South Barber Board considers improvements to buildings, summer food program


April 12, 2017

Monday evening the South Barber School Board held their April meeting. As they have at many previous meetings, members discussed the physical improvement projects for facilities. The agenda listed this under Old Business: Facilities – Approve P1 Group as Energy Savings Company and agree upon scope of work. Again, that did not happen, but the board did vote on a decision regarding a portion of the project.

Board President Steve Allen conducted the meeting via Skype. All other members were present including Mike Miller, Mark Pollock, Melissa Simpson, Dooli Rugg, Deb Helfrich and Mariah Doherty. Superintendent Dr. Andi Williams and Board Clerk Julie Johnson also sat at the board table.

Regarding the facilities improvement projects, the superintendent recommended the board go with P1. She said once P1 would start the work they carry the risk on the project.

The Top Five projects the board had previously listed and received estimates on include: Gas Piping (at high school), 125,540; HS Outlets, 58,330; K6 Sewer, 76,970; K6 Plumbing Fixtures, 113,290; HS Plumbing Fixtures, 219,080 The total estimate for those projects is $593,210.

Board members discussed at length details of the projects. Pollock reiterated several times that he wants to spend district patrons' tax dollars wisely.

Finally Helfrich said, “We've worked on this over one year. We've done our due diligence.” She moved to accept P1 for all five projects which was seconded by Miller. The plan is to get the most necessary projects accomplished this summer so time is a factor.

With no vote yet taken, Doherty looked at the thick book of improvement plans in the P1 book. She questioned details of the plumbing fixtures, seeing there were more repairs on fixtures instead of replacement. She and other board members questioned the cost versus what they would be get for the money.

After that discussion, Helfrich pulled her original motion. She moved to have P1 do only the Gas Piping and K6 Sewer at this time. Miller again seconded the motion. Only Helfrich and Miller voted yes on the motion, so it failed.

Allen called for a motion to seek other bids on the Gas Piping and K6 Sewer. All board members voted yes except Helfrich and Miller, so the motion passed.

More South Barber School Board Business

The resignation of teacher high school teacher Tim Rector as the English Students of Other Languages (ESOL) coordinator received board approval. Elementary fourth-grade teacher Katt Scheck (who also teaches grades 4-6 math) is the new ESOL coordinator as approved by the board.

The board accepted the resignation of fifth-grade teacher Samantha Nichols as the Lady Chieftains assistant basketball coach.

The fiscal year 2018 USD 255 District Calendar was approved with a few changes that were not yet available for the Newsgram at press time Tuesday.

At the urging of Grade 7-12 Principal Brent Shaffer, the board discussed starting the school year earlier in August and dismissing earlier in May. Shaffer explained May is so crammed with activities that students miss too much class. The board will consider this recommendation over the course of the school year, the superintendent said.

The board approved current bills totaling $316,785.24.

Williams said the recreation commission is hosting a soccer tournament at the high school football field April 29. She said this will bring lots of people to town.

The board approved two summer help positions. Those positions will be filled at the May meeting.

Summer Food Program to Continue

Superintendent Williams updated the board on the Summer Food Program so kids will not go hungry. This program is thanks to the school and volunteers from Kiowa's Ministerial Alliance and the community's Faith in Action group.

Next week Williams; Lori Sahadi, USD 255's food service director; Johnson, district office manager and board clerk; and Kay Roberts, district secretary; will meet to plan the summer food program

Sahadi is in charge of the food for the program and Roberts coordinates with the volunteers.

Williams told the board how beneficial it is to have Roberts at the central office this year. She provided a lengthy list of all the tasks Roberts completes. Williams said with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) there is so much paperwork it requires another employee. She said that Roberts has reduced overtime for Johnson besides providing her with a comfort level and more.

Principals Report on South Barber Students Achievements and More

Principal Shaffer said the prom last Saturday was successful. Post Prom a school bus took the group from the prom to All Star Sports in Wichita for a fun night. Shaffer and some parents said the All Star staff complimented the South Barber kids for good behavior and said they were “the best group” of kids.

Shaffer said Miss Kansas was well received as she spoke to the students about distracted driving.

Junior high track has 24 students, including sixth graders. High school track has 21 athletes. High school boys tennis has 10 students.

Shaffer reported on the success of numerous student achievements which will run in separate stories. Some of those are: HOPL Academic Olympic results; Forensics; music festival; FFA; Scholars Bowl; FCCLA; cheerleaders.

Principal Eric Stoddard reported on the success of the fourth- through sixth-grade science fair and the Fourth-Grade Grocery Store.

Both principals reported on testing dates.

The school calendar from now through the end of school is extremely full. Go to to see all of the upcoming events.

The board of education moved the time of their May 8 meeting to 5:30 p.m,. to accommodate scheduling with the SBHS Spring Music Concert at 7 p.m.


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