Among the items discussed and/or approved at the USD 385 board of Education meeting Oct. 8 was the population of its three voting districts.
State statute requires that Board member voting districts have populations within 5 percent of their average. Due to population changes, it was necessary to redesign the voting district boundaries to bring the District into compliance. A resolution was presented and approved that will change these districts to accomplish that.
Under the new boundaries, member district one will have a population of 7,290; member district two 7,936; and member district three 7,543. These population numbers are based upon the 2010 Census. Both Butler and Sedgwick counties reviewed the resolution and member district boundaries with no objections.
All current Board members will still reside within the same district they were elected from.
The Board also heard comments from Eric Hauck, the parent of two children in the district. He spoke to recommend a policy change regarding the District's policy in distributing over-the-counter medication to students. Since the Board was aware Mr. Hauck would be speaking, its existing policy also was reviewed. The district nurse and Jill Lachenmayr received questions and input from Board members about the policy. They will research the questions and develop possible changes.
In other action, the Board heard the following reports:
• STUCO updates from each high school
• Common Core update
• New federal guidelines being implement by school cafeterias
• Online enrollment services
Superintendent Mark Evans presented an overview of enrollment numbers for the district current school year. Current numbers are as follows: Elementary school – Wheatland 454 students, Sunflower 414, Cottonwood 381, Prairie Creek 370, Martin 357, and Meadowlark 351. Middle schools -- Andover MS 654, Andover Central MS 574, High school -- Andover HS 743, Andover Central HS 737.
The high schools will see an increased enrollment the next two years, due to the number of exiting juniors (349) and seniors (408) compared with the number of entering seventh- and eighth-graders (428 students each).
The Board also recognized the Andover High School forensics team for its recognition by the National Forensics League in becoming part of the 200 Club. This means the AHS chapter achieved a minimum of 200 degrees last year at competitions, which placed them in the top 5 percent of chapters nationwide.