March 18, 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.


    The board recognized Rebecca Unruh as the Topeka Chapter of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers’ 2018-19 Outstanding Teacher at the Elementary Level. Mrs. Unruh is a K-6 Project Lead the Way (PLTW) - Launch teacher at Northern Hills Elementary School. The Outstanding Teacher Award is given to a teacher who has a strong math, science, or technical area of emphasis, is imaginative in his/her teaching approach, and has an excellent rapport with students.


    March is Youth Art Month and the board was happy to recognize our Scholastic Art Gold Key winners! Scholastic Art is one of the oldest and most prestigious national art and writing competitions for students. It provides an opportunity for student artists to be recognized, exhibited, published and awarded scholarship(s).


    There were 2,450 entries to this year’s show and only 152 gold keys. Here are the gold key winners from Seaman High School. 

    Mallory Leifried 
    Meredith Lewis (4 gold keys)
    Shennen Pineda-Ortega
    Benjamin Pisocki

    To view the Gold Key winners, click here.

    Superintendent’s Remarks

    Kansas statutes require minimum hours that students must be in school each year, in K.S.A. 72-3115. In kindergarten, students must attend no less than 465 hours each school year, 1,116 for first through eleventh grade, and 1,086 for twelfth grade. When schools do not meet that minimum hour requirement, the time must be made up.

    Snow Days

    With school in attendance for April 19 and April 22, the district is allowed one more snow day before any days are required to be made up.

    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. Donations & Grants 
    F. Credit Card 
    G. Financial Items and Claims 
    H. Disposal of District Property
    I. Summer Camps

    Teaching & Learning Report

    USD 345 has been selected by KSDE to participate in a state assessment program monitoring visit. KSDE Staff and the members of the Kansas Assessment Advisory Council visit about 10% of Kansas schools during test administration yearly for the purpose of monitoring test security. Click on the following link to see a copy of the checklist (located in the appendix of the test security guidelines) that they will use during their visit.

    Test Security Guidelines

    The board also reviewed parent-teacher conference attendance rates from the February conferences. Feedback will be reviewed at the April board meeting.





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

    SHS English Language Arts Curriculum

    Tim Collins and Luke Wiens updated the board on the curriculum work in the English Language Arts Department.

    Click here to view the example of the 9th grade ELA document designed to help the public know the content covered.

    Special Services Report

    This year Seaman has 24 students taking the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) alternate assessment involving 13 special education teachers. There is extensive training required for each teacher giving this assessment to students. Teachers are trained via online based modules.

    To view the entire special services report, 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.

    CORE-5 First Reading

    Capital outlay money may be used primarily for facility improvements. For several years, the board of education has worked from a capital outlay priority list. This list is reported to the board of education in March as the Capital Outlay Revenue and Expense 5-Year Report (CORE-5 report). Several folks contribute to the generation of this report.

    School administrators gather feedback from staff and patrons to ensure we are getting information from a variety of district stakeholders. The facility needs that are submitted are then prioritized in February by administration and the CORE-5 committee. The draft is then presented to the board of education for a “first reading” in March. The March BOE meeting provides the board the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the identified priorities from the CORE-5 report. From this discussion, suggestions for edits are considered and the list may be altered to reflect suggested changes. In April, the CORE-5 report is on the BOE agenda for final approval. Following BOE approval, the process starts over again with information gathering and priority identification.

    Click here to download the CORE-5 draft.

    Facility Use Policy Update Proposal

    Click here to view the Facility Use Policy with proposed changes highlighted in yellow.  The proposed changes address facility use when school is cancelled district-wide or in a specific building and use of district football fields by softball and baseball teams. The facility use policy update will be considered at the April board meeting.


    The board approved the following bids.

    • Shawnee Mission Ford for a 10-passenger T-150 van for $26,411.
    • Senne for the HVAC replacement at North Fairview for $969,749 to be completed in Summer 2019 and Summer 2020 and the alternate bid for spare VRF filters for $555. 
    • Staff Computer Update: Staff computers and old elementary computers will be replaced at the end of this school year. Click here to download the replacement details. More information regarding staff computer replacements will be out soon.

    Project Lead the Way Expansion

    The board approved the district’s proposal to expand the elementary Project Lead the Way program for kindergarten through sixth grade.

    Click here to view the details of the expansion.

    Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

    The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on April 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

    To review previous Board of Education agendas, click here.

    How Can I Watch a Previous Board of Education Meeting?

    The video from the meeting will be available by the Wednesday at noon following the meeting. The video can be viewed by clicking here.

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