By J.R. SPARKE
Although the results of an April 2 general election to seat members of the Rural Vista Unified School District Board of Education aren’t thought to be affected, district officials plan to check with the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office and the Kansas Association of School Boards regarding how the vote was taken.
Board member Larry Goracke of Hope noted during a regular monthly board meeting Monday night at Hope that voters in the district had approved during a November 2012, general election reducing the number of member district from three to two. However, the method of electing new board members under the new two-district system was not voted on by electors, Goracke said.
A resolution adopted by the board of education following the general election stated that voters could vote by member district during primary elections, but could cast district-wide ballots during general elections.
Goracke said the board’s intent had been to allow district electors to vote district-wide in both primary and general elections.
He said a public vote was required to change the board election process, and that had not occurred. He suggested the board adopt a new resolution to reflect the correct information.
Board president Jim Barten suggested, and other board members agreed, that advice was needed from the Secretary of State’s Office and the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) before formal action was taken on the matter.
It is expected the issue will be addressed during either a special-called meeting or the regular May session.
Board members met in two closed sessions for a total of 10 minutes to hear the names read of persons who applied for coaching positions for Rural Vista volleyball and basketball teams at the junior and senior high school levels. Hope and White City athletes will be combining their talents to play as the
Heat when the respective seasons open for the 2013-14 school year.
Superintendent Ralph Blevins said coaches will be chosen by a committee composed of himself, Hope schools Principal Mike Teeter, White City schools Principal Kate Robinson, Hope Athletic Director Steve Riedy and White City Athletic Director Denny Crable.
If either Riedy or Crable were interested in a coaching position, they would then be replaced on the committee by a teacher from their respective school, the superintendent said.
Blevins said he planned to have the coaching recommendations ready for the May board meeting, noting it was important to get coaches hired in anticipation of summer volleyball and basketball camps.
In a related matter, board members directed that new volleyball and basketball uniforms be ordered from GTM Sportswear in Manhattan at a cost of $6,680.
Principal Robinson said Riedy and Crable had checked into costs from various companies and that GTM offered the “best deal.”
The cost for basketball uniforms included a 15 percent discount and the company had agreed to provide coach’s shirts at no extra charge, she said.
In another athletic matter, board members agreed to charge B&B-Baileyville $200 to host a football game in September at Hope. Justin Coup, a Hope High graduate, is the coach at B&B and had sought permission to use the field to reduce the travel time for his team and an opposing team.
Two revenue-generating matters also were discussed by the board.
On a 4-1 vote, board members agreed to seek sealed bids in selling a district-owned building in Hope which had housed the central office before the office was moved to White City a few years ago. Goracke cast the “no” vote. He had suggested keeping the building and using it for storage. Board member Vicki Gruber was absent from the meeting due to a death in her family.
For the past year, the City of Hope had rented the building while city hall was remodeled. With that project complete, city officials had notified the board last month they were no longer in continuing with a rental agreement.
Board members also approved listing for sale six district-owned vehicles on the Purple Wave Auction site. The vehicles are as follows: Two 1988 Chevrolet Suburbans, 1990 Chevrolet 48-passenger bus with Bluebird body, 1990 Ford 18-passenger bus with Collins body, 1993 Chevrolet Suburban and a 1997 Ford Taurus passenger car.
The vehicles are from fleets at Hope and White City.
Personnel matters also were handled at Monday’s meeting.
The resignations of Michelle Carlson, second grade teacher at Hope, Rebecca C. Trapp-Marquez, guidance counselor at Hope, were accepted.
Ronessa Strome and Jessica Carnevale were added to the list of substitute teachers. Strome expressed interest in substituting at Hope and Carnevale at both Hope and White City.
Board members dealt with an out-of-district student matter when voted to allow Grant Eskeldson, a son of Tom and Sheila Eskeldson, to attend kindergarten at Hope during the 2013-14 term.
Blevins also was directed to continue planning for the use of a block schedule for high school classes in the district next year.
A 2013-14 district calendar was approved by the board.
Board members asked for summaries of proposed policy changes recommended by the KASB. Supt. Blevins is to compile the summaries.
The board accepted a $279.80 donation from the Tampa-Hope-Elmo Knights of Columbus organization. The monies were designated by the organization to be used on the following basis: Hope elementary special education, $160; and Hope High special education, $119.80.
The monies were raised through the sale of Tootsie Rolls.
Board members decided who would serve at upcoming high school and eighth grade graduations in the district.
Barten will read senior class names and Esther Dillon will hand out diplomas at the Hope High graduation. Barten also will read the names for eighth grade graduation, while Casey Riedy will present diplomas.
At White City, Duane Blythe will read seniors’ names and Theresa McCreath will distribute diplomas at high school commencement exercises. They will switch duties for eighth grade graduation.
Principals Teeter and Robinson presented monthly reports in which they highlighted a variety of activities, including pre-school and kindergarten screenings, state assessment testing and a Wheat State League art festival at Hope.
Robinson also noted White City High had earned sportsmanship awards during the State Class 1A basketball tournament at Hays.
The next regularly-scheduled Rural Vista USD Board of Education meeting is slated May 13 at White City.
Election, athletics dominate
Rural Vista board meeting