Monday night's BOE meeting

Monday evening the Augusta Board of Education recognized 4A State Golf Champion Jake Becker, recent graduate of Augusta High School.  Becker beat out Rose Hill’s Peyton Austin and Larned’s Colton Massey in a thrilling three-person playoff to determine the Class 4A state champ.  Becker finished with an overall score of 75.
“Jake made State all four years with the Orioles, but this one is the perfect way to go out - on top as a state champion,” BOE president Bill Rinkenbaugh stated.
School of Character
The Board also recognized Ewalt Elementary School for being chosen as a Kansas School of Character.  The program is sponsored by and the Kansas State Department of Education.  Ewalt was an Enhanced Spotlight for Social, Emotional and Character Development Standards award winner for the work that the Ewalt Student Council does to promote character development and civic engagement.
Following a curriculum report from Holly Francis, assistant superintendent, the board approved a $73,730 recommendation from Francis on secondary science purchases.  
Francis advised that the science teachers had been meeting since January discussing the needed science courses and options.
The majority of the purchases are from Vernier and include lab equipment, along with LabQuest, a standalone interface used to collect sensor-based data with built-in graphing and analysis application.
“Our teachers are familiar with these products and have been using them for years.  This equipment will be used year after year, they are not consumables,” Francis added, “All the courses can utilize the Vernier products.”
Capital Outlay project
 Recently bids were received for paving the last two sections of concrete work where the school buses are parked at the district’s Service Center.
“Each year we have tried to replace sections of the gravel with concrete, but we skipped the last couple of years.  This proposal would potentially cover the entire parking area,” Superintendent John Black explained.
Vendors were asked to provide bids for three options:
1.  Dig and haul off 4,200 square feet of asphalt chips and replace with 6” concrete drive, with wire and fiber in concrete.
2.  Dig and haul off 1,275 square feet of asphalt chips and replace 6” concrete drive, with wire and fiber in concrete.
3.  Base bid #1 and #2 together and haul off 5,475 square feet of asphalt chips and replace with 6” concrete drive, with wire and fiber in concrete.
Bids on all three options were submitted by Dunkelberger Construction and Cornejo Construction.  The board approved the lowest bid for option #3 of $30,112.50 from Dunkelberger Construction.
By choosing #3 option, the paving will not be required each year.
Meal prices going up
Since July 1, 2011, schools have been required to charge students for paid meals at a price that is on average equal to the difference between free meal reimbursement and paid meal reimbursement.
USD 402 has had to gradually increase prices over time until the requirement is met.  The average meal price in Augusta is $2.75 and a difference of 10 cents is needed to match $2.85.
The following was approved:
Breakfast $1.70 to $1.75
Lunch $2.60 to $2.70
MS and HS
Breakfast $1.95 to $2
Lunch $2.90 to $3
Breakfast $2.25 to $2.30
Elementary/Secondary reduced price
Breakfast $.30 no increase
Lunch $.40 no increase
 There will be no increase in the price of milk.

In other business:
* The BOE members are reviewing the district policy addressing enrollment of home schooled students as part-time students.
* Discussion of 2016-2017 BOE Expectations and 2016-2017 Success Plan End of Year Report
* Approval of a special BOE meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, at the district office.
* Approval of moving regular monthly meeting from Monday, July 10 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13.