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March 06, 2023,Board of Education Meeting Minutes

Members Present: TJ Milford, Kim Copenhaver, Fred Boyd, Cathy Heinz, and Dana Bartezko.

Jeff Zortman was not present.

Also present were Jamie Wetig, Superintendent, Erica Littlewood, Board Clerk, and Corri McDowell, Principal.


Guests: Pat Friess, Vicki McDowell, and Kim McLachlan


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)

Copenhaver moved, seconded by Boyd to add an executive session for negotiation agreement. Add sale of bus under old business (no longer ‘none’). Motion carried 5-0.


  1. Hearing of Visitors


  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)
  4. Acceptance of Resignations/New Hires (None)

Milford moved, seconded by Boyd to accept the consent agenda as presented. Motion carried 5-0.


  1. Financial Audit, Pat Friess – Report given by Pat Friess
  • Kennedy McKee & Co.

Copenhaver moved, seconded by Boyd to approve the 2022 audit report as presented. Motion carried 5-0.

Milford moved, seconded by Copenhaver to approve the 2023 Kennedy, McKee & Company LLP  engagement letter. Motion carried 5-0.

Pat Friess and Vicki McDowell left the meeting at 7:24 p.m.

  1. Mrs. McDowell, FES Principal – Report given by McDowell
  • Elementary Items
    • P/T Conferences
    • Standard-Based Report Cards


  1. Mr. Wetig, Superintendent – Report given by Wetig
  • District Items 
    • Community Input Survey – Responses were reviewed.
    • Community Daycare Needs Survey – Discussion among board members.
    • April BOE change to the 17th due to Easter Break
  1. TJ Milford, President – No report given.
    1. Economic Development
  2. Fred Boyd, Member – Report and meeting minutes provided by Wetig.
    1. Special Education Cooperative


    1. Student Recruitment & Planning – Discussion among board members.


    1. Sale of district activity bus – Discussion among board members; bus will not be sold.


    1. None


    1. April meeting date change (April 17th)

Milford moved, seconded by Heinz to move the April 2023 regular board meeting to April 17, 2023. Motion carried 5-0.


  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.

Milford moved, seconded by Boyd to go into executive session, board, Wetig, and McDowell, for 15 minutes. Motion carried 5-0. 9:25 p.m.


Copenhaver moved, seconded by Bartezko to go into executive session, board and superintendent, with the exception for employer-employee negotiations under KOMA. Motion carried 5-0. 9:46 p.m.



Bartezko moved, seconded by Boyd to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried 5-0. 9:47 p.m.




For The Board of Education




_____________________________________, Board Clerk



_____________________________________, Board President