Pam Stranathan, USD 231 superintendent, displayed the revised district policy manual at the July 24 USD 231 Board of Education meeting. Stranathan said she had read every page in the manual aloud to directors. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz

Rick Poppitz
Special to The Gardner News
The USD 231 board of education met July 24 in regular session.
Rob Shippy, board president, was elected to another term as as president. Greg Chapman, board member, made the motion, seconded by Brad Chandler, board member, and the motion passed by unanimous vote.
Tresa Boden, board member, was elected vice president for the 2017-18 year. Shippy made the motion nominating Boden, seconded by Kristen Schultz, board member, and it passed with none opposed.
Also approved by the board were appointments of individuals and agencies to certain school functions for 2017-18.
There are 20 items on the list which was passed as a whole.
Items included appointments of Debra Starling as clerk; Jeremy McFadden, treasurer; Amy Droegemeier, food services director and designated Mize Houser and Company as district auditor, designated banks in Johnson County as depositories and The Gardner News as official newspaper for school notices.
The full list of items can be viewed on the district website.
“Those typically don’t change from year to year, so we usually don’t itemize them unless there’s a noteworthy change,” Shippy explained to the audience after board approval.

Consent Agenda
One of the nine items in the consent agenda was removed before voting on the other eight as a whole. The removed item was an amendment to the Pupil Transportation Services agreement between USD 231 and First Student Inc. It was removed because one of the board members works for First Student.
The full board approved the remaining items on the consent agenda.
The member who works for First Student was recused from consideration of the transportation services agreement, which was subsequently approved by the rest of the board.

Superintendent’s Report
Pam Stranathan, superintendent, reported that a revised policy manual has been completed. She said this was the result of over a year’s work and that close attention was given to verbiage used, to ensure it matches verbiage that state policy uses.
Stranathan said she had read every page in the policy manual aloud to directors.
Adoption of the updated policy was considered and passed later in new business.
Stranathan also briefly reviewed some changes to the criteria regarding topics that can be discussed in executive sessions under KOMA.
“What is one of the newer ones is to go in and talk about school security matters, to ensure the security of the school, its buildings and/or its systems to not be jeopardized. So crisis plans can be talked about in there now,” Stranathan said.

In board remarks, Greg Chapman, board member, thanked Amy Droegemeier, food services director, for her efforts to communicate with students with negative lunch balances.
“I was very excited to see that she was reaching out to the people where they are at and helping them out” said Chapman.