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July 25 USD 232 Board of Education meeting

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Board of Education to preview proposed 2011-2012 budget

The De Soto USD 232 Board of Education to take a preliminary look at the proposed 2011-2012 budget at an additional board meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the district administrative building. No action will be taken on the budget at tonight's meeting and a public hearing regarding the budget will take place before the board's regular August meeting on Monday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m.

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School supply lists available from school district

It may still be the height of summer but the new school year will be here in the blink of an eye and De Soto USD 232 is helping families prepare by sharing the lists of necessary school supplies for grades K-8.

District officials have put together one list for all students attending elementary school, available here, and separate lists for each of the middle schools in the district, select your school here.

Speaking of school supplies, the De Soto Community Church is accepting donations of supplies to be handed out to families in need at its annual Back to School Block Party, which will take place at Miller Park on Friday, Aug. 5. To donate, contact church pastor Matt Maestas at (913) 585-1662 or at matt@desotochurch.com.

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Recognition follows Prairie Ridge teacher

Add PBS to the list of those who’ve recognized Prairie Ridge Elementary School’s Brandi Leggett.

Leggett, a third-grade teacher, was a second-place finalist in the 2011 PBS Teacher’s Innovation Awards earlier this summer, another in what is becoming a lengthy list of accolades received since she began teaching two years ago at the school.

Earlier this year, Leggett and her class submitted a 4-minute video highlighting how they used PBS resources to interact with and investigate the wide array of animals Leggett keeps in her classroom.

She said the cross-curricular project allowed students to better understand and implement the scientific method.

“There are always ideas out there,” she said. “I try to look at what can be done to close the achievement gap.”

Last year, Kansas City’s FOX 4 television station presented a Crystal Apple Award to Leggett, one of four teachers in the Kansas City metro area to receive the annual honor. The award was a result of secret nominations by her students and their parents with her project, “Power of the Pen,” in mind.

The project was a continuation of a lesson plan Leggett created in Philadelphia, where she got her start in education.

Leggett completed a degree in sports marketing from Temple University, where she received a scholarship to play soccer. She said she soon found that she was “too quiet” for sales and started substitute teaching in Philadelphia.

She decided to return to school and work on a master’s degree in education at Arcadia University while student teaching at a middle school. She said she came from a family of educators but hadn’t thought of it much as a career. But, she said, once she pursued it, it came easy to her.

She returned to Kansas when her husband, Jarmel Leggett, was relocated for work. The two now live in Gardner, and she said her return close to home was actually coincidental.

Earlier this year, Brandi Leggett’s students visited their “ePals” at Derrick Thomas Academy in Kansas City, Mo. The correspondence between classes at each school began with emails between assigned pen pals in each class and concluded with each seeing what school is like on the other side of town. The partnership will be back this year, Leggett said.

Leggett said the De Soto school district provided a curriculum flexible enough to allow teachers to see what best fits classes’ needs. She piloted a new math curriculum last year and wants to continue thinking outside the box for science instruction — a third-grade science fair will be in the works if Leggett gets her way.

While sports marketing didn’t become Leggett’s niche, sports still became a medium through which she has been able to connect with many students. Leggett grew up playing soccer, basketball and track — she earned Gatorade Player of the Year honors for Kansas in 1998 while at Olathe North and also landed on the pages of Sports Illustrated when she broke the state record for goals scored that same year. She now coaches a pair of soccer teams and helps train players individually and through camps around Olathe.

Leggett also initiated a running club at Prairie Ridge, and membership swelled to 300 students in its first year.

Upon the school year’s end, Josh Gomez was inspired to write his now-former teacher and thank her for “being the best teacher ever.” Just please teach fifth grade, he continued.

“I just wanted to thank her for how good of a teacher she was,” Josh said recently.

Josh remembers fondly the collection of wildlife in Leggett’s classroom, which included hermit crabs, a frog, a bearded dragon lizard, crayfish, a beta fish and an ant farm.

“They made the school days a lot of fun,” Josh said.

By Stephen Montemayor

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Board of Education sets 2011-2012 committees, approves district online courses

The De Soto USD 232 Board of Education elected a new board president and vice-president for the 2011-2012 academic year, as well as approved board appointments to district committees during its regular meeting on Monday night.

By unanimous vote, Tammy Thomas is now the president of the Board of Education and Tim Blankenship is vice-president. Thomas served as board vice-president for the 2010-2011year while Blankenship was president.

Committee Appointments

The board also approved the following district committee appointments:

  • Board and Administration: Tim Blankenship and Tammy Thomas
  • Human Resources/Negotiations: Dick Dearwester
  • Facilities and Operations: Tim Blankenship and Bill Fletcher
  • Teaching and Learning: Angela Handy
  • Special Education: Angela Handy
  • Budget and Finance: Tim Blankenship, Bill Fletcher and Randy Johnson
  • Athletics and Activities: Bill Fletcher and Randy Johnson
  • Chambers of Commerce and City Councils: for De Soto, Randy Johnson; for Lenexa, Dick Dearwester and for Shawnee, Tammy Thomas.

Other Board Actions

The board also approved a $38,600 contract with the e2020 online learning company for 15 online learning licenses. These licenses will provide online options for students in need of credit recovery, ACT test preparation and make-up course work for homebound students, among other needs, according to Joan Robbins, district Director of Special Services.

The board granted a $5,200 contract to Smith & Boucher Engineers of Olathe to study the HVAC systems at Monticello Trails Middle School. According to the board brief regarding the contract, the current HVAC system at the school is 17 years-old but suggested life of a system is only 15 years. The brief also reported that the aging system appears to relate to "major issues" in the building, such as "inability to control comfort and humidity levels." The study is expected to take three to four weeks.

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July 11 De Soto USD 232 Board of Education meeting

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Board of Education to designate organizational matters this evening

The De Soto USD 232 Board of Education is set to approve district organizational guidelines for the 2011-2012 academic year. This includes electing a new board president and vice-president and appointing committee members across the district.

The full agenda and supporting documents may be downloaded from the district website.

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District fills Director of Facilities, Director of Student Nutrition positions

The De Soto USD 232 Board of Education approved two staffing recommendations at the regular board meeting on Monday, June 13.

Effective for the 2011-2012 academic year, Steve Deghand, the district's current Director of Activities, will become the district's Director of Facilities. Deghand has been with USD 232 since 2002 and during that time has held several positions in addition to his current role, including teaching physical education and being an associate principal at De Soto High School.

"[Deghand] has displayed excellent leadership and understands the critical function of our facilities department in supporting our goal to provide safe, efficient, and well-maintained schools for our children," said Superintendent-elect Doug Sumner in a press release regarding Deghand's new position.

Current administrative assistant to the student nutrition department Amy Droegemeier will take over as Director of Student Nutrition effective the new academic year.

Droegemeier comes to the district after working for Hallmark Cards, Inc. for 13 years. She began working with district's student nutrition department in January of this year, assisting with accounts payable, financial reports, free and reduced information, and employee support.

"I am excited to partner with students, parents and staff to provide an exceptional level of food service that satisfies everyone's needs and promotes a healthy lifestyle," Droegemeier said in the district's release on her hiring.

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Board members Clark, Thomas thank district for experience

For De Soto USD 232 Board of Education members Jim Thomas and Don Clark, Monday's meeting was the final chapter in a long book of service.

Thomas served on the board for more than ten years and described his time as "the most gratifying experience of my life."

"Parents place extreme trust in the educational system and to see them drop their children off at the first day of kindergarten and then walk across the stage at graduation 13 years later is symbolic of why I served on this board," he said.

Clark took the opportunity to address how he saw the duties of a board member and to pass on a small bit of advice to incoming members Mitch Powers and Angela Handy.

"I learned a lot serving on this board and maybe most important I learned how to make decisions with others. It's not easy to make some of the choices we do but we always have open discussions and we listen to everyone's opinions, if you do that then the right decision will come."

Powers and Handy will take their places on the board at the July 11 meeting.

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Board members Clark, Thomas thank district for experience

For De Soto USD 232 Board of Education members Jim Thomas and Don Clark, Monday's meeting was the final chapter in a long book of service.

Thomas served on the board for more than ten years and described his time as "the most gratifying experience of my life."

"Parents place extreme trust in the educational system and to see them drop their children off at the first day of kindergarten and then walk across the stage at graduation 13 years later is symbolic of why I served on this board," he said.

Clark took the opportunity to address how he saw the duties of a board member and to pass on a small bit of advice to incoming members Mitch Powers and Angela Handy.

"I learned a lot serving on this board and maybe most important I learned how to make decisions with others. It's not easy to make some of the choices we do but we always have open discussions and we listen to everyone's opinions, if you do that then the right decision will come."

Powers and Handy will take their places on the board at the July 11 meeting.

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