Jan 12, 2020 4:30 PM

Monday USD 428 School Board Meeting Agenda

Posted Jan 12, 2020 4:30 PM
Monday USD 428 School Board Meeting Agenda
Monday USD 428 School Board Meeting Agenda

1. CALL TO ORDER Mr. Umphres

  1. Roll Call
  2. Installation of New Board Member

1.3 Adoption of Agenda

1.4 Recognition of Visitors

1.5 Request to Speak Reminder

  1. Persons may present ideas or concerns regarding USD 428. The Board will take no action at this meeting. Such items will be referred to the appropriate administrator(s) for future information and researched and reported back to the Board at a later meeting. Personalities and behavior of employees are not to be presented during this period but are to be reported to the employee’s immediate supervisor. The president shall determine the amount of time to be spent on citizen participation.

1.6 Citizen’s Open Forum

2. RECOGNITIONS / ACHIEVEMENTS Mr. Umphres

  1. School Board Recognition

USD 428 Administration recognizes board members for the crucial role an elected official plays in our community and schools. These extraordinary people voluntarily tackle the enormous job of governing the district. Their actions and decisions affect the present and future lives of our children. Thank you, USD 428 Board of Education, for your time and commitment to our schools!

  1. Academic Honors

GBHS Career/ACT Coordinator Lacey Wolters, and Kim Heath, GBHS English teacher/Debate Coach, will be present to speak to the Board of the Distinguished Scholarship Invitational (DSI), one of the area’s most prominent scholarship competitions, including three $64,000 Harry Gore Memorial Scholarships, three of the largest annual undergraduate scholarships in Kansas. Eight GBHS students competed in the 1st round of competition at WSU. Those competing were C.J. Gibson, Hayden Honomichl, Christopher Schenk, Allen To, Patrick Heath, Daniel Abbott, Bayle Sandy, and Dalton Dicks. Four of these students advanced as a semi-finalist from a pool of 700 applicants; Patrick Heath, Daniel Abbott, Bayle Sandy, and Dalton Dicks. Of the twelve overall finalists, two are GBHS students; Bayle Sandy and Dalton Dicks. They will return to WSU on January 23rd to finish the competition. 

In addition, although Daniel Abbott did not advance to the DSI competition finals, he was named a Koch Scholar and will be awarded $30,000 during his four-year attendance at WSU.

  1. All-Conference Student-Athletes

GBHS Activities Director David Meter will be present to introduce the Great Bend High School’s fall sport All-Conference Student-Athletes.

3. COMMUNICATIONS Mr. Umphres

  1. Board Members’ Comments
  2. USD 428 Education Foundation
  3. Written Communications / Correspondence

4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

A. USD 428 Master Plan Mr. Umphres

For nearly two years, the Community Steering Committee for USD 428 met regularly to prioritize goals and outline phases for a long and short-term master plan for the school district. The master plan prioritizes safety, security and quality education for students. The Board will discuss an achievable plan the community will support and discuss a possible bond proposal.

5. NEW BUSINESS

A. Presentation of 2018-2019 Business Audit Mr. Umphres

The 2018-2019 business audit report and governance letter of Adams, Brown, Beran, and Ball, Chtd., have been prepared. Vickie Dreiling, CPA, plans to attend the meeting to present the report and answer related questions, and Board approval of the audit will be recommended. Board members may seek additional information prior to the meeting by contacting Khris Thexton at the DEC or Vickie Dreiling at the office of ABBB. (Attachment 5,A)

B. Approval of Computer Price adjustment Mr. Umphres

The Board approved the purchase of 33 desktop computers for teacher use at the December meeting. The price quoted for each computer was $651.50, however that price per computer has increased by $10. The administration requests approval of the $330 price increase.

D. Fundraiser Requests for 2020-2021 Mr. Umphres

To fulfill plans for organizations’ fundraising during the 2020-2021 year, the administration has received specific requests (timing and types of fundraisers) from the schools’ parent-organization representatives for BOE consideration. The administration recommends approval. (Attachment 5.D)

E. Approval of Resolution Mr. Umphres

The S.B. 130 law passed in April 2019 changed the month that school boards elect the board president and vice-president to January instead of July. USD 428 wishes to extend the term of the current president and vice-president for the remainder of the current school year and to elect new officers at the July organizational meeting with the adoption of this resolution. Furthermore, reaffirmation of the meeting dates and times for the remainder of the current school year is requested.

F. Perfect Attendance Bicycle Giveaway Program Mr. Umphres

Local patrons supporting a Perfect Attendance Bicycle Giveaway program wish to donate bicycles to each elementary school to use for student perfect attendance incentives. Eligible students are those having perfect attendance throughout the year. Karen Shaner, Jane Isern, representing all donors, requests permission to continue the bike give-away program, the eighth year for this program’s donation. The administration recommends approval.

6. ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT / CURRICULUM REPORT

Mr. Popp / Mrs. Reiser / Mr. Umphres

  1. Curriculum Adoption Updates

K-12 Social Studies continues to meet to finalize decisions on curriculum.  This should be to the board in the March meeting.  Other groups looking at potential resource adoptions are the Healthy Living group and CTE.  

  1. KRR Update

Mr. Popp will update the Board on recent information regarding the Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) program at USD 428.  

  1. Curriculum Updates

Mrs. Reiser will update the Board on various other curriculum committee meetings and topics.  

  1. Personnel Report

Finding teachers continues to be challenging.  The administration will discuss plans and recruiting efforts to hire and retain quality teachers.  

  1. Curriculum Meeting Minutes
  1. Curriculum Steering Committee: no meeting December or January, next meeting 2/4/20
  2. Professional Development Council (PDC), 12/9/19 minutes, next meeting 1/13/20

8. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT Mr. Thexton / Mr. Umphres

  1. USD 428 Education Foundation Mini-grants (Attachment 8,A)
  2. Advocacy in Action/Governmental Relations Seminar

Two Board members and Mr. Thexton will attend the Governmental Relations Seminar in Topeka on January 15-16, 2020.

  1. Project Updates
  2. Board Work Session

Annually, board members meet in a work session to review district goals for the year. A tentative date and time for this meeting is 5:00 p.m., on Monday, February 17, 2020, at the District Education Center.

  1. IBB Meeting

Members representing GB-NEA and the Board of Education will meet for Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB) on April 28, 2020, at the District Education Center. The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. John Rasmussen from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will be present to provide IBB training to participants.

  1. Approval of Grants / Contributions (Attachment 8,F)

9. FINANCIAL PRESENTATION Mr. Thexton

10. CONSENT AGENDA Mr. Umphres

A. Approval of BOE Meeting Minutes (December 9, 2019) (Attachment 10,A)

B. Acceptance of Bills and Financial Reports

C. Personnel Report (Attachment 10,C)

11. UPCOMING DATES Mr. Umphres

  1. BOE Luncheon Meeting: The next BOE luncheon meeting scheduled for noon on January 30, 2020, at Lincoln Elementary School
  2. BOE Regular Meeting: The next BOE regular monthly meeting is scheduled on February 10, 2020, at the District Education Center
  3. BOE Work Session: 5:00 p.m., on Monday, February 17, 2020, at the District Education Center
  4. IBB Negotiation Meeting: 8:00 a.m., on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at the District Education Center

12. ADJOURNMENT Mr. Umphres

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Jan 12, 2020 4:30 PM
Why Kansas CO2 emissions are at lowest level in 40 years
A wind turbine rises over Kansas. Brian Grimmett / Kansas News Service

By BRIAN GRIMMETT, Kansas News Service

WICHITA, Kansas — As global carbon dioxide emissions break records, Kansas is headed in the opposite direction — reducing emissions for 10 straight years.

Kansas’ decline is largely due to the rapid adoption of wind energy and a slow move away from coal powered electricity. That is to say: Kansas produces less carbon dioxide, or CO2, the powerful greenhouse gas that’s released into the atmosphere when we burn fossil fuels and is a major driver of climate change.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, Kansas emitted 58.2 million metric tons of CO2 in 2017. That’s good enough to make Kansas only the 31st largest emitter in the U.S.

While it’s below the national average, on a global scale: “Kansas, if it were its own country, would be one of the top 60 CO2 emitters,” said Joe Daniel, an energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

So, when Kansas sees a reduction in emissions like it has in the past decade, it matters, he said.

The decline began in 2007, when total CO2 emissions in Kansas peaked at nearly 80 million metric tons.

Where CO2 comes from

So how did the state reduce its annual CO2 emissions by as much as the entire country of Bolivia so quickly? Three graphics explain it all.

First, it’s helpful to know the source of Kansas’ CO2 emissions. In 2017, about half of total CO2 emissions came from burning fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, to create electricity. The rest was mostly from burning gasoline and diesel in our cars and trucks.

The recent reductions aren’t transportation-related, because, despite more efficient and cleaner burning engines, additional people and cars have offset the difference. In fact, total transportation emissions in Kansas have barely changed in the past 40 years.

That leaves electric power generation.

The decline of coal

As the graph shows, energy-related CO2 emissions began to plummet in the mid-2000s. Specifically, it’s emissions from coal-fired power plants.

While some of the reductions are likely due to plant upgrades and federal environmental regulations that forced coal plants to clean up what was coming out of their smoke stacks, it’s mostly because plants burned less coal.

Coal plants in Kansas only produced about 20,000 gigawatt hours of electricity in 2018, compared to an average of about 35,000 gigawatt hours during the 2000s.

Daniel said the decline is largely due to economics. With the fast growth of cheap wind-generated electricity in Kansas, it’s become less profitable to run coal plants.

“I don’t think a month has gone by where I haven’t read a study about the poor economics of either coal plants, or coal mines, or the companies that invest in those properties,” Daniel said.

The rise of wind

About 36% of all electricity produced in Kansas is from wind, the highest percentage of any U.S. state.

Twenty years ago, there was no such thing.

Part of the rapid growth of the industry is obvious: You wouldn’t put a wind turbine in a place with no wind, and there’s a lot of wind in Kansas.

Plus, federal and state tax incentives encouraged developers to jump into the market.

And it’s increasingly cheaper to build a wind farm.

Just this year, Kansas saw four new wind farms come online, adding enough capacity to power 190,000 homes for a year.

“Will we see four wind projects come online every year for the next five years? No,” said Kimberly Gencur-Svaty, director of public policy at the Kansas Power Alliance. “But I do think we’ll probably continue at a pace of where we’ve averaged the last 20 years, which is a project or two.”

How low can it go?

Ashok Gupta with the Natural Resources Defence Council said the move to renewable energy and subsequent decrease in CO2 emissions will be vital to reducing the impacts of climate change.

But, he wondered if it will be fast enough, especially in states that have a lot of wind.”

“We should be going by 2030 to pretty much carbon-free electricity,” he said.

While some states like Colorado have begun to adopt 100% renewable energy goals, Kansas has not. Even if Kansas were to get to 100% renewable energy, there’s still the nearly 20 million metric tons of transportation emissions to worry about.

Achieving a clean electrical grid will also be key to reducing those emissions, Gupta said, even if it also means another, different shift in the way things are currently done.

“We have to start making sure that our transportation and our buildings are moving to all electric,” he said. “That’s the strategy for the next 10 years.”

Editor's note: This story was corrected  on Dec. 30 to show the coal plants produced gigawatt hours of electricity, not megawatt, and that there are 20 million metric tons of transportation emissions, not 20 metric tons.

Brian Grimmett reports on the environment, energy and natural resources for KMUW in Wichita and the Kansas News Service. You can follow him on Twitter @briangrimmett or email him at [email protected] The Kansas News Service is a collaboration of KCUR, Kansas Public Radio, KMUW and High Plains Public Radio focused on health, the social determinants of health and their connection to public policy.