February 11, 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


    The board recognized our state champion improve team and other thespian national qualifiers. Mason Clark, the International Thespian Society president talked about their enriching experience at nationals last year. They’ll be sending 12 individuals to nationals this year.

    State Champion Competitive Improv Team
    Mason Clark
    Zach Kuti
    Chris Richardson
    Andrew Brewer
    Tristan Hahn

    Danira Fernandez-Flores introduced Garret Platt as a 2019 Kansas Horizon Award Winner. It's also worth noting that two Seaman High School graduates received the Horizon Awards in the districts in which they work. One was Abigail Baeten and the other was Riley Propps.  

    Seaman High School Internship Coordinator Gita Noble introduce students and business partners (Silver Lake Bank & The University of Kansas St. Francis Campus) who presented on their recent internship experiences. One student talked about how she was able to see an open-heart surgery and another talked about his experience exploring the drone field. SHS counselor Steve Alexander also explained how the internships are tied to pathways as the capstone program in around 22 career pathways.

    President’s Remarks

    The following board members have been honored by the Kansas Association of School Boards for participation in training programs.  

    Class of 2018 Leadership for Tomorrow & KASB Honor Roll Level I: Steve Noble

    KASB Honor Roll Level I: Christie Appelhanz, James Adams

    KASB Honor Roll Level II: Fred Patton, Frank Henderson, Keith Griffin, Cherie Sage, Karl McNorton

    Certificate of Achievement: USD 345 School Board

    The KASB Leadership Academy recognizes the dedication school board members and administrators exhibit as they commit to continuing education throughout the year. Points are awarded on a yearly basis for attendance at regional and state conferences and participation in specialized training at the local level. The points are totaled at the end of the program year. 

    Superintendent’s Remarks

    Dr. Noble gave a preview of his State of the District report. Superintendent Dr. Steve Noble will be delivering the State of the District at the annual SEAF banquet at 6:00 pm on Feb. 20 at Seaman Middle School.

    Click here to order your tickets online or call 785-575-8602.

    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. Terminations
    D. Classified Contracts
    E. Certified Contracts
    F. Donations & Grants 
    G. Credit Card 
    H. Financial Items and Claims 
    I. Disposal of District Property
    J. Shawnee County Revitalization Plan
    K. Bond Payment

    Teaching & Learning Report

    The morning of this professional learning day will be district-led for ALL staff and will be located at the high school. Paraprofessionals will be in attendance all day. Here is the schedule for the morning:

    7:30 Breakfast
    8:00 Keynote, Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas Commissioner of Education
    9:30 District Celebrations
    9:45 Break and transition to session
    10:00-11:30 Certified Staff: District-led curriculum work
    10:00-11:30 Paraprofessionals: will participate in KAP test security training, professional development, and IMIS Survey  
    10:00-11:30 Counselors and administrators: 504 training

    The afternoon will be building-led and building administrators are developing their agendas.

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

    Special Services Report

    Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® (NCI) is a certification training that focuses on prevention and offers proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Anyone who may come in contact with verbally or physically aggressive individuals will benefit from the skills and techniques learned in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention.

    Seaman has four certified trainers: Rachel Connett, Kim (Zeller) Sipp, Mike Holt, and Jill Blake. Trainers were originally trained for four full days through Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI). Our CPI trainers offer approximately four initial trainings and six refresher courses throughout the school year. Currently Seaman has approximately 60 certified staff trained in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention strategies and 65 classified staff. We have 39 bus staff trained and 5 substitute paraeducators and/or teachers trained as well.

    To view the entire special services report, click here.

    Facilities Report

    Jason Golder reviewed the Rochester demolition, district capital outlay planning (CORE-5), and district snow removal. To view photos of the work highlighted in the report, click here.

    Seaman High School Career and Life Planning Counseling Center Remodel 

    The board discussed a remodeling project at the high school, designed to create a career and life planning counseling center. The proposal hopes to gain four office spaces, one conference room, more privacy, and more collaboration. Click here to view the presentation slides.

    School Map
    Floor Plan

    Project Lead the Way Expansion

    The board reviewed the district’s current elementary Project Lead the Way program and a proposal to expand the STEM program for kindergarten through sixth grade. Click here to view the presentation slides. The board will consider this proposal at the March meeting.

    View Proposal

    Internet Service

    The board approved a bid to increase bandwidth across the district for the next school year. The upgraded service will be a savings of around $70,000/year plus more bandwidth. To view our planned bandwidth increase, please see the table below.


    Current Bandwidth

    Bandwidth on July 1

    Internet connection (MELC)












    North Fairview



    Northern Hills






    West Indianola






    Pleasant Hill



    Parents as Teachers

    The board reviewed a proposal that would move our Parents as Teachers program from a contract service to a district program. To view more details, click here.

    Negotiations Team

    The board selected its representatives to serve on the negotiations team. The representatives are Karl McNorton and Frank Henderson.

    Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

    The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on March 18. 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