ALTAMONT — Early Friday morning, the USD 506 Board of Education met in special session to approve the purchase of a property at 812 Seventh Street, Altamont, for the price of $28,000.

The property that includes a 1,900-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath home, is adjacent to Harrison Auditorium to the west. 

The board had met in executive session during its regular meeting Jan. 13 to discuss acquisition of the property.

USD 506 already owns the land directly behind the acquired property and uses it for outdoor physical education classes. 

The district has not stated its intended use of the newly acquired property, encompassing a 7,440-square-foot lot.

In 2016, the board approved the acquisition of the 7,500-square-foot former church building west of Labette County High School. The building, sitting on a quarter of a city block, was purchased for $135,000 and half the closing costs in order to relocate the theater department from the old cafeteria building that was to be razed to make way for construction of the new storm shelter and parking lot expansion.

Also during the Jan. 13 board meeting, newly elected members were sworn in. Members elected in November were Greg Bogner, Kevin Cole, Jessie Foister, Brian Harlow and Dr. Kolette Smith. 

In other business, the board:

— Set the election of officers for July. 

— Approved hiring Shannon Miller, Joe Royer and Bailey Carrasco as substitute teachers.

— Approved hiring Jeremy Branch as LCHS social studies teacher, Sarah Allison and Deena Carrico as co-head volleyball coaches at Edna Grade School and Tyler Prussing as in-school suspension supervisor at LCHS.

— Approved the resignation of Joe Royer as ISS supervisor and Jordan Wurm as a paraeducator at Meadow View Grade School.

— Heard Superintendent John Wyrick thank the board members for their time and dedication to USD 506. Wyrick presented each of the board members a homemade pie in honor of Board of Education Appreciation Month. 

— Heard Wyrick state Gov. Laura Kelly would deliver the budget proposal Thursday. Wyrick stated he will keep the board updated on the proposal.  

— Heard administration has reviewed the strategic plan and will present it for the board to review at the February meeting. 

— Approved a neighborhood revitalization plan resolution presented by Jim Zaleski, Parsons economic development director.

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