The Arkansas City Board of Education voted April 23 to issue a request for quotes for the replacement of the sound system in the Arkansas City High School auditorium.

This replacement will be funded in part by the V.J. Wilkins Memorial Foundation.

In the last several years, the foundation has donated a total of $127,000 in grant funding to the school district for the advancement of the arts.

Earlier this fiscal year, the foundation committed to funding $43,000 for designated improvements in sound or lighting in the high school and middle school auditoriums.

This grant includes a $20,000 match from the district.

An evaluation of the auditorium facilities determined the replacement and upgrade of the sound system at the high school was a top priority.

The late V.J. Wilkins established the foundation seven years before her death in 2012 to provide “a quality cultural environment of arts, music, language and other endeavors, which many times are overshadowed by the importance placed upon athletic achievements,” according to its mission statement.

The foundation’s funds are valued at more than $9 million.

In other business, the school board:

  • heard from Allan Norton regarding access to Liberty Cemetery during Memorial Day weekend.
  • approved the resignation of Deloris McCullough, middle school art teacher.
  • approved the hiring of Jennifer Cubbage, elementary library media specialist; Abby Onelio, high school Spanish teacher; Erin May, elementary school teacher; Harlee Musselman, middle school math teacher; and Peyton Timmerman, middle school English and language arts teacher.
  • heard a special report from Adams Elementary School personnel regarding program updates, safety endeavors and an upcoming kindergarten field trip to downtown Ark City for project-based learning.
  • adopted the elementary school, middle school, high school and transportation handbooks for 2018-19.
  • authorized membership in the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) and the KASB Legal Fund for the 2018-19 school year, for a total cost of $13,715.29, and to purchase a district season pass for $1,500.
  • approved district-level Kansas Education Systems Accreditation teams.
  • discussed Liberty Cemetery and authorized board president Mike Munson to appoint two board members as part of a study committee on the issue.
  • discussed a possible review of district policies and the homebound instruction policy.

The next regular school board meeting will be at 6 p.m. May 14 at Jefferson Elementary School, located at 131 E. Osage Ave.