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March 21, 2022 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

USD #225 Board of Education Meeting

March 21, 2022, 7:00 P.M.  


Call to order:  T.J. Milford, Board President, called the meeting to order at 7:09 p.m.  Pledge of Allegiance was recited and Milford led a prayer. 

Members present: TJ Milford, Cathy Heinz, Fred Boyd, Kim Copenhaver & Jeff Zortman were present. Others present were Cherie Nicholson, Superintendent, Erica Littlewood, Board Clerk, and Corri McDowell, Principal. 

Member not present: Jared Weber

Recognition of Visitors/Communication: Cord Moss, Spring Sellars, Debbie Wise, Kimberly McLachlan, Emily Dizmang, Jessica Renfro, and Van Heinz

Agenda Addendum: The following items will be added to this agenda:

KASB Legal Aid Fund

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

Swearing in New Board Member: Erica Littlewood, District Clerk, swore in Dana Bartezko.



  1. Economic Development: TJ Milford – No report given 
  2. Special Ed Co-op: Kimberly Copenhaver – Report given
  3. KASB Women’s Leadership Conference – Heinz and Copenhaver gave report
  4. Admin Update
  1. Mrs. McDowell 

Per presenter, based on fact and opinion

            PART ONE of presentation

  • School Redesign
  • Reaching out to lost families
  • Transporting students from Dodge City
  • Continued challenges
  • Relationships 
  • Lost positions from last year
  • Ideal schedules
  • Ski-Can classes
  • Effectiveness
  • Ski-Can Challenges
  • Cooperating with Meade
  • Potential loss of students
  • Student input
  • Community support – positive support or lack thereof
  • Enhance the elementary
  • Relationship with Meade

PART TWO of presentation

  • Dizmang, McLachlan, Wise, and Sellars presented a grade school video
  • Grade school redesign
  • GS curriculum and standards alignment
  • State assessments


  1. Mrs.  Nicholson
  • Provided financial/budget worksheets for board members to review
  • Jason Flatt Act
  • School bus cameras
  • Fire Marshall report
  • Classroom units can be repaired inhouse
  • Maintenance updates




KASB Legal Assistance Fund Membership – Milford moved, seconded by Heinz to approve the payment and membership of the KASB membership and Legal Assistance Fund Membership. Motion carried 5-0.

Kennedy, McKee, and Associates Audit Report – Pat Friess presented the annual audit report.

Report from Committee Workgroup Meeting – Discussion regarding the most recent workgroup meeting. A draft agreement was presented to board members. Discussion only, no motion made.

A special meeting will be held on March 28, 2022, at 7:00 pm to discuss the Meade/Fowler Agreement draft.



Milford moved, seconded by Zortman to go into executive session for 10 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel under KOMA, board, McDowell, and Nicholson. This session is required to protect the privacy interests of the individual(s) to be discussed. Motion carried 6-0. 9:37 p.m.

Heinz moved, seconded by Milford to go back into executive session for 3 minutes. Motion carried 6-0. 9:48 p.m.

Zortman moved, seconded by Heinz to go into executive session for 15 minutes for the exception relating to actions adversely or favorably affecting a student under KOMA, board, McDowell, and Nicholson. This session is required to protect the privacy interests of the individual(s) to be discussed. Motion carried 6-0. 9:54 p.m.





Resignation – Milford moved, seconded by Boyd to accept the resignation of Boyd Peterson effective June 30, 2022. Motion carried 6-0.

Adjournment – Boyd moved, seconded by Copenhaver to adjourn meeting. Motion carried 6-0 10:11 p.m. 


For The Board of Education

_____________________________________, Board Clerk


_____________________________________, Board President