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September 23rd, 2023
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School board to discuss upgrades from copy machine to pole vault pit

usd 480 logoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


The USD 480 school board will look to have an easy time with its next meeting Monday evening starting at 6:30. Monday’s meeting will be in Room C107 of the Liberal High School East Annex.

Up first under new business will be a request for the purchase of a new copier for Sunflower Elementary School. 

“Sunflower Elementary School has a need for an additional copier for the teacher's workroom in the northwest wing of the school.  Currently, teachers from this area have to use the office copier and when there are meetings, such as IEP meetings, that require confidentiality, they have to go to the far southeast wing of the school,” the agenda information noted. “Southern Office Supply has provided a quote for a Sharp digital copier with external finisher that prints 75 pages per minute using Sourcewell Contract, with the pricing as follows: Purchase Price – $12,580; Lease – $440.30 per month ($5,284 per year). Staff is recommending the board approve the purchase of the additional copier in the amount of $12,580.”

Up next for the board will be discussion of the adoption of the 2023-24 employee handbook.

“The District Leadership Team has collaborated with to prepare a new employee handbook that reflects the latest policies and procedures of the USD 480 school district,” the agenda information noted. “The handbook is intended to provide general information and guidance to all employees, and we will update the handbook for changes to board policy and district procedures as needed. The new handbook complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations that affect the employment relationship.  These laws and regulations may change from time to time and the handbook will be updated accordingly. Staff is recommending the board approve the adoption of the employee handbook for the 2023-24 school year.”


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KASB celebrates low achievement

GUEST COLUMN, Dave Trabert, Kansas Policy Institute


It’s hard for some people to fathom that education officials go out of their way to cover up low achievement results, but it is almost a daily occurrence for the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB).

The most recent example is a six-city pep rally to celebrate graduation rates.  A diploma once meant that a student is academically prepared to go on to a career, technical training, or college.  Now, diplomas are more like attendance certificates to a lot of students.

The 2022 state assessment shows 46 percent of high school students are below grade level in math and 39 percent are below grade level in English Language Arts, yet the graduation rate exceeded 89 percent.

The six districts on the KASB success tour generally have one-third to three-quarters of students below grade level yet they have graduation rates above 90 percent.  The two with the worst outcomes have 100 percent graduation rates.