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Oskaloosa BOE approves acquisition of uniforms

The Oskaloosa Independent of Oskaloosa, Kansas

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Strike up the band!

The proposed purchase of roughly 85 concert uniforms for use by the Music Department at Oskaloosa High School was authorized by the Oskaloosa USD 341 Board of Education when it met the evening of Sept. 14 at the District Office.

School board members Jon Henry, Denise Selbee-Koch, Shelley Urban, Matt Lockard, Kim Shufflebarger and Megan Milner voted to procure the uniforms at a cost of approximately $2,900. It is anticipated that the uniforms will be available for the department's first concert of the 2015-2016 school year, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.

The uniforms are to be worn by members of the school band and members of the school choir.

The board's decision resonated well with Stuart O'Neil, OHS music instructor, who came to the meeting to make a presentation in support of the acquisition of the new apparel.

On a 6-0 vote, the board accepted the resignations of three employees and hired eight individuals to fill various positions within the district.

Moving on are Linda Mooney, a teacher's aide at Oskaloosa Elementary School, library aide Diana Dissinger and custodian Alan Succi. They are being replaced by Monica Ruis, Kayla Hofstra and Mari McKee, respectively.

Also hired were John Norman, who will be a bus driver, Jeremy Rockhold, who will be an assistant coach for the girls' basketball team at Oskaloosa Junior High School, and Kelly Martin, Tommy Sack and Debra Sack, all of whom could be headed for the classroom at any time as an emergency substitute teacher. The Sacks, by the way, are married to each other.

The action taken by the board followed an executive session held for the stated purpose of discussing personnel matters relating to non-elected personnel. The closed-door discussion lasted a total of 82 minutes, according to the unofficial minutes of the meeting.

The requests of two seniors who want to graduate from OHS early were unanimously approved by the board. The students will be graduating a semester ahead of schedule, bidding their fellow Bears "good-bye" in December instead of May.

The board authorized Julie Adams, adviser for the Future Business Leaders of America chapter at OHS, to take officers of the chapter to the National Fall Leadership Conference Nov. 6 and 7 in Omaha, Neb. As many as five students could be making the trip.

The board gave its approval to two revised agreements between the district and Keystone Learning Services in Ozawkie. One of the agreements covers the delivery of special education services, and the other pertains to the service center at the education interlocal. The vote was unanimous.

Both agreements are ultimately subject to the approval of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

On a 6-0 vote, the board approved a revision in the district's fee schedule for the 2015-2016 school year, reducing the fee OHS students will be charged for admission to Northeast Kansas League events, home or away, from $4 to $3. According to Superintendent Jon Pfau, the move was necessary to bring the district's fee schedule in line with the league's guidelines.

Five of the six teachers who are new to the district were formally introduced to the board. Those present for the occasion were Lori Whaley, language arts instructor at OJHS, Andrew Meyer, sixth-grade teacher at OES, Stephanie Brake, second-grade teacher at OES, Zach Carlton, physical education instructor at OES, and Mary Home, a KLS resource teacher who has been assigned to OES.

Samantha Avery, language arts instructor at OHS, could not be present.

Under "New Business," the board discussed possible steps to improve the flow of traffic near OES at the end of the school day. OES Principal Pat Foster participated in the discussion and talked about the arrangements that have been made to let the parents of pre-Kindergarten pupils pick up their children along the east side of the building, away from the main entrance. It was eventually decided to designate 10 parking stalls specifically for use by parents waiting to pick up a child so their vehicles will not be in the way of other vehicles.

Board member Shane Curry was unable to attend the meeting.

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Original Publication Date: September 24, 2015

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