Football field to be named in honor of Bud Peterson
An open house Aug. 24 at Centre schools will give community members an opportunity to view improvements that were made to the facilities during the summer.
These improvements include new carpeting in several classrooms, new paint and windows in the main gymnasium, a renovated Centre Perk concession stand in the high school commons area, and new windows in the ag/industrial arts building.
Several board of education members will be on hand to explain the various projects.
At its Monday meeting, the school board voted to name the Centre High School football field Bud Peterson Field, in honor of the late football coach. The board is planning to dedicate the field, along with a new memorial scoreboard, at the first home game of the 2013-14 football season.
Action on purchasing a new scoreboard was tabled until the September meeting.
After a brief budget hearing with no one present to contest the new budget, the board approved the 2012-13 budget as published. It is similar to the previous two years’ budgets, with a property tax decrease of less than 1 percent. An increase in assessed valuations will provide the district with approximately $846,000 in additional spending authority compared with the previous year.
During an audit of fiscal year 2012, auditors found that the appropriate sales tax of $5,678.61 was submitted to the Kansas Department of Revenue for the school activity fund, but had not been charged to the individual accounts. To bring the fund into compliance, the board approved sales tax adjustments to those individual accounts.
The board accepted the resignation of board clerk Peggy Falen, effective Dec. 1. They thanked her for her many years of service. Falen has served the district for more than 33 years. Sharon Simons of Lincolnville has been employed to train for the position.
The board accepted the resignations of Lisa Beye as student council co-sponsor and Elaine Mueller as a route bus driver.
After one hour and 45 minutes in executive session with Superintendent Jerri Kemble and partly with Falen to discuss personnel, the board employed the following: Traci Alt as K-12 secretary at $10 per hour, with a 90-day probationary period; Melanie Pollock as part-time assistant cook at $9 per hour; and Melia Vinduska as a route bus driver at the established rate for her years of experience.
New teacher Jackie Ingram will serve as yearbook adviser, and Laura Vinduska will be a student council co-sponsor.
The board granted retired bus driver Elaine Mueller $500 in consideration of her many years of service. Mueller had requested payment for unused sick leave.
The board approved out-of-district attendance of seventh-grader Antone Vinduska and kindergartner Alexzander Vinduska, children of Melia Vinduska, who recently moved out of the district; and first-grader Karson Kroupa, son of the Kelvin Kroupas.
Duane and Karen Carlson of Lincolnville will be hosting an exchange student, Elesya Opanasyuk from Russia. She will be a senior at Centre High School.
Ag instructor Mark Hager informed the board of a school project to construct a folding gate to enclose the concession stand at appropriate times. The cost of the project will be approximately $750.
Richard Idleman, director of operations for IServe, Inc., reported the main gym floor will be redone and ready for the first volleyball game on Aug. 28.