July Board Digest

July Board Digest
Posted on 07/10/2019
National History Day State Champions

Board Digest

July 8, 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 our National History Day state champions with a certificate of achievement. 

History Day State Champs
Josh Duncan – 1st Place- Individual Documentary
Trinidy Thompson, Isabel Grimes, and Eva Noble – 1st Place – Group Performance

Board Leadership Elections
The board elected leadership for the 2019-20 school year and thanked Frank Henderson for his time as board president. 

BOE President
President: Fred Patton
Vice President: Karl McNorton

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. Certified Contracts
E. Donations & Grants
F. Credit Card
G. Financial Items and Claims
H. Nonrenewal
I. Appointment of KPERS Designated Agent
J. Appointment of Freedom of Information Officer
K. Appointment of Compliance Coordinator for Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws
L. Appointment of the District Hearing Officer for Suspensions and Free and Reduced Priced Meal Application Appeals
M. Appointment of Child Nutrition and Wellness Program Authorized Representative
N. Appointment of Truancy Officers
O. Legal Publication
P. Exemption from GAAP Auditing Requirement Resolution
Q. Exemption from the Activity Fund Guidelines
R. Authorization for Early Payment of Utility and Fuel Bills
S. Petty Cash Amounts
T. 1,116 Hour School Year
U. File Impact Aid Section 8003 Application
V. Contract for Kansas Educational Technology Consortium (WEBKIDSS)
W. Greenbush Contract for Vision and Hard of Hearing Teacher and Specialty Services
X. Limited Open Forum Use of School District Buildings
Y. District Depository and Security Requirements
Z. School District Attorney
AA. Agreement with Advocate Home Specialty Care for Skilled Nursing Services
BB. Contract with Greenbush for Project Plus
CC. Wellness Policies
DD. Disposal of District Property
EE. Approval of Consent Agenda

Teaching & Learning Report

Seaman High School students earned 2,152 credits during the 2018-2019 school year, up from the previous year by 108 credits. These credits were earned through Washburn University Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP). Our partnership allows our students to receive a 50% discount per credit. This year our Seaman High School families saved $314,192 dollars in tuition costs.

Seaman High School partners with Washburn Tech for postsecondary opportunities with our students. This year 27 students earned an industry recognized credential. 

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

Mentor Program Update

USD 345's mentoring program provides novice and experienced teachers, specialists, and building leaders the tools to execute on their beliefs and commitments to our students. Mentors provide critical support and guidance using their breadth of experience, adapting to meet the needs of their mentee and by utilizing the provided resources/forms. In 2018-19, the district hired 61 classroom-level staff members who went through the program.  The program includes a mentor-mentee log, observations, coaching cycles, and a building administrator meeting twice a year. The program ends with a program evaluation to help the teaching and learning department continue to improve the program to best meet the needs of our teachers. 

To view the presentation, click here.

Special Services Report

Dedra Raines reviewed Dr. Rich Harrison's two workshops centered on behavioral supports for our certified staff. The first workshop was designed for classroom teachers providing support to their students at the Tier 1 level. The second workshop was designed for any certified staff that provides Tier 2 and Tier 3 behavioral support (general education teachers as well as special education teachers).

To view the entire special services report, click here.

Facilities Report

Jason Golder reviewed the HVAC & lighting upgrade at North Fairview, SMS dirt work, the SHS career and life planning center remodel. To view photos of the work highlighted in the report, click here.

Action Items

Approved student-parent handbooks as presented.

Approved transportation handbook as presented.

Approved classified handbook as presented.

Approved the change order from Kansas Turf for the SHS soccer field for $28,945.72.

Approved the following board appointments.

Professional Development Council (PDC): Cherie Sage
KASB Governmental Relations Committee: Karl McNorton
Calendar Committee: Keith Griffin
District Wellness Council: Cherie Sage
Seaman Educational Advantage Foundation: James Adams and Frank Henderson
Technology Advisory Committee: James Adams, Cherie Sage, Christie Appelhanz
Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee: Frank Henderson
Emergency Operations Planning Committee: Karl McNorton, Frank Henderson
Capital Outlay Revenue and Expense Committee (CORE-5): Keith Griffin, James Adams, Karl McNorton
District Site Council: Christie Appelhanz, Fred Patton

Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place on August 12. 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 Tuesday 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