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--- Saturday, October 21 = CC @ Tribune (girls @ 10:30, boys @ 11:50) and HSVB @ Beloit 2:00 -- Monday, October 23 = HS Scholars Bowl @ Palco -- Tuesday, October 24 = Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00 -- Thursday, October 26 = Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00 -- Friday, October 27 = NO SCHOOL ---

  • BOE Meeting Overview 10/9/2017

    The USD #399 Board of Education met in their regular meeting October 9th with several important issues to discuss.  The meeting was moved to the commons area to facilitate a large crowd of community members and parents at the meeting to discuss the BOE policy concerning school employees serving as volunteer fire fighters and EMS personnel leaving their buildings to answer emergency calls.  I appreciate the large number of people that showed up at th meeting to discuss this issue because it is alway good to get input into decisions directly from those it might affect.  After searchng through minutes and policies from years back, (1998 & 2000) it was discovered there was already a policy adopted in 1998 allowing for emergency personnel to respond to calls during the day.  Some concern was expressed about the safety of their students if these people were allowed to leave the building during the school day.  Just as a point to consider, neither I nor the BOE would ever create a situation that we can control that would have a negative impact on the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.  Of course I understand the concern parents might have and appreciated their input as well.  After a lengthy discussion BOE president Brad Murphy thanked those in attendance and informed them we would be discussing this issue later in the meeting with no changes being made until the November meeting so those interested would have time for input before a final decision was made.  Later in the meeting the BOE retired to Executive Session to discuss the policy and after coming out of executive session decided to continue with the policy already in place and asked me to add the policy to the Classified Handbook I am currently working on to be considered at the November BOE meeting for approval.

    The BOE then accepted a gift of $1200 from Southwind Bank for the purchase of a subscription to Huddle for our coaching staff to utilize. 

    The next issue on the agenda was the consideration of bids to remove the remaining asbestos from the access tunnels and boiler rooms in both buildings.  Two bids were received for the project.  One from ACM in Wichita in the amount of $40,445 and one from GPAC out of Kearney Nebraska in the amount of $71,300.  The BOE accepted the bid from ACM with instruction to me to bring a proposed scheduel for the work to be completed to the November meeting.  The BOE is considering moving ahead with several projects to improve our heating and cooling effeciency and possibly constructing two perminiate classrooms at the elemntary to replace the portable classrooms currently housing our pre-kindergarten and music rooms.  We can't move forward with anyh projects until we remove the remaining asbestos from the tunnells.  The tunnells are sealed at the present time so there is no danger of exposure to our students and staff.  Regardless of if we move forward with any projects, it's something that needs to be done.

    The BOE approved the contracts for Deb Christopher as head cook, Kristi Grafel as an at-risk para, and Vicki Roberts as assistant cook.

    The final action taken by the BOE was to approve 8 1/2 days of sick leave to be transfered to the Sick Leave Bank.  By BOE policy, the sick leave bank has to maintain 100 days in it to be viable.  The teachers are responsible for donating days towards it and the BOE can donate up to 25 days a year to maintain the bank.  The next BOE meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 13.

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  • The Roar Newsletter

    Our NHS Current Events class would like to introduce you to the first issue of "The Roar." This is our biweekly school newspaper that will keep you informed! Enjoy the articles!    To read the newsletter click on 

    The Roar - Issue 1

    The Roar - Issue 2


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  • NHS Receives Grant from Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund through the Osborne County Community Foundation!

    Over this past summer, Natoma High School received a grant in the amount of $4916.00 to purchase new projectors for the HS commons and HS drafting room from the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund through the Osborne County Community Foundation.  These projectors were purchased to replace older projectors that no longer were compatible with the newer screen resolutions and to promote ease of use for the classroom teachers.  The projectors, wireless adaptors, and power cords were mounted to the respective ceilings by Denton George of Digital Domain, and have been used extensively since installation.  A big thank you to the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund through the Osborne County Community Foundation for providing the financial support to finance this project and to Denton George for installation. 

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  • USD 399 Adopts Bill Collection Policy

     At  it's regular BOE meeting in August, the USD #399 Board of education adopted a new bill collection policy to help decrease the amount of unpaid bills owed to the district for various fees including lunch fees.

        Notices will be sent by the secretary on a regular basis to notify parents that payment is need for additional meals prior to exhaustion of funds and any past due balances.  Students will not be allowed to charge extra milk once the account is negative.  If no effort is made to pay, the debt may be turned over to the superintendent or superintendent’s designee for collection in accordance with board policy DP.  If no attempt is made to pay the debt within 10 days of mailing the final notice of a negative account balance under policy DP, the debt will be turned over to the State of Kansas Set-Off Program.  Information on the program can be found at KSSetoff@ks.gov.  Payments for school meals may be made at the school or district office. Students, parents, and guardians of students are encouraged to prepay meal costs.  The district will provide a copy of this unpaid meal charges policy to all households at or before the start of school each year and to families and students who transfer into the district at the time of transfer.  The terms of this policy will also be communicated to all district staff responsible for enforcing any aspect of the policy.

                Records of how and when it is communicated to households will be retained.  Elementary lunches will be eaten in the Jr/Sr High Commons area. Jr/Sr High students will also eat in the commons area.  If you would like to eat with your child, please call at least 24 hours in advance so that the cooks can prepare an additional meal.  Lunch may be purchased from the lunch program or brought from home.  Milk may be purchased to supplement lunches brought from home.  Breakfast will be served daily starting at 7:50 am.  Students that eat breakfast should arrive at 7:50am so they can be ready for class to begin at 8:10am.  All students are welcome to eat breakfast.  Lunch will begin at 11:30am.  Preschool and Kindergarten milk is offered and afternoon milk for grades 1-5 is also offered.  All elementary students eat in their respective classrooms for breakfast/  

    Free or reduced price meals shall be provided for students who qualify under state and federal rules and regulations.  The eligibility forms, rules and regulations governing this program shall be provided by the administration to students or their parents.  Free or reduced lunches do not include extra milk or milk for snacks.

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    EXTRA! EXTRA! Order Your Yearbook

    Order your Yearbooks 2017-2018 for the low price of $30.   Contact Mr.Grafel, Bon Pongsuwan, Madi Nickels, Emily Cotterill, or Alicia Phlieger.  We also have 2017 books at $30 and older yearbooks available for reduced prices (contact Mr. Grafel).   Thank you for supporting the Graphic Design department.

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