November 11, 2019

Board Digest

November 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.


Logan's social worker Kelli Hagerty and principal Christine Saunders talked about the success and impact of the Logan Community Resource Room. Last year, they were able to serve over 200 families from across the district with basic needs, such as food, clothing, hygiene supplies, etc. The community resource room has developed several partnerships to help provide items to families in need. In addition to food and supplies, visitors to the community resource room can find help in Medicaid applications and connecting with other community resources. 

So far this year, the community resource room has provided 25 winter coats to kids in our community and helped over 150 families. The group is looking to expand the opportunity so other USD 345 staff can give by offering Thankful Thursdays as a way to donate to the community resource room. 

Click here to view the Logan Community Resource Room presentation. 

Principal of the Year
The board recognized Seaman High School Principal Mike Monaghan as the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals (KASSP) Area I High School Principal of the Year. KASSP is an organization of over 450 secondary school principals from across the state of Kansas. Monaghan was nominated and selected by peer principals. Candidates are evaluated on their school leadership, school improvement, dedication, professionalism, and service to students.

Superintendent's Remarks

Dr. Noble updated the board on Kansas Commissioner of Education Randy Watson and State Board Member Ann Mah's visit to the district. 

Dr. Noble also shared board election results. 

District A Position 1: James Adams
District B Position 2: Michelle Caudill
District C Position 3: Frank Henderson, Jr.
Member at Large: Fred Patton

James Adams, Frank Henderson, and Fred Patton will continue their role as board members. Michelle Caudill will take office January 13, 2020 at 12:01 am. Their terms expire on January 8, 2024.   

Board of Education Consent Agenda

The consent agenda contains 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/Terminations
C. Classified Contracts
D. Licensed Contracts
E. Supplemental Contracts
F. Credit Card
G. Grants and Donations
H. Financial Items and Claims
I. District Disposal
J. Approval of Consent Agenda

Teaching & Learning Report

Preschool and elementary schools had a great turnout for the first round of parent-teacher conferences. Everyone works toward 100% participation. Staff are following up with families who could not attend.

MELC: 98%
Elmont: 98%
Logan: 89%
North Fairview: 98%
Northern Hills: 91%
West Indianola: 97%

Conferences at Seaman Middle School are scheduled for 15 minutes and the teams meet together and all other teachers meet individually. The SPED teachers who are assigned to teams meet individually as they have students who are not just on one specific team.

Seadogs (7th): 50%
Viperfish (7th): 52%
Wobbegongs (7th): 33%
Barracudas (8th): 42%
Piranhas (8th): 60%
Stingrays (8th): 48%

This year, our seniors led their conference during Fall conferences. Our Career and Life Planning team prepared lessons and templates to assist our seniors in organizing their plans for post-graduation. 51% of our seniors presented their plans and those who did not have a parent/guardian attend will present to teachers and/or school counselors. Freshmen, sophomore, and junior parent-teacher conferences had a 24% participation rate.

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

Annual Learning Report

The board reviewed the district's annual teaching and learning data, including the evidence used to measure the success of the district's strategic plan, Learning Without Limits 2.0. 

Click here to view of the results. 

Special Services Report

This week November 11-15 is School Psychology Awareness Week. Our special education department has five quality school psychologists with whom we could not do without. They are: Breyana Miller (NF & MELC), Gary Mapes (WI & NH), Christy Raines (LO), Alexandra Scott (SHS & PHLC), and Sam Bickel (EL & SMS). They have such a huge responsibility within our district. They are the first go-to people for any special outside-the-box special education needs. They evaluate students to determine disabilities, provide the needed knowledge of IDEA to our schools/principals, and work directly with staff to coach and provide resources. They also spend a great deal of time working directly with our families of students with special needs to provide them with resources at home to meet their needs. Finally, they evaluate our students to determine exceptionalities and then identify best-practices and strategies to meet those students’ needs. We truly appreciate these folks and could not function without them.

To view the entire special services report, click here.

Facilities Report

The board reviewed facilities and grounds in the district. To view photos of the work highlighted in the report, click here.

Facility Use Policy

The board reviewed minor changes to the facility use policy. To view the discussed facility use policy, click here

Action Items

The board approved an early graduation request.

Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place on December 9. 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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How Can I Watch a Previous Board of Education Meeting?

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