Beloit USD 273 discuss upgrades

The Beloit School Board of the Unified School District 273 conducted their monthly meeting at the Board Office on North Independence Avenue on Monday evening, June 11.

Superintendent Jeff Travis said that very little information is coming from Topeka and therefore his legislative update had little to report.  Travis did report that the Saturday graduation has been meet with success and the 2019 graduation will be scheduled at 11 a.m. on a Saturday, next spring with the exact date is yet to be determined. He also talked about the National School of Character that Beloit received as a very prestigious award.

Beloit Jr. Sr. High School Principal Casey Seyfert, reported that the Drivers Education class was progressing well.  He said both teachers were willing to work long hours in order to get all the driving time accounted for as quickly as possible.  Darrell Kelley is also working diligently on the necessary painting projects for the summer.

Librarian Mrs. Channel, is working hard to pare down the number of volumes of books in the library. Currently there are about 13,000-14,000 books in the school library and she is hoping to reduce that number to 8,000-9,000 books. Electronic media has made many of the library materials, such as encyclopedias, obsolete. The board approved supplemental pay for Channel for the time spent to reorganize the high school library.

The Board authorized sending four staff members to Washington, D.C. for the award ceremony for the National School of Character program on October 4-7.

Assistant Principal and Activities Director Kyle Beisner, told the Board that the spring sports all recorded successful seasons. The girls track team finished in third place at the State meet and brought home a trophy for the fourth consecutive year. The girls’ softball team won the league title for the first time in the school’s history and established a school record number of wins for a season. A great number of the high school athletes are participating in summer camps or athletic leagues attempting to improve their skills. Beisner said that the summer weight room program is also being very well attended.

“We have 53 days until our first official athletic practice for the new school year, said Beisner.”

Brady Dean said that the playground equipment at the elementary school has been removed and the ground is being prepared for the installation of new equipment. Dean expects the new equipment to be in place by the first week of August. The rubber mulch will be spread out after the equipment has been installed.

Dean told the board that the three kindergarten classrooms are receiving cleaning and painting and new carpet is being installed. They are the final rooms to receive new carpet.  Three new doors will be installed at the front entrance to the elementary school. All the rooms at the school are receiving a top to bottom cleaning. Everything is taken out of the rooms and cleaned while the room is extensively cleaned and then everything is put back in.

Dean said that the Mitchell County Program for Children (MCPC) will receive full funding of $420,000 which is a 15 percent increase over the previous year. 

Assistant Director of the Beloit Special Education Coop, Cassie Kopsa, reported on activities in her department. She said they are working diligently to move into their new building when it becomes available in August.  Kopsa has applied for and received a preliminary allocation of $453,726 for general allocation. Categorical aid disbursements have been limited for the upcoming year and they will see a loss in funds from that department. This will call for cooperating districts to increase their contributions to the program.

Various lists of employees for the MCPC, the Early Learning Center, and classified employees, extended school year contracts for Special Ed employees, and supplemental contracts were approved. Copies of these lists were not provided for the publication.

In final action, the board approved transfers of unencumbered funds to the general fund. The dollar amount of this transfer was not provided for publication.

Having successfully addressed all the items on the agenda, the meeting was adjourned.

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