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August 8, 2022, Board of Education Meeting Minutes

USD #225 Board of Education Meeting

August 8, 2022, 7:00 P.M.  




Call to order:  T.J. Milford, Board President, called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.  Pledge of Allegiance was recited and Milford led a prayer. 

Members present: TJ Milford, Cathy Heinz, Dana Bartezko & Kim Copenhaver were present. Others present were Jamie Wetig, Superintendent, Erica Littlewood, Board Clerk, and Corri McDowell, Principal. 

Jeff Zortman and Fred Boyd were not present.

Recognition of Visitors/Communication: Debbie Wise and Kim McLachlan

Adoption of Agenda – Milford moved, seconded by Copenhaver to adopt the agenda with the following change: move executive session (G) between items B & C. Motion carried. 4-0


  1. Hearing of Visitors – None




Milford moved, seconded by Copenhaver to go into Executive Session for 20 minutes, board and Wetig, to discuss personal matters of non-elected personnel in order to protect the privacy interest of the individual(s) to be discussed, pursuant to non-elected personnel exception under Kansas Open Meetings Act. Motion carried 4-0. 7:07 p.m.

Milford moved, seconded by Copenhaver to go back into executive session for 20 minutes. Motion carried 4-0. 7:28 p.m.


  1. Approval of Minutes
  2. Approval of Financial Reports & Payments
    1. Cash Balances
    2. Monthly Register
    3. Summary of Funds (if available)
  3. Approval of Classified Pay Adjustments for 2022-2023
  4. Acceptance of any Gifts & Grants
  5. Acceptance of Resignations/New Hires
  6. Approval of end of year transfers as needed to close out the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

Consent Agenda: Copenhaver moved, seconded by Heinz to approve the consent agenda as presented. Motion carried 4-0.

Kim Copenhaver left the meeting at 8:06 p.m.

  1. REPORTS  
  1. Mrs. McDowell, FES Principal
  • Elementary Update
    1. Enrollment Update
  • 39 students currently enrolled PK-6
  • 23 JH/HS students are believed to have enrolled in Meade. Additional 7 students that live in town already attending Meade to be added to 225’s count.
    1. Needs Assessment
    2. Academic Success Plan

5-Minute Break at 8:44 p.m.

Meeting resumed at 8:48 p.m.


  1. Mr. Wetig, Superintendent
    1. Budget Review PPT
    2. USD 225 Calendar
        1. Teacher Contract Days (160)
        2. Total Hours 1,124.42
    3. Review Facility Projects
        1. Roofs
        2. HVAC
        3. Doors
        4. Sprinkler System
        5. Dome Audio System
    4. District Vehicles
        1. Review Inventory
    5. Facility Use Agreement
        1. Ideatek
    6. USD 225 Areas of Focus
  1. Focus on academics and becoming the best early childhood and elementary school we can be:
    1. Quality Teachers
    2. Curriculum aligned with Standards
    3. Academic Resources
    4. Structured Interventions
  2. Identifying criteria for the district to evaluate grade configuration:
    1. Enrollment - keeping our kids in Fowler
    2. Projected Student Count
    3. Financial Resources - future funding as well as potential other revenue sources.
    4. Communication - share the district's focus with our families, community, businesses, and all stakeholders.
    5. Community Input - seek input through surveys and meetings to gather data to assess the needs of our community.
  3. Maintaining our schools:
    1. Keeping our schools open for preschool through 6th grade.
    2. Maintaining and utilizing all our facilities.
    3. Evaluating our ability to add grade levels back to Fowler based on the assessment of key criteria established by the Board. 

3. TJ Milford, President

          1. Economic Development – Report given


4. Fred Boyd, Member

                1. Special Education Cooperative – No report given



    1. SKICAN Fees
    2. Weight Room



Areas of Focus – Milford moved, seconded by Heinz to approve the USD 225 “Areas of        Focus” as presented. Motion carried 4-0.


Needs Assessment - Copenhaver moved, seconded by Heinz to approve the USD 225 Academics Needs Assessment as presented. Motion carried 4-0.


Sale of Vehicles – Milford moved, seconded by Copenhaver to approve the sale of the Expedition and Suburban on Purplewave Auction. Motion carried 4-0.


Kim Copenhaver joined the meeting via phone at 9:43 p.m.



Bartezko moved, seconded by Milford to adjourn the meeting at 9:44 p.m. Motion carried 4-0.








For The Board of Education

_____________________________________, Board Clerk


_____________________________________, Board President