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Meeting at 7 p.m. Monday evening, USD 300 Board of Edu- cation members discussed plans to fill a vacancy on the board at the end of the current fiscal year. In the recent election, Board Member Paul Rickabaugh, now serving in the "At-Large" posi- tion on the board, received 15 votes for the Pos. #1 seat on the board. That seat is currently held by Board Member Dave Brass. Brass announced well before the election that he would not run, and that it was someone else's turn to serve on the board. He did, however, get 14 votes for re-election. Rickabaugh, who received 15 votes won the position, but cannot serve in two board seats simultaneously. He could, however, resign from his "At-Large" position and ac- cept the Pos. #1 seat. Or he could decline the Pos. #1 seat. Either way, the board will then have to appoint a replacement. If he accepts the Pos. #1 seat and resigns from the "At-Large" position, board members would have a greater pool to pick from for a replacement. The Pos. #1 district is the eastern third of the county, as well as most of the southern portion of the county and Brass said he had already asked as many people as he could think of in that district to run for the job. Anyone in the entire school district could be appointed to the "At-Large" position. In other business, the board: --Approved paYment of bills in the amount of $380,639.95, in addition to the April payroll in the amount of $215,955.11. --Heard Supt. Baldwin ex- plain changes in four of the 11 current district handbooks. The four changes which they consid- ered Monday night are in the high school/middle school stu- dent/parent handbooks. They deal with student abuse of cell phones, as well as the policy dealing with student fund-rais- ing. The fifth (the negotiations handbook) will be considered af- ter next contract year's teacher negotiations are completed. Af- ter a good deal of discussion, the board tabled the matter, pend- ing additional changes in those two district handbooks. There are no changes recommended in Weather as recorded by John Lehmao Date High Low Precip. 4-28 67 41 0.00 4-29 73 47 0.00 4-30 78 49 0.00 5-1 79 53 0.00 5-2 83 60 0.00 5-3 87 60 0.00 5-4 85 61 0.04 ~-*-*"''*'-*"+-+'+-*"*"+-* .... ~'~A U TO 'E'I .~ .- , - .......... ADC 505-,L9--- Sn-: il To, ,n Papers i ,_,., 2i7 tic Cota St Shetton WA q dS- l-2263 alahllhhhlddni'hih,lhhmh,idlh|,|tllu|| j|di,jfi the other six handbooks for the coming year. --Voted to approve a bid for a 2015 71 -passenger Blue Bird Vi- sion school bus from Kansas Truck Equipment, Inc. of Wichita at a cost of $75,11t, including five-year body/chassis warranty and five-year towing agreement. Two district busses, a 2004 77- passenger bus and a 1997 47- passenger bus will be traded in for a total of $8,650, lowering the overall cost of $66,461. The bOard voted to approve a five- year lease-purchase agreement with the Bank of Protection to finance the new bus. --Voted to approve the Bank of Protection as the official dis- trict bank for the next two years. --Approved the resignation of Brenda Cox as the high school family consumer science teacher, as well as her supple- mental contract as FCCLA spon- sor and co-sponsor of the stu- dent council. --Approved teaching con- tracts for Brook Witty as the high school family consumer sci- ence teacher and for Stephen Kocis as high school social stud- ies teacher .......... ---Noted to approve the hir- ing of Tony Smith as full-time district director of technology. --Voted to approve the res- ignation ofAngie McGuire as as- sistant high school forensics coach effective the end of the current school year. --Approved supplemental contracts at the high school for Stephen Kocis as high school forensics coach, William Rosson as assistant forensics coach, Brook Witty as FCCLA sponsor and co-sponsor of the student council, Mike Augustine as as- sistant basketball coach, and (continued on page 3) " (USPS No. 679-660) Vol. 130 No. 40, Thursday, May 7, 2015 Official Newspaper for City of Coldwater and Comanche County Box 518 Coldwater, Kansas 67029-0518 (620) 582-2101 Look at Courthouse Upkeep County H dies Many Items Comanche County Commis- The commissioners agreed the request of Bob Huck that a sioners met Tuesday of this they had a number of questions half-mile section of road be va- week, and took a look at a couple for the contractor before taking cated in the south end of the of proposals to do some fixing any action on the proposals, county. A notice of closing will up around the courthouse. In other business, the com- be published and a time for pro- The two proposals totalled missioners" tests be allowed before the road $130,000. They took no action --Approved payment of bills is vacated. on either one, awaiting a meet- in the amount of $104,330:91. --Voted to re-appoint Ralph ing with the contractor. --Discussed the fact that the Hoofer to another four-year term They first reviewed a contract Comanche County Health Clinic on the Comanche County Hos- proposal from Stockton Resto- waiting room needs to be fin- pital Board. ration Company of Wichita to ished and repainted now that --Heard areport from County refurbish all the windows in the new sheetrock has been in-Attorney Skip Herd that due to courthouse at a cost of $80,000. stalled to repair Water damage recent changes in SRS policies For that amount, all 126 windows there. They also considered a re- that the SRS will no longer pay in the courthouse would be quest from the clinic that the wait- for burial ofan indigent, andthe cleaned, pa'mted, re-caulked, and ing room be refumished after it county can pay or deny the bill window frames replaced ifnec- is finished, for such a burial. essary. --Turned down a recommen- --Met with Director Patrick Also present for the commis- dation from the county clerk that Klecker and Assistant Director sioners' consideration was a the severance pay rule be waived Sonja Channell of the Santa Fe proposal from Stockton Resto- for an employee who recently Trail Community Corrections or- ration to continue maintaining retired before he turned 62. The ganization based in Dodge City, the exterior brick work on the policy states that two weeks' serving the 16thjudicial district courthouse at a cost of $10,000 severance pay will be paid when which includes Comanche per year for the next five years, an employee retires at or beyond County. The organization serves In the past five years, the firm 62 years of age and has been as a sort of intensive probation has cleaned the brick on all sides employed by the county for at officer. The commissioners of the courthouse, replaced bro- least five years. The employee signed a comprehensive plan for ken brick in a number of places, in question had been employed the organization for the coming and re-pointed the masonry by the comty since 1990. year. Klecker also explained a joints where necessary. --Approved a resolution at (continued on page 4) Here are some of the airplanes which were on display Sunday during the Gary Trummel Memorial Fly-In at the Comanche County Airport. Pilots talked with the local people about the airplanes, many of which (including the one on the right of this photo) were rare or one-of-a-kind planes, photo by Oennies D. Andersen