Update as of July 3, 2020
Good Morning, this is Kevin Rueb, principal of Spearville Middle School/High School. This message is an important announcement regarding the wearing of masks at school activities beginning on Monday, July 6, 2020.
All driver's education students will be required to wear a mask at all times while completing their driver's ed course.
Masks or other face coverings should be worn by participants in any organized sports activity anytime participants are around others and unable to maintain 6-foot physical distancing. Per CDC guidelines, individuals who are engaged in high intensity activities, like running, may not be able to wear a mask or face covering if it causes difficulty breathing. Additionally, masks should not be worn during activities that cause the mask to become wet. The KSHSAA encourages coaches to consider alternative activities if adequate physical distancing cannot be maintained in the absence of the participant wearing a mask. All non-participants in workout activities should wear a mask or face covering at all times when around others and 6-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Check the school website to look at updatd times for strength and conditioning groups.
A time capsule was discovered in the cornerstone.
June 24th: Demolition began this week.
June 17th: A ground breaking ceremony was held at 7:30am at the elementary school.
Left to Right: Christopher Korbe (Elementary Principal), Daryl Stegman (Superintendent),
Ron Stein (Head Maintenance), Randy Mettling (Board Member), Michael Hubbell (Board President),
rin Huston (Board Member), Riley Schmidt (Board Member), Ron Temaat (Mayor), & Brad Ackerman (Board Member).
Daryl Stegman (Superintendent) & Brad Rice (Coonrod & Associates)
June 16th: Fence was taken down around the back playground (will be relocated around the new playground) and dirt work has begun in order to install turf and new playground equipment.
Gas lines in old section of the building have been disconnected.
May 8th: Phone lines disconnected and beginning to board up old section.
May 4th: New playground equipment delivered
May 2nd: Silent auction held from 7:30-11:30am to sell items from the elementary building.
All elementary staff have been moved from the old section of the elementary into their new temporary locations for the next school year. Items to be auctioned are listed on the school website along with pictures.
Review CMAR Schedule:
January 6th: Gave building tours to the CMAR's (Construction Manager At Risk) as a part of the selection process for the bond project.
January 10th: Request for Proposals Due 12:00 (District Office)
January 13th- January 17th: Committee Reviews RFP’s and Score
Daryl Stegman- Superintendent
Dan Crouch- BBN Architects
Patrick Schaub- BBN Architects
Riley Schmidt- Board Member
Mike Hubbell- Board Member
January 22nd: Interviews and Scoring
2:00 Hutton Construction
3:00 Simpson Construction Services
4:00 Coonrod and Associates
January 23rd: Request State Fees
January 24th: Committee to Meet to Evaluate Scoring With Fees (Select CMAR)
January 27th: Special Board Meeting to Approve Selected CMAR.
Publishing and Contracts
Interviewed for Construction Manager At Risk.
Spearville USD 381 Sells Bonds
At Low Interest Rate
The Board of Education of Ford County USD 381 got a pleasant surprise at a special meeting on Wednesday, December 18th.
The District received bids for the purchase of the general obligation bonds approved by voters at the November Election. The bond issue amount was $5,770,000.
The District applied and received a credit rating for their bonds from Standard and Poor’s Global of A with a stable outlook.
The District advertised that they would accept bids for purchase of the bonds on Wednesday, December 18th.
USD 381 received 8 bids for purchase of the bonds:
D. A. Davidson & Co. True Interest Cost of 2.129%
BOK Financial Securities Inc. True Interest Cost of 1.988%
Raymond James & Associates True Interest Cost of 1.959%
The Baker Group True Interest Cost of 1.928%
Robert W. Baird & Co. True Interest Cost of 1.923%
Piper Jaffray True Interest Cost of 1.900%
Commerce Bank True Interest Cost of 1.859%
Country Club Bank True Interest Cost of 1.835%
The Board of Education accepted the bid providing the lowest true interest rate of 1.835% provided by Country Club Bank of Overland Park, Kansas.
The District had estimated an interest rate of 3.00% pre-election for the financing.
The estimated rate was developed earlier in 2019 by the District’s Financial Advisor, the Wichita office of Stifel, Nicolaus and Company.
Steve Shogren of Stifel indicated that interest rates have dropped dramatically in recent months to historically low levels.
A lack of supply for “bank qualified” tax-exempt bonds is credited with the low interest rate result.
The lesser interest rate is good news for USD 381.
The lower rate from the original estimate results in total interest cost of approximately $380,000 less for the financing of the Elementary School addition and improvements.
Steve Shogren, Managing Director of Stifel’s Wichita office stated: “We are proud to be the advisor to Spearville-Windthorst Schools for this election and bond issuance.
We are pleasantly surprised that market conditions resulted in a financing that will greatly reduce the total debt service payments for the District. “
With the Board action on Wednesday, the bonds will be printed, a transcript sent to the Kansas Attorney General,
and the District will receive the final proceeds of the bond sale on January 15, 2020.
Bond Election Held and passed
Summer Weights 2020
We are going to start summer weights and conditioning program on June 1st. We are looking for this as a time for our students to start to get back to some semblance of normal or maybe a better term is our new normal. The program will look different this year as we follow guidelines given to us from both KSHSAA and KSDE. We will have daily health checks with students that will include temperature checks and health questions. Students who do not feel well that day will be asked to leave for that day. Students are able to wear a face mask if they wish to but, are not required. We also ask that students bring their own water bottles to workouts as water fountains will be shut off during the summer. Locker rooms will be available for restroom use only and not to change in. The first two weeks, students will meet at the track for workouts at the specified time. These times are assigned to help keep student numbers within the range required at those specific dates. There will be no skills for specific sports until June 15th at the earliest, assuming we progress through phases at the current calendar and are subject to change. We will discuss daily cleaning with the students on June 1st so they know what procedures we are implementing. I do want to stress that if your student or you do not feel comfortable sending your kid we completely understand that. If you have any questions or concerns about what the calendar looks like, please email me at email@example.com.
(Copies of physicals can be found in the post office & the medical clinic)
Letter from Spearville Medical Clinic Regarding Physicals
SCHOOL PHYSICALS for STUDENTS IN JUNIOR HIGH and HIGH SCHOOL
School physicals for students who will be entering 7th – 12th grades will be held on Tuesday June 16 & Thursday June 18 at the Spearville Medical Clinic in Spearville.
The clinic is located at 205 Hall Street in Spearville, Kansas.
High School students are asked to attend on Thursday June 16 and Junior High students on Thursday June 18, with times determined by the first letter of their last name.
9:00am – 10:00am Last names starting with A-D
10:00am – 11:00am Last names starting with E-H
11:00am – 12:00pm Last names starting with I-L
1:00pm – 2:00pm Last names starting with M-P
2:00pm – 3:00pm Last names starting with Q-T
3:00pm – 4:00pm Last names starting with U-Z
If you are unable to attend your designated time, please contact the Spearville Medical Clinic at 620-385-2963.
The cost for the physical is $10.00 this year. Please have the Kansas State High School Activities physical form completed and signed by a parent and student. The top page has the instructions for the form. Page 1 and 2 MUST be completed prior to or the physical cannot be completed by the Medical Provider.
Providers who will be performing the school physicals will be Dr. Diederik Meursing, Lisa Stuckey-PA, and Dallas Dooley, APRN.
Students will be asked to wear a mask into the facility and be screened prior to entry with taking of their temperature and screening questions. If a parent is accompanying their student, they will be asked to wear a mask into the facility and go thru the screening questions as well. Students are also asked to remain in their vehicle until notified the staff is ready for them to come in.
Physical forms are available at the school or Spearville Medical Clinic. Additional questions, call Spearville Medical Clinic at 620-385-2963.