Public Meeting Agenda: July 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM - Regular Board of Directors Meeting

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July 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM - Regular Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

July 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM - Regular Board of Directors Meeting
1. Call the meeting to order
Speaker(s):  Don Ellison or Designee
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Rationale: 

 

LEADERSHIP  •  SERVICE  •  SUPPORT  -  ESU 7 Mission Statement


Notice of this meeting was given in advance according to State Law 84-1411, by giving notice of the meeting to the public on ESU 7 website www.esu7.org and posted at location of meeting.  Notice of this meeting was also given in advance to all members of the Board of Directors.  Availability of the agenda and purpose of the hearing was communicated in the advance notice of the meeting and in the notice to the members of this hearing. All proceedings of the Board of Directors were taken while the convened hearing was open to the attendance of the public.


1.1. Notification of Open Meetings Law
Speaker(s):  Don Ellison or Designee
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Rationale: 

This meeting has been preceded by advance notice and is hereby declared to be in open session.  A copy of the Open Meetings Act is posted in the meeting room.

 

 

1.2. Roll Call
Speaker(s):  Don Ellison or Designee
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Discussion:  Roll call was taken at 5:35pm Linda Shefcyk, Business Manager Katy McNeil, Secretary to the Board of Directors Darus Mettler, Special Education Director Marci Ostmeyer, Professional Development Director
1.3. Pledge of Allegiance
Speaker(s):  Don Ellison or Designee
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
2. Public Forum
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Rationale: 

2.1. Welcome Visitors
Speaker(s):  Don Ellison or Designee
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
2.2. Public Comment
Speaker(s):  Don Ellison or Designee
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Rationale:  The board has the discretion to limit the amount of time set aside for public participation. 


Citizens wishing to address the board on a certain agenda item must notify the Educational Service Unit administrator prior to the board meeting.  Citizens wishing to present petitions to the board may do so at this time.  However, the board will only receive the petitions and not act upon them or their contents.

Public Participation in Board Meetings Policy 1.02.02
3. Approval of Agenda
Speaker(s):  Don Ellison or Designee
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

The sequence of agenda topics is subject to change at the discretion of the board. 

Order of Business, Regular Meetings Policy 1.02.01

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any necessary action to approve agenda.

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Motion(s):  Agenda as presented Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Agenda as presented Passed with a motion by Jennifer Miller and a second by Bob Norvell.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
4. Approval of Minutes
Speaker(s):  Don Ellison or Designee
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take all necessary action to approve the minutes as presented.

 

 

 

 

Recommended Motion(s):  Minutes as presented Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Minutes as presented Passed with a motion by Doug Pauley and a second by Wendy Rahtz.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5. Action Items
Speaker(s):  Don Ellison or Designee
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
5.1. Board Absences
Speaker(s):  Don Ellison or Designee
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

Dan Hoesly will be absent due to personal commitment.

Doug Kluth will be absent due to personal commitment.

Bob Norvell will be absent due to family travel.

 

Staff Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take action to approve the board absences. 

 

 

Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve absent board directors Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to approve absent board directors Passed with a motion by Terry Fusco and a second by Doug Pauley.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Doug Kluth was absent due to personal commitments. Dan Hoesly was absent due to personal commitments. Don Ellison will be late to the meeting and attendance will be updated as he arrives.
5.2. Treasurer's Report
Speaker(s):  Don Ellison or Designee
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 


Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take all necessary action to approve Treasurer's Report as presented.

 

 

Recommended Motion(s):  Treasurer's Report as presented Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Treasurer's Report as presented Passed with a motion by Jack Young and a second by Wendy Rahtz.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5.3. Presentation of Bills
Speaker(s):  Don Ellison or Designee
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

The summary of bills for the current month total:$676,575.15 - Bills #63635 through #63789

Inservice bills total: $42.12

SPED Arrears:Howells-Dodge May Billing $11,681.93

TECH Arrears: David City $17.50, Howells-Dodge $39.00, Osceola $25.00, St. Anthony $75.00, St. Bonaventure $100.00, St. John Lutheran $140.00

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take all necessary action to approve bills as presented.

 

 

 

 
Recommended Motion(s):  Bills as presented Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Bills as presented Passed with a motion by Joyce Baumert and a second by Bob Norvell.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5.4. Budgeting for additional 1%
Speaker(s):  Larianne Polk or designee
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

Nebraska Statute allows an additional 1% in budgeted property tax asking requiring an affirmative vote of 75% of the governing body for approval.  These additional budget authority dollars remain critical as we continue to operate with the one and a half cent levy, no state aid funding for 2016-2017, and spending restrictions for the upcoming years.  In the event valuations change or additional funding becomes available, this action will allow ESU 7 additional budget authority to access those dollars.

Recommendation:  Discuss, consider and take any necessary action to approve the additional 1% in budgeted tax asking.

Recommended Motion(s):  Budgeting for additional 1% Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Budgeting for additional 1% Passed with a motion by Jennifer Miller and a second by Doug Pauley.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Goals:
  • Communication and Marketing
  • Data
  • Partnerships
5.5. Reading of Policy 1.06 Equal Opportunity Employer
Speaker(s):  Don Ellison or Designee
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take all necessary action to approve Policy 1.06 Equal Opportunity Employer as presented.

 

Recommended Motion(s):  Policy 1.06 Equal Opportunity Employer as presented Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Policy 1.06 Equal Opportunity Employer as presented Passed with a motion by Doug Pauley and a second by Joyce Baumert.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5.6. SPED Contracts
Speaker(s):  Darus Mettler
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

Mary McHargue will be joining our Psychology team.  She has 19 years of experience in the field of psychology.   She also has a degree in Family/Consumer Science.  She has worked at ESU 9 and Grand Island Public Schools.  She has training in the areas of school wide positive behavior programs and facilitating Response to Intervention.  She has an understanding of ESU structure and has served people in the ESU7 area as an Extension Educator.

Jeri Glenn will be joining our Cen7ter team.  She will be a tech and job coach.  Jeri has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Nebraska Wesleyan University.  She was a Special Education paraeducator in Iowa for 5 years before coming to Columbus Public Schools in 2008.  She has been at West Park Elementary in Columbus for the past 7 years.  She enjoys working with special needs students and hopes to continue this work for many years.

Lindsay Thomson will be joining our Cen7ter team.  She will be a tech and job coach.  Lindsay has been a Special Education paraeducator at Platte Center during the 2015-2016 school year.  Lindsay owns a Photography business.  She is very interested in the Behavioral Science field and will be working to a college degree in this area.  She has completed a number of trainings at ESU7 including Project Para (Title I, Early Education, Special Education), Intro to Autism, Medication Administration Competency Assessment and MANDT training.

Todd Moon will be joining our Cen7ter team.  He will be a tech and job coach.  He has a Bachelors in Science and Arts in Business Administration and Secondary Education from Midland University.  Todd was a Community Support Professional with Region V for 5 years prior to working with Owens and Associates for the past 4 years.  He was a family support worker for cases that involved DHHS.  Todd has a real desire to improve independence for students with disabilities.

Cathy Cole will be joining our Cen7ter team.  She will be a tech and job coach.   Cathy has great communication skills and job coaching is a strength of hers.  She was very enthusiastic about the services that are being provided by ESU7 and can’t wait to begin work.  Her desire is to see children grow and learn to their full potential.

Christine Barber will be joining our Cen7ter team.  She will be a tech and job coach.  Christine has been an office manager in the past.  She is looking forward to a job change that will involve working with children with disabilities.  She is very interested is child development and education.  She hopes to further her education and possibly go back to school to become a teacher.

 

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any action necessary to approve the contracts for Mary McHargue, School Psychologist, Jeri Glen, Cen7ter Tech, Lindsay Thomson, Cen7ter Tech and Job Coach, Christine Barber, Cen7ter Tech and Job Coach. Cathy Cole, Cen7ter Tech and Job Coach, and Todd Moon, Cen7ter Tech and Job Coach.

Recommended Motion(s):  Contracts for Mary McHargue, School Psychologist, Jeri Glen, Cen7ter Tech, Lindsay Thomson, Cen7ter Tech and Job Coach, Christine Barber, Cen7ter Tech and Job Coach. Cathy Cole, Cen7ter Tech and Job Coach, and Todd Moon, Cen7ter Tech and Job Coach. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Due to a shortage of school psychologist applicants, the contract for Mary McHargue, School Psychologist including 10 years of experience, exceeding the negotiated agreement Passed with a motion by Jennifer Miller and a second by Wendy Rahtz.
Contracts for Jeri Glen, Cen7ter Tech, Lindsay Thomson, Cen7ter Tech and Job Coach, Christine Barber, Cen7ter Tech and Job Coach, Cathy Cole, Cen7ter Tech and Job Coach, and Todd Moon, Cen7ter Tech and Job Coach Passed with a motion by Jack Young and a second by Bob Norvell.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Goals:
  • Partnerships
5.7. SPED Resignation
Speaker(s):  Darus Mettler
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale:  Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any action necessary to accept the Resignation of Sarah Sorenson, Life Skills Technician.
Recommended Motion(s):  Resignation of Sarah Sorenson, Life Skills Technician Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Resignation of Sarah Sorenson, Life Skills Technician Passed with a motion by Jennifer Miller and a second by Terry Fusco.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
Goals:
  • Partnerships
5.8. Grant Contracts
Speaker(s):  Darus Mettler
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

Employee contracts offered to Sonja Chatfield-Peetz, Autism Spectrum Disorders Grant Coordinator, Cynthia Alarcon, Migrant Education Grant Coordinator, Danielle Waite, Program Analyst, Gricelda Brabec, Migrant Education Recruiter, Isaura Barreto, Migrant Education Recruiter, Kendy Zayas-Vargas, Migrant Services Provider, Veronica Reyes, Migrant Services Provider, Darlene Rodriguez, Migrant Education Recruiter, Melinda Velecela, Migrant Liason, Magaly Vasquez Diaz, Migrant Secretary, Migrant Tutors for Columbus Public Elementary

 

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take action to  approve the employee contracts for Sonja Chatfield-Peetz, Autism Spectrum Disorders Grant Coordinator, Cynthia Alarcon, Migrant Education Grant Coordinator, Danielle Waite, Program Analyst, Gricelda Brabec, Migrant Education Recruiter, Isaura Barreto, Migrant Recruiter, Kendy Zayas-Vargas, Migrant Services Provider, Veronica Reyes, Migrant Services Provider, Darlene Rodriguez, Migrant Education Recruiter, Melinda Velecela, Migrant Liason, Magaly Vasquez Diaz, Migrant Secretary, Migrant Tutors for Columbus Public Elementary

 

 

Recommended Motion(s):  Employee contracts for Sonja Chatfield-Peetz, Autism Spectrum Disorders Grant Coordinator, Cynthia Alarcon, Migrant Education Grant Coordinator, Danielle Waite, Program Analyst, Gricelda Brabec, Migrant Education Recruiter, Isaura Barreto, Migrant Education Recruiter,Kendy Zayas-Vargas, Migrant Services Provider, Veronica Reyes, Migrant Services Provider, Darlene Rodriguez, Migrant Education Recruiter, Melinda Velecela, Migrant Liason, Magaly Vasquez Diaz, Migrant Secretary, Migrant Tutors for Columbus Public Elementary Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Employee contracts for Sonja Chatfield-Peetz, Autism Spectrum Disorders Grant Coordinator, Cynthia Alarcon, Migrant Education Grant Coordinator, Danielle Waite, Program Analyst, Gricelda Brabec, Migrant Education Recruiter, Isaura Barreto, Migrant Education Recruiter,Kendy Zayas-Vargas, Migrant Services Provider, Veronica Reyes, Migrant Services Provider, Darlene Rodriguez, Migrant Education Recruiter, Melinda Velecela, Migrant Liason, Magaly Vasquez Diaz, Migrant Secretary, Migrant Tutors for Columbus Public Elementary Passed with a motion by Donald Ellison and a second by Joyce Baumert.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Goals:
  • Partnerships
6. Discussion Items
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Rationale: 

 

6.1. Budget Committee Update
Speaker(s):  Chairman Terry Fusco
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale:  Budget committee met to discuss in detail the budget worksheets for each department completed to date. Chairman Fusco will review the summary with the board.  The committee will meet again August 15, 2016 at 4:30p.m. Walnut Room.
Discussion:  Chairman Fusco gave an overview of the discussion during the July 15th Budget Committee. He discussed the changes to the budget with regards to Special Education and the current spending goal achievement. The Budget Committee will meet again on August 15, 2016 in the Walnut Room at 4:30pm.
Goals:
  • Communication and Marketing
  • Data
  • Partnerships
  • Technology
6.2. Administrator's Report
Speaker(s):  Larianne Polk
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale: 

Facilities Update - Working on scheduling the ceiling tile project and carpeting.
ESUCC Update - ESUCC will meet in July at Administrator Days.
Administrator's Goals -15-16 Goals are attached for your review.  Administrator Polk will have 16-17 Goals for the August 15 Board Meeting.

Upcoming Dates:

AESA: Savannah, GA - November 30 - December 3, 2016 - Registration is now open

NASA/NASB Labor Relations Conference: September 7-8, 2016 - Lincoln

State Education Conference: November 16-18, 2016

Area Membership Meetings:

September 21: Norfolk - Lifelong Learning Center
October 12: Omaha - Embassy Suites, downtown Omaha
October 19: Fremont - Meeting @ Fremont Middle School, Dinner @ Fremont Golf Club

 

Discussion:  Administrator Polk will begin scheduling monthly meetings, as scheduling allows, with each Board Member to discuss interests, training opportunities, and conversations for growth. Administrator Polk will arrange Board Learning Opportunities beginning in the fall of 2016. Administrator Polk will have her goals in August for the Board to review. Carpeting project will begin before the end of the current fiscal year.
Attachments:
6.3. Adjournment
Speaker(s):  Don Ellison or Designee
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Discussion:  Adjournment of meeting at 6:25pm
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