April 14, 2020

Board Digest

April 14, 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.


The board recognized the USD 345 Teachers of the Year. 
Teachers of the Year

Elementary Teacher of the Year - Kristin Anderson
Kristin always does what is best for students and spends countless hours planning individualized lessons to meet the needs of all of her students.

Secondary Teacher of the Year - Lisa Martinez
Through Lisa’s daily teaching practice, she enriches the experience of students in her classroom and the department.

Superintendent Remarks

Dr. Noble recognized the incredible work of our teachers and staff while they keep kids learning and connected throughout this time of COVID-19 closure. The district will be working with a company called Tripod to release surveys to parents, students (grades 5-12), and teachers, on Friday. The district will gather anonymous feedback through these surveys, as they work to improve the success of continuous learning in our district. 

Public Communications

The board reviewed additional frequently asked questions submitted online. 

Will April 24 still be a professional learning day?
No. April 24 will be a regular student instructional day.

Can we borrow an additional device from the district?
Our first round of district-issued device distribution is complete. All families should now have at least one device per household with USD 345 staff and secondary students sharing devices with their family. If your family is having trouble with continuous learning, due to a lack of access to additional devices, please let your classroom teacher know. They will either make accommodations or make a request on your behalf, after communication with the principal, to borrow a district-issued device from our technology department. The second round of district device distribution will be loaned out based on need and by principal’s requests.

Will SHS have graduation or prom?
Graduation 2020: Seaman High School Graduation 2020 will be held on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at 4:00 PM and will be held at the Stormont Vail Events Center in Topeka.

Graduation 2020 Practice and Cookout: 2020 Seniors will convene in the SHS Auditorium on Friday, 7/31, 11:00 AM for graduation practice and checkout. A cookout will follow. Graduates will receive their cap and gown during checkout. We are in communication with Jostens regarding a plan to modify announcements and arrange for pickup or delivery.

Prom 2020: The SHS Prom is planned for Thursday, 7/30, 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM at Stormont Vail Events Center, Exhibition Hall. We are planning for an online registration and are in communication with our Afterglow committee about an abbreviated event.

(All dates are subject to change based on public health concerns)

Will you still allow out-of-district transfers next year?
All out-of-district transfer applications will be considered based on the same criteria as years passed.

What happens to Kindergarten Orientation?
April 16 Kindergarten Orientation hosted in schools will be cancelled due to public health concerns. Please contact your building to complete and return the forms needed for kindergarten enrollment.

Will there still be summer camps?
At the time, 2020 summer camps have not been affected by the COVID-19 school building closure. We are hopeful that summer activities will continue.

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. Financial Items and Claims
H. Administrator Contracts
I. VIB Assurances
J. AVID Contract
K. Approval of Consent Agenda

Director Reports

  • Teaching and Learning Report
  • Special Services Report

  • 2021-22 Calendar

    The Calendar Committee selected Calendar C and Calendar D for the staff to vote on for the 2021-22 school year. The vote resulted in a tie. The board will make a selection at the May board meeting. 

    UKC League Conference Invitation

    Seaman High School has received an invitation to join the United Kansas Conference League, to begin at the start of the 2022-23 school year. Mr. Monaghan reviewed United Kansas Conference League v Centennial League considerations with the board. The board is encouraging stakeholders to reach out to them to discuss this option before the May board meeting. Board member email addresses can be found by visiting https://www.seamanschools.org/board_of_education/board_members.

    Action Items

    The board approved:
    • K-6 Music Curriculum
    • Preschool Programming Update
    • SMS English Language Arts Curriculum
    • SMS and SHS Vaping and Nicotine Random Testing
    • CORE-5

    Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

    The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place on May 11. It is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm. The Seaman USD #345 Board of Education will plan to meet at the Seaman Education Center, 901 NW Lyman Rd, in the Ann Minihan Board Room, or online.

    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