One group of Abilene High School students is scheduled to tour the new ALCO Stores Inc. central office building in Dallas, Texas. Another group is headed to Kentucky and will visit Churchill Downs.
During the regular meeting of the Abilene USD 435 Board of Education meeting Monday the agenda of two student trips were presented.
Dawn James said that when the FBLA travels to the National meeting in Grapevine, Texas in November, a tour of ALCO is on the schedule. ALCO’s central office moved from Abilene to Dallas earlier this year.
Travis Pralle, and three FFA students — Kristy Wilson, Keegun Gose, Taylor Heinrich — gave a report on the FFA National trip. That group will tour Louisville Slugger Museum along with the historic horse racetrack Churchill Downs later this month.
Oct. 14-18 is National School Lunch Week and the board received a report from Superintendent Denise Guy.
The Abilene School district serves 1,679 meals per day, including 333 breakfasts, 1,346 lunches and 90 snacks. The national School Lunch program has been in existence for 60 years, she said.
Kyleen Harris directs the Abilene program with her staff, Nancy Curtis, Dori Farr, Kari Beetch, Kari Butler, Jolene Sumner, Marcie Leidig, Judy Meade, Sue Sare, Deb Somers, Vikki McAsey, Marcy Strong, Kathy Dobkins, Lorie Rimmel, Connie Holmes, Pat Cox, Kerri Bettes, Darlene Riffel, Patsy Barlow, Bettie Liby, Janet Kopka, Gayle Guerra and Pat Little.
Oct. 24-25 is National School Bus Safety Week. Guy reported that Abilene School District uses 11 school buses and one van to transport 750 students each day. These buses travel more than 500 miles each day.
Dale Landis managed the transportation with his team, Dan Chindamo, Rod Riffel, Connie Stroda, Tom Nogle, Wendy Surritte, Tempa Rhoades, Bev Riffel, Loney Riffel, Jim Price, Rosa Lee Northam, Heather Henkle, Wanda Westby and substitute drivers Roy Katzenmier, Dawn Ramp, Pat Brannon who also works at the shop, Kari Beetch, Dan Blecha, Scott Jenne and Bill Christner.
The board approved Chris Parton as the new transportation director for the Abilene school district.
Other employment, transfers and other action include: Jake Kriegbaum as AHS assistant wrestling coach; Mike Jantz as AHS boys’ tennis coach; Stacie Miller substitute cook; and Stephane Willis for district office cleaning.
Substitute teachers approved include Steve Riedy, Cynthia Deters, Patricia Coup, Michael Padgett, Mitchell Myers and Connie Backhus. Substitute paras approved include Judy Faunce and Stephane Willis.
The board also approved Debbie Barbur as Abilene’s delegate to the Kansas Association of School Board’s annual convention.
The board met in executive session to discuss the conduct of a student, and non-elected personnel for 75 minutes. No action was taken.