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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Lansing School Board: Search for new grid coach under way

  • The Lansing School Board's meeting Monday night opened with local resident John Hancock telling the board he's concerned about the hiring process for a new Lansing High School football coach.Hancock spoke to board members during the public comment portion of the meeting.He said the new coach hiring isn't happening fas...
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      “You've done nothing to help the senior class of the 2015 football team to be successful."
      — John Hancock to the Lansing School Board on Monday night
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      “You've done nothing to help the senior class of the 2015 football team to be successful."

      — John Hancock to the Lansing School Board on Monday night

  • The Lansing School Board’s meeting Monday night opened with local resident John Hancock telling the board he's concerned about the hiring process for a new Lansing High School football coach.
    Hancock spoke to board members during the public comment portion of the meeting.
    He said the new coach hiring isn't happening fast enough for the Lansing football team to be adequately prepared for the Oct. 30 game against Leavenworth High School.
    “We’re four months from the first day of practice, and six months from the biggest game, and I’m concerned we’re still sitting around,” Hancock said.
    Lansing coach Bill Pekarek announced his resignation in January, after leading the program for 13 years. He said the time was right for a new coach.
    School Board President Richard Whitlow said the board is abiding by Kansas State High School Activities Association hiring guidelines, and wants to make sure the process for identifying a new coach is sound.  
    Superintendent Randal Bagby told Hancock interviews were happening while other board members agreed the hiring process was well under way.  
    But, Hancock said he is not reassured.
    “You've done nothing to help the senior class of the 2015 football team to be successful," he said to the board.
    The School Board also addressed two other issues of note Monday.
    First, board members approved all changes to district policies proposed by Kansas Association of School Boards' attorneys, except for new rules governing the naming of facilities after individuals — specifically rules requiring naming to wait until 10 years after an individual’s death — and new regulations for Emergency Safety Intervention procedures.
    Emergency Safety Intervention includes restraining or secluding a student, and the changes to the policies would require notifying a parent whenever an Emergency Safety Intervention is used with a student.
    Board members said they wanted more time to “digest” the policy changes and therefore will wait to discuss and vote on the sections until May's meeting.
    New policies the board approved included banning electronic cigarettes and new Internet use regulations, among other changes.
    A second primary issue for the board Monday was the approval of a new Chemistry III course for the high school curriculum.
    Principal Steve Dike presented the proposal for a new course that would help “prepare kids for a career in chemistry” by “diving into organics and analytical chemistry, the kind of things kids usually won’t see until college.”
    In other action, the School Board:
    • Approved a Lansing Educational Foundation proposal for a new District Art Showcase.
    • Approved raising school lunch prices by 5 cents for students and 20 cents for adults.  
    Page 2 of 2 - • Approved the district’s 2014-15 calendar, with the first day of the school year landing on Aug. 12, 2014, and the final day on May 22, 2015.
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