USD 480 Board of Education to Meet, Discuss Girls Wrestling

Joe Denoyer - February 7, 2020 11:32 am

USD 480

The USD 480 Board of Education will meet on Monday February 10th at 6:30pm. Among the items on the agenda is Girls Wrestling. The administration from both middle schools  will be providing the Board with a proposal for Middle School Girls Wrestling.  The MSWAC League is asking each school district to discuss and get feedback from their local Board of Education if they are willing to start a girls wrestling program. The administration will report back to the MSWAC League the opinion of their Boards of Education.

Also for the Board to consider is that LHS has received a donation to help them purchase items for the Black Box Theater.  The stage flooring has already been purchased and there is $6,730.24 remaining from the donation.  The quotes for stage risers for 102 seats is $14,845.  Wenger is a sole source provider for this product.  After the donation there is $8,114.76 remaining.  This difference could be paid with capital outlay funds.

The USD 480 Board will also be presented with Fire alarm upgrades at Cottonwood Elementary. USD 480 staff has solicited a proposal to furnish and install upgraded fire alarm devices at Cottonwood Elementary.  The proposal includes installation labor which was bid out and the following bids were received:

-Haynes Electric, Wichita, KS in the amount of $14,040

-3G Electric, Garden City, KS in the amount of $15,400

-A&H Electric, Wichita, KS in the amount of $13,200

In an effort to ensure that they can facilitate the project over Spring Break, staff has already issued a PO to get materials ordered and labor scheduled. The Board will look at the bids and decide who to go with.

Transportation needs will be up for discussion as the transportation committee met on 2/5/2020 and is recommending that the District move forward with three bus purchases:

1.  Special Education

-Current backup bus #7 has reached end of life, sell the backup and rotate existing bus into the backup, 27 passenger

2.  Normal replacement yellow bus #14

-Originally planned for the 2020-21 year, 77 passenger

3.  Add additional yellow bus to the fleet

-Two existing bus routes are at capacity, transportation needs increasing with additional student activities, 77 passenger.

It was also discovered that it will take 45 additional Vape Detectors to finish coverage of EMS, SRMS, LHS West Annex, LHS East Campus and the rest of LHS Main Campus.  Coverage of all elementary school bathrooms would require another 70 detectors.  The Board will look at the cost of implementation.

Also on the agenda is a Band Instrument request. Staff is presenting a proposal for the purchasing of band instruments from an anonymous donation monies. The District received two bids. The Senseney bid is lower on instruments than Brier and Hale. USD 480 has been renting instruments from Brier and Hale.   They are willing to not charge for this month’s rent because the District was planning on buying the rented instruments from them. They are also a local business which staff would like to support.

The school district is willing to divide the order and purchase the remaining instruments from Senseney Music because they are at a lower price, if the board so desires.


Brier and Hale:

3 – Clarinets – $1500.00

2 – Alto Saxophones – $1670.00

7 – Trumpets – $4,095.00


Total – $7,265.00


Senseney Music:

1 – Tenor Saxophone – $3,086

4 Flutes  $1,444

3 Trombones – $1,362

1 Bass Drum – $1,633


Total   $7,525.00


Grand Total for the purchases will be $14,790.00.

There are also 3 Executive sessions scheduled for this meeting.




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