The USD 273 Beloit Board of Education held their monthly meeting on Monday evening May 14 at the district office in Beloit. It was announced that the state has approved $300,000 to the district in fiscal year 2019 for a juvenile crisis center. Special Education Cooperative Executive Director Karen Niemczyk has working in detail with the Kansas Legislature to bring a juvenile crisis center pilot project to the existing Alternative Learning Center in Beloit.
The program is founded on research and evidence-based practices designed to meet the unique social and emotional needs of students identified as at-risk or with disabilities. The project shall provide individualized programming to attain such student’s high school diploma and job skills while working through the social skills section.
Niemczyk said, “We are busy working to get the building ready to go for August. I want to thank Rep. Susan Concannon (R-Beloit) for her dedication and drive in getting this bill passed for us. She has been a tremendous help and support for all of education in Kansas. We will be separating the elementary and high school programs as well as creating a transitional room for students under expulsion while waiting for court processes.”
The board approved Niemczyk apply for federal funding for the cooperative about approximately $500,000. She also asked to be allowed to hire an additional early childhood special education teacher to meet the needs of the cooperative due to an increase in the number of students they serve.
Elementary Principal Brady Dean reported continued work in researching and selecting new playground equipment for BES. The preschool end of year program will be on Friday this week at 9:30 a.m. Fun Day races will be held on Tuesday, May 22.
The board approved multiple action items including expenditures for technology purchases, flooring and playground equipment for Beloit Elementary. The board also approved upgrades to the Jr./Sr. High School library. The board also renewed their food service contract with OPAA. New textbooks for K-8 music were also approved for purchase.
Superintendent Jeff Travis reported on information provided by Kansas Deputy Commissioner of Education Randy Watson. The report showed the estimated effects of the 2018 House Substitute for Senate Bill 61. Base aid will increase from $4,006 to $4,165. In each of the following four years that base aid will increase by approximately $130 per year.
Career and Technical Education weighting will be based on the current year. Special Education will increase by $44.4 million next year, plus $7.5 million per year through the 2022-23 school year. Early Childhood funding will increase for three and four-year old at risk by $2 million. The bill also amends a bond cap. Any school district submitting a bond application in-excess of $175,000 will only have the $175, 000 held against their cap.
Travis also announce there will be a KESA/Gemini Team on-site visit will take place at the school in Beloit throughout the day on May 24.
Jr./Sr. High School Principal Casey Seyfert announced the BHS Orchestra, Band and Choir all received I ratings at state large group in Concordia. State Forensics was recently held in Wichita. Riley Gronewoller was the top performer. Qualifying for the semi-final round. Upcoming events include Seniors final day and awards night May 16. Graduation May 19 at 11 a.m. Final day of school is May 23. Driver’s ed will begin May 29.
Contracts were approved for 2018-19 for Robin Crisman, ALC, Caitlin Jermark, ALC, Catherine Manning, ELC summer cook, Ashley Spaulding, ELC Paraeducator, Mary Fattig, part-time Special Education Coop Psychologist, Taylor Staab, Beloit Elementary Teacher, and Sharon Kresin, half-time Jr. High Keyboarding and half-time MCPC School Readiness Specialist.
Resignations were accepted from Kayla Hamilton, ALC K-12 Lead Teacher, Catherine Jones, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, Susan McConaght, BES Paraedutor, and Heidi Rexroat, BJSHS Teacher Assistant.