June 10, 2019

    Following each Board of Education Meeting, the Director of Communications recaps the board meeting in the Board Digest. To view the full agenda, click here.


    Strategic Goal 1: Ensure teaching and learning programs are delivered with a focus on continuous improvement of student achievement through student engagement, rigorous and relevant content, and personalized learning

    Strategic Goal 2: Provide outcomes-based professional learning resulting in individual professional growth for student success

    Strategic Goal 3: Provide quality, safe, and productive learning and working environments

    Strategic Goal 4: Provide services to optimize district operations that are supportive of student success and customer satisfaction

    Strategic Goal 5: Establish student-centered budget planning built on transparent, efficient, and strategic process that is accountable to district taxpayers


    Seaman High School Teacher and Forensics coach Zachary Dinges introduced Zach Kuti and Eric Patterson, Jr. as the 2019 Forensics State Champs in duo. The group qualified for state early in the season and worked for five months on perfecting their piece before the state competition. Frank Henderson presented a certificate for their achievements.

    Brad Dietz introduced Steve Bushnell and the 2019 5A State Champion Baseball team. Coach Bushnell and the board recognized the team for their athletic and academic accomplishments which included a 3.57 GPA. Frank Henderson presented a certificate for their achievements. 

    Kaye Kabus presented an award to Seaman Middle School for promoting a healthier school environment by implementing the second chance breakfast. Credit goes to a team of champions including Annie Diederich, Janelle Henley, and Nikki Fay, and the SMS kitchen team. In November 2017, the daily participation in the traditional school breakfast was 60. In November 2018, it had increased to 180. The program continues to prove popular with students. This quick service opportunity is offered between 2nd and 3rd hour and will be continued in 2019-20. The Second Chance Breakfast opportunity is also offered at Seaman High School where it began in August 2015. 

    Board of Education Consent Agenda

    Consent agenda items are items packaged into one agenda item. They are often routine and garner very little discussion.

    The consent agenda items were:

    A. Minutes 
    B. Resignation & Retirements
    C. Classified Contracts
    D. Certified Contracts
    E. Terminations
    F. Donations & Grants 
    G. Credit Card 
    H. Financial Items and Claims 
    I. MOU (SB 367) Policy
    J. SRO Contract

    Teaching & Learning Report

    USD 345 is again partnering with the Children’s Discovery Center to host several events this summer to support students who will be beginning kindergarten this fall. Seaman teachers will be “teaching” in a simulated classroom on June 29 and will have district representation on the other district scheduled days to support our USD 345 families in attendance. We will also have representation at the Kindergarten Fair from 1-4 pm again this year.

    To view the entire teaching and learning report, click here.

    Instructional Coaching Cycles Update

    Megan Nussbaum discussed the district’s first year of instructional coaching cycles. Through coaching cycles, teachers receive personalized professional learning that is customized to their classroom and teaching style. Together, instructional coaches and teachers engaged in a cycle set a student-centered goal and identify a research-based strategy that will make that goal achievable. We had 28 staff members complete cycles this past school year and hope to continue to see that number grow in the coming years because every teacher deserves a coach.

    To view the presentation, click here.

    Special Services Report

    Seaman School District is incorporating a research based-tool to support teachers in monitoring behaviors impacting student engagement. The district’s behavior specialist, Dr. Rich Harrison, discussed results from a parent survey that was developed to form baseline information associated with an average Seaman student. The special services department plans to use this data as a reference point of comparison when determining if a student may need classroom supports. Information was collected from 40 random students at the following grade levels: PreK-4’s, 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th. They collected this data to obtain norms around five areas: Assignment Completion, Disruptions, Following Directions, Positive Peer Interactions, and Aggression. As students require additional supports in school, they will first collect data on these areas and compare them to the district norms. They will then insert supports to help the student and change their measured behaviors.

    To view the entire special services report from Dedra Raines, click here.

    Facilities Report

    Jason Golder reviewed building and facility work in the district. To view photos of the work highlighted in the report, click here.

    Rochester Discussion

    The board discussed the future of Rochester Elementary property. The decision was made to list the property for sale.

    Action Items

    The board…

    Approved the quote in the amount of $130,229.50 from Houghton Mifflin for curriculum materials.

    Approved 2019-20 school fees as presented.

    Approved 2019-20 meal prices as presented with a $0.05 increase.

    Approved the quote from KASB (CBIZ) for Property/Casualty Insurance for $338,223.60, Workers Compensation for $139,621, and Cyber Insurance for $12,857.

    Approved scheduling a Special Board of Education Meeting on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM at Seaman Education Center to approve end-of-year transfers and any other approved agenda items.

    Approved proposed change orders for the SHS Career and Counseling Suite Remodel.

    Approved AUA agreements as presented.

    Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

    The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on July 8. It is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm. The Seaman USD #345 Board of Education will meet at the Seaman Education Center, 901 NW Lyman Rd, in the Ann Minihan Board Room.

    Board of Education Agenda

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    Seaman School District USD #345
    901 NW Lyman Rd | Topeka, KS 66608