Summary of January 10, 2022, Board of Education meeting

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

The meeting began with Geary County Schools Superintendent Dr. Reginald Eggleston recognizing the Junction City High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Raider Team for their first-place finish at the Raider National Competition in Molena, Georgia, the week of Veterans Day. The Raider Team, led by Sgt. 1st Class Ted Ehlers, include:

The Junction City High School JROTC Raider Team was recognized at Monday’s Board meeting for their first-place finish at the Raider National Competition.
  • Sandro Bock
  • Joshua Brookshire
  • Samara Buitron
  • Bruno Chege
  • Mahkayla Cole
  • Cole Green
  • De’Cayla Hereford
  • Jack Kalen
  • Cadence Parker
  • Gavin Pelham
  • Ethan Scales
  • Grant Shrader
  • Nichol Tangcoy
  • Xavier Upton

Last month, Dr. Eggleston recognized one of the district’s two 2022 Kansas Master Teacher Award nominees, Fort Riley Middle School math and algebra teacher Susan Marshall. On Monday, Dr. Eggleston recognized the district’s second nominee, Seitz Elementary School Academic Specialist Bryan Scruggs. This Emporia State University award was established in 1954 and is annually presented to selected teachers who serve as exemplary, professional educators.

Following the recognitions, Geary County Schools COVID-19 Response Coordinator Rick Rook and Geary County Health Department Interim Director Charles Martinez gave the Board an update on the current COVID-19 data for the district. Rook and Martinez gave the Board an update on the current COVID-19 data for the district. Rook and Martinez presented the results of a recent survey sent to staff and discussed the current mask policy. The Board approved reducing the isolation time for students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 from 10 days to 5 days, effective Jan. 12, 2022.

The Board then continued with the Action Items, beginning with a presentation from Chief Operations Officer David Wild to approve a security specialist supervisor for the Junction City High School. The individual in this position would be responsible for staffing the Junction City High School security center, serving as a liaison to administrators, training support staff, directing day-to-day activities, participating in investigations, coordinating technical maintenance and solutions, covering after-hour events, and other duties as assigned. The Board approved the hiring of this position.

Following, Wild also presented to the Board a request to approve the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Package #2 for the new Fort Riley elementary school. In December, the Board approved the early release of GMP Package #1 for $3,995,987. During the bid opening on Jan. 5, the competitive bid pricing was secured for GMP Package #2 from Hutton Construction at $7,616,417. This package includes site grading (rough and final), underground storm, water, gas, and electrical utilities, and paving (including curbs and gutters). The Board approved this amendment, allowing for the purchase of long-lead utility supplies and timely preparation of the site for the start of the vertical construction when spring weather permits.

The Board then heard a presentation by Geary County Schools Chief Information Officer Karl DeArmond asking to lease 1,150 Dell 5420 computers and related services from Dell and Dell Financial Services for total lease payments of approximately $1,000,258.69. These computers would be used by staff and will allow the district to move to Windows 11. The Board approved this recommendation.

The meeting’s final Action Item was presented by Wild, asking for approval to install electrical rough-in for the power side of the Junction City High School/Junction City Middle School tennis court lighting, including service panels and outlets. This item was approved, allowing for sufficient courts in one location to enable tournament play.

To begin the Discussion Items, Geary County Schools Director of Secondary Education and Media Ruth Godbout, Junction City High School Principal Merrier Tartt, Junction City Middle School Principal Heather Oentrich, and Fort Riley Middle School Assistant Principals Jeremy Fajen and Allie Henry presented the disaggregated data for the Kansas Assessment Program testing data conducted in the spring of 2021.

Wild then provided the Board with an update on the impacts to district facilities caused by the recent windstorm and water outages, as well as a presentation on the decision-making process during inclement weather.

Following the Discussion Items, the Board elected Ron Johnson as the 2022 Board of Education president and Kristy Haden as the 2022 Board of Education vice president. The Board also approved the regular and additional meeting dates and times for 2022, changing the time of the regular meetings from 6:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Board members and Dr. Eggleston then provided their general remarks before the meeting was adjourned.

Monday’s meeting can be viewed on the district’s YouTube page. The Board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Feb. 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Mary E. Devin Center for Educational Support. This meeting will be live-streamed on YouTube.

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