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June 14th, 2021

usd 480 logoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


The USD 480 will have a full agenda for its next meeting Monday evening starting at 6:30. The meeting will be in Room 113 at Liberal High School. 

Up first for the board will be discussion of the district’s renewal with 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. “The MAP assessments help provide detailed, actionable data about where each child is on his or her learning path. MAP is administered 3 times a year for all K-8 students and specific students at LHS. We use MAP data to target student instructional interventions and to meet the student progress reporting requirements for our Title I grant. Students use the MAP data to set academic improvement goals for their Individual Plan of Study (IPS), a state board of education requirement. The cost is $12.50 per student. The NWEA renewal for the 2021-2022 school year is $40,500. This is $2,500 less than the request for 2020-2021. Staff is recommending the board approve the NWEA MAP assessments for the 2021-22 school year in the amount of $40,500.”

flower basket general webUp next for the board will be discussion of district information management. 

“Since 2019, we have been looking for a data warehouse to address all components of our information management plan,” the agenda information noted. “In 2019-20, the only options for a data warehouse were vendors external to Powerschool, our student information system. The cost was prohibitive, so we recommended an analytics tool from Powerschool. On May 4, 2020 the board approved the purchase of Performance Matters Analytics to replace the KIDS system developed in 2010. Performance Matters data is limited to current students in the student information system, so longitudinal data storage and analysis could not be addressed. Powerschool now has a data warehouse solution that meets all components of our information management plan. The data warehouse provides important data support for Professional Learning Communities, the secondary MTSS project, and essential outcomes assessment. The warehouse will also provide data and analysis for our district goals, accreditation compliance, and has an external dashboard available to the public. Total cost for the first year is $54,541.25. The source of funding for this project is ESSER II. The purpose of ESSER II funding is to provide supplemental funding to school districts to address learning loss and the impact of COVID-19 on students and families. Staff is recommending the board approve the Unified Insights Powered by Hoonuit Platform quote in the amount of $54,541.25 with an annual cost of $22,737.50 after June 30, 2022.”

The board will also be discussing MTSS. 

“The LHS building leadership team and staff developed a plan to effectively address learning loss and take other actions to address the impact of COVID-19 on students and families per the guidelines of the Kansas State Department of Education,” the agenda information noted. “The plan includes using a multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) framework for academic learning loss, social-emotional learning, mental health, and post-secondary preparedness. MTSS is a proactive approach to assisting students that has several key elements: screening for all students, increasing levels of targeted support for those who are struggling, integrated plans that address students’ academic, behavioral, social, and emotional needs, the use of evidence-based strategies, a school-wide approach to student support. (with teachers, counselors, social workers, and other specialists working as a team when they assess students and plan interventions),  professional development so staff can deliver interventions and monitor progress effectively, family involvement so parents can understand the interventions and provide support at home, frequent monitoring of students’ progress so educators can use this data to help decide if more interventions are needed. Staff is recommending the board approve the MTSS and leadership support proposals from Jimmy Casas and Associates in the amount of $33,400.”

The board will also be discussing United Talent Professional Learning and will also be asked to approve new software for the USD 480 Food Services staff. 

“USD 480 Nutrition Services department is looking to upgrade the current software that is used to design and track menus, plan and track dietary information, account for meal purchases and reporting,” the agenda information noted. “Our existing software(Meals Plus) is machine based and requires dedicated computers to operate. The upgraded software is cloud based (same vendor) which allows us to utilize any device that has internet access to operate the software.  This will enable us to have multiple backups and eliminate individual machine issues. The Titan software suite includes an inventory module and purchasing module that we currently do not have.  We are planning to utilize these pieces of the software to help better manage and control cost by minimizing waste due to unidentified inventory and over prepared quantities and better identify ordering needs to meet current serving levels with planned menus. The software also includes a web based free and reduced lunch application process.  There is a one time set up and training fee of $4,600. The annual service agreement is $17,910.00.  Last year we paid $12,164.30 for Meals Plus, this would be an increase of $5,745.70 per year.”

The board will also be asked to approve bids from Don Hattan Chevrolet (pickup), Foss Ford (van) and Shawnee Mission Ford (SUV) in the amount of $199,984. The board will also be talking about bids for the refinishing of the gym floors at LHS, the LHS East Campus, Seymour Rogers Middle School, and Eisenhower Middle School. The board will also be discussing an HVAC unit for Cottonwood Elementary School. 

“Due to a catastrophic blower failure on the 600 Hall rooftop HVAC unit, USD 480 has obtained a quote from Johnson Controls to furnish and install a temporary HVAC unit to ensure a comfortable learning environment,” the agenda information noted.  “After consulting with the board president, district staff authorized Johnson Controls to move forward with arranging the procurement and delivery of the unit and issued a purchase order April 28.  The unit was installed May 5. Replacement parts for the failed unit have been on order and are expected to arrive late May/early June.  Parts and labor for the repair are covered under warranty. Staff is recommending the board approve the quote from Johnson Controls in the amount of $16,641 for this work.”

The board will conclude the meeting’s new business with discussions about carpet replacement at LHS as well as work to be done at LHS, Sunflower Elementary School and Cottonwood Elementary School.

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