November 12, 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.

    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



    Brad LeDuc & Frank Henderson
    Seaman High School Art Teacher, Brad LeDuc, was recognized for being named the Outstanding Secondary Art Educator of the Year 2018-2019. The Kansas Art Education Association officially presented the award at its fall conference on October 12 in Rock Springs, Kansas.

    SMS Leadership Class
    The Seaman Middle School Leadership Class is a selected group of students who display respect, effort, and responsibly at SMS. These students have completely recreated the Viking Store that is open during lunch hour at SMS. They promote, run, and stock the Viking Store. They create drawings, and promote items in the store that students can buy with their Viking Dollars that are earned in class by displaying good behavior. These Leadership students also spend time with Mr. Holt’s class on Wednesdays. They eat lunch with them, and have planned some awesome parties/events to help the students feel involved. In the classroom, they learn FACS curriculum and participate in projects that help to prepare and plan for their future plans and dreams. 

    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. District Credit Card 
    G. Financial Items and Claims 
    H. Change Order

    Teaching & Learning Report

    Civic Engagement
    The League of Women Voters of Topeka and Shawnee County assisted the social studies department in getting seniors registered to vote. Nearly 250 seniors were registered to vote! Getting registered is only the first step in the voting process. To help our eligible seniors get to the polls, the social studies department sponsored a field trip on November 2 to the Shawnee County Election Office so the eligible seniors could cast their votes early. About 20 seniors got their first chance to participate in American democracy during the trip. Thanks to USD 345 school board member Karl McNorton, for the behind-the-scenes look at what takes place at the polls.

    History was made again at SHS when Mr. Koon and Mrs. Halpin hosted our first-ever robotics competition. One of the most thrilling rounds was when the last seeded team defeated the first seeded team in an exciting battle. The physics and computer programing principles that students were putting into action in a friendly competition was fun and exciting to watch.

    Parent-Teacher Conference Participation
    Elmont: 98%
    Logan: 90%
    North Fairview: 99.7%
    Northern Hills: 97%
    West Indianola: 97%
    Seadogs (7th): 57%
    Viperfish (7th): 53%
    Wobbegongs (7th): 52%
    Barracudas (8th): 44%
    Piranhas (8th): 49%
    Stingrays (8th): 42%
    Non-core SMS teachers: 4% to 63% range
    Seaman High School: NA

    Click here to view the entire report.

    Annual Learning Report

    The Teaching & Learning Department reviews district scores & assessments over the past six years in comparison to our target goals! Click here to view the learning report.  

    Special Services Report

    The Special Education department was notified on October 30, 2018 that their Indicator 11 data was 100% compliant in all regulatory areas for the school year 2017-2018. Indicator 11 measures evaluation timelines, which is the percent of children who were evaluated within 60 days of parental consent. During this school year Seaman schools referred 138 students for special education evaluations PreK–12th grade. Of those evaluations, 110 students were identified with an exceptionality.

    To view the entire special services report, click here.

    Facilities Report

    The board reviewed facilities and grounds work that included winterization, asbestos removal, and game field annual maintenance

    To view images from the facilities and grounds report, click here.

    Technology Report

    The board reviewed web tickets in the district. Click here to view the report.

    Certified 2018-19 Assessed Valuation and Mill Levy

    The Shawnee County Clerk’s office recently certified our assessed valuation ($253,868,420) and mill levy (52.216) for the 2018-19 school year.  The certified mill levy is .37 mills lower than the estimated mill levy in the 2018-19 budget approved by the BOE in August 2018. The Shawnee County Clerk’s office certified our assessed valuation ($244,261,672) and mill levy (52.593) for the 2017-18 school year.

    Facility Use Policy Revisions - Approved

    The board approved the recommended changes to our facility use policy. To view the changes, follow the links below.

    Facility Rental Fees

    Facility Use Policy

    Rochester Demolition RFP

    The board approved the request for proposal to receive bids for the demolition of the Rochester building. Click here to view the RFP. The board will review bids at the December board meeting.

    Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

    The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on December 10. 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