Butler County Times Gazette
  • USD 490 BOE selects Cooper as new president

  • The USD 490 Board of Education held its annual reorganization of the board Monday evening.
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  • The USD 490 Board of Education held its annual reorganization of the board Monday evening.
    In the annual action, members appointed Cathy Cooper as president; Monty Hughey as Vice President; Jackie Clark as board clerk and Norm Wilks as assistant board clerk; Linda Sharp and Sherry Johnson as KPERS representatives; Mindy McAdoo as board treasurer and Eric Board as assistant treasurer; Melissa Smith as food service program representative; Wilks as hearing officer for free and reduced meal application appeals; Bernie Spradling as KASB governmental relations representative; Vicki Coash as ex-officio representative for Partners In Education Board; Cooper as ex-officio representative for El Dorado Inc.; Superintendent Sue Givens as District Freedom of Information officer; Deb Wheeler and Tom Storrer as representatives and Spradling as an alternate for the Board Negotiations Team for 2013-2014; Scott Starkey for middle school, Monty Hughey for high school, Cooper for Grandview, Wheeler for Skelly and Storrer for Jefferson/Lincoln as representatives to serve on the 2013-2014 school site councils; Wheeler and Spradling as representatives to serve on the 2013-2014 District Steering Committee; and Starkey and Storrer as representatives and Hughey as alternate to serve on the Educational Facility Authority of Butler County.
    They also set their board meetings for the 2013-2014 board members.
    In other business, the board:
    • will review policy updates and receive recommendations from staff before approving them next month. In addition, the board will begin reviewing their policy handbook a section at a time.
    • approved a 10 cent increase on meal prices for next year. This is required by the federal government to work to bring what they charge for full price meals up to the needed amount so they do not subsidize any of the regular meals with free lunch money.
    • approved an average increase of 2.5 percent for classified and administrative salaries.
    • approved personnel and BCSEC changes, which included reinstating an elementary art teacher.
    • set Monday, Jan. 6, as an open house for the new middle school.
    • SRO Kurt Spivey will be recognized as state SRO of the Year. He will be recognized at the August meeting.
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