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October 11, 2021, Board of Education Meeting Minutes

USD #225 Board of Education Meeting

October 11, 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 a prayer.

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

Not present: Kim Copenhaver and Jared Weber

Recognition of Visitors/Communication: Cord Moss, Bryan Branstine, Kimberly McLachlan, Charlie Littlewood, and Debbie Wise

Approve Consent Agenda: Rarden moved, seconded by Boyd to approve the Consent Agenda.  Motion carried 5-0.

October Minutes: Huelskamp moved, seconded by Boyd to approve the October minutes as presented. Motion carried 5-0.



  1. Economic Development: TJ Milford – Report given
  2. Special Ed Co-op: Kimberly Copenhaver – Nicholson gave report



      C. Admin update


  • Athletics update
  • Testing data
  • Social-emotional screener
  • Inservice training
    • FastBridge Training
    • Summit Learning Fall Training
  • District Leadership meeting
  • Field trips and out-of-building activities
  • Potential grant opportunities
  • Picture day
  • The importance of planning and having a vision.

2. Nicholson

  • 5th year of accreditation and related data (KESA).
  • P1 has been in the building working on the GS boiler.
  • Phone service contract will change in October.
  • COVID related issues.
  • Inclement weather: notification provided through television stations, possible radio station, Facebook, and district app.
  • State Board of Education update. 
  • Legislative update.
  • Maintenance repairs update – building and vehicle.
  • November – Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving meal.
  • December – possible holiday meal in the park.
  • E-Rate update.
  • ESSER II application has been submitted.




ESSER III Prioritization Discussion only. No motion made.


Milford moved, seconded by Huelskamp to go into executive session for 10 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 5-0. 8:16 p.m.

Milford moved, seconded by Heinz to go back into executive session for 1 minute. Motion carried 5-0. 8:26 p.m.


High School Basketball Coaches – Interviews will be held on November 5, 2021.

High School Student Council (StuCo) Sponsor – Milford moved, seconded Boyd to accept Matthew Thomas as HS StuCo sponsor. Motion carried 5-0.

Adjournment – Huelskamp moved, seconded by Boyd to adjourn meeting. Motion carried 5-0 8:31 p.m.


For The Board of Education

_____________________________________, Board Clerk


_____________________________________, Board President