Garden City USD 457’s Board of Education on Thursday during its meeting approved the appointments of two new principals for the 2018-2019 school year.
Andrea Baker will take the helm of Garfield Early Child Center. She will replace Josh Guymon, who transferred to Abe Hubert Elementary last month.
Baker has 19 years of experience in education and has been with USD 457 since 2002. While with the district, Baker has been an instructional coach, an English as a second language teacher, an interventionist, and has taught in the early learning four-year-old program.
Gina Galpin was selected to be the new principal for Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center, replacing Deznee Sosa, who resigned in May.
Galpin has 24 years of experience in education, and has been with USD 457 since 2010.
While with the district, Galpin has taught special education resource and has been a literacy and math coach.
In other business:
• USD 457 approved a bid of $2,118.15 from Central Restaurant Supply for a hot cabinet; a $5,552.24 bid from Muckenthaler Inc., for transport boxes; and a $31,100 bid from Sunflower Restaurant Supply for both a 40-gallon tilting kettle and a gas convection steamer for the district’s nutrition department.
The purchase will replace old units whose parts are no longer available or deemed unsafe to use.
• A services agreement between Schwickert’s Tecta America, LLC and USD 457 was approved for annual roof inspections for all the schools within the district.
The total annual cost for Tecta Tracker inspection is $25,000 for the first year and $18,000 for consecutive years.
• A cooperative agreement for the 2018-2019 school year between USD 457 and Garden City Community College was approved. The agreement is an effort to provide additional academic opportunities to secondary school pupils. This agreement authorizes qualified sophomore, junior and senior pupils enrolled in USD 457 to participate in courses at GCCC while concurrently completing their high school curricula.
Such "concurrent enrollment pupils" and/or their families are personally responsible for transportation to and from Garden City Community College, or the appropriate outreach center, and for all post-secondary tuition costs.
The agreement states that GCCC agrees that the coursework successfully completed by concurrent enrollment pupils will be awarded appropriate academic credit and will be applicable toward the award of a college degree.