In the regularly scheduled Eads School Board meeting on Monday, February 26, 2018 the board voted unanimously to take the recommendation of Superintendent Glenn Smith in hiring current high school math teacher, Brian Bohlander, as the 2018-2019 part-time high school Principal. Bohlander will replace 15-year veteran administrator, Betsy Barnett, who will be retiring at the end of the current school year. Smith indicated there will be some additional assignment changes in order to fulfill the administration duties.
Numerous reports were given during the initial part of the meeting including comments from Athletic Director, Trey Eder, who told the board there had been a major question whether Eads would be able to field their own baseball team. According to Eder, head coach Chad Rouse reported that he expects 11 Eads players and possibly 1 to 3 Kit Carson players to join the team. Up to 3 girls may join the team in an effort to make sure Baseball stays in Eads. As of now, Eder said he will go ahead and aggressively finish up the baseball schedule now that it has been verified there will be a team.
High School Principal Betsy Barnett reported on a few items of interest including activities of Knowledge Bowl who are headed to the state meet in mid-March, FBLA’s preparations for State in April, and the fundraiser for the FFA held last week. Barnett also indicated the high school held a lock down drill and brought in a drug dog from Kit Carson County at the same time. After the drill, a number of good ideas and positive discussions were had, particularly in the face of the recent school shooting in Florida.
Superintendent Smith commended Mrs. LaDawne Britten for the positive role she took in the recent awards ceremony for the National Title I Distinguished School Award. He also told the board they are looking to purchase a new gym floor covering system that will cost in the neighborhood of $9,000. The Eads Alumni Association have indicated they will assist with the purchase of this new system that will consist of strong rubber covering that rolls out and back in a much more efficient way compared to the current antiquated system we have been using for years.
Bohlander, in the role of senior class sponsor, reported on plans for the upcoming senior trip in May. He indicated they are well within their budget and may have quite a bit of money left over. The senior class would like to donate the balance toward a purchase for the school. The class will travel to Estes Park and Denver taking in a number of entertaining and educational stops during the trip.
In action items, the board went into executive session to discuss personnel. When they came out of executive session, a motion was made and approved to hire Bohlander. They also approved the CEBT health insurance program that reflects a 4% increase for next year.
In other discussion items, Smith indicated he was meeting with Great Plains Security out of Lamar in order to have them analyze the buildings and make recommendations on security systems and changes. He will develop a plan that may include such updates as installing cameras, locking doors, adding buzz-in systems, adding signage, and evaluating the growing interest in conceal carry possibilities.
Other items discussed were ideas for next year’s preschool facility, policy updates, summer help needs, updates on finishing the LED Project, the Wellness Grant, and the secondary electrical service project. Kelly Courkamp was present to tell the board that the school received the matching funds they were waiting for from the State Historic Fund in the amount of $200,000. This gives the Phase II project the $413,865 that is in the budget and includes a $25,000 contribution from the school. The work will begin this summer as they will make improvements to the exterior of the Elementary Gym, replace doors, and do a forensics study on the ancient plumbing system that is present within the facility. Then, next summer, the final work will be done including plumbing, interior work, and ADA restrooms.
With nothing else before the board they adjourned. The next regular meeting will be Monday, March 26, 2018.