May 13, 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


    Seaman High School foreign exchange student Pietro Perego was recognized as the Class 5A Singles Tennis Champion. Pietro finished the season with only one loss.


    Seaman High School assistant coach Jon Ray was recognized for being named the 2019 5A Assistant Coach of the Year by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association (KWCA).


    Ray began as an assistant coach at Seaman High School during the 2012-13 season. During Ray’s tenure, the high school program has had some of its highest state tournament finishes ever, including a fourth-place finish in 2013. "The Seaman wrestling program is fortunate to have Jon Ray on the coaching staff,” said head coach Patrick Kelly. “He has had a great impact on the program with the techniques he teaches. He also relates well with the kids and is a role model with how he conducts himself. The coach of the year honor is well-deserved."


    Claudia Welch was honored for receiving the Kansas Association for Health - Physical Education - Recreation – Dance (KAHPERD) Central District Honor Award.

    Superintendent’s Remarks

    Dr. Noble invited his 2019-20 Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC) to present their work on improving student engagement and motivating fellow students. Their presentation included a recommendations document and an updated club proposal form. Students will continue their work with the Seaman High School administration.


    The board reviewed the board of education’s promotion attendance schedule.

    SHS Graduation - May 19. 4:00pm @ Expocentre
    James Adams, Christie Appelhanz, Keith Griffin, Frank Henderson, Karl McNorton, Fred Patton, Cherie Sage

    SMS 8th Grade Promotion - May 21, 7:00pm @ SHS
    James Adams, Christie Appelhanz, Keith Griffin, Frank Henderson, Karl McNorton, Fred Patton, Cherie Sage

    6th Grade Promotions - May 22
    LO @ 9am - Cherie Sage
    NF @ 9:30am - Frank Henderson, Fred Patton
    EL @ 10am - Christie Appelhanz, Keith Griffin
    NH @ 10am - Karl McNorton
    WI @ 10am - James Adams

    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. Classified Contracts
    D. Certified Contracts
    E. Donations & Grants 
    F. Credit Card 
    G. Financial Items and Claims 
    H. Disposal of District Property
    I. Renew KASB Contract
    J. Summer School Contracts

    Teaching & Learning Report

    The Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program is moving to North Fairview from Logan for the 2019-2020 school year. There are already 10 students officially enrolled in the program for next school year. To learn more about the TK program follow this link. https://www.seamanschools.org/tk

    Opportunities for elementary staff to develop a curriculum design map for History, Government, & Social Studies (HGSS) will take place in June. This will include mapping out units of study with essential questions and creating project-based learning activities for the upcoming school year. This alignment will include new resources pending BOE approval.

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

    SHS Library Update

    Billie Esser, Seaman High School Librarian, updated the board on library updates and usage information.


    The library was recently reorganized to maximize space and sight lines. The area now maximizes learning for classes, small groups and individuals with soft seating and interchangeable, interactive tables of varying heights. Signage was added for informational and inspirational purposes to establish a welcoming culture and environment. To view the entire report, click here.

    Curriculum Proposals


    Rebecca Kramer, Director of Elementary Education, presented a proposal for K-6 social studies curriculum at a cost of $130,229.50. The board will consider this purchase at the June board meeting. Click here to view the quote.

    Special Services Report

    Certified and classified special education staff were given a survey to determine usage and needs in the areas of professional development. These surveys will help the special services department determine PD as well as focus for teachers and paraeducators this summer and the 2019-2020 school year.

    Classified Survey Results 1

    Certified Survey Results 2

    To view the entire special services report, click here.

    Facilities Report

    Jason Golder reviewed building and facility work in the district. To view photos of the work highlighted in the report, click here.

    Proposed 2019-20 Meal Prices

    Kaye Kabus, Director of Child Nutrition, is recommending the following meal prices for the 2019-20 school year. The board will consider proposed prices in June.

    2019-20 Seaman Meal Price Recommendation:

    Elementary Lunch: $2.65
    Secondary Lunch: $2.90
    Adult Lunch: $3.90
    Breakfast K-12: $1.85
    Adult Breakfast: $2.35
    Extra Milk: $0.55

    Prices reflect an increase of $0.05 from 2018-19 prices.

    Proposed 2019-20 School Fees

    Click here to view the proposed fees for the 2019-20 school year. The new fee chart includes the current “classroom/planner” fee into the instructional materials. To view current fees, click here. The board will consider fee approval at the June board meeting.

    Action Items

    The board…

    Approved bids as recommended.

    Approved a quote from Community Bank for $700,000 for eight years at 3.04% interests to lease-purchase artificial turf at the SHS soccer field.

    Approved contract Parents as Teachers from Keystone Learning Services for 9 units (72 slots) at a cost of $38,000 for the 2019-20 school year.

    Approved early graduation requests as presented.

    Approved 2020-21 school calendar as presented.

    Approved Professional Development Council Handbook as presented.

    Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

    The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on June 10. 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 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