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USD 308 Board Approves Hiring Lead Negotiator for Contract Discussions with Hutchinson NEA, David Cunningham

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By Lucky Kidd

 

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Hutchinson USD 308 Board of Education Monday approved a package of policy revisions from the Kansas Association of the School Boards for which action was deferred from earlier this year. All three of these policies implement changes in state law, including a new law effective January 1st setting out new procedures allowing for administrative appeals in the event a district decides to close a school. Superintendent Dawn Johnson said this policy will not impact their decision earlier this year to move Lincoln Elementary students to McCandless.

The other policies relate to private school participation in public school sports and the new law giving the legislature “first option” on disposal of school buildings.

The Board approved the hiring of David Cunningham as lead negotiator for contract discussions with Hutchinson NEA for the 2024-25 school year. Cunningham had worked with the board on the current year’s contract. Board members also accepted two gifts on behalf of Morgan Elementary School totaling 550 dollars. One of those from Countryside Baptist Church is to cover teacher needs and the other is from a patron for assisting students with lunch money.

Approval was given to an updated interlocal contract governing ESSDACK, an educational services organization that involves 56 school districts and three educational cooperatives including the Reno County Education Cooperative. This involves many districts in the central Kansas area along with districts as far west as Liberal and Elkhart and as far east as LeRoy in Southeast Kansas.

ESSDACK is currently renewing their agreement with the Kansas State Board of Education, and each district is needing to provide a notarized signature page from each member district.

Two executive sessions were held, one of which dealt with personnel matters after which approval was given to routine hirings, transfers, retirements, resignations and terminations. The second session dealt with real estate acquisition, with no action taken out of it.

The Board was told the two new board members elected in November, Tad Dower and Gleysha Mendez-Rosario, will take office at the January 8th meeting. The final meeting for outgoing members Ron Fisher and Valerie Gibson-Smith will be December 11th.

Board members also accepted two gifts on behalf of Morgan Elementary School totaling 550 dollars. One of those from Countryside Baptist Church is to cover teacher needs and the other is from a patron for assisting students with lunch money. 

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