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May 10, 2021, Board of Education Meeting Minutes

USD #225 Board of Education Meeting

May 10, 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 McDowell led in prayer.

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

Jared Weber arrived 7:02 p.m.

Recognition of Visitors/Communication: Emily Dizmang, Jenny Faurot, David Adams, Kim McLachlan, Debbie Wise, Jeff & Caty Zortman, and Charlie Littlewood     

Approve Consent Agenda: Boyd moved, seconded by Copenhaver to approve the Consent Agenda.  Motion carried 7-0.

Board Policy: Rarden moved, Huelskamp seconded to adopt the board policy as per KASB. Motion carried 7-0.

Board Minutes: Weber moved, seconded by Copenhaver to approve the board minutes from April 12, 2021, April 14, 2021, and April 20, 2021 and April 21, 2021. Motion carried 7-0.


Milford moved, seconded by Huelskamp to go into executive session for 15 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel under KOMA, board, principal, 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.



Supplemental Positions: Copenhaver moved, seconded by Huelskamp to approve the following positions: NHS, Junior Class Sponsor, Senior Class Sponsor, and Forensics to the staff that have already worked the positions this year. Motion carried 7-0.

Student Help: Continuation of discussion on May 17, 2021.



Economic Development: Milford gave his report.

  • New cheese factory being built in Dodge City


Special Ed Co-Op: Copenhaver gave her report.

  • Raise in SPED contributions
  • Wilroads Garden grade school will be the new TEC Center (USD 443 & USD 613)


Negotiations: Copenhaver gave her report.

  • Met with teachers
  • Met with superintendent


Admin Update: Nicholson gave an admin report

  • Boiler bids
  • Gym floor refinishing


  1. McDowell reported on data reports
  2. Graduation




Activities Coop Meeting – Continued discussions regarding cooperating activities with neighboring schools on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Gym Floor Refinishing – Boyd moved, seconded by Copenhaver to wait until the 2021-22 to refinish the HS gym floor and the dome gym floor. Bid amount for refinishing was $4,354. Motion carried 7-0.

Technology Purchase – Copenhaver moved, seconded by Weber to approve the purchase of new technology devices using REAP grant funding. Motion carried 7-0.

Recess- The board took a recess to allow travel time to Minneola to join their board meeting. 7:43 p.m.

Meeting Continued – Meeting reconvened in the Minneola Grade School Library at 8:07 p.m.

Minneola Activities Coop Meeting – Discussion held regarding the consideration of a potential activity cooperation between the two districts.

Adjournment:  A motion was made by Milford, seconded by Huelskamp to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried 7-0.  Time: 8:50 p.m.


For The Board of Education

_____________________________________, Board Clerk


_____________________________________, Board President