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Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting – June 10, 2021

The meeting was called to order by President Cale Rieger on the above date at 7:00 a.m., in the administration office with everyone present except Danielle McAtee and Chris Hingst.

Superintendent Penka had one addition to the agenda: add d) under New Business, Review Handbooks. Troy Hilt made a motion to approve the agenda with the one addition; motion was seconded by J W Milliken and carried.

The Board reviewed and discussed the items on the consent calendar. A motion was then made by Dustin Andrist, seconded by Troy Hilt, and carried to approve the consent calendar, including the following items: a) The minutes of the regular Board meeting on May 12, 2021. b) A list of bills being paid on direct deposit slips numbering 0519001 – 0519072 and on checks numbering 11790-11803 on BANKWEST, and checks numbering 15136-15173 on First National Bank for a total of $304,967.13. c) The Cash Summary Report (including three transfers: $9,366.79 from Supplemental General Fund to the Career & Tech Education Fund, $5,337.69 from the General Fund to the At-Risk Fund, and $63,092.00 from General Fund to the Special Ed Fund) and the High School Activity Fund Report and Grade School Activity Fund Report – all as of May 31, 2021. d) The Board approved a gift offer of $3,000.00 from the St. Francis Recreation Commission for the Summer Weights program.

There were no audiences present.

The hiring committee will be interviewing candidates for the paraprofessional positions in the near future.

Superintendent Penka reported on the projects currently in progress:

  1. Painting of the Junior High hallways
  2. Painting and ceiling in the Junior High science room
  3. Chemistry Lab remodel
  4. Concrete work for both the high school and grade school

Superintendent Penka reported to the Board that a letter of resignation was received from Peggy Moberly, resigning from her K-12 Art position. Troy Hilt made a motion to accept Mrs. Moberly’s resignation, seconded by Shawna Blanka and carried.

There was one contract amendment to discuss, Sydney Foster will be the high school track assistant coach for the 2022 season. There may be other amendments and contracts for coaching positions at the next Board meeting.

Next, Shawna Blanka made a motion to approve eight contracts returned for signature, seconded by J W Milliken, and carried. This brings the total contracts returned to 57 with 5 left to return.

The Board was advised that an appointment to the Northwest Kansas Technical College (NKTC) Board in Goodland needs to be made so the NKTC can plan their July organizational meeting; the appointee must be a current or former member of the USD 297 Board of Education. Following a brief discussion, Troy Hilt moved, seconded by Shawna Blanka, and it carried to appoint Denise Andrist.

Board members were given a list of current student fees and adult meal prices and were asked to consider approving meal-price increases as proposed by Superintendent Penka. Following discussion, a motion was made by Troy Hilt, seconded by Dustin Andrist, and carried to approve the following fees:




  • Breakfast $2.35(from $2.25)
  • Lunch $2.80(from $2.70)
  • K-5 Book Rental $35
  • Activity Ticket $10.00


  • Breakfast $2.65(from $2.55)
  • Lunch $3.20(from $3.10)
  • Book Rental $35.00
  • Activity Ticket $13.50
  • Science Goggle Fee $10.00
  • Yearbook & DVD 45.00 +$6 if name-stamped)
  • Towel Fee $7.00


  • Breakfast $3.25(from $3.15)
  • Lunch $4.55(from $4.45)

Superintendent Penka requested that the Board approve the grade school handbook for the 2021-2022 school year. He also reviewed with the Board the policy changes from KASB. A motion was made by Dustin Andrist to approve the handbook and policy changes, seconded by Troy Hilt, and carried.

A special meeting of the Board near the end of June will be necessary to approve the final business transactions of this fiscal year. Shawna Blanka made a motion to schedule a special meeting at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, in the St. Francis administration office. The motion was seconded by J W Milliken and carried.

The next REGULAR monthly board meeting will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 7:00 a.m. At 7:56 a.m.,

Dustin Andrist moved that the meeting adjourn; the motion was seconded by Troy Hilt and carried.


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