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June 06th, 2020

actual usd 480 logo ELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


The USD 480 school board will be hosting its next meeting under slightly different circumstances than before starting at 6:30 tonight at the Liberal High School East Campus. 

After hearing the administrator reports, the board will start the new business with discussion of additions of cameras throughout the district. 

“USD 480 has solicited bids for 126 additional cameras. The following bids were received: Murus Technologies from Wichita in the amount of $205,545.81, and Tek Style Audio and Security in Liberal in the amount of $205,285.50,” the agenda information noted. “Staff is recommending the board approve the bid from Tek Style Audio and Security in the amount of $205,285.50.”

The board will also be discussing the project of building full-cook kitchens at Cottonwood Elementary School and Sunflower Elementary School. The project has been the subject of much discussion in the past. 

“USD 480 has solicited bids to convert the kitchens at Cottonwood Elementary School and Sunflower Elementary School to full cook kitchens,” the agenda information noted. “We had two contractors attend the walk through and have received one bid from French Construction in Liberal in the amount of $839,793 with a completion date of Oct. 5, 2020. If allowed to start 3-24-20, there will be a completion date of Sept. 1, 2020.”

Also on the agenda will be discussion of the purchase of battery back-ups. 

“We will be ordering the nine battery backups approved in the E-Rate funding in the amount of $59,179 at the beginning of April,” the agenda information noted. “We will get refunded 85 percent of this amount in August or September. We need to order these as soon as possible so this project can start as quickly as possible, it will require the network to be down for an estimated two or three days.  The bid was approved Feb. 24.”

To conclude new business, the board will be discussing the district’s renewal of NWEA. 

“NWEA is the host company for our Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. MAP is a norm-referenced measure of student growth over time,” the agenda information noted. “MAP assessments help provide detailed, actionable data about where each child is on his or her unique learning path. MAP is administered 3 times a year for all K-8 students and specific students at LHS. The NWEA renewal for the 20-21 school year is $42,500. This is the same cost as last year. Staff is requesting the board renew NWEA for the 2020-21 school year in the amount of $42,500.”

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