41 inthe actual headcount during the 2017-18 schoolyear. The FTE checked in with a 46.2 decrease.

Myers said in the previous few years when the state’s school funding was frozen the Atchison Public Schools enrollment numbers were growing. During that period, more than 100 students transferred from out of district to attend the 409 schools that reflected an increase from 73 student transfers in a previous year.

In other matters, board members:

Heard a report from Brad Weaver, 2017-18 Kansas Teacher of the Year finalist.

Weaver serves as a music teacher at AES. Weaver said during the year traveled with the other seven state finalists throughout Kansas. The experiences offered him a whirlwind of adventures. Weaver and his finalist peers visited schools all over the state and he was able to share the Atchison school’s accomplishments.

He also had the distinction to be Deputy Marshal Weaver during a visit in Dodge City. Weaver emphasized that the group visited districts with more available educational resources in comparison to 409, and was proud to learn that the local students excel at same level as students in the wealthier schools.

Weaver was presented with two $500 grant awards for use in his classroom from the California Casualty for 2018 Teaching Excellence and National Education Association peer-nominated recognition.

Heard a report from the AES administrative team, Intermediate Principal Nichole Honeywell, Primary Principal Heather Renk and Assistant Principal Lisa Pierce.

The team explained the different facets of the recently implemented academic, character and behavior models at the school to strengthen social, emotional and relationship stability. An AES Families’ Program has been initiated to build children and adult relationships. Part of the program fosters the intermediate-aged pupils mentoring with the primary grade-schoolers in the building for to connect like a family. A few AES pupils offered brief presentations to board members about their AES experiences.

Approved revisions to the district bullying policy and reaffirmed other board policies as presented.

Recessed from the regular session to go behind closed doors to discuss negotiations related for non-elected personnel for 30 minutes in the presence of Myers, Larry Mears, board attorney, and Business Manager Lori Lanter.

After board members resumed in regular session they took action on the following personnel matters: Accepted resignations from New Teacher Mentor Michelle Fosdick, Paraeducator Vicki Campbell and AES Lunch Supervisor Taylor Walker. The following recommendations for employment were approved: Alexis Lange, Broghan McEnerney and Melissa Swenson for paraeducator positions, and Amanda Clark, a supplemental to serve as AES lunch supervisor.

Mary Meyers can be reached


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