High Plains Educational Cooperative
Board of Director’s Meeting
August 19, 2021
611 Shelly Harris, Director
611 Kim Cruz, Asst. Director
611 Marlene Dodge, Asst. Director
611 Alexa Beltz, Supervisor/Coord.
611 Chrissie Mangels, Treasurer
611 Flor Galindo, Alt. Clerk
214 Ron Smith, Guest
215 Kenny Waechter, BOD
507 Jeff Rollins, BOD
216 Mark S Goehring, BOD
214 Diana Nunez, BOD
210 Barry Hittle, BOD
507 Mike Ward, Supt.
216 Tyson Eslinger, Supt.
RSC Kim Mauk, Guest
467 Ann Wiles, BOD
371 Bobie Davis, BOD
466 Andy Trout, BOD
209 Marcus Howe, BOD
217 Phoebe Brummett, BOD
1. Call to Order
Ron Smith, Board President, called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. After, Mr. Smith introduced the 2021-22 Board President, Kenny Waechter, and stepped down.
2. Approve Agenda
Barry Hittle moved to approve the agenda with changes to include conversation regarding Comprehensive Coordinating Early Intervening Services (CCEIS) and disproportionality funds. Jeff Rollins seconded the motion. Motion carries 10 yes, 0 no.
3. Approve Minutes of Regular July Meeting
Barry Hittle moved to approve the minutes of the July meeting as presented in the packet. Andy Trout seconded the motion. Motion carries 10 yes, 0 no.
4. Approve Accounts Payable
Phoebe Brummett moved to approve accounts payable as presented in the packet. Diana Nunez seconded the motion. Motion carries 10 yes, 0 no.
5. Comments from the Public
There were none in writing.
6. Committee Reports
Kim Mauk reported to the board about the program Fastbridge and offered their support to the districts. She also spoke about the LETRS program and informed the board that SWPRSC can train and support districts who are interested in receiving this training.
7. Board Orientation
Shelly Harris shared with the board a Power Point outlining HPEC roles and responsibilities to member districts as well as a review of the general purpose and practices of our cooperative.
Barry Hittle moved to approve contracts for Holly Villa, Long Term Substitute at Elkhart High School and Alyson Elder, Long Term Substitute at Scott City High School. Mark S. Goehring seconded the motion. Motion carries, 10 yes, 0 no.
Jeff Rollins moved to approve contracts for Megan Sullivan, Physical Therapist and for Southwest Kansas Area Cooperative (Michael Rice, Orientation and Mobility Specialist). Diana Nunez seconded the motion. Motion carries, 10 yes, 0 no.
9. Review of Teachers on Alternative Pathways
Shelly Harris shared information about alternative pathways for teachers to become certified in special education as well as informed the board the process for High Plains to help with tuition for those employees. Barry Hittle asked what the policy was with regards to payback for tuition paid. Shelly explained that the employee is expected to provide years of service to HPEC for the tuition paid.
10. Staff Negotiations
Phoebe Brummett moved to approve the new negotiated agreement. Diana Nunez seconded the motion. Motion carries, 10 yes, 0 no.
11. Staff Development
Marlene Dodge informed the board about recent staff development opportunities, including New Teacher/Mentor trainings, August Inservice, School Psychologist meeting and Structured Teaching training.
12. Autism Intervention Team
Kim Cruz shared about the Autism Intervention Team and what their roles are as well as how they assist our special education teachers.
13. HPEC Administrator Responsibilities
Shelly Harris spoke to the board about the responsibilities of the High Plains Administrative team. She also shared with the board which administrator covers which school districts and provided a list of teachers they supervise.
14. Director’s Report
a. Board Committees for 2021-2022
Shelly Harris spoke about the board committees. She also informed the board what each committee is involved with as well as approximately how many times they meet. Kenny Waechter encouraged the proposed members of the committees to attend their committee meetings as well and expressed the importance of each committee to High Plains.
b. KSDE IDEA File Review
Alexa Beltz spoke about the process of the IEP Review. She explained the importance of this review in order for High Plains to remain in compliance with special education best practices.
c. HPEC Superintendent’s Meetings
Shelly Harris shared that after speaking with the district Superintendents, High Plains will continue to have Superintendent’s meetings. Meetings will be held quarterly throughout the school year.
Shelly Harris informed the board about the recruiting fair Kim and Alexa will be attending at Wichita State University in August. There are similar plans for HPEC administrators to attend future recruiting fairs.
Shelly Harris shared with the board about the distribution of the CCEIC funds.
Jeff Rollins moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 P.M. Barry Hittle seconded the motion. Motion carries 10 yes, 0 no.
HPEC Board President