By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
High school students at Chase County Schools will have two new classes offered to them this fall.
Advanced Welding and Media Production classes were approved on an unanimous vote Tuesday by the CCS board of education.
Both courses will be taught by Jason Speck.
The Advanced Welding course will cover various areas of welding technology and will be offered as a dual credit college level course through Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC). Major emphasis will be on project construction and/or fabrication and metal projects. Shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding all will be emphasized.
The full-year course will be for juniors and seniors, with welding as a prerequisite.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Speck said it’s his plan at this time to offer Advanced Welding at the same time as the prerequisite class.
Media Production, according to its course description, will cover aspects of media production including the use of video streaming for CCS events, reporting and interviewing, use of green screen and cameras, editing, advertising and marketing.
Speck noted they will create commercials and also learn techniques of interviewing on camera. They hope to include player and coach profiles before the video-streamed games. The class will be offered to grade 9-12 students and is a full year in length.
Supt. Brad Schoeppey said $5,000 is included in the 2014-15 budget for tricaster equipment for the Media Production course.
Grade 7-12 math teacher Ruth Saltz did not turn in a signed contract this spring as there is a possibility her husband may be transferred. While that is not yet known, the school is advertising for the position. The one applicant CCS had interest from withdrew his application later, Supt. Schoeppey said.
He indicated CCS may be able to fill in the classes with a part-time teacher first semester with hopes of tapping into the December college graduate market.
CCS Activities Director Troy Hauxwell’s contract was extended from 184 days to 210 for 2014-15 after a closed session on personnel at the end of the May meeting. Supt. Schoeppey said Hauxwell spends many additional days before and after each school year that are beyond his previous 184-day contract.
Hauxwell will also be the Head Girls’ Track Coach next season, replacing Al Zuege, who retired this year. Hauxwell will continue to teach P.E. classes, as well.
With his AD duties, teaching, extended contract and head coaching next year, his salary will be $70,762.02.
Rex Felker started work June 9 as director of transportation, replacing Del Rehn, who resigned effective May 9 to relocate closer to his family. Supt. Schoeppey said Felker is “doing a great job.”
A new lawn mower was purchased from 21st Century Equipment for $14,743.12. Currently the school has one mower that does not have a grass catcher which just underwent $1,000 in repairs, according to Supt. Schoeppey.
The old mower will continue to be used on other parts of the grounds. The new mower will be used for the football field and front of school where a catcher is needed, he said. Two other quotes on mowers were received by Schoeppey, who said the one purchased with a 14-bushel capacity catcher had the lowest cost.
Laying of new carpeting is about finished in five of the high school classrooms that still had the original floor covering. Andres Huicochea, head of CCS maintenance, is providing the labor. One room was left to do as of Tuesday night.
Paving of the student parking lot was discussed, but the expense of such a project concerned some board members. They decided to see if some millings could be acquired to fill in holes and low spots there. Supt. Schoeppey had acquired a cost estimate for paving the parking lot when a contractor was in town on another project, and asked board members for input.
Board member Dan Reeves suggested they consider a concrete circle drive in front of the school and for the driving area east of the school, areas highly used. The board’s facilities committee was to meet on the issues, as well as work on a three to five-year facility plan.