The Winfield board of education approved several action items to keep the wheels of education moving at their Monday night meeting.

They approved 5-1 Jason VenJohn as the new Winfield Recreation Center board member. Board of education clerk Tom Fell said of the three candidates the recreation board interviewed, VenJohn was the best qualified for the position. 

The board approved the renewal of the contract with food service Chartwells for 2019-2020. When board member Brent Wolf expressed some concerns about Chartwells, Fell told him the contract voted on was for services and the process of looking for another food service company will begin in the late fall.

Director of operations Kent Tamsen had discussed with the board at the May 28 meeting the Safe and Secure Facilities portion of the Strategic Plan. The updating was for the first part of the action plan: 

“ … Implement a district-wide formal, Standard Response System to crisis/threats with appropriate training for staff, students, parents and community.” The board approved the update 6-0.

Tamsen also asked for and received approval (6-0) to apply for a Safe and Secure Schools Grant. The grant could be worth up to $50,000 in matching funds. The funds would be used for doors, access to central security and cameras. The funding would begin after July 1.

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