Written by: David Elliott
Publication date: 04/26/2022
The $407 Russell County School Board met Monday night and discussed the foundation’s research as it relates to fundraising and improving facilities.
Jim Collogan with ASA Strategic Funding based in Topeka but serving much of the Midwest gave a presentation on what it would be like to form an endowment foundation or partner with an existing foundation to raise money for projects majors. He suggested starting with a feasibility study. No action was taken, but Superintendent Shelly Swayne was tasked to research the RFP process in regards to the upcoming feasibility study.
Also on Monday, the board approved a motion to buy back a bus for just over $9,700 from the insurance company that was damaged in the December storm.
Also on Monday, the board approved several retirements, resignations and new contracts.
The retirement of Paul Wharton, janitor at Simpson Elementary School, has been approved.
Resignations approved included Eric Beckman, science teacher and Science Olympiad sponsor at Russell High School, Cyrus Haynes, careers advocate, assistant football coach and building management team at RHS and assistant basketball coach- ball at Ruppenthal Middle School, Tristan Haynes, English teacher and cheer coach at RMS, Nikki Hemel, science teacher and National Honor Society at RHS, and Ryan Miller, caretaker at Simpson and Bickerdyke elementary schools.
New contracts approved for 2022-23 included Mark Baldwin, head wrestling coach at RMS and head girls wrestling coach at RHS, Taylor Haxton, social studies teacher and assistant football coach at RHS, Makayla Hayes, teacher third year at BES, Luke Keller, assistant wrestling coach at RHS, Wyatt Lanning, social studies teacher at RHS, Sawyer Ptacek, school counselor at RHS, Kimberli Simms, instrumental music teacher at RMS and RHS with additional assignments , and Sara Thomas, Treasurer in the Headquarters Office.