Project superintendent Carl Stanfield of Adolfson and Peterson told school board members Wednesday he will be moving into a part-time role at Manhattan High West Campus.
Stanfield said he is taking on another job in Wyoming, which will require him to limit his time in Manhattan for the remainder of the project. This new setup will start next week.
Stanfield said he isn’t sure how many weeks he’ll be here per month. “I’ll still be involved with the project every day,” he said, mentioning communication via email and phone. Stanfield said he’s confident that the job will remain on track and have a strong finish with more than 85 percent already completed.
Jason Bergey, who will serve as the on-site leader when Stanfield is away, said he’s “most definitively” ready for the responsibility. “We have a great team,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for everybody.”
District project manager Dean Youngers said the situation is similar to when Stanfield managed two jobs when the MHS project first started. “I’m completely comfortable with the arrangements that have been made,” Youngers said.
Board members shared Youngers’s comfort with the situation. “There’s no one that’s brave enough not to make sure it’s done right because they don’t want to face you,” Walt Pesaresi said.
Also Wednesday, board members were told that Ogden Elementary has been awarded a $600,000 Kansas Community Learning Center Grant by the Kansas State Department of Education. The money will provide funding for the extended day learning program, which provides academic help for students before and after school.
The school will receive $200,000 this year; it is annually renewable for five years based on performance. KSDE also approved the same grant for Bergman Elementary. The board will officially receive that grant at the next board meeting on Jan. 18.
The board also set its agenda for its winter retreat. The discussion items are related to Manhattan High: early release for students, switching the start time for secondary and elementary schools, curriculum and budget preparation, and closed lunch hour at MHS. The time of this meeting will be set at the next board meeting.