By Lucky Kidd, Ad Astra Radio
BUHLER – Among personnel matters address by the Buhler USD 313 Board of Education at Monday Night’s meeting was the accepted resignation of Director of Buildings Max Heinlien, effective July 29th. The board also approved supplemental contracts for the upcoming school year, and an increase in substitute teacher pay from $100 to $105 per day.
Athletic Training Services
Approval was given to a contract with Lackey and Nielsen Chiropractic for athletic training services. Co-owned by board member Dr. Tim Lackey, they have provided these services for the district for many years, pre-dating Dr Lackey’s service on the board.
Out of State Travel
The Board approved out of state travel requests for the Buhler High School Crusader Jazz Band to attend the 2023 Winter Park Ski Jazz Festival in March which will be at no cost to the district, the Buhler Singers trip to Branson, Missouri in April 2023, and attendance of Business Manager Shane Hecox at the Association of School Business Officials International Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon in September.
Brennon Randy from Plan 4 Architectural Design shared with the board concepts for addressing the space needs of the district. Couchman said this started with looking at needs of their virtual school program now housed at Burkholder Administrative Center, professional development, and addressing space needs for staff.
One of the goals of this process would be to bring all district level staff into a single building. Right now, that staff is spread across several different locations within the district. Several options were looked at including renovations or additions to existing facilities.
As part of this vision needs, wants and dreams were examined. In the dream phase, one idea being looked at would include add an indoor learning space, which would be on district-owned land behind the current administrative center, which could also accommodate such things as indoor practices for athletics and band and physical education classes.
At this point Couchman said there are no specific plans to go with this or any other project. The concept presented to the board right now is just a vision to consider going forward.
Summer STEAM Camp
A presentation on this summer’s STEAM Camp program was made by director Jamie Tilton and assistant director Shannon Vieyra. 216 students from 2nd through 6th grades took part in this year’s program, a slight increase from last year, along with 12 teachers, eight group leaders and eight volunteers including Buhler High School Students and Reno County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Vieyra. Students in the program participated in a variety of science, technology, education and math projects.
School Start Times
The board approved start and dismissal times for all district buildings, including the setting of transfer bus times. Prairie Hills Middle School will have the earliest start time at 7:50 AM and dismissal at 2:50 PM. Buhler Grade School will start and dismiss five minutes later than Prairie Hills. Buhler High School will Start at 8:00 AM and dismiss at 3:05 PM, and Plum Creek and Union Valley Elementary Schools will start at 8:10 AM and dismiss at 3:15 PM. The transfer bus from Buhler to Prairie Hills will depart at 7:25 AM and arrive at Prairie Hills at 7:40 AM.