The USD 460 School Board met Monday evening for a regularly scheduled meeting.
One of the first agenda items was a report on The Pit Stop by educator and Pit Stop manager Denise Goevert.
Goevert reported The Pit Stop had seen a 20 percent increase in sales and a 13 percent increase in net income.
For more on The Pit Stop, see the related story on this page.
• During the Administrative reports, The reclassification of 4A schools became a topic of conversation.
Hesston High Principal Ty Rhodes said the League Representative indicated the vote to adjust 4A could pass.
“His thoughts were 38 schools favored it. When they did a preliminary accounting, there were 10 schools that had not turned anything in. Not submitting a ballot will count as a no. He said there were some larger 4A schools that saw the bigger picture and knew what it meant for 4A,” said Rhodes.
A simple majority vote by schools in 4A will decide the fate of the classification.
• During the Kansas Association of School Boards report, Superintendent Paul Becker said Don Schroeder indicated an issue in the House, the Senate wants to extend the sales tax, and in the House, it is still up for debate.
“I asked, if that’s not extended, how is that going to effect us for next year. Don’s feeling is we are doing ok for next year. It is the year after we would see an impact. With the sales tax right now, we are talking a deficit. They really haven’t done a whole lot yet,” said Becker.
• Becker gave his Superintendent report.
The printing of the district calendar will cost $1,567 for 950 copies. Last year, sponsorships brought in $1,240 which nearly covered the printing costs.
Becker said he met with a legal team about the possibility of introducing Legal Shield. The program would cost teachers less than $200 per year and provide legal council 24/7.
“A staff member could draft up a will and call for legal advice, but they cannot use it toward the district. If they get into an accident, they can call and say they need help. It is $16 per month,” said Becker.
Becker announced the District had won a District of Character award. A formal presentation will be held June 3.
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