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April 12, 2021, Board of Education Meeting Minutes

USD #225 Board of Education Meeting

April 12, 2021, 7:00 P.M.  



Call to order:  T.J. Milford, Board President, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Pledge of Allegiance was recited and Milford led in prayer.

Members present: Fred Boyd, Ed Rarden, Kimberly Copenhaver, Jared Weber, Tom Huelskamp, Cathy Heinz, and T.J. Milford were present. Others present were Cherie Nicholson, Superintendent, Corri McDowell, Principal, and Erica Littlewood, Board Clerk.

Recognition of Visitors/Communication: Charlie Littlewood, Damian Teran, Debbie Wise, Rolando Guzman, Kim McLachlan, Cord Moss, and David Adams.    

Approve Consent Agenda:

Addendum to agenda: Add open forum as first item under discussion.

Rarden moved, seconded by Huelskamp to approve the Consent Agenda.  Motion carried 7-0.


Milford moved, seconded by Boyd to go into executive session for 30 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel under KOMA, board and superintendent. This session is required to protect the privacy interests of the individual(s) to be discussed. Motion carried 7-0. 7:08 p.m.

Heinz moved, seconded by Milford to extend executive session for 10 minutes. Motion carried 7-0. 7:48 p.m.



Resignation: Huelslamp moved, seconded by Copenhaver to accept the resignation of Megan Adams and Susan Flax. Motion carried 7-0.




Economic Development: Milford gave his report.


Special Ed Co-Op: Copenhaver gave her report.

Next meeting is next week.


Negotiations: Copenhaver gave her report.


Transportation/Maintenance Updates: Branstine gave report.

New A/C installed in ITV room

eSport room has been updated/cleaned

Working on groundskeeping and outdoor maintenance

Bus 1A is back in service

Expedition is out of service

Playground upgrades


Principal Update: McDowell gave her report.

Data updates

Calendar update

Music program

Crosswalk lighting project

Prom and after prom

Graduation and 8th grade promotion

eSports grant update

JH band will compete in Moscow

KESA visiting team visit

GS state assessment update

CTE advisory committee met for the 3rd time

Awards banquet

Field trip possibilities

Field day


Superintendent Update: Nicholson gave her report.

Fowler received the Kansans Can Gold Award for graduation

KSDE audit completed

Carl Perkins

HS & dome gym floors resurfacing

Electronic Contracting – needs reprogrammed in the HS


Legislative updates

Vendor expense update

Cafeteria restroom update

P1 boiler replacement bid

Board elections



Mask mandate – Huelskamp moved, seconded by Copenhaver to keep the mask mandate in place until the end of the school year. Motion carried 4-3.

KASB – Milford moved, seconded by Boyd to renew our membership with KASB LAF and Season Pass. Motion carried 7-0.

ESSER Expenditures – Boyd moved, seconded by Copenhaver to use ESSER Funds on staff for the purpose of ESSER reporting and procedures. Motion carried 7-0.

Cooperative Update – Minneola has been contacted; their board meeting is 4/12/21. Meade is requesting a meeting with both boards for a discussion only. Fowler board has requested a meeting on April 21 or 29 with preference on April 29 at 7:00 p.m. Discussion only, no motion made.

Open Forum – Discussion held. Existing policy will remain in place.

Board date changes-

May BOE meeting remains May 10, 2021

June date changed to June 7, 2021

July date changed to July 19, 2021


Adjournment:  A motion was made by Copenhaver, seconded by Huelskamp to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried 6-0.  Time: 8:10 p.m.


For The Board of Education

_____________________________________, Board Clerk


_____________________________________, Board President