During its May 23 meeting, the Garden City Public Schools Board of Education recognized Dr. Steve Karlin on his retirement from the school district after 34 years of dedicated service in the district, including seven years as superintendent of schools.
The Board also reviewed a proposal from an organization on the Superintendent Transition Report. The board will be working with legal counsel on developing a contract with the organization on the services they will provide for the report to the district.
In other business during the meeting, the Board:
- Recognized the new Garden City Education Association leadership team with Ron Whited as the president of the organization for the 2022-23 school year.
- Recognized the Garden City High School forensics and debate team students that earned a I rating at state competition and qualified for national competition.
- Recognized Jennie Barker Elementary School for winning the pop tab challenge that supports the Ronald McDonald House in Wichita, and also heard a building presentation from the school about events and activities that took place during the school year.
- Listened to a presentation on the district’s technology plan. The technology team discussed the applications, security, hardware, professional development, funding, challenges, and future projects of the plan and department. The district has 1616 laptop computers, 2366 desktop computers, 75 servers, 8045 iPads, 145 Macs, and 560 Apple TVs.
- Heard an update on the district’s Strategic Plan. There are seven main goals with several sub-goals under the main goals. The goals are related to the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) goals for the district.
- Listened to a report about the after-school program and the 21st Century Grant that helps support the after-school program. The after-school program is held at Alta Brown Elementary, Buffalo Jones Elementary, Edith Scheuerman Elementary, Florence Wilson Elementary, Gertrude Walker Elementary, Jennie Barker Elementary, Jennie Wilson Elementary, and Victor Ornelas Elementary School.
- Approved joint and masonry sealant repair at Plymell Elementary from Mid-Continental Restoration in the amount of $39,500.00
- Approved a sidewalk trip hazard project
- Approved the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) LEA Grant
- Revised school lunch prices for the 2022-2023 school year
- Revised Board Policy EE Food Services Management
- Approved LCP Assurances for Title I, Migrant, ESL and Homeless Programs
- Approved a Kansas State Department of Education Grant for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. Agreement between USD 457 and Kansas Educational Technology Consortium (WebKIDSS)
- Approved an agreement between USD 457 and Leader in Me.
- Approved disposal of the following obsolete instructional materials: Government Alive! Power, Politics and You; History Alive! World Connections; History Alive! Pursuing American Ideals; History Alive! The United States Through Industrialism; The Kansas Journey; Geography Alive! Regions and People; My World History: Early Ages; My World Social Studies: Building our Country; and Tech Lab Equipment. Curriculum Council Items: ESL World Geography for Level 1 ESL Students; and ESL World Geography for Level 2 and 3 ESL Students.
The Board held an executive session for the consultation with an attorney for the body or agency which would be deemed privileged in attorney-client relationship. There was no action taken after they exited the executive session.
The next meeting of the Board of Education is at 6 p.m. Monday, June 6 in the Board Room at the Educational Support Center, 1205 Fleming Street.
The Board of Education meeting can be viewed on the USD 457 YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usd457.