To offset increasing costs at USD 438, the Board of Education approved a 10 percent increase in all fees.

Superintendent Mike Sanders said the increase was necessary for the school to continue providing the educational tools and other resources the school needs to be successful.

Also, the Board approved an increase in field trip fees. The fees have been $2 since before Sanders become superintendent but rising costs have prompted an increase to $5 per student per trip, Sanders said.

The increases will help offset some of the anticipated $18,000 in losses that hit the district from the governor’s budget finance plan. The cuts will come in weightings and in virtual school cuts.

The district is upgrading technology for the second, third and fourth graders with the addition of iPads. More video production capability and doubling the broadband speed will also happen this summer.

The increase in broadband is a roughly $10,000 month but the district qualifies for a federal E-rate grant that will cover 67 percent of the cost. The grant is based on the number of students receiving free and reduced lunch prices, Sanders said.

The district broadband speed will jump from 20 megabytes to 50 mega bytes and make service much faster.

Many facilities updates and improvements are going on this summer. A few of the projects are repairing the tile entryway by the kindergarten (leaking windows or pillars to blame), new ceiling electrical for smart boards, replacing little mixer (1967), new cement at spill bucket for 10,000 tank, replacing three HVAC units in the middle school area for $20,000, replace HVAC controls starting July 1, rewire and complete welding classroom, IT director office and journalism classroom, carpet loft classroom and IT director’s office and replace the engine in bus 98-1.

Many other projects will keep the maintenance crew busy all summer.

Following a request from Robbie and Delicia Timm, the Board approved an early graduation for senior Tiffany Timm in December. Timm only needs two hours to graduate so this will allow her to enroll for spring classes at a cosmetology school and for the family to take advantage of financial assistance availability.

Timm will be able to take part in graduation exercises and attend the recognition banquet. She can also attend prom as a guest.

But once she has completed courses and graduated, she is no longer eligible to participate in Kansas State High School Activities Association events.

The Board approved several supplemental coaching positions: Mike Neifert and Cassandra Owens for assistant middle school cross county coaches; Kenny Eddy for middle school assistant football coach; Megan Pohlmann for head middle school volleyball coach and middle school assistant girl’s basketball coach; Lori Anschutz head middle school girl’s coach; Dave Schmidt for head middle school boy’s basketball coach and Darci Poland for middle school boy’s assistant basketball coach.

The Board approved the resignation of Marla Stark from high school language arts and Michael Nelson from high school leadership co-sponsorship.