The Skyline Board of Education voted to keep almost all fees at the same level for the 2018-2019 school year.

Skyline parents will see no increase in fees for the 2018-2019 School year with just a couple of exception. Driver's Education fees will increase $10 for in-district students and increase $5 for out of district students.

The price of afternoon milk will increase from 40 cents to 45 cents. Other than that, all other fees will remain the same for the next school year. The Skyline Board of Education approved the fees at their regular monthly board meeting on April 9.

Superintendent Becca Flowers said the Kansas State Legislature has approved a $522 million school finance bill that will be phased in over five years. Figuring in about $7 million in inflation each year will impact exactly how much each school would actually receive.

With this formula, Skyline will receive $85,500 extra for next year. However, this bill is not what the legislature intended to pass. If that bill had been passed, Skyline would have received $169,000.

Flowers will continue monitor activity in Topeka and the Kansas Supreme Court's ruling on the funding bill.

Skyline continues to make changes in operations to meet the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation goals. A KESA visit to the campus on April 9 went very well. The administration and teachers made presentations to demonstrate how far they have come to meet KESA goals. Another KESA visit is scheduled in about a year where they will review the district strategic plan.

The District is considering a new on-line foreign language program that would allow students to have access to more than just one foreign language. A trained mentor, Sara Eubank, would have to be present at the school for this new program. Cost of the program is $200 per credit hour. The preliminary student interest in this program is 32 and that would be $12,000 if all students took the course. Each class is a semester long and worth a half credit, Flowers said.

The program would be for next year. The district will continue to look into the program and give a report at a future Board meeting.

The phone system at the school needs to be replaced. The current system is a landline and it has gone down several times recently. Flowers said she didn't think it could be repaired and the district has to do something.

"This is an unavoidable expense," Flowers said.

Teachers around the state buy supplies for the classroom out of their own pocket. A generous donor has made funds available to purchase some of those basic supplies for Skyline, Flowers said.

High School Principal Herb McPherson said the Skyline Middle School Quiz Bowl team won the Heart of the Plains League Quiz Bowl Tournament.

The district plans on changing one element of graduation. All scholarships will be listed in the program with a grand total instead of each student standing and having the scholarships announced. In addition, the seniors will share a memory of Skyline.

Skyline high school students helped with Kids Day on the Farm at the David and Jesse Blasi Farm. McPherson said David Blasi was very impressed with the Skyline students. The annual event is for all county fifth graders and gives them a chance to see in-person all the activities on a working farm.

In other board action:

The board accepted the resignation of Dave Schmidt as middle school head boys basketball coach.

The board accepted the resignation of Amy Swonger as assistant middle school volleyball coach.

The Board approved a 2018-2019 contract for Anita DeWeese as middle school and high school agriculture teacher and FFA sponsor. Board member Jerry DeWeese abstained from the vote on this matter.

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