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Couch Announces Retirement, Minutes Now Included

Dave CouchUSD 407 Superintendent Dave Couch announced his retirement Monday night at a special Board of Education meeting. The retirement will be effective following the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year.

According to the district's website, Couch has been the superintendent for the last 11 years.

He has worked in USD 407 since 1978, starting as a social studies teacher at Ruppenthal Middle School.

In 1984, Couch became the Assistant Principal and Activities Director of Russell High School. From 1986 to 1991 he served as the principal of RHS.

In 1991, Couch moved to the USD 407 Central Office and served as Assistant Superintendent until his promotion to Superintendent in 2003.

The USD 407 Board of Education also discussed the 1:1 initiative and the ongoing facilities study at the meeting.

The Board voted to have District IT Director Cory Funk research more specific cost estimates for the 1:1 initiative using Dell Venue tablets and have them to the Board before next week's regular meeting.

Board President Jerry Brown explains.

Gaylon's campus meaning Gaylon Walter and RMS. The Board is expected to make a final purchasing decision this coming Monday at its regular monthly meeting.

Also Monday, the Board continued to discuss the facilities study. Right now, the two options on the table are to upgrade the outdated and non-compliant older district buildings for an estimated cost of $12 to $18 million or build a new Kindergarten through Eighth Grade facility near Russell High School for an estimated $25 to $30 million.

Superintendent Couch says ultimately the public will decide.

Brown says a new facility needs to be built.

Much needed upgrades to the Shaffer Field track and football field were also discussed with no action taken.

Simpson and Bickerdyke Principal Kent Michel also confirmed his resignation. He has accepted a job in the Atchison school district.

CLICK HERE for the meeting minutes.

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