August 14, 2018

    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.


    Seaman Middle School students and teacher Rob Jackson share their amazing experiences from Space Camp at the August board meeting. Thank you the Northrop Grumman Foundation for the unforgettable opportunity! What an incredible learning adventure for our kids. Eighth grade science teacher Rob Jackson also brought back a lot of lessons to incorporate into his teaching.

    Seaman Middle School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recognized at the August board meeting for taking home three gold medals and six silver medals from national competition!

    President's Remarks

    It is important for all patrons to follow the established chain of command and try to resolve all conflicts at the earliest possible level of management. Board President Frank Henderson reviewed a new table to support board policy KN. This is a great tool to help create efficiency when reporting concerns.

    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. Classified Contracts
    C. Certified Contracts
    D. Resignation & Retirements Action
    E. Gifts & Grants
    F. District Credit Card
    G. Approve Bond Payment
    H. Financial Items and Claims
    I. Approve Lock Out Tag Out Policy & Procedures

    Final Resolution: Motion Carried 7-0

    Rochester Building

    The board discussed the future of the Rochester building. One community member attended the meeting to voice concerns of the building deteriorating. The board will review options at the September or October board meeting.

    Teaching & Learning Report

    Teaching & Learning BOE Report included: summer school, new staff training, driver’s ed, & Project Lead the Way (PLTW) summer training. To view the entire report, click here.

    Special Services Report

    Special Services BOE Report included: Professional Development, and an update on Mathes Early Learning Center. To view the early learning report, click here. To view the entire special services report, click here.

    Facilities Report

    Facilities BOE Report included many projects across the district including a new ADA ramp at the middle school field! To view the entire report, click here.

    Technology Report

    Technology reports online enrollment numbers to the board. We processed 589 students on walk-in enrollment day! To view the entire report, click here.


    A tentative agreement was reached at the last negotiation session on July 31. It calls for an average 6.8% increase in salary and benefits for teachers. That includes a salary increase of $2,000 per cell (6%) on the salary schedule and an additional $50 per month (increase to $400 per month) in the district contribution for health insurance (.8%). In addition, BCBS rates for 2018-19 will be decreasing by an average of about 8%. The 37 teachers who are frozen in the MA+45 Step Z cell will also receive a $1000 payment in addition to the cell increase.

    Please attached a summary of proposed language changes in the areas of summer pay, military leave, discretionary/sick leave, sick leave buyback upon retirement, National Board Certification pay, inclement weather, and evaluation procedures.

    The teachers will vote on the proposed agreement the week of August 13. If they approve, we will ask for your approval at the special BOE meeting on Friday, August 17.

    Proposed Language Changes

    Proposed Negotiated Agreement

    Facilities & Grounds Uniform Program

    The board approved a managed uniform program for our grounds and facilities staff that will provide district issued shirts. Each of the 44 staff members will receive 11 shirts that will be laundered by a contracted company. This new uniform program will provide many functional benefits that include: wearer safety and improved security. With grounds and facilities staff in uniform, staff can be quickly identified as who does or does not belong in specific work areas or on job sites. We also home to save employees money by eliminating employee laundering time and replacement expenses. The annual cost to the district is $5,072.08.

    Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

    The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on September 10. It is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm. There will be a budget hearing special meeting on August 17 at 11:00 am. 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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    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
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