Butler County Times Gazette
  • Augusta BOE approves changes to Special Ed Cooperative

  • Augusta will be part of the new interlocal cooperation agreement.
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  • With El Dorado USD 490’s decision to no longer serve as the sponsoring district for the Butler County Special Education Program, Augusta’s school board needed to decide whether to join a newly created interlocal cooperation agreement.
    At Monday’s monthly meeting, Augusta Board of Education members approved 7-0 for the termination of the previous interlocal agreement, and 7-0 to become part of the new interlocal cooperation agreement.
    The new agreement will create a new school board to manage special education programs for Augusta, Andover, Bluestem, Circle, Douglass, El Dorado, Flinthills, Remington and Rose Hill.
    The local members also approved 7-0 to have Board Member Jim Brown as the Augusta representative on the interim special education board.
    Kyler McCommas, project manager with Crossland Construction, gave what could possibly be his last construction report to the school board. The projects, all part of the $48 million bond issue passed in 2008, are now completed.
    “We are 99.9 percent complete with construction. We have walked through all of the buildings, compiled a punch list of remaining issues and warranty issues. We received a lot of good feedback,” McCommas told the board.
    Some of the issues currently being resolved include:
    • Lincoln and Robinson: limit switches on stage doors and hazy filming on counter tops.
    • Garfield: canopy over the loading dock outside the kitchen is not parallel with the street and has been struck by trucks. A rail was placed in front of the dock and the damage to the canopy is being repaired.
    • Robinson: the call button in the new addition is not working, but the problem is being resolved.
    • AMS: work will be done at the front entry with new conduit, lighting and concrete. Flashing is needed under the roof structure leading into the new classroom area at the rear of building.
    • AHS: some interior, non-load bearing walls/ partitions in the new football field concession stand have small cracks and the cause is being researched and whether they need replaced.
    McCommas also shared that the new storage building will soon be completed.
    Board Vice President Jim Brown thanked McCommas, saying , “I’ve seen a few districts that tried taking on projects without someone like Crossland and it was impossible. I just want to thank you, Kyler and Crossland, for everything.”
    McCommas responded, “I’ve certainly enjoyed the relationship I have with this district.”
    Pioneer League Music Festival
    In other business, the board approved 7-0 to allow the Pioneer League Music Festival to be held on April 23 at Augusta Middle School. Classes at the school will not be held that day, but teachers will work their normal day helping the music instructor, Brandi Manahan, direct the festival.
    Page 2 of 2 - Eight schools will be involved, with approximately 800 students coming and going throughout the day.
    CORRECTION: In Monday’s article about the USD 402 Augusta BOE’s approval of an Adult Learning Center agreement with ESSDACK, Lynda Kerstter was incorrectly identified as the director. She will be the instructor. We apologize for the error.
    Belinda Larsen can be reached at blarsen@butlercountytimesgazette.com.
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