The Garden City USD 457 Board of Education on Thursday voted to extend Superintendent Dr. Steve Karlin’s contract through June 2022.

After meeting in closed session to discuss Karlin’s job performance, board members voted unanimously to add another year to his contract.

Karlin’s contract, which began in 2015 when he was promoted from deputy superintendent, has always been a three-year contract that is considered for renewal annually by the board. By renewing the deal again on Thursday, the board extended the contract through June 2022.

"I'm certainly pleased with the board's decision and happy to have the opportunity to continue to lead a wonderful organization," Karlin said Friday.

Mark Rude, president of the board, said Friday that the contract extension should reassure Karlin that the board is pleased with his leadership, and it also reassures the board that the district has a leader for the next three years.

"We have a wonderful superintendent in Dr. Karlin, and at this time in the life of the community and USD 457, we feel like he is the perfect person in that position. Not only because of his 31 years with USD 457, but also his ability to adapt," Rude said.

Details of the contract were not available Friday.

In other business Thursday:

• The board approved the purchase of two vehicles, a delivery truck for $34,104.50 and a 3/4-ton 4-wheel drive extended cab pickup for $27,804, both from Burtis Motor Co.

• The board approved the district’s purchasing policies and procedures handbook.

• The board approved the following Curriculum Council recommendations: ELA textbook approval and purchase; changes to the Honors English I and III courses requiring students to maintain a “C” or better grade average to remain in the classes the second semester; changing Peer Leadership from a pass/fail course to one with a grading scale; making Introduction to Law a prerequisite to Law I; changing the name of AP/Honors English IV to AP Language and Composition; changing Honors English III with Tecnhnical Writing to Honors English III; changing course name from Social Issues to Ancient Civilizations; Trends in Apparel and Textile Design will be split into two courses — Fashion Trends and Interior Design; Fashion, Apparel and Interior Design will be split into two courses — Essentials of Fashion, Apparel and Interior Design and Apparel Production; course name change from Community Connections to Career Connections; course code changes for Theatrical Costume Design and Construction and FAID Merchandising and Entrepreneurship; and adding two new course offerings — Sports and Entertainment Marketing and Pre-Engineering Technology.

The board also took the following certified personnel actions:

• Retirements: Christy Botts, principal at Edith Scheuerman Elementary School, effective June 7, 2019; Carma Harman, principal at Georgia Matthews Elementary School and Garfield Early Childhood Center, effective June 7, 2019; and Janet Smith, principal at Charles Stones Intermediate Center, effective June 21, 2019.

• Resignations: The board released Courtney Morris from her 2018-19 contract contingent upon receipt of payment for the $400 liquidated damages fee. A suitable replacement has been found for her position at Horace Good Middle School, effective Jan. 7.

• Appointments: Jan Kennedy, Garden City, vocal music position at Victor Ornelas Elementary School effective Jan. 7; Katherene Milliman, Coldwater, Mich., first grade at Alta Brown Elementary School, effective Jan. 7; Julia Thornburg, Scott City, library media science position at Abe Hubert Elementary School; Benita Villarreal, Garden City, early childhood position at Garfield, effective Jan. 7.

• Transfers: Leginia Ortiz, from adaptive/interrelated position at Georgia Matthews Elementary School to adaptive/interrelated (resource) position at Kenneth Henderson Middle School, effective for the 2019-20 school year; Daniel Chamberlain, from .50 library media position at Edith Scheuerman /.50 library media position at Abe Hubert to 1.0 library media position at Edith Scheuerman, effective Jan. 7.

• Position requests: Joshua Guymon, principal at Abe Hubert, is requesting to open a .50 library media science position effective Jan. 7; Christy Botts, principal at Edith Scheurman, is requesting to open a .50 library media science position effective Jan. 7.


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