BOARD SELECTS NEW SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
Easton USD #449 is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Amanda Brimer as Principal of Pleasant Ridge Middle School and Mr. Lucas Siebenmorgen to the Pleasant Ridge High School Assistant Principal/Activities Director/ Career and Technology Coordinator position. The Easton Board of Education made the appointments during their June 10th board meeting.
Mrs. Brimer is a seven year veteran teacher at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, most recently teaching technology classes. She was instrumental in developing the RAMS University Program for the purpose of training USD #449 teachers and administrators in methods of integrating technology into classroom instruction and to enhance their professional technology skills. The past two years, Mrs. Brimer was chosen to make presentations on the topic of classroom instructional technology at the Kansas Department of Education’s Annual Conference and the United School Administrators Association of Kansas Convention. Amanda has organized and presented numerous continuing professional development learning events for district teachers on classroom technology and had a significant role in the creating of the District’s 1:1 technology integration program. She earned a master’s degree in educational administration from William Woods University in Missouri in 2011.
Mr. Lucas Siebenmorgen graduated from Pleasant Ridge High School in 1999 and he, his wife Nicole and their two sons reside in our school district. Lucas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kansas State University and completed two master’s degrees from Emporia State University in educational administration and curriculum and instruction. He taught Spanish the past six years, the last five at Central High School in St. Joseph, Missouri. Lucas was the district’s foreign language department chair responsible for coordinating the district’s foreign language curriculum and instruction.
Congratulations to Mrs. Brimer and Mr. Siebenmorgen on their appointments. The district is privileged to have two remarkable educators who are committed to providing students a world-class education. Please welcome the two of them to their new position in Easton USD #449.
We, at USD #449, hope you & your family have a wonderful summer…filled with baseball, watermelon, cookouts, vacations, the fair…all the fun things that come with summer.
Before you know it, however, school will be starting.
Enrollment packets will be mailed out the first week in July. Please fill out the enrollment forms and plan to enroll your child/children on Friday, July 24th at Pleasant Ridge Middle School between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Enrollment forms will also be available on the website.
Kindergarteners and students new to our district will need a physical, as well as shot records, for enrollment.
Lunch prices are as follows.
Grades K-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12
Single lunch $2.20 $2.45 $2.70
Month lunches $44.00 $49.00 $54.00
Single breakfast $1.30 $1.30 $1.30
Month breakfast $26.00 $26.00 $26.00
Extra milk $.30 $.30 $.30
Month extra milk $6.00 $6.00 $6.00
Adult lunch $3.60
Adult breakfast $1.75
For students participating in sports, there is a "per sport" fee of $30 for Pleasant Ridge Middle School and $35 for Pleasant Ridge High School.
Additional information can be obtained by calling the USD #449 Board Office at 913-651-9740.
See you soon!
Easton Board Approves 2014-2015 Budget
The Easton Board of Education approved the 2014-2015 budget on August 11, 2014. With approval of the budget, the board sanctioned a mill levy of 54.324 mills. This year’s mill levy reduces the mill levy nearly 2 mills compared to last year’s mill levy of 56.262 mills. The reduction in the mill levy will result in a tax savings of $22.26 for a person owning a $100,000 home.
The mill rate is comprised of levies for the general, supplemental general, capital outlay and bond and interest funds. The general fund mill levy is set by the State of Kansas at 20 mills for all school districts. Taxes collected for the general fund are collected by the County Treasurer and deposited with the Treasurer for the State of Kansas. The other funds mill levies are determined by the amount of money necessary to fund the budgets based on the assessed valuation of the school district.
The mill levies for the 2014-2015 school year are,
|Supplemental General Fund||18.806|
|Capital Outlay Fund||5.000|
|Bond and Interest Fund||10.518|
Property values are established annually and school districts receive from the County Clerk assessed valuations in June. There is one assessed valuation for the general fund and a different valuation for the other funds. The general fund assessed valuation for the Easton School District declined slightly this year from the previous year and the assessed valuation for the other funds increased a small amount. Generally speaking, as the district’s assessed valuation increases the mill levy decreases.
Based on the State of Kansas School Finance Law some school districts receive state aid based on the wealth of the school district. Since Easton is below the state average for wealth the State of Kansas provides the district 39 percent of our budget requirement for the capital outlay and bond and interest funds and local taxpayers finance the remainder through property taxes. The State of Kansas pays 55 percent of the district’s revenue needs for the supplemental general fund and local taxpayers the remaining 45 percent.
The bond and interest fund finances the principal and interest payments on the bonds for the construction of the Pleasant Ridge Elementary School and the recent addition of thirteen classrooms to the school. Capital outlay money can be used for the purpose of acquiring property, construction, repair, remodeling, maintaining and equipping school district property and equipment, computer software, school buses and other school district vehicles.
If you have questions about the budget, please contact Mr. Charles Coblentz, Superintendent ofSchools at 913-651-9740.
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