Board hears construction, curriculum updates
Lansing school board members had a lot to discuss at their monthly meeting, but there wasn't a lot of action.
The board, which met Monday, Jan. 9, reviewed a brief update of Wilson & Company's progress on the $23.6 million bond issue projects, a new elementary school and high school auditorium. The report stated that the architects are continuing the design-development phase of the projects and hope to have a presentation for the Feb. 13 meeting so the board can authorize Wilson and Company to proceed with the final bidding and construction documents.
Wilson and Company also had scheduled a meeting for Wednesday, Jan. 11, with district staff to discuss the projects and receive input.
Lansing High School principal Steve Dike presented changes he hoped to make to the high school curriculum. He recommended adding four new courses: jazz band; lifetime fitness; in-house training, a business education class; and marketing, a course that would be placed in the business vocational education sequence.
Board member Craig Gephart, after hearing Dike's explanation of each class, said he thought a personal finance class could be more useful than a marketing class. Board member Beth Stevenson agreed that students needed to be prepared for the real-life challenges credit cards and debt could pose.
Dike explained that one of the school's new teachers this year, Dustin Myers, had a business preparation background and was qualified for and interested in teaching marketing. The class also "plugs into the FBLA program," Dike said. Marketing would be open to all students who have taken the prerequisite of computer literacy, he said.
In response to the questions about teaching personal finance, Dike said lessons on debt, credit cards and taxes were included in business math and consumer finance courses.
After the discussion, the board approved adding the new classes in a 7-0 vote.
In other action, the board:
¢ Adopted the agenda and approved the consent agenda
¢ Heard acknowledgements from Lansing Elementary School Principal Tim Newton, board member Rob Nicholas and board President Brian Bode. Newton said several teachers at his school had been nominated for the Disney Teacher Award, including Andrea Rothmeyer, Mary Ann Austin and Angie Grady. He said other nominees requested their names not be released. Nicholas recognized Lansing High School junior Adam New for his placement in the Kansas State Festival Band. Bode thanked those who helped with the dedication of Earl W. Johnsmeyer Gymnasium on Friday, Jan. 6. "It was well done, it was great," he said. "Some of (the alumni) limped like old basketball players should." Also, schools superintendent Randal Bagby presented board vice president Shelly Gowdy with a certificate from the Kansas Association of School Boards.
¢ Reviewed administrative reports.
¢ Heard a presentation from Newton and Lansing Intermediate School teachers Connie Evans and Salena Corkhill on the Quality Performance Accreditation for the elementary and intermediate schools. Both schools were accredited based on a number of criteria, including success on the state assessments and having a school improvement plan.
¢ Discussed a draft calendar for the 2006-07 school year. Bagby said he liked to get as much input as possible on the calendar. Bode said the board would vote on the calendar in March.
¢ Approved three waivers for out-of-district enrollment.
¢ Approved Lee Matzeder as LHS girls softball assistant coach and Melissa Cappel as LHS assistant track coach.
¢ Approved extending the contract of Bagby as superintendent through the 2007-08 school year.
¢ Heard Bode discuss comments he heard at the dedication of Johnsmeyer Gymnasium. Bode said he heard several times, "Wish Earl could have been here." Bode directed Bagby to look into the rules from the Kansas Association of School Boards to see if the Lansing board could change its policy to honor people while they are still alive. Current policy states that a person must be deceased to receive an honor such as having a venue named after him or her.