The Parsons USD 503 Board of Education this week was presented with four Challenge Awards from Jim Porter, Kansas State Board of Education representative for District 9 in Southeast Kansas.

The awards were presented to Parsons schools for performance on the Kansas State Assessments in math and reading and for another criteria. Elementary schools and the middle school had higher than average attendance rates and the high school had higher than average graduation rates. Certificates of merit were presented for Guthridge School, Garfield School, Parsons Middle School and Parsons High School.

Lincoln School students are not tested.

Porter said Parsons was the only school district he presented four awards to this year and he noted that it is rare for a high school to receive the award, so Parsons should be proud.


In other business, the board:

— Discussed first reading of the 2019-2020 staff handbooks, student/parent handbooks, Virtual VikingProgram student Handbook, middle school course descriptions and Safe Schools Plan.

— Heard the district office will be closed July 4.

— Approved a special board meeting the afternoon of Aug. 12 for a half-day KASB training session at the district office.

— Approved setting up long-range planning sessions for the district.

— Approved an increase to meal prices of 10 cents for the 2019-2020 school year to cover the cost of increases.

— Set the July organizational meeting to organize for the next fiscal year.

— Approved a cooperative agreement with St. Patrick Catholic School for their students to be able to participate in Parsons Middle School football, girls tennis, boys tennis, wrestling, boys golf and girls golf. Passed 6-1. Joan Thompson abstained.

— Approved transfer of funds to closeout the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

— Approved renewal of district insurance with EMC Insurance through Wood-Dulohery with an increase of $2,208.

— Approved contract with nTherm, LLC to provide natural gas.

— Approved renewal of contract with Opaa! Food Management.

— Approved roll over contract with the city of Parsons for a school resource officer.

— Approved the district continuing with student insurance coverage with First Agency with a decrease in basic coverage cost from $25,200 to $25,000. The total charge has decreased 3% and will cost $24,463. The per student catastrophic coverage remains 51 cents per student.

— Approved the resignations of Molli Harris, Guthridge fourth-grade teacher; Seth Harrison, district office maintenance; Pam Wolford, Garfield third grade teacher.

— Approved summer staff.

— Approved 2019 employment of Mike Adans, bus driver; Crystal Ball, bus driver; Lauren Coover, elementary counselor; Mary Jo Howard, bus driver; Lewis Irelan bus driver; Jessica LaForge, middle school girls PE teacher; James Lubbers, bus driver; Michael Naff, bus driver; Jordan Ozier, middle school sixth grade science; John Phelps, bus driver; Marcie Ryan, elementary counselor; Nate Strathe, Guthridge aide; Jaquline Viramontez, kindergarten aide; Tonya Williams, preschool aide; Roger Daniels, middle school math aide; and Glen Winler, bus driver.

— Approved ratifying the negotiated agreement with the Parsons National Education Association for the 2019-2020 school year.

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