New board members to take seats
Lansing School Board will greet its new members before setting to business at the first meeting of the board's year.
The meeting will be early this month, at 7 p.m. today, July 7, instead of on Monday so that all board members can be present, Superintendent Randal Bagby said.
Before the meeting, from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Lansing Educational Foundation Fund will hold a dessert and coffee to welcome the new board members who were elected in April: Beth Stevenson, Rob Nicholas and Gary Courtney.
Once the new board sets to business, it will select its new president and vice president for the year. The board president runs the meetings and is generally the spokesperson to the media, current board president Shelly Gowdy said. The board also will set dates for its meetings for the year.
The board will close the district's budget for the 2004-05 fiscal year and set a date for the budget hearing for 2005-06. Bagby said the deadline for publishing this year's budget has been pushed back from late August to early September because the Kansas Legislature is late in approving education spending for the state's public school districts.
The board also will vote on whether to dedicate the Lansing High School gymnasium to Earl Johnsmeyer, a coach, teacher and counselor there for more than 25 years. Last month, the board heard requests from several community members and the Lansing Alumni Association to rename the gym.
Another action item for the board is whether to accept a fuel bid from Leavenworth County Cooperative. The district has not bid fuel previously, Bagby said, but the co-op is offering to discount fuel for busing by 5 cents per gallon. Bagby said accepting the offer could save the district $1,750.
The board also will hear several presentations on various topics:
¢ Bagby will show the board how to use the new electronic board policy manual, which can be found on the district's Web site. He also will update the board on the search for a new health insurance provider, which he said is not finished yet.
¢ Mary Alice Schroeger, director of Lansing Educational Foundation Fund, will inform the board of LEFF's fund allocations for the district.
¢ Paul Dorsey, English as a second language teacher, will give a presentation on the success of the program.