With October being Breast Cancer month, the Manhattan Ogden School Board showed their support during their regular meeting on Wednesday night by wearing pink. Board Member Leah Fliter also told her own story about dealing with cancer.
The board then moved on to the special recognition portion of the meeting. Dave Fiser was recognized as being the President of the Manhattan High School Alumni Association. Fiser was the president for 8 years and there are 536 present members of the association. Markeydi Ewing, first grade teacher at Lee Elementary, received a commendation from President Obama. Shelley Aistrup, Principal at Northview Elementary, was awarded 2011 Honor Administrator by the North Central Kansas Music Educators Association . Shana Lander, music teacher at Lee Elementary, was awarded 2011 Outstanding Elementary Music Educator by the North Central Kansas Music Educators Association . Scott Freeby, instrumental teacher at Anthony and Eisenhower Middle School, was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Middle Level Music Educator by the North Central Kansas Music Educators Association . Lori Chambers, computer technology teacher at Anthony and Eisenhower Middle school, was awarded the 2011 Kansas Rookie Secondary Business Educator by the Kansas Business Education Association.
During the reports section of the meeting, the board was presented the 2010-2011 State Assessment report by Carol Adams, executive director of teaching and learning for USD 383. She presented a power point to review the statistics. She also mentioned that there were a total of 93 Standards of Excellent that were met.
There was one new business item which was a change order for Bluemont Elementary. It passed unanimously.
Old business items included again an update on Woodrow Wilson. Trisha Brooke-Fruendt, program manager, said the sixth graders should be able to move back into the building by the end of December.
Also the substitute teacher compensation was again brought up and the board passed unanimously to give them a 5 dollar increase. This discussion also led to one about an automated system of contacting substitutes, but that is in the early stages of investigation.
More audio from Wednesday night meeting follows: