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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Skyline outsources shredding tasks

  • The shredding of unneeded documents at USD 438 is no longer going to take up valuable staff time.
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  • The shredding of unneeded documents at USD 438 is no longer going to take up valuable staff time.
    The Skyline Board of Education unanimously approved the use of a document shredding business, Cintas Document Management, to shred unneeded documents on-site.
    The action came during the regular monthly Board meeting Monday night at Skyline.
    The cost of the onsite service is $540 a year and that is cheaper than what it cost in staff time and equipment for the same time period, said Mike Sanders, Skyline superintendent.
    Skyline shreds so many documents they go through about three shredders a year.
    "I would rather do this than spend the man hours to do it," Sanders said. "I think our staff is more productive when we outsource our shredding."
    The district has been shredding unneeded documents for decades but it has been staff that has had to do the shredding.
    Because the district deals with documents that have sensitive information about teachers, staff, administration and students, only a certain few were allowed to shred documents.
    "Only certain people meet the procedural criteria to shred documents," Sanders said.
    Now Cintas will come to the school and shred documents onsite. Cameras are in place on the shredding truck so Skyline staff can monitor the entire process.
    The district will then receive a certificate of authenticity that the documents have been shredded.
    On the first Cintas visit, the district will have a large number of documents for shredding. After that, documents for shredding will be placed in a 65-gallon security container until Cintas comes on site and shreds the documents.
    The district was impressed with the Cintas presentation and is secure that Skyline documents will be handled professionally and Skyline confidentiality will be maintained.
    While some unnecessary documents will be shredded, some new documents with the most recent ACT scores will be placed on file.
    The score results of 15 Skyline seniors that took the ACT reveal that in every category Skyline seniors scored higher than the state average. English was 1.4 percent higher, Math was 2.2 percent higher, Reading was 2.9 percent higher, science was 2.0 percent higher and 2.2 percent higher on the composite score.
    The district also scored high on the percent of students ready for college level course work again with Skyline scoring higher than the state level in every category from 10 percent up to over 20 percent.
    "Straight across the board we scored better than the state," Sanders said.
    Besides ACT scores being up, enrollment numbers at Skyline are up as well.
    Currently, Skyline has 393 enrolled plus another 15 students enrolled in the Sawyer Virtual Academy.
    The 393 is up from the 367. 5 students counted on Sept. 20, the official district population-counting day for the state.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Our numbers are looking strong," Sanders said.
    The district could add more students before the official Sept. 20 count if a family that indicated they wanted to move to the district follows through.
    The increase in students prompted the administration to ask for additional teacher's aids. To that end, the Board approved hiring Alison Sterneker for ESL-teacher aide along with hiring Cescha Hoffman and Staci Tharp for aide positions as well.
    The Board also approved hiring Connie Melson as a bus route driver.
    District CPA Steve LaPrad reviewed the district audit and gave the district a good report. District ending cash of $535,000 was up from their ending cash amount of $365,000. The district is going in the right direction, LaPrad said.

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