Arapahoe School Board approves new hire

The Arapahoe Board of Education met for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 11, 2018.  Those in attendance included board members Lisa Anderson, Dennis Roskop, Brad Schutz and Dan Warner along with superintendent Dr. George Griffith, principal Bob Braithwait and the district’s business manager, Cassie Hilker. Visitors included Craig Hilker, Sue Helms and Jason Anderson.   Board members Chad Carpenter and Rod Whipple were absent.

Superintendent Griffith reported that the asbestos abatement has been done in the elementary wing so the remodeling can begin.  The new building is coming along nicely and they will soon be doing the first punch list to identify areas that need corrected before possession is taken of the building.  Almost all records have been boxed and are ready to be sent  for scanning.  The files were cleaned out and a lot of unnecessary items will be shredded.   He is working on getting bus specifications put together to replace the number three bus and he is also looking into a clean diesel grant that could cover up to $47,000 of the cost of the bus that would be the same size.

Based the superintendent’s recommendation, the board approved the purchase of 235 new chairs ranging in size from 14 inches to 18 along with storage baskets that provide storage underneath at a cost of $14,804.35. This will be paid from the Equipment Depreciation Fund.

The board approved the resignation of Guy Kuntz as the Ag teacher and FFA sponsor at the end of his contract.  In his very complimentary letter to the board, Kuntz thanked the board for the opportunity in Arapahoe and had very kind words regarding the board, staff and students. Kuntz and his wife had an opportunity to purchase a veterinary practice at Yuma, CO which was close to their families and it was an opportunity they could not pass up.

The board discussed a replacement for Kuntz with Griffith and Braithwait stating that most of these open positions were filled in March.  The board approved offering recent UNL graduate Chandler Hambidge of Arapahoe the position  provided he will take the necessary action to receive his Ag Education degree.   Hambidge has already started the process and the district will assist with the expense. 

The board spent considerable time discussing graduate hours reimbursements. Heidi Thomas has already started her course work and the district will help offset the expense from the classes she takes this summer.  It was decided before giving final approval, the board will need to have additional information to determine if this is really in the district’s best interest and if there is enough student interest in taking college classes.

The board approved the agreement with NDE  regarding the school lunch program.  Approving the agreement guarantees that there will be federal reimbursements.

Next the board discussed student fees.  Elementary breakfast price will raise from $1.65 to $1.70; lunch from $2.65 to $2.75; band fee would be $10 per semester.  Junior/Senior High breakfast raises from $1.90 to $1.95; Lunch $2.90 to $3.00.   Dances will have a $5 charge.   The ACT is state assessment and the initial cost of the ACT is covered for all juniors. Additional ACT testing costs will be the responsibility of the student.  There will be a $10 per semester fee for band.

The next meeting for the Arapahoe Board of Education will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Lynn Crosley’s room in the high school.

To read the entire school board story, see this week’s edition of the Arapahoe Public Mirror.

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