Board of Education
The Eudora Schools Board of Education is a group of seven elected members who volunteer their service without compensation.
The school board meets regularly at 6:30 pm on the second Thursday of each month, with special meetings as needed. The board is responsible for the overall operation of the district, including the establishment of policies, fiscal responsibility, accountability for student and staff programs, and ensuring a safe and effective learning environment for all students and staff.
All active board policies are available for public viewing online. There is a navigation bar along the left side of the screen, where you can see the policies organized by topic. If you're looking for something specific, consider using the search bar at the top.
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In order to speak at Board of Education meetings, you must fill out the digital form or return a physical copy to the District Office (1310 Winchester, Rd. Eudora, KS 66025). The formal and complete request form must be submitted to the board clerk (Amanda Brunkow) or superintendent of schools at least seven days before the meeting at which you wish to speak.
Your request will be reviewed and one of three recommendations will be made:
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Permission to appear before the board at a regular meeting is subject to the following:
- Presentations shall not exceed 5 minutes.
- Subject matter, other than policy issues, will be referred to district administrators.
- Comments shall be limited to issues and not refer to personalities.
- Presentations must be in good taste befitting the occasion and the dignity of the school board meeting.
- Typed copy or an outline of your presentation must be included with this request form.
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To search or view official minutes and agendas, go to the Eudora Board of Education resource site, provided through BoardDocs.
The following are highlights of the discussion and action from the regular board meeting on September 14, 2023. For a more detailed account of the meeting, please access the meeting agenda in BoardDocs.
Revenue Neutral Tax Rate Resolution
The board adopted the Revenue Neutral Tax Rate Resolution NO. 23-14: A resolution expressing the property taxation policy of USD 491 Eudora with respect to exceeding the Revenue Neutral Tax Rate for financing the annual budget for 2023-2024. K.S.A 79-2988, provides that a levy of property taxes to finance the 2023-2024 budget of USD 491 exceeds the Revenue Neutral Tax Rate to finance the 2023-2024 budget of USD 491, be authorized by a resolution. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by USD 491 that the 2023-2024 budget with a levy of property taxes exceeding the Revenue Neutral Tax Rates calculated for 2023-2024, as adjusted pursuant to K.S.A 79-2988 is hereby adopted. Adopted this 14th day of September 2023 by USD 491 Eudora in Douglas County, Kansas.
Item 2.30 was pulled from the consent items.
After discussion, all consent items were then approved.
New Staff Introduction
Dr. Bogart, EHS Principal, presented a slide deck spotlighting the new EHS Staff.
Mr. Thomas, EMS Principal, introduced his new staff and shared a little about them and their experience at Eudora Middle School.
Mr. Heide, EES Principal, welcomed the new staff members at EES. Those present introduced themselves.
Communication and Administrative Reports
Machaela Beshears shared statistics about district vehicles, requests, trips, and transportation staff. All transportation vehicles passed state inspections. Machaela praised all of her team for their incredible work throughout the year so far!
Mr. Mockel shared that more students are graduating and fewer are in elementary school; this has been trending for the past few years.
Open Enrollment Policy Considerations
The board continued their conversation about open enrollment policies. They will likely continue to converse and make a decision at the October board meeting.
USD 491 Bond Construction Update
Mr. Mockel shared an update regarding the design plans from bond items, including the EHS gym, EHS classrooms, EMS office, and the Early Learning Center.
Baseball/Softball Complex Improvements
Robby Giffin spoke to the board about creating a sense of pride in our baseball/softball complex, specifically the batting cages both teams would use.
EHS Fine Arts Course Expansion
The Board reviewed a proposal from the Curriculum Coordinating Council for specific Career and Tech Ed courses (Graphic Design and Digital Media Technology) as qualifying courses for Fine Arts. At the next board meeting the BOE will take action on the proposal.
Eudora Schools Foundation Report
Mrs. Whalen shared that the ESF Prize Patrol is on October 6th, where they will award funding for submitted grant applications. The annual golf tournament is Friday, October 20th. The Foundation also hired a new Volunteer Program Coordinator.
Special Education Interlocal Board Meeting Report
Mrs. Plate and Mrs. Reazin shared that the interlocal is looking to apply for grants to provide training for their employees. They are impressed with the administration’s work towards the strategic plan, specifically improving the work towards IEPs and making them more meaningful for the individual students. The next SEAC meeting is October 10th at 5:30 at West Resource Center.
City of Eudora Planning Commission Meeting Report
Mr. Hurla shared that the property behind the high school was annexed. This is a step in the development process, but an official timeline hasn’t been set.
Curriculum Coordinating Council Report
Mrs. Harding shared that the CCC met for their first meeting of the year, which was well attended. The district website has a section for minutes from these meetings and other great information about Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. They also created a proposal to submit to the Board about EHS Fine Arts Course Expansion.
LOB Percentage Resolution 23-15
The Board approved Resolution 23-15 authorizing USD 491 Eudora to make a Local Option Percentage in an amount of 33% for the 2023-2024 school year.
Adoption of the 2023-2024 Budget
The Board approved the USD 491 2023-2024 budget reflecting the priorities of the board following discussion at the June 08, 2023, and July 13, 2023, regular board meetings where each building's needs and state assessments were provided, and the review of each building's needs and state assessment was evaluated at the July 13, 2023, regular board meeting.