Board Recap – July 10, 2017

There were some changes made the Geary County Schools USD 475 Board of Education on July 10, 2017. During the regular business meeting of the Board, members made nominations for the positions of President and Vice President as they do each year during this time.

Dr. Ferrell Miller was nominated for the Presidency and he was voted on unanimously by the Board. His first action as President was to conduct the election of the Vice President which had two nominations, Tom Brungardt and William Brooks. Brooks won the vote and will serve as the Vice President alongside Dr. Miller for the 2017-2018 school year.

Dr. Miller also had the opportunity during the meeting to present LaDonna Junghans with a plaque on the Board of Education’s behalf. The plaque was a token of appreciation for her service as President during the 2016-2017 school year.

The Board of Education also took time on Monday night to discuss software license renewals. One of these licenses is used for “Edgenuity” which is a program that allows students at Junction City High School and the Larry Dixon Center to take classes that the district couldn’t otherwise offer. One example of this service in use at JCHS is through the Mandarin Chinese and other advanced language classes which are offered.

Network upgrades and the addition of three lawn mowers were also approved at the meeting Monday night.

Closing the meeting, prior to an executive session where teacher negotiations and possible land acquisition were discussed, Dr. Miller encouraged Board members to be out in the community encouraging the public to vote in the upcoming November 7th election. November 7, 2017, will be the date polls are open for community members to vote on the JCHS Way Forward Bond which could see a new Junction City High School built with no direct and additional burden on the taxpayer if passed. More information on the JCHS Way Forward will be included in a new section of connectED prior to the election.

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