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Board to discuss state’s school finance bill

By Bethany Knipp

Members of the USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden Board of Education are scheduled to discuss the Kansas Legislature’s school finance bill, the district’s nondiscrimination policy and a couple maintenance projects at their 6:30 p.m. meeting on Wednesday.

USD 383 director of business services Lew Faust plans to give board members an update about how the school finance bill that passed on April 6 would impact the district.

The bill was the Legislature’s attempt to comply with a March Kansas Supreme Court order to fund the state’s schools equitably.

In another agenda item, Superintendent Bob Shannon, president Curt Herrman and vice president Leah Fliter will ask the board to consider putting sexual orientation and gender identity into USD 383’s nondiscrimination policy.

Since 1998, sexual orientation has been included in negotiated agreements with district members of the National Education Association labor union.

The board will also discuss purchasing new playground equipment for Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, and replacing the home side railing of Bishop Stadium — which hasn’t been upgraded since 1968.

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