Contracts of administrators, superintendent and assistant superintendent renewed

Following two executive sessions at the end of Monday night's Augusta USD 402 monthly meeting, board members approved one year contract renewals through 2014-2015 for the following:

- Donna Zerr, AHS principal

- Ryan Muhlig, AHS Assistant principal

- Steve Lilly, AMS principal

- Matthew Ward, AMS assistant principal

- Greg Clark, Ewalt principal

- Kim Clark, Garfield principal

- Lyle Dosser, Lincoln principal

- Greg Taylor, Robinson principal

The Board approved two year contracts through 2015-2016 for Superintendent Dr. John Black and Assistant Superintendent Holly Francis.

The only other action taken was the approval of the 2014-15 District Calendar, which contains no major changes, and the amended Interlocal Agreement for Special Education Services. After the original proposed agreement was approved and signed last month, it went to the Kansas Attorney General's office where some minor changes were made and sent back for re-approval. Black explained the intention of the agreement remained the same.

At the beginning of Monday's meeting, Gabe Gonzalez, Augusta's new city manager, was introduced to the board.

"I appreciate this opportunity. I strive for a good working relationship and cooperation with you...there is a lot going on with the city – great opportunities," he stated.

BOE President Bill Rinkenbaugh asked Gonzalez to pass on the district's appreciation to the city crews for their excellent work in clearing snow for the city and the school district.

The board also recognized students for Scholastic Art Rewards: Alec Tucker, Gold Key; Samantha Brown, Silver Key; and Savanna Smith, Silver Key.

Lincoln Elementary Special Education teacher Kaitlyn Jilka was honored for being the recipient of the Horizon Award.

Alec Tucker represented the AHS Augustan Yearbook staff for winning an All-Kansas Award.

And Kellee Roberts was recognized for being named the 2013 Midwest Section Coach of the Year for Girls Bowling, Kansas State Coach of the Year for 4-1A for 2013. Roberts was not present for the meeting.

The board received a district technology report from Bart Hamilton, Director of Technology.

In other business, Hamilton is seeking to hire several more full-time techs.

"It's hard to retain techs at the salary we pay. We hire them and then they move on to better paying jobs. We need to build up the staff to full speed and hold on to them by paying more," he explained.

Hamilton did point out the district is in a good position with technology resources and equipment.

He is expected to return next month to the board with specific proposals in reference to adding more staff.

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