February 10, 2020

Board Digest

February 10, 2020


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.


SHS Thespians

Michael Stauffer, Seaman High School Theatre Teacher, introduced students who performed and qualified for nationals at the Kansas Thespian Festival in Wichita. The Seaman High Troupe also took home a gold. Congratulations and good luck to these students at nationals!  

International Qualifiers
Mia and Eric Patterson Jr. For their Duet
Adam Brooks and Gabby Van Sickle for their Duet
Jade Essman for her Monologue

SHS Coaches of the Year
Brad Dietz, Seaman High School Athletic Director, introduced two outstanding SHS coaches who were voted coaches of the year by their peers out of 65 coaching positions.   

Assistant Coach of the Year = Dawson Elliott - Assistant Football and Assistant Wrestling

Head Coach of the Year = Steve Bushnell - Baseball

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. LOB Resolution
J. Bond Payment
K. District Disposal
L. Tentative Dodgeball Tourney
M. Approval of Consent Agenda

Centennial League Conference Discussion
Mike Monaghan, Seaman High School Principal, reviewed changes within the Centennial League and options for Seaman High School. Shawnee Heights left the Centennial League beginning the 2018-19 school year. Topeka West and Highland Park are considering options outside of the Centennial League as well. 

Teaching & Learning Report
Elementary music teachers are reviewing a program called Quaver as a possible curricular resource adoption. They have been trying out the interactive lessons in their classrooms. The resource is proving to be aligned to current state standards and proving to be highly engaging for students.  

An Elementary Report Card Committee comprised of at least two teachers per grade level and one teacher per specials’ content area gathered on February 3 and February 6 to review the current elementary report card. The committee reviewed the purpose of the report card, realigning to current content standards, standardizing rating systems and ensuring proper communication with families is occurring with this tool across all grades. Every building has representation on this committee. Once a draft form for each grade level is constructed, feedback from all teachers will occur and minor revisions may be made. Lastly, the committee will present the final version of the report cards to the BOE for approval. Implementation of the new report cards will occur next school year.

Click here to view the February Teaching and Learning report. 

Special Services Report
Each year, the special education department is required to upload our students’ services to the state department. This report is the check and balance that is used to measure our Indicator compliance on our Individual Education Plans. The chart below displays our number of students served within each disability on December 1. 

Special Services

Click here to view the February Special Services report. 

Late Start Discussion
The board discussed the viability of a late start schedule for inclement weather days. A late start schedule could enable the school district to have school after a two-hour delay. This would allow road crews and mother nature to help make it safe for students, staff, and families to travel to school. The board will review a "late-start schedule" at the next board meeting and consider adding the new schedule for next school year. 

Vaping and Nicotine Testing
Mike Monaghan and the board discussed adding vaping detectors to bathrooms at Seaman High School and adding nicotine as one of the substances tested during the random drug testing at the middle and high school. The board will plan to vote on this change to the random drug testing policy at the March board meeting. 

Action Items

The board approved:
  • the five-year proposal from Berberich Trahan & Company for audit services.
  • the change to the 2020-21 calendar (moving a PD day from Sep 21 to Sep 28).
  • the 2020-21 enrollment fees.
  • the BOE negotiations team (Fred Patton, Frank Henderson, James Adams).
  • the Superintendent's Contract.
  • retirement benefits as presented.

Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place on March 16. 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