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THE FACILITY PLANNING COMMITTEE AND THE SAFETY OF THE SCHOOLS WERE ITEMS FOR THE USD 211 NORTON BOARD OF EDUCATION LAST NIGHT.  35 PEOPLE HAVE AGREED TO WORK ON THE FACILITY PLANNING COMMITTEE.  THEY WILL BE MEETING STARTING MONDAY NIGHT WITH THE ARCHITECTS ON THEIR FINDINGS, THEN WILL MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD IN ABOUT SIX TO SEVEN MONTHS.  THEY WILL BE MEETING ONCE A MONTH FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS TO ADDRESS THE PLANS THAT NEED TO BE MADE AND WHAT THE NEEDS ARE FOR THE DISTRICT IN TERMS OF FACILITIES.  TOBY KUHN AND DEENA WENTE WILL BE THE CO-CHAIRS.  ALL THOSE MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  ALSO, THE DISTRICT’S CRISIS TEAM MET A COUPLE OF TIMES SINCE THE SHOOTING IN NEWTOWN CONNECTICUT.  THEY MET WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS ABOUT WHAT THEY WOULD DO IF THERE WAS A DISASTER LIKE THE ONE IN CONNECTICUT.  HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL RUDY PEREZ HAS STARTED MAKING SOME CHANGES IN THE HIGH SCHOOL BY HAVING THE KIDS PARKING IN THE LOT SOUTH OF THE SCHOOL AND LOCKING MOST OF THE DOORS AT 8:30.  THE STAFF WILL BE PARKING IN THE NORTH LOT.  AT EISENHOWER THEY ARE STUDYING WAYS TO KEEP THE KIDS SAFE IN THE CLASSROOM.  THE DOORS AT THE SCHOOLS ARE LOCKED NOW AT 8:30 WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE FRONT DOORS.  DELIVERIES WILL HAVE TO CALL AHEAD TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE DOORS TO BE UNLOCKED.  THE BOARD APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF EQUIPMENT TO MAKE NAME TAGS FOR ALL SCHOOL EMPLOYEES FOR 1,345 DOLLARS.  ALL STAFF WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR THE TAGS DURING THEIR NORMAL WORK DAY. IN OTHER BUSINESS, SUPERINTENDENT GREG MANN UPDATED THE BOARD ON THE RULING HANDED DOWN LATE LAST WEEK FROM THE THREE-JUDGE PANEL ON SCHOOL FINANCE.  THE JUDGES RULED THAT THE FORMULA FOR FUNDING SCHOOLS IS FINE, BUT THE LACK OF FUNDING FOR THE FORMULA IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.  THE BASE AID PER PUPIL SHOULD BE 4492 DOLLARS.  THE CAPITAL OUTLAY AND LOCAL OPTION BUDGET FUNDING IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL IF NOT EQUALIZED.  MANN AND OTHER SUPERINTENDENTS WILL BE MEETING IN TOPEKA TOMORROW AFTERNOON AND AT CEDAR CREST TOMORROW NIGHT TO TALK TO THE GOVERNOR.  THE JUNIOR HIGH EXPERIENCED SOME HEAT ISSUES YESTERDAY.  ENERGY 360 WILL BE IN NORTON TODAY TO LOOK AT THE PROBLEM.  THE BOARD APPROVED BEING INCLUDED IN THE HANSEN GRANT APPLICATION FOR FUNDING PARENTS AS TEACHERS.  THE BOARD APPROVED THE QUOTE FROM SCHURLE SIGN FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF THE SCROLLING PART OF THE SIGN AT THE JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH.  APRIL KARNOPP AND CHRIS HARTING VOTED NO.  ROBERT WYATT WILL BE THE BOARD REPRESENTATIVE ON THE CALENDAR COMMITTEE.  ONLY FOUR PROJECTS APPEARED ON THE CAPITAL OUTLAY LIST, WITH THE FIRST PAYMENT TO ENERGY 360 OF 102 THOUSAND DOLLARS BEING THE MOST.  THE OTHERS ON THE LIST ARE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT AT EISENHOWER, EXTERIOR DOORS AND LOCKS AT THE VARIOUS SCHOOLS TO BE IN A CYCLE FOR REPLACEMENT AND A MOTOR FOR THE BLEACHES AT THE STULL GYM.  THE BOARD WILL LOOK AT THOSE NEXT MONTH.  THE NEXT MEETING OF THE USD 211 NORTON BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL BE MONDAY FEBRUARY 11TH AT 7:30 IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE UNIFIED OFFICE.  ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.