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Bombardier elected president of school board

Bryan Bombardier was elected president of the Unified School District 333 board of education during a regular meeting of the board Monday night.
Elected to District 1, Position 1 in 2019, Bombardier is serving his first term on the board.
Tony Miller was re-elected as vice president of the board.
The board also voted to reappoint board member Kevin Pounds as the member of the Kansas Association of School Boards Governmental Relations Network, and superintendent of schools Quentin Breese as the district’s representative on the CloudCorp board of directors.
In an effort to attract bus drivers to fill vacant positions, the board approved an increase in pay to $20 per hour for route drivers and $15 per hour for activity route drivers.
“A lot of districts are really struggling to find bus drivers, as you can imagine. There is a district in Washington County, they are not having trouble finding bus drivers and they are paying the bus drivers $20 per hour, so we thought we would try that,” Breese said.
Breese said that the district would attempt to implement the rate increase during the next payroll period.
Also during the meeting, the board approved the 2022-2023 district calendar.
The calendar presented for approval maintains 184 teacher contract days and 172 student contract days. School is scheduled to begin for students in grades 1-12 on August 11 and end on May 19.
As part of the organizational meeting, the board approved reappointing Ronda Gumm as business manager/district treasurer and deputy board clerk for 2021 and Tracey Holmes as clerk of the board.
The Kansas Association of School Boards was appointed as the board attorney for 2021.
Breese was designated as the Title IV, Title VII, Title IX and P.I. 874 and Section 504 (ADA) coordinator for 2021.
The district will retain the official depositories at American State Bank & Trust, Central National Bank, Citizens State Bank, Jamestown State Bank and United Bank & Trust.
Mapes & Miller was appointed as the district auditor for 2021.
The Concordia Blade-Empire was designated as the official publication for the district.
Other designated representatives include:
Breese, hearing officer for free and reduced meal application and Learning Cooperative of North Central Kansas representative; Gumm, food service representative and freedom of information officer; Breese and Gumm, federal and state grants representatives; Cyndi Atwell, homeless/migrant liaison; Alicia Fraley, KPERS representative/Blue Cross Blue Shield representative; Luciana Thrash, transportation director; building principals and assistant principals as truancy officers; and assistant principals as suspension and expulsion district hearing officers.
Also approved was the standard mileage rate change to 56 cents per mile as was issued by the Internal Revenue Service.
Included in the classified changes approved by the board was the hiring of Dani Friesen as head junior high school track and field coach and the resignation of Loni Kindel as school nurse at the Concordia Elementary School.


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