Kathy Dzewaltowski, observer
During public comment time, Debbie Nuss addressed the board and suggested that a portion of MHS East Campus be used as a center for community social services. The school board is considering moving ninth graders from East Campus to MHS West Campus and using proposed bond funds to add onto West Campus, which would free up space at East Campus.
Lew Faust, Dir. of Business Services, updated the board on the Kansas Supreme Court decision on school finance. The Court found the latest formula to be unconstitutional but was also complimentary of the Legislature’s efforts. The formula still needed to account for inflation. Schools will be allowed to open in the fall, and the Legislature will have until 2019 to tweak the formula. USD 383 will be able to move forward with negotiations and planning the budget.
Mr. Faust also provided board members with information about year-end fund transfers. The board approved 7-0 to transfer $1.5 million from the general fund to the contingency reserve fund and capital outlay. The board also approved transferring $450,000 to special education funds.
The board approved a proposal to begin offering Chinese at the high school in the fall. USD 383 is partnering with KSU to offer the course, and students who wish to take it for college credit will need to pay their own tuition.