Archive for Tuesday, July 7, 1992


July 7, 1992


Lawrence school board members this morning unanimously elected Barbara Ballard as board president and John Tacha as vice president for the 1992-93 school year.

Traditionally, the posts have been determined by voter support that members received when they were elected to the board.

Ballard, who served as vice president for the 1991-92 school year, was the top vote-getter in the 1989 school board election and today succeeded Mary Loveland as president. Tacha received the second-highest number of votes in the 1989 election.

Ballard said she felt comfortable accepting the responsibilities of board president despite her bid this fall for the 44th District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Ballard said that should she be elected to the Legislature, she would continue serving as board president at least through the first semester of the 1992-93 school year. The Legislature goes into session in January.

THE ELECTION of officers was part of the board's annual organizational meeting.

The board also voted to change the starting time of its regular board meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. to try to end meetings earlier.

Ballard, who along with board member Harriet Shaffer voted against the change, noted that several people have said they feel rushed getting to board meetings by 7:30 p.m.

In supporting the time change, board member Tom Murray said the board usually doesn't take public comment during the first half hour of its meetings.

The board also voted to hold two regular board meetings this month instead of one. Traditionally, the board has held only one regular meeting in July in addition to its organizational meeting.

"We've got an awful lot to do," Tacha said in advocating a second July meeting.

IN ADDITION to approving for publication the district's 1992-93 budget, the board also is expecting facilities recommendations from two school committees this month. At least one of those recommendations calls for placing a school bond issue on the November ballot, which would require a considerable amount of planning by the board.

The board, which already is scheduled to meet July 16, did not set a second July meeting date this morning.

Throughout the rest of the year, the board plans to meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month except for August, December and March. Only one meeting will be held in August and December, and the board will meet on the third and fifth Mondays in March because of spring break.

IN OTHER business this morning, the board:

Reappointed Jan Leines as board clerk and Craig Fiegel, the district's director of business and facilities, as the district treasurer.

Designated the Lawrence Journal-World as the board's official newspaper and designated the Journal-World, radio station KLWN-1320 AM and Sunflower Cablevision as official news media for the district. Lawrence High School's The Budget was designated as the official school newspaper.

Designated the firm of Petefish, Curran, Immel and Heeb as the board's legal counsel for the 1992-93 school year.

Designated several banks and savings associations as depositories for board funds for the 1992-93 school year. Murray, an attorney, abstained from voting because one bank named as a depository is a client of his.

RAISED school breakfast prices from 60 cents to 65 cents for elementary students and from 60 cents to 75 cents for secondary students. The board also approved raising the adult lunch price from $1.75 to $2 and the adult breakfast price from 75 cents to $1.

Approved an $8,496 bid from B & R Insulation for removing asbestos from the boiler room at Cordley School. To install a new boiler at Cordley this year, the asbestos-containing materials from the existing boilers and adjacent piping need to be removed. The board also approved paying $4,475 for project management services provided by Ecosphere Environmental Services Inc.

Designated Lawrence School Supt. Al Azinger as the district's authorized representative for federal programs and designated Bill Wilson and Wilma Dehart, both in the personnel department, as the district's authorized representatives for the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. The board also designated the district's building principals as attendance officers.

WAIVED requirements of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, which include the requirements of fixed assets accounting. State law allows districts to waive these requirements on a yearly basis.

Voted to maintain textbook rental fees and secondary activity fees at 1991-92 levels. Textbook rental is $16 for kindergartners and $32 for all other students. The activity fee for grades seven through 12 is $10 per student.

Held an executive session to discuss property and teacher negotiations.

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