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August 15th, 2022

usd 480 logoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


The USD 480 school board will have a full evening with its next meeting Monday evening. The evening will begin with a planning session at 5 p.m. and the actual meeting beginning at its usual time of 6:30 p.m. Everything will take place in Room A102 in the Liberal High School East Campus.

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The meeting will begin with the administrator reports, starting with Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Lana Evans, who will give an update on enrollment. Director of Operations Chad Mease will also have a report to present. 

“With the Transportation Committee, we will be transitioning our fueling program from onsite storage and pumping to a card based purchase at the pump with K&K Oil on 2nd Street Road,” the agenda information noted. “The three vans we ordered in November have been canceled by Ford, and we have received notice Ford will no longer be producing a 10-passenger van.”

The agenda’s new business will start with discussion of student insurance. 

“USD 480 provides insurance coverage to students while they are participating in school or USD 480 related activities and when they are participating as a member of a team in intramural, club or interscholastic sports activities sponsored and supervised by USD 480,” the agenda information noted. “Our insurance is Berkley Accident and Health through the Al Shank Insurance Company. The premium for the 22-23 school year is $89,986. We paid $99,785 for our coverage for the 2021-22 school year. Staff is recommending the board approve the student insurance policy in the amount of $89,986 from Al Shank Insurance.”

The board will also be asked to approve the purchase of a new bus. 

“The Transportation Department has located a new, in stock, 71-passenger school bus at Kansas Truck, in Wichita for $105,152,” the agenda information noted. “Staff is recommending the board approve the purchase of this 71-passenger yellow bus for $105,152 from Kansas Truck in Wichita.”

The Transportation Department will also be asking for approval of authority for the purchase of some pickups. 

“The transportation department is seeking authority to purchase three 3/4 ton pickups, purchase price not to exceed $165,000.  The volatility of the current vehicle market has made it extremely difficult to purchase vehicles through our normal procurement methods,” the agenda information noted. “There are two open state bid vehicle contracts, however, dealers are not able or willing to honor the contracts due to availability and pricing volatility. We have been looking to dealer inventory to try and purchase the needed vehicles, however, most all that we are finding are only available for a couple of days before they are sold, precluding us from being able to obtain a bid and seek board approval. The three proposed pickups will need aftermarket beds installed, either utility boxes or flatbeds.  We will be adhering to district purchasing practice and will present these to the board as needed. The Transportation Committee will be evaluating the vehicle market to determine a comfort level of pricing for the other vehicle purchases that are needed for this year. Once we have determined a comfort level with pricing we will be coming back to the board for purchase authority approval. Staff is recommending the board give district administration the authority to purchase three 3/4 ton pickups, purchase price not to exceed $165,000.”

The board will conclude the meeting with a budget workshop before adjourning.