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November 14, 2022 , Board of Education Meeting Minutes

Members Present: TJ Milford, Kimberly Copenhaver, Fred Boyd, Cathy Heinz, Jeff Zortman, and Dana Bartezko.

Also present: Jamie Wetig, Superintendent; Erica Littlewood, Clerk; Corri McDowell, Principal


Opening Prayer


  1. Call to Order – Milford called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Adoption of Agenda (Action)

Changes to agenda:

  1. Gifts and Grants – Add donation to the music department from Kimberly Rose Photography
  2. Add- Under section E – Add letter C. Daycare Opportunities

Bartezko moved, seconded by Copenhaver to approve the amended agenda. Motion carried 6-0.


  1. Hearing of Visitors
    1. Student Leadership Council – Members of the Student Leadership Council presented.

GUESTS: Kim McLachlan and Debbie Wise


  1. CONSENT AGENDA (Action)
  1. Approval of Minutes
  2. Approval of Financial Reports & Payments
    1. Cash Balances
    2. Monthly Register
    3. Summary of Funds (if available)
  3. Acceptance of any Gifts & Grants (None)
    1. Kimberly Rose Photography (Music Program)
  4. Acceptance of Resignations/New Hires (None)
    1. Ann Phillips, Transportation/Custodial & Maintenance

Milford moved, seconded by Copenhaver to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Motion carried 6-0.


  1. Mrs. McDowell, FES Principal – Report Given
  • Elementary Items
  • ELA Curriculum Update
  1. Mr. Wetig, Superintendent – Report Given
  2. District Items 

Small & Rural Schools Funding

Small & Rural Schools Summit


  1. TJ Milford, President – Report Given
    1. Economic Development (Property tax sales, Housing)
    2. Fowler Action Committee (Housing, Daycare)
  2. Fred Boyd, Member – Report Given
    1. Special Education Cooperative


    1. KASB Conference (Discussion) – Discussion among board members.
    2. Criteria for bringing Junior High back to Fowler (Discussion) – Discussion among board members.
    3. Daycare Opportunities – Discussion among board members.


    1. None


    1. District Housing Policy  (Discussion)
    2. US National Motto (Discussion)
    3. Meal Policy Update (Discussion)
    4. Tuition Reimbursement (Discussion)
    5. Holiday Bonus (Discussion)


    1. District Housing Policy (Action) – Zortman moved, seconded by Heinz to approve the District Housing Policy as presented. Motion carried 6-0.
    2. US National Motto (Action) – Milford moved, seconded by Boyd to approve the posting of the US National Motto in the district. Motion carried 6-0.
    3. Meal Policy (Action) – Copenhaver moved, seconded by Milford to accept the updated meal as presented. Motion carried 6-0.
    4. Tuition Reimbursement (Action) – Milford moved, seconded by Zortman to approve the tuition reimbursement application submitted by R. Foster. Motion carried 6-0.
    5. Holiday Bonus (Action) – Copenhaver moved, seconded by Milford to approve staff holiday bonuses recommended by superintendent. Motion carried 6-0.


  1. EXECUTIVE SESSION (Personnel Matters)

Motion: Mr. President, I move we go into Executive Session to discuss personnel 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.

Bartezo moved, seconded by Copenhaver to go into executive session for 10 minutes. Motion carried 6-0. 8:28 p.m.



Heinz moved, seconded by Copenhaver to adjourn meeting. Motion carried 6-0. 8:43 p.m.


For The Board of Education




_____________________________________, Board Clerk



_____________________________________, Board President