Retirement of maintenance director, co-cheer sponsors named at SB School Board


The South Barber Board of Education had 25 minutes in executive sessions in a one hour and 20 minute meeting Monday night. No action was taken upon return to the open meeting regarding the two executive sessions.

Board President Mark Pollock called the meeting to order with all members present: Mike Miller, Ryan Molz, Melissa Simpson, Bryan Quick, Deb Helfrich and Mariah Doherty. The visitors section was filled with mainly women who told the Newsgram they attended the meeting to support teacher Kaynette Scheck in a leadership role at the elementary. However, such an item did not appear on the revised agenda so they made no comments to the board during the meeting.

A few personnel changes were approved by the board in open session including: Resignation of the high school cheerleading coach position of Naicee Sutter; Hiring of cheerleading co-sponsors Jenny Cantrell and Danielle Jewell;

retirement of maintenance director Keith Rathgeber, effective December 2019.

Besides executive sessions, the bulk of the meeting was filled with a presentation/proposal for a presentation of a bid proposal by Rachel Condley of Keystone Food Service from Oklahoma. She handed the board booklets and sample menus.

She said Keystone started with meals for fraternities and sororities and now serves 129 school districts. Superintendent Miller said he worked with them in Oklahoma and they serve Cherokee School.

Condley said they cook from scratch and meet government school menu regulations. They work with school cooks and “partner with schools.” Keystone is a USDA program with reimbursements.

Meeting with Kansas state education officials, Condley said they are “on point” and “very helpful.”

Dr. Miller said SB is still accepting food service bids with the deadline in the next few weeks.

Administrators Report on Achievements and More

Dr. Miller said he is still exploring a daycare. His report was full of congratulations to teachers and students and thank you’s to the many individuals and groups who provide scholarships to SB seniors.

Giving his elementary building report, Adam Maloney reported on the many field trips students have taken or are doing this week. The last day of school is Thursday. An update on the elementary building, Maloney said the computer lab is scheduled for new carpet. A heavy rain overnight caused water to seep into the music room basement.

Maloney said Scheck attended a training on Fastbridge, the new district assessment tool and is impressed with the versatility.

The core value for May is Perseverance – “refusing to give up when life gets hard.”

Grade 7-12 Principal Brent Shaffer thanked the PTO and district office for the food during Teacher Appreciation Week. He also gave many compliments to students and teachers.

Regional Track is at Kiowa County this Friday May 17.

Sponsored by Meagan Henry the Forensics results from State were: Competitors Haylie Drake in Oration and Poetry; Kathleen Martin in Informative and Poetry; and Olivia Pla & Maria Pedroso in Duet Acting. No one broke into semifinals.

Ly Nguyen performed at State Festival where she received a I rating on her Prose and an IV on her Poetry. Henry served as the Tab Room manager again, and the South Barber team helped the host coach set up rooms on Friday night and cleaned up rooms on Saturday afternoon. South Barber was the only school to assist the host coach in that capacity this year, and she offered a special thank you and recognition at the awards ceremony for that service.

The New FFA Officer Team includes President Takira Blick, Vice President Kate Perschbacher, Secretary Allie Hoch, Treasurer Ruston Erikson, Reporter Avery Grieve, and Sentinel Hannah McCullough.

Eleven students competed at the State CDE’s in Manhattan: Food Science was 8th and finished in the Silver Division; Savannah Hughbanks was in Gold Division; Dane Coggins was in the Silver Division; Milk Quality and Products was 15th and finished in the Bronze Division; Takira Blick and Cole Coggins both finished in the Bronze Division; Ag Communications was 18th; Ag Sales was 16th;

The FFA State Convention is May 27- May 31. ReAnna Dunlap is running for state office. Cole Coggins is up for the state STAR in Agricultural Placement.

The FCCLA Red Cross Blood Drive was a success with 33 pints of blood donated. This drive focused on getting new, high school donors so they were very pleased with this outcome.

Driver Education is scheduled May 21-Mid June. Total cost is $25

Shaffer reported on KSHSAA Changes for 2019-2020 .

1. All coaches must have first aid/CPR prior to season.

2. All students are eligible for activities 7th grade and 9th grade regardless of their academic performance the prior year (used to have to pass 5 subjects to be eligible).

3. High school football can now have a scrimmage (jamboree) a. Preseason ... can have multiple teams, controlled no scores b. High school only i. We are looking at Medicine Lodge, Macksville, Skyline 1. Friday before the first game Friday

4. State golf willb e a 2 day 36 hole event (was 1 day 18 holdes)

5. Girls wrestling … Waiver of the mixed team rul for a 2 year transition period. Splitting 1A will be brought up again at the September meeting.


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