Extra time off because of snow amounts to some additional makeup class times for students at Central and Atchison Middle schools.
USD 409 Board of Education members unanimously approved the measure by 6-0 vote as an order of business during their regular meeting Monday, April 8, at Atchison High School.
Superintendent Susan Myers explained there were five extra days built into the school calendar to exceed the state’s attendance requirements of 1,116 hours. However, there were six inclement weather days used. The extra snow day caused a 155-minute shortfall at Atchison Middle School, and Central School is short 230 minutes.
Both the Atchison National Education Association and the Board of Education Negotiation team members shared the consensus that Myers recommended, which is what board members approved.
The makeup time begins Monday, April 15, with a 5-minute earlier start each school day at both facilities.
At AMS, there will be one additional minute at the end of each day. There will be no changes to early dismissal days.
In addition to the early start at Central School, lunch periods will decrease by two minutes and the day’s end will increase by a minute. Early release days will increase by two minutes before dismissals.
Concerning other matters, board members:
Recognized Macy Pickman as one of the eight Horizon Award winners throughout the state for her exemplary teaching practices demonstrated throughout her inaugural year. Pickman is a science teacher at Atchison High School.
Also recognized Diane Liebsch for her Kansas Association of School Boards Leadership Academy Level 1 Honor Roll for acquiring no less than 25 KASB Leadership Academy Points.
Also recognized Myers for being honored selected as an inductee to the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame. Myers was surprised with a bouquet of flowers. Teacher Patricia Regan, Atchison Elementary School, is also an inductee.
Unanimously approved a PowerSchool Agreement for Online Enrollment and convenience fee for parents to pay.
Heard reports about the various classes and organizations at AHS: Jobs for Americad Graduates Program, the Video Production Classes, AHS Site Council, Ambassadors, Interact and Gender Sexuality Alliance.
Heard a legislative update from Rep. John Eplee, a current board member.
Recessed from public session to convene in two different executive sessions. The first centered on discussions that centered on negotiations in the presence of Bryon Hanson, Larry Mears and Ethan Hausmann, Myers and Matt Renk.
The negotiations discussions concluded for the night at 9:15 p.m. Then board members took action to recess and go behind closed doors to discuss matters of non-elected personnel only in the presence of Myers.
After the regular session re-convened, board members took action by unanimously accepting resignations from:
AHS Head Girls Basketball Coach Andrew Lillie
AHS Girls Baskeball Coach Kevin Rieger
Mary Liggitt as second grade lunch suprervisor at Atchison Elementary School
and Diana Bray as fifth grade teacher at AES
All are effective at the end of the 2018-19 schoolyear.
The resignations from AHS Principal James “Bryon” Hanson and Sabrina Durkee, a paraeducator, become effective Sunday, June 30.
Board members also recommended Mary Ambuul as a teacher at AES for employment in the 2019-2020 school year.
Board members approved the following transfers for next year:
School Nurse Carol Smith, RN, from AES to AMS/AMS/AHS/CS;
and Kelly Field , English Language Arts from AHS to seventh grade ELA teacher at AMS.
Board Member Bill Shipley was absent from the meeting.