The USD 353 school board met on July 11 at the district's central office.

The USD 353 School Board convened on July 11, discussing several points of importance pertaining to next year's school campaign.

The first item of importance was the election and appointment of school board officers for the 2014 school year. Initially, David Peck, vice president, was nominated to replace Jackie Berryman as president of the USD 353 school board. However, that nomination was withdrawn after a small amount of deliberation. Another nomination was placed for Berryman to continue serving in her current position. Peck was then nominated and elected as vice-president. Shortly following, Skyler Wencel and Helen Hawkins were appointed to clerk and deputy clerk, respectively.

Linda Chase, Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor, next requested for permission to take an out-of-state trip to the National Washington Leadership Conference with three students in leadership positions at Wellington High School. Resolutions for the school district, such as meeting times and board position recommendations, were then approved. Something that merits notice was that school lunch prices did not go up, as Wellington is one of the few programs in the state that still funds itself.

On a more unusual note, a representative from the Wichita Paranormal Investigators requested to inspect the discontinued middle school. The old junior high building was requested specifically by the organization. Also investigated by the Biography Channel, the location is said to be the home of ghosts and the like. The request was approved and the result will be discussed at a future board meeting.

Roosevelt Education Center will be receiving new playground equipment. The cost paid by the district will be between $10,000 and $15,000. The board motioned and approved the purchase of the equipment, but tabled the issue of the mulch that must come along with it. That subject will be discussed later and the board hopes to purchase the mulch separately.

Before the meeting ended, the board discussed the budget situation for the 2014-2015 school year. The budget is currently in a preliminary stage, and will be taken in to Topeka next Tuesday, but educational funding will be about the same as last year. The district will also receive a $14 per student raise, if state revenue comes in as projected

The board will convene again August 8 at 7:00 P.M. Meetings occur the second Thursday of every month.

Dalton Carver is a freelance writer for the Wellington Daily News. You can email him at or tweet him @Dalton__Carver.