Summary of August 19, 2021, Board of Education meeting

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. – Geary County Schools USD 475 Board of Education held a meeting on Thursday at the Mary E. Devin Center for Education Support.

The board began their meeting with Superintendent Dr. Reginald Eggleston recognizing the Junction City Police Department for their work in implementing resource officers at the schools across the district and navigating traffic at the new high school. Dr. Eggleston also introduced to the board the district’s two new truancy officers.

Following the recognitions, the board partook in an hour-long training from the Kansas Association of School Boards, the sixth of a six-month series training.

The board then recessed to executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.

Following the executive session, the board heard from Chief Operations Officer David Wild regarding an Intergovernmental Support Agreement (IGSA) between the district and the United States Army Garrison (USAG), Fort Riley. The agreement allows the USAG Fort Riley to support the district in its efforts to build a new elementary school on Fort Riley by allowing a timely and cost-effective demolition of the previous Jefferson Elementary School building and allows the district to utilize the Fort Riley Construction Debris Landfill, free of charge. USAG Fort Riley will reimburse the district for the costs of the demolition, as well as provide an 8% General and Administrative fee for associated costs. The board approved this agreement.

The board then heard from Chief Financial Officer Marilee Fredricks, who presented to them the notice for a public hearing regarding the Revenue Neutral Rate. The board approved the hearing, which will be on September 7, 2021. Following this, Fredricks gave a preview and answered any questions regarding the 2021-2022 proposed budget. The board approved a public hearing notice, which will be held on September 7, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.

Following the action items, the board continued on to the discussion items, beginning with a presentation from Junction City High School Principal Merrier Jackson. Jackson provided an update of the progress of the new facility as staff begins to move in and prepare for the upcoming school year.

Wild then presented to the board the proposal from cleaning service provider, ABM Industries, for their services at the new Junction City High School, including hiring a project manager, event staff, and lift equipment. The cost of each service is shown in the table below:

Cost ElementPrice
Labor$142,793FOM, Custodial, Grounds
Project Manager$60,000Includes 25% PTI
Event Staff (2 each)$52,140
SuppliesTBD
Equipment (2 each lift)~$7,500
Total$262,433

Associate Superintendent Dr. Deb Gustafson then shared with the board district data from their prekindergarten to eighth-grade students as part of the district’s Strategic Plan. Gustafson also provided an overview of the Professional Educational Leadership Academy and its involvement within the district before the meeting was adjourned.

The board will meet for their next meeting on Thursday, August 26, at 5:30 p.m.

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