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Longtime vocal teacher Cathy Cox to retire from South Barber at end of school year

Elementary gets U.S. News and World Report `Best Schools' Status


November 10, 2021

Yvonne Miller

`Best Schools' status for South Barber Elementary School. At the South Barber Board of Education meeting Superintendent Miller and board members display the banner they just received listing the school in the top 30 percent in Kansas. From left: Ryan Molz, Mark Pollock, Bryan Quick, Superintendent Mylo Miller, Mike Miller, Deb Helfrich, Emily Lohmann and Jenna Mostert.

Monday night South Barber USD255 held their November meeting with all members present including President Mark Pollock, Brian Quick, Deb Helfrich, Jenna Mostert, Mike Miller, Ryan Molz and Emily Lohmann. Superintendent Dr. Mylo Miller also sat at the table with Board Clerk and Business Manager Julie Johnson.

The board accepted the resignation of longtime vocal music teacher Cathy Cox who has taught 48 years. She thinks about 23 of those years were at South Barber. That includes not only working not only as an vocal instructor, but also as a counselor and special education provider. Dr. Miller said, "We are very thankful to Ms. Cox and her distinguished tenure in the South Barber School District and wish her well at the conclusion of this year."

Superintendent Miller couldn't wait to unfurl a banner of recognition received from U.S. News and World Reports that names South Barber Elementary as "Best Schools." Miller said there are 635 elementary schools in Kansas. South Barber is ranked 131, which he said "Is an excellent ranking!" That's the "Top 30 percent"and based primarily on math and reading scores.

Danny McCartney got the board's approval as the new Lady Chieftains head basketball coach. He comes from Anthony/Chaparral where he coached basketball many years. McCartney shoes horses for a living and is a Rule 10 Coach, Miller said.

The board voted to pay off a route bus for $24,275.

The District Calendar 2022-2023 was approved with Graduation May 7, 2023. The first day of school is Aug 18. The last day of school is May 11. Spring Break is March 13-17.

Kiowa's Hometown Market sought and received approval to use the high school auditorium for their annual meeting on Dec. 6.

Board President Pollock appointed board members Jenna Mostert and Emily Lohmann to the supplemental pay committee.

Representing Barber County United, Deb Kolb and Kellie Courson attended the meeting to answer any questions regarding the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Pathways to a Healthy Kansas information they had sent them.

The board voted to adopt the following USD 255 wellness policy from KDHE Kansas School Wellness Policy model guidelines. Those are:

Students have clear/translucent individual water bottles in the classroom where appropriate.

A student advisory council is formed and meets with a food service representative and school administration twice a year to provide input.

A healthier workplace environment is encouraged district wide, including but not limited to the availability of water and ice.

Quarterly, partner with local health agencies and community organizations. District implements marketing and advertising of nutritious foods and beverages consistently through a comprehensive and multi-channel approach to the community.

Active classroom learning experiences are provided such as involving students in food preparation or other hands-on activities at least once a quarter.


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