Archive for Wednesday, July 8, 2015

USD 204 board selects Kim Beets for vacant seat

July 8, 2015

The Bonner Springs-Edwardsville USD 204 Board of Education Monday selected a new board member — a Bonner Springs resident who needs no introduction.

The board unanimously approved the appointment of Kim Beets, who was better known as director of the Bonner Springs City Library for 16 years. Beets will fill the late Ray Cox’s seat.

Beets said she has always been interested in being a school board member, but when she was the library director, evening and weekend obligations took up too much of her time.

“I’m working outside of the community now, and it’s very, very important for me to be a part of this community because this is my home and I’m very passionate about it,” she said.

Beets left her position as library director last fall and now is working as the library services manager for Black and Veatch. She said she hoped her experience serving on other community boards as a librarian, as well as her budget experience, would help her contribute as a board member.

“I thought maybe one of the best ways I could give back to my community was through the school board, because education is about the most important thing there is to me, education and libraries," Beets said.

Beets was one of two applicants for the vacant seat; the other was Chris McDonnell of Edwardsville, who was a candidate for the school board in 2013.

Tim McGinnis, who on Monday ended his year as board president, led the three-member committee who interviewed the applicants and recommended the appointment of Beets.

“Kim, because of her background of being on other boards and her background at the library with reading curriculum, just was a little better fit,” McGinnis said. “Chris did an outstanding job, he would have been a great (board member), too. But with her experience and her background, she just made the better candidate.”

Also Monday, Patricia Welicky took over as board president, with David Toland as vice president.

In other business, the board reviewed year-end fund balances. Eric Hansen, director of business and human resources, noted that the supplemental general fund would end the year with just under $100,000 rather than the usual $500,000 year-end balance because of the drop in state funding this year.

“That’s a pretty thin margin to be operating on,” Hansen said.

Hansen said he hoped that money saved in an upcoming bond refinancing would help the district rebuild healthy reserves in the fund. End-of-year balance for the contingency fund should be $1.25 million as usual, he said.

The capital outlay fund also will be about $1 million less than the usual $3.7 million remaining at the end of the year, due to renovations at Bonner Springs High School.

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