SCHOOL ORGANIZATION: United 4 Youth Countywide

Submitted by United 4 Youth Countywide

The United 4 Youth Countywide board met for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Board members present were Heather Stewart, Jessica Atwood, Scott Anson, Sarah Kramer, Wendy Lierz, Adam Reel, Brad Lippert, Brianna Gruber, Krista Stallbaumer, Jason Drahota and Jill Mady. Also present was executive director Sarah Renyer.

Wetmore High School SADD student Austin Smith and Wetmore SADD sponsor Staci Honas were present to discuss what they Wetmore SADD chapter has been working on so far this year.

Jennifer Haynes with Northeast Kansas Environmental Services Chronic Disease Risk Reduction spoke to the board about Tobacco Prevention. Haynes is currently working on pushing tobacco free parks among other priorities this year. She explained that Sabetha will be starting their own tobacco resist council and hopefully Seneca, as well. Haynes also talked to the board about applying for a mini Resist Tobacco grant. These mini grant helped get some Resist councils started.

The board approved the September minutes with the correction of only one Nemaha County School – Sabetha – received a $400 grant, instead of two.

Stewart went over the treasurer’s report and told the board that the junior high dance went over the budget. The board mentioned adjusting the budget for next year.

Stewart gave the grant coordinator report. She gave the board an update on the action plans the group is working on through our KDADS grant, including mailing a letter using Every Door Direct Mail. She said they still have some minor details to work out for the mailing. Stallbaumer recommended using the volunteers at the hospital to help with placing sealing stickers on the mailers.

Stewart said she has requested the funds for the “It Matters” materials. She also mentioned that the billboard has been ordered, as well as banners to go to each school and other miscellaneous supplies. Stewart also gave all board members a contact list to important people in our area and state.

Renyer told the board that the family day workgroup met earlier that day and some decisions were made regarding that action plan. She told the board that they are going to make it a family week instead of a family day. It will occur during Thanksgiving week and it will be called “United for families.” The group is going to send home a packet to each family, facilitated through the schools.

Renyer gave the director’s report including a review of the 2018 junior high dance and what went well and what needed to be worked on. Renyer also said the Kevin Hines presentation went well. She mentioned Hines is returning, and Stallbaumer said maybe United 4 youth could help facilitate getting Seneca schools to attend the presentation while school is in session. Renyer gave a school-by-school update on the mentorship program.

Renyer also told the board that she does not intend to return as Executive Director for the 2019-20 school year. Discussion was made about job descriptions and changes needed to get a new director. Renyer said she has a few possibilities that she would recommend to the board and the board conveyed its desire to have Renyer help with this process. The board decided to start a recruitment committee to begin this process. The recruitment committee will consist of Stallbaumer, Anson and Stewart.

Old Business

SADD Membership: The board previously discussed paying for the memberships of all SADD Chapters in Nemaha County, because the national SADD is now requiring a membership fee. The schools said that they haven’t registered in the past, and the U4Y board decided they will not be covering that cost. The board discussed making adjustment to the MOU related to this.

New Business

Alcohol EDU expenses: The schools requested that United 4 Youth pay for the substitute teacher fees from when the health teachers attended the Alcohol EDU training. Sub fees are $100 per day per teacher. The teachers were only out for a half day, so the board approved to pay $150 to cover the costs of substitute teachers. The board also mentioned to make note to include money to cover this cost in next year’s budget.

Guest Speaker: Renyer created a flyer to send out for the parent speaker. Renyer said we did not budget in any advertising, but we have room left in the budget to pay for advertising. Sheila Hasenkamp will be here Wednesday, Nov. 7. The board decided to place advertising in The Sabetha Herald and the Seneca Courier-Tribune. Stewart said she will send an article and ads to the local newspapers. The board also decided to do a Facebook boost.

The board discussed changing Lippert and Anson’s sector representation in January 2019. Those members will swap sectors.

The board approved applying for the Resist mini-grant.

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the United 4 Youth Board office in Seneca.

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