Posted Date: 10/05/2020
It is October, and we are still in school on site and remotely. I want to thank everyone in our community for their efforts to help keep us in school on site. Our staff, students, families, health department, board of education and many others are working harder than ever before to educate kids in USD 244. I continue to ask for your patience and civility with everyone you come in contact with each day. We realize that these are challenging times in our country with a pandemic and questions about race and equity. We will get through this together if we can understand each other’s views.
It is question and answer time for this article.
Are all kids in USD 244 getting free meals?
Yes. This is happening until December 31, 2020 or until the money runs out from the federal government. This is a wonderful program to help our families with the cost of meals for their kids. More information is on our website or you can call 364-8478 EXT. 3170 and talk to Tracey Moerer if you have any questions.
How are activities going in the district?
Overall, things are going great. We have scheduling adjustments or changes in seating restrictions from time to time. Please stay tuned to our website or call the building offices if you have questions.
Our we still doing our BES 21st Century After School Program?
Yes. We have some modifications to the activities for health safety. The staff and students are very flexible, and we provide a safe environment for kids after school.
Does the district have job openings?
Yes, we do have a number of job openings. Bus drivers and custodial staff are very much in need. If you are interested in employment, please go to the website or stop by our district office at 301 Neosho.
Is the 1st grade wing renovation done?
Yes. We completed the project in time for the first day of school on August 21. Staff and students report a lot of positives on this newly remodeled area.
What are the next big projects coming up in the district?
We have applied for grants for a community daycare. If we get those grants, we will look to renovate the old board of education office into a daycare. We want this program to be budget neutral and operate on grants, donations, and fees from kids in the program. BMS will need a new roof next summer. We may do this roof all at once or in two phases. The north half of the roof needs replacement next summer for sure. If we do this in two phases, we would look to do the other half in the summer of 2022. The cost of the entire roof could approach 1 million dollars. We will see how bids come in for this project to determine our plan. Our track at Wildcat Stadium will need to be replaced in the next 1-3 years. We have moisture that is under the rubberized surface. The last time this track was resurfaced, we were told that it would have to be taken down to the base, and a new surface would need to be installed. The track is bubbling in some spots, and it won’t get better. We want to have safe facilities in our district for the students. BES has two chillers that are 1989 models that will need to be replaced in the future. Life expectancy of these chillers is about 20-25 years. Our district has done a good job of maintaining these chillers as they are 30 years old. Replacement cost of each chiller is close to $100,000. The district has a 5-year capital outlay plan that the board of education has asked me to prepare and update with our administrators and directors. It is a very flexible document as sometimes we place an item for replacement on one year, and we have to do it sooner or later depending on the longevity of the item. Also, estimates sometimes need to be updated depending on price changes. Using our capital outlay funds to revitalize and improve our facilities is still much better than a bond issue to replace our buildings.
Please contact me at your convenience if you have any questions. I can be reached at email@example.com or 620-364-8478 EXT. 3040. I am so lucky to be the superintendent of USD 244, and I look forward to continuing to serve the community with high standards.