CHERRYVALE — The Cherryvale USD 447 Board of Education met Monday in regular session and conducted business to close out last fiscal year and begin the new year.

The board voted to continue the terms of current board president Joe Marchant and vice president Randy Studebaker until January, at which time newly elected board members will be seated and the board can then elect individuals for positions.

Kristi Houston will remain the clerk of the board and Kathy Reed the district treasurer.

The board then heard from Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger concerning the state of the district report.

“In June, I gave the board an overview of student achievement and what things are going well and what things we needed to improve. This was Part 2, with the financial state of things, revisiting our four important long-term plans, all of which have a financial piece to it,” Kiblinger said.

Those four areas are capital outlay, vehicle replacement plan, textbook replacement plan and technology replacement plan (the last three of which a portion of funding is derived from capital outlay).

Kiblinger reported the district is in a better financial position with its long-term budget needs than it was two years ago. The report shows the district anticipates a $10,049 increase in special education support, $308,042 in new money from the state and an estimated $30,780 in local option budget increased authority.

A small portion of that increase can be used to increase textbook replacement funding and to match a $15,000 grant for a security camera upgrade.

“We went over those things and highlighted some of the accomplishments of the district and the schools in 18-19 and previewed the things we are planning for major actions and activities for 2019-2020,” Kiblinger said.

Capital project considerations through summer 2020 are:

— Increasing Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility to the bathrooms at Cherryvale Middle High School.

— Replacing the Thayer gym floor.

— Intercom speaker upgrades.

— Band room acoustics.

— Track resurfacing.

— Kitchen updates at Thayer (possible grants are available).

In 2021-22, the district hopes to be able to look at a section of roof replacement.

Goals and strategies for the coming school year include providing professional development and providing content and experiences for students to develop and follow through on postsecondary plans through a 3-year, $430,000 LiNK grant. In addition, the grant will be used to strengthen reading and writing and other literacy skills of students.

Kiblinger said the district showed remarkable growth through multi-tiered systems of support on elementary reading and math.

According to ACT, the district also showed gains on college readiness.

A link to the entire report is available on the district’s website.


In other business, the board:

— Approved an audit contract with Yerkes & Michels.

— Approved an update to the Homeland Security mitigation plan.

— Approved meetings continuing on the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m., except the April 6 meeting. Meetings are generally will be held at the Cherryvale Middle High School except  September, which will be at Thayer School, and October ,which will be at Lincoln Central cafeteria.

— Discussed policy updates.

— Discussed the need for substitute and activity drivers and offering a financial incentive to a limited number of employees capable of driving a route or covering an activity when needed to help ensure an adequate pool of drivers. The incentive is in consideration that the employees would be required to study and pass a commercial driver’s license test.

— Heard state mileage has increased to 58 cents per mile.

— Viewed research on a transit van versus a suburban to pull the equipment trailer.

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