Recognition at Monday's School Board meeting

January 2018 is School Board Recognition Month and at Monday’s Augusta Board of Education meeting, Superintendent John Black took the opportunity to focus for a few minutes on the crucial role that an elected board member plays in our community and schools.  
Dr. Black pointed out that there is a total of 60 years of service shared by the current board.  Newest BOE member Andee Kant was recognized for one  year of service, Doug Berryman, two years; Jim Brown, 11 years; Bill Rinkenbaugh, 11 years; Cary Lee, 11 years; Larry Winter, 11 years; and Bob McCalla was recognized for 13 years of service on the Board.
A curriculum report by Assistant Superintendent Holly Francis and AHS Principal Donna Zerr, included an update on adding Pathways courses and retiring others.
New Spanish program
Francis presented a request for Spanish curriculum for grades 6-12.  She advised that four different vendors submitted curriculum for evaluation.
“The teachers evaluated the curriculum and they visited with students to get their feedback, too,” Francis stated.
She advised that the preferred curriculum, Cengage,  is a global learning program by National Geographic Learning, and the cost is $36,070.
The board approved, 7-0, the purchase of the  new Spanish curriculum.
Special Education fundraiser
Michelle Carlson of Wichita presented a request to hold a fundraising event for Butler County Special Education programs on April 14, at Augusta High School.  She requested a waiver of rental and custodial fees for the day of the event.
 Board members approved, 7-0, to waive the rental and custodial fees, leaving $95 to be paid for light and sound services, performed by a district employee.
Audit report
Randy Ford with Busby Ford & Reimer, L.L.C., presented the formal annual audit report and advised that there were “no problems, no mistakes, and no issues”, resulting in no necessary modifications.
ESSDACK Learning Center agreement
Also approved Monday night was the interagency agreement between ESSDACK and USD 402 to administer the Augusta Learning Center.  
Superintendent Black reminded board members that the three year agreement is automatically renewed each year for an additional year, which assures that a three-year contract remains intact at all times.
Two executive sessions followed, one concerning the Superintendent Evaluation and one concerning a personnel matter.
The next regular Board of Education meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, at the district office, 2345 Greyhound Dr.