Butler County Times Gazette
  • Andover approves interlocal special ed coop agreement

  • Andover USD 385 Board of Education passed a resolution regarding an interlocal agreement for special education services.
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  • The Andover USD 385 Board of Education passed a resolution Monday evening regarding an interlocal agreement for special education services.
    The Butler County Special Education Coop will move to a Special Education Interlocal, explained Superintendent Greg Rasmussen.
    The resolution is needed to transition to the new interlocal special education cooperative. It terminates the existing cooperative and initiates a new interlocal cooperative.
    It now gets forwarded to the State Board of Education and Kansas Attorney General for approval.
    The Board of Education further appointed Board Member Roger Elliott to the Butler County Interim Cooperative Board.
    The Board of Education also:
    • approved the proposed changes to high school math courses.
    • discussed board policy revision suggestions sent by KASB, including policies on computer use, evaluation and instructional program and bullying by parents.
    • recognized Andover High School senior Faith Ford for winning first place in the National Federation for Press Women’s high school journalism contest for 2013 in the yearbook category and for winning first place in the yearbook photo division of Kansas Professional Communicators contest.
    • recognized the Andover Central High School speech and debate program for earning membership in the National Forensic League’s 200 Club, placing them in the top five percent of schools nationwide.
    • recognized two Andover Central High School students for receiving national recognition. Zoe Bishop received the Outstanding Participant Award in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. These students scored in the top three percent of more than 160,000 students who requested consideration in the National Achievement Program. Also, Tyler Espinoza received the National Hispanic Scholar Award, based on his preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Out of 250,000 students, 5,000 are honored.
    • heard Kathy Busch, Kansas State Department of Education Board member, discuss an update of state happenings. It’s been a busy year with the implementation of new assessments, she said. Tuesday in Topeka they were to vote on new standards.
    • heard an update by Sherame Kneisel on the Capital Outlay Process. All requests have been submitted for review and will be evaluated through the new process. Items recommended for funding through capital outlay will be presented to the Board of Education in January.
    • heard Rob Dickson present on the district Web site revision with the goal of creating greater engagement with parents, student and staff.
    • heard Communications Director Keturah Austin update that the first Key Communicator Network meeting was on Nov. 20.
    • heard Rasmussen report on items such as a Boundary Committee Meeting Wednesday, the District receiving approximately $6.2 million less in state funding than is called for under current statue, and the Andover Parent Legislative Council is changing their name to Kids Count: Andover Advocates for Public Education and will be meeting on Thursday.

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