Charlotte Richter | Editor-in-chief
At the United School District 207 Education Council meeting on Nov. 22, Superintendent Dr Keith Mispagel said the district will continue the practice of giving full credit to students leaving schools in the district after 3. December 2021 and May 13, 2022,
which are the last two weeks of each semester.
“We will continue the practice of allowing a two-week stub period for students attending
school from December 3 to May 13; (they) will be able to receive full semester credit without attending the last two weeks due to a move or permanent station change, ”Mispagel said.
Mispagel said the Kansas State Department of Education does not require districts
grant credit to students; however, the board supports the decision so that families who
cannot stay until the end of the semester are not penalized.
“My advice to families is that when planning a flight or a trip, check with the district.
first, ”Mispagel said.
He also advised families to be aware of registration requirements and when and when
dates of school semesters in new places.
Clarification of mask requirements
Mispagel said that $ 207 will update the mask guidelines on the $ 207 website to clarify expectations following an administrative leadership team meeting and questions from
“We, as the board knows, follow the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
recommendations on safety measures as well as types of masks, ”said Mispagel.
He said the website will include requirements for masks such as fabric masks that fit properly and are made from opaque, multi-layered, or tightly woven fabric with nasal thread. Gaps between the wearer’s face and the mask are not acceptable. Masks with only one
cloth diapers and masks with vents are also unacceptable. The website will also detail the requirements for disposable masks.
Suggestions and descriptions added to the website will be excerpts from guidelines
of the CDC; there are no new guidelines, just a new resource to check mask requirements for $ 207.
“This is just to clarify what our mask type standard is, which aligns with the CDC’s reference sheets,” Mispagel said.
Prospects for impact aid
Mispagel provided an overview of legislative conversations he has had with lawmakers and the Governor’s Military Council regarding federal determinations of Kansas Impact Assistance to Equalization funding.
“Kansas is the only remaining state to choose to use federal impact assistance as part of
the calculation of state aid for equalization, ”said Mispagel. According to KSDE, “In Kansas, the School District Finance and Quality Performance Act provides the formula for calculating state aid for unified school districts in Kansas.
When a Kansas school district loses property tax revenue due to federal land, state assistance is automatically increased to make up for the loss in that revenue. Instead of deducting 100 percent of federal impact aid, Kansas only deducts 70 percent of federal impact aid. As a result of the formula, the school district receives state aid plus the 30% Impact Aid.
$ 207 exists on federal property, therefore, the district operates with less local revenue in the Equalization Schools Funding Formula as it is exempt from local taxes.
property taxes, again emphasizing the need for impact assistance.
Mispagel said he made his contribution to the Governor’s Military Council on Purple Star
the programming and importance of the use of Impact Aid in Kansas in relation to the Supreme Court
Gannon v. Kansas and Fair Funding Requirements. He said that the discussions
explored how the national education environment might change if Kansas decided not to include Impact Aid.
Mispagel says retired governor executive director Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins
Military Council, presented examples of how Impact Aid affects military decision-making.
In one of his examples, military operations might drift away from Kansas due to
its Impact Aid designation and other decision-making standards.
“(Impact Aid in Kansas) is legally counted as it is; Kansas does not violate any
law. There are actually laws that allow Kansas to (including Impact Aid). The discussion is “how does the state plan to change it?” “”
Mispagel said he presented several potential results to Senator Jeff Longbine, including changing the wording of the law detailing the allocation of federal impact aid.
and state aid in the school funding equalization formula.
USD 207 explores options to replace current main switch or central hub
wireless and wired neighborhood networks.
According to a memorandum of $ 207 Director of Technology Services Liddell
Hobin and Deputy Director of Technology Services Brett Duvall, the current Main Switch,
Cisco C4510, was purchased in 2014 and is part of its service contract, but qualifies as
“End of life” by Cisco. USD 207 updated main switch frame components-
function over time, but the end-of-life status of the system provides an opportunity to move to
more advanced technology.
Council members also discussed the addition of two new buses in the district and
participation in the Summit of Military Connected School Administrators for July 2022.
The next $ 207 Board of Directors meeting will be on December 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the District
Office. The meeting is open to the public.