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Board of Education Update-- October 14
Posted 10/18/19



This is not a full recap of all issues discussed at the Board of Education meeting. These are not official minutes. For more information on the Board of Education meeting, click here:


Teachers at South Breeze elementary presented about some of the changes they have made this year at the school. South Breeze, like many of the schools in Newton, has been working on providing supports and interventions in the social and emotional area. South Breeze has adopted the zones of regulation, calm corners and class meetings. The calm corner is an area where students can go if they feel like they need to calm down. The zones of regulation is comprised of four different zones that students can be in. They range from happy to upset. The zones are taught to each of the students allowing staff to check in with students to see what they need and what can be done to help them learn.  Additionally, every class at South Breeze has a class meeting in the morning. That is another opportunity for the teacher to greet the students and to check in with them. It also allows the students to get to know one another better.  

The Board of Education approved membership in Schools for Fair Funding 4-2 (Yes: Jantz, Becker, Staybrook Hobbs and Richards; No: Budde and Treaster). With the recent Supreme Court decision, Schools for Fair Funding has recommended moving into a monitor phase for the upcoming years to ensure the legislature fulfills their obligation to adequately and equitably fund schools. USD 373 receives $44 for every dollar the district has spent in litigation. The cost of the membership has been reduced to $3,694.02.

The Board of Education also went over the next steps in the process of hiring a superintendent. Three firms have expressed an interest in working with the board of education on the superintendent search. The board will be interviewing two of them—Kansas Association of School Boards and McPherson and Jacobson. The interviews will take place on October 28 at a work session at 6 p.m. They also went over a possible timeline for the first part of hiring a new superintendent. Dates could change but the following are possible dates on that timeline:

•             October 14 - Determine which entities to interview for the search process

•             October 28 - Interview the selected entity or entities

•             November 11 - First meeting with the Board

•             (Tentative) Week of November 11 - Conduct community and staff sessions for input

•             November 25 - Finalize search information and timeline

The district received a number of gifts over the past few weeks. Joseph Jolliff donated a 2003 Dodge Durango to the Newton High School Auto Technology department. South Breeze PTO donated $8,555.80 for field trip expenses, curriculum, books, sensory materials and flexible seating. Michael Haskew donated student pencil boxes to Northridge Elementary. They were shared with other elementary buildings. Casey’s General Store donated $100 to Newton High School for Experiential Learning Day. Thrivent donated $250 to Newton High School Ag Academy to assist with food costs to run the pork chop concessions.