Bond authorization, education redesign and Superintendent contract extension highlight USD 253 Board meeting Featured

WAW staff lead an update on education redesign efforts for the USD 253 Board members. WAW staff lead an update on education redesign efforts for the USD 253 Board members. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

The USD 253 Board of Education took one of the most crucial steps in its $78 million facility improvement project Wednesday evening.

Board members voted unanimously to approve a resolution authorizing the issuance of bonds for district facility upgrades and the construction of a new early learning facility to replace Maynard Early Childhood Center. USD 253 Superintendent Kevin Case says it is a very exciting time for the district.

According to Dustin Avey of Piper Jaffray, the district could possibly lock in interest rates as soon as next Thursday. The bond issue could be formally closed by Dec. 18.

Following authorization of bonds, representatives of HTK Architects and McCown Gordon, the architecture and construction firms on the improvement project, presented a post-election project timeline. The timeline included information on scheduling, programming, schematic design, design development and construction documents and administration. At this time HTK and McCownGordon are now in the planning process to begin moving forward with designs and construction for each individual project.

Separately, the board received its second education redesign update in as many meetings courtesy of the faculty and staff of William Allen White Elementary School. The school’s redesign efforts are a part of the Kansas Department of Education’s Gemini II Kansas Can School Redesign Project.

The two major focuses of the redesign efforts are student success skills and real-world application. Student success skills focus on building student connections, communication and student attendance.

WAW Instructional Coach Sheri Bonnet says each of those areas is vital to one another.


Bonnet explains the real-world application area focuses on providing students with more real-world experiences through project-based learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom.

WAW Principal Tell Kirk and WAW teachers will join Logan Avenue Principal Jessica Griffin and staff as guests of KVOE’s Talk of Emporia on Dec. 13 to discuss education redesign efforts at both schools in more depth.

The evening concluded with exciting news for Superintendent Case as following a brief executive session, board members approved the extension of Case’s contract with the district through June 20, 2022. This is the second consecutive year the board has voted to extend Case’s contract following a one-year extension in 2018.

In other business, the district was given a clean audit report during Wednesday’s meeting courtesy of Mize Houser and Co. The Board of Education will hold its final meeting of 2019 on Dec. 11 at 7 pm inside the Mary Herbert Education Center.

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