USD 421 approves water heater installation

LYNDON—During the Aug. 10 regular meeting, the USD 421 Board of Education reviewed two bids that were received for an 85-gallon, 500,000-BTU ASME commercial gas water heater with 80-gallon expansion tank for the gym.

The bids received were from Conklin Plumbing, Osage City, and McElroy’s Inc., Topeka. Randy, a representative from McElroy’s, was present to answer questions that the Board had about their bid.

“What type of warranty is on these systems,” Dave Brecheisen, asked Randy. “Three years on the tank and one year on the parts,” replied Randy.

Bob Knoernschild, board president, inquired about what happened to the tankless water heater. Cheryl Cook, superintendent, and Randy explained that the tankless system would have doubled the cost and increased the cost of maintenance, plus a water softener would be required for a tankless system.

“What kind of time frame are we looking at,” asked Eric Ratzloff. Cook stated that both vendors are waiting for approval and that once the bid is approved and the vendor notified, the work can begin.

The board approved the bid by Conklin Plumbing, the lower bid.

Before, after school programs

Enrollment applications for the new before school program were included in the enrollment packets.

“It was established $40 for one child for the whole year and $60 for families of two plus children,” stated Cook.

The program is for kindergarten through eighth grade students.

The board approved the after school program fee of $3 per person per day, the same fee as last school year.

In other business, the board:

• heard from student, Grace Spencer, a senior at LHS, during the public hearing concerning desire to graduate early. The board could take no action since it was not part of the agenda, but directed Spencer to meet with Cook.

• discussed that there would be a special meeting on Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. for the budget hearing.

• approved the requests of 62 out-of-district students, including 11 students who have not attended the district previously, to enroll in the district for the 2016-2017 school year.

• strongly recommended that all board members use their district email address for all board related business.

• approved the second reading of the teacher discipline plan.

• discussed teacher evaluation revision to include teacher growth.

• reviewed the district’s inoculation policy to meet Kansas State’s statues.

• discussed time card requirements for Rule 10 coaches.

• approved the acceptance of KASB policy for the district.

• announced that transportation underwent inspection and passed with only one discrepancy, one light.

• discussed scrimmage games will be held on Aug. 26. Football scrimmage game will start at 6:00 p.m. and volleyball will start at 7:00 p.m. There will also be a surplus sale held during the games.

• Brad Marcotte, LHS principal, reported that Flint Hills League approved game admission fees of $5 per adult and $3 per student with a cap of $15 per family. The district will continue to allow Lyndon students with school identification to attend district games for $1.

• Knoernschild reported that negotiation meeting was held on Aug. 3 and negotiations have reached a stall.

• held a 15-minute executive session to discuss matters relating to employer-employee negotiations.

• held a 30-minute executive session to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel.

• accepted the resignation of Bill Patterson as LHS yearbook sponsor, and Raylene Brecheisen, food service.

• approved employment of Michael Beying, LHS yearbook sponsor, Stephanie Ramey, food service, Julie Nelson, before school program, and Dan Dehn, school bus driver.

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