BOE makes personnel moves
By JUDY SHERARD
There will be some changes in the Hays USD 489 building and grounds department next month.
The board of education voted 6-0 Monday night to approve personnel transactions that included terminating employment for Francis Hammerschmidt, the district's supervisor of grounds and maintenance. His last day with the district will be Monday.
Board member Josh Waddell was absent.
"He was (a) supervisor (and) that position was terminated," Superintendent Dean Katt said. "He's a very, very good person and will be missed in that capacity."
Board president Greg Schwartz and board members Lance Bickle and Danielle Lang declined to comment about Hammerschmidt's dismissal, saying it was a personnel matter when contacted last week.
In the same transaction, the board approved hiring Rusty Lindsay as director of buildings and grounds, a newly created position. Lindsay is buildings and grounds supervisor at Scott County USD 466.
"I think his pay (at USD 489) is $64,000," Katt said of Lindsay.
The money will come from changes in that department, including not filling all of the vacancies.
Katt estimated there were eight or 10 applicants for the director position, but Hammerschmidt wasn't one of the applicants.
The district first advertised the director position in February, but no one was hired. It later was reopened, and Lindsay was selected from that pool of applicants, Katt said.
Lindsay has more than 20 years experience in school custodial, maintenance and supervisory roles.
"He is very hands-on," Katt said. "He will be out working with everyone."
As a former Scott County schools superintendent, Katt said he knew Lindsay, but Lindsay wasn't asked to apply for the USD 489 job.
Katt is unsure when Lindsay's first day in the school district will be.
"He wants to start July 1, but it will depend on what they (USD 466) require him to do there," Katt said.
Other changes in the custodial department approved by the board were termination of David Barth as Hays Middle School custodian, transferring custodian Jason Eckhart from Washington Elementary School and Westside Alternative School to O'Loughlin Elementary School and hiring Darren Timken as Wilson Elementary School head custodian.
In other business, the board:
* Approved a 10-cent increase in school meal prices. New prices are K-12 breakfast $1.70 and adult $2.10; lunch grades K-5 $2.50, grades 6-8 $2.60, grades 9-12 $2.70 and adult $3.50.
* Approved 2014-15 student and staff handbooks.
* Approved Kansas Association of School Boards membership dues of $11,495 and legal assistance fund service fee of $1,650 for 2014-15.
* Approved the board president signing the contract for Edgenuity, an online curriculum.
* Accepted resignations from Brad Kelly, Hays High School teacher; Will Burns, Hays Middle School counselor; Caitlyn Wark, HMS head tennis coach; Kelsey Crawford, Lincoln Elementary School para; Zach Meyer, Hays High assistant systems administrator; Amy Webb, Lincoln teacher; Jessica Feldhausen, La Crosse High School psychologist; Saul Hernandez, Hays High girls' and boys' soccer coach and ELL para/translator.
* Approved transfers for Krysten Linenberger, Early Childhood Connections-Munjor lead teacher; Jason Eckhart custodian, from Washington and Westside to O'Loughlin; Deena Clark, counselor, from Wilson Elementary School and O'Loughlin to HMS and Washington.
* Approved retirement for Angela Moxter, Wilson special-ed teacher.
* Approved termination for Francis Hammerschmidt, supervisor of grounds and maintenance; David Barth, HMS custodian; and Joyce Dinkel, Wilson special-ed para.
* Approved employment for Rusty Lindsay, director of building and grounds; Kim Schneweis and Marilyn Engel, HMS co-head cheer; Carly Hill, HMS math teacher; Nichole McElroy, Roosevelt Elementary ECC family/teacher assistant; Beth Howell, Lincoln ECC, family/teacher assistant; Christi Roy, Washington ECC family/teacher assistant; Keri Peterson, the Learning Center teacher; Taylor Oller, Wilson after-school assistant; Justin Hejny, HMS PE teacher; Darren Timken, Wilson head custodian; Misty Garrison, HHS/Washington nurse; Henry Armknecht, Washington gifted teacher, special-ed co-op.