August 17, 2011
Burlington School prepares for bond election, accredited with no deficiencies Miss Burlington Thursday at 7 p.m.
By Yvonne Miller Burlington’s School is buzzing as the 2011-12 school year begins today, August 17. On Tuesday administration anticipated enrollment to be approximately 150 which is about the same as last year. The Miss Burlington Pageant is Thursday at 7 p.m., in the auditorium. Senior young women Addie Allen and Molley Vap vie for the title to represent their school in the Miss Cinderella Pageant on the NWOSU campus during homecoming September 29-October 1. Burlington’s Board of Education held a special meeting August 8 and their regular monthly meeting Monday night. All board members attended both meetings including: Terry Graham, Beth Guffy, James Maltbie, Roger Allen and Allison Armbruster. Others present were Superintendent Glen Elliott, Asst. Principal Aaron Randall, and Minutes Clerk Jan Hill. Superintendent Elliott discussed the September 13 Transpotation Bond issue to replace the school’s 12-year-old buses. The bond is for $410,000 to purchase four buses, a pickup and a Suburban. At the special meeting the board discussed administration changes with Principal Joe Feely’s retirement. Superintendent Elliott told how he, Assistant Principal Randall and teacher Stephanie Marteney will split up duties. Coach Randy Turney is now Athletic Director.
Elliott also updated the board on renovations to the little gym. Workers are redoing cabinets in the kitchen, installing new appliances and painting. Electricians are looking at improved lighting. The superintendent reported state aid allocation is about $360,000, down from expected, as reported earlier in the Newsgram. At the regular meeting the board reviewed the Accreditation Report which gave Burlington Accreditation with no deficiencies for 2011-2012 school year. Burlington had no sites on the School Improvement List for 2010-2011. School employee contracts were signed. Board approved continued participation in the Alternative Education Coop with Alva. Encumbrances, change order, payroll accrual, and warrants for the General, Building, Child Nutrition, and Bond funds were approved. The July Activity Fund Report was approved. The Procurement Policy was reviewed and reaffirmed. Marteney was approved as compliance coordinator. Because of waiting for approval of the 2011 expenditure and revenue report by the State Department, review of this report was not discussed. Mr. Elliott’s Superintendent’s report included the upcoming OSSBA/CCOSA conference on Aug. 26-28 in Oklahoma City; the OSIG quarterly newsletter, the intercom; bus routes; and other items already mentioned in this article. At the special meeting milk bids from Hiland Dairy and Mid-American
Wholesale were considered,. The bid was awarded to Hiland Dairy for the 20112012 school year. The board approved employment of Kathy Motycka as paraprofessional for the 2011-2012 school year. They adopted a school-hours policy in case of missing days for bad weather. Board accepted the resignation of Neal Gordon as bus driver. They also approved a list of records from 2002-2006 be destroyed by shredding, incinerating or burying.
Support SB education, win a beef Labor Day
By Yvonne Miller Wouldn’t you feel satisfied as you take a bite of thick, juicy steak that is FREE? Especially knowing that with every bite of that beef you are helping support education at South Barber USD 255. You have an opportunity to do just that. No one loved education more than Monty Thompson, longtime teacher and principal at South Barber in Kiowa, Kan. When he passed away following a long battle with melanoma cancer in 2008, Monty was principal at SBHS. The Monty Thompson Education Foundation continues to support education by financially contributing to teacher’s classroom projects and much more. The Foundation is raffling a beef to be given away Labor Day evening at the annual festivities in Progress Park in Kiowa. Donations for raffle tickets can be made at Shirts and More or Kiowa Consultants in Kiowa. You can also get tickets by calling Foundation members Deb Hitchcock at 620-825-4084 or Melva Armbruster at 620-825-4450. A $5 donation gives you one ticket. You’ll get three tickets for a $10 donation. Tickets can also be acquired at the SBHS Alumni Banquet the Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend. There will also be a booth in the park on Labor Day. Ticket holders need not be present to win.