BOE Accepts Resignations, Extends Superintendent’s Contract, Talks Weight Room

By REX ZIMMERMAN

South Barber accepted the resignation of two long-time teachers, discussed the weight room and extended the superintendent’s contract at its monthly meeting Monday, January 11.

All board members were present – Dooli Rugg, Mariah Doherty, Melissa Simpson, Mark Pollock, Deb Helfrich and Mike Anderson – along with board president Steve Allen.

Principal Reports

After approval of previous minutes, the agenda, and current bills totaling $340,705.15, the board first heard from PreK-6 principal Marcia Cantrell. She reported on progress with On Watch program, and said presentations were recently given by Katt Scheck and Samantha Nichols.

Principal Cantrell also expectations of both staff and students as they work to build “Lil Chief Pride”.

Accelerated Readers had their parties with the 1st thru 3rd graders going to the Wellness Center in Alva to swim, while the 4th thru 6th graders were treated to an “old-time” drive-in movie in the gym. The teachers did the decorations, she said, and even had a playground with a swing set. A few of the students also brought their own cardboard automobiles to get that drive-in feel.

Students participating in the SWKMEA Honor Choir in Dodge City are Randlyne Dunlap, Grace Cantrell, Clare Pollock, Alex Gorden and Gwydion Lamb.

Principal Brent Shaffer next gave his report for the 7-12 building and said that 10 students made the Superintendent’s Honor Roll (4.0) for the second quarter.

Scotty McCartney, a Chaparral High School graduate, began student teaching duties on February 8 in Steve Roberts’ classes.

South Barber FFA hosts Meats Judging on Jan. 20 and attends KSU AgEd Public Speaking on February 6. Mrs. Masters has 22 students out for Forensics, which is now underway. The South Barber Forensics Meet is scheduled for Saturday, February 6.

Scholar Bowl is also hitting high gear with the HOPL Scholar Bowl set for Friday, Jan. 22, at Cunningham. Regional Scholar Bowl is Feb. 4 at Burden-Central. Jr. High Scholar Bowl is also ramping up.

South Barber students participating in the SWKMEA Middle School Honor Choir Jan. 23 in Dodge City are Maddison Dotts, Hannah McCullough and Lacee Wolf.

Principal Shaffer also said that a “Pop Concert” will be held on Monday, Feb. 1, in the auditorium. It is a good chance for the public to enjoy the talents of some outstanding young musicians.

P1 to Do Study

Superintendent Dr. Andi Williams received board approval to hire P1 Group to do a comprehensive study of the high school building at a cost of $4,000 to see what options the district might have to keep the facility functional in the coming years, especially with the demands of new technology. P1 is currently working on getting a new roof on the district office, and just a couple of years ago directed the remodeling of the elementary building.

Dr. Williams also reported that 12 candidates have applied to date for the PreK-6 principal’s position, which is being vacated by the retirement of Marcia Cantrell at the end of the school year. Deadline for applications is Feb. 17 and Dr. Williams recommended that a board of staff, administration and board members be formed to hold interviews the last week and February and first week of March.

Lengthy Discussion on

SB Weight Room Issues

The weight room at South Barber High School has been a valuable asset for both the school and the community, and is supported financially by the South Barber Recreation Commission to help pay utility costs. Access is provided by programmable card keys.

A written agreement between the school district and rec commission prompted a lot of questions from board members, especially when it comes to who has access and when, and just who is ultimately in control. A refundable deposit was also discussed, most likely $25, for each card with a separate $5 fee for card replacement.

Most board members and administration agreed that the school’s athletic director should have the ultimate decision in matters with use and scheduling of the facility, and would set it up as best for everyone concerned with school use, such as high school weight programs, taking precedence.

Superintendent Williams said she would put that information in a new draft of the agreement for board members to review.

Teacher Retirements

The board accepted the resignation of two veteran teachers effective at the end of the current school year. Veda Holt has taught 53 years, mostly in the South Barber district, and Jeannie Albright has been a teacher at South Barber for 42 years. Her resignation included a very appreciative letter that was read aloud to the board.

Contract Extended

Following a 30 minute executive session, the board voted unanimously to extend the contract of Superintendent Williams for two years. She is currently in her first year as superintendent.

In other action, the board:

  • Approved a POV mileage rate of 54 cents per mile, down from the previous 57 cents.
  • Approved two Kansas Assn. of School Board policy updates and had a first read on a dozen other policy updates for possible action at next month’s meeting.