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May 17, 2021 at 4:30 PM - Board Work Session

1. Call the Meeting to Order
Speaker(s):  Board President or Designee




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 and posted at location of meeting.  Notice of this meeting was also given in advance to all members of the Board of Education of Educational Service Unit 7.  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 Education of Educational Service Unit 7 were taken while the convened hearing was open to the attendance of the public.

Discussion:  Roll call was taken at 4:33pm
Board President conducted the meeting.

Staff present:
Larianne Polk, Administrator
Linda Shefcyk, Business Manager
Mindy Reed, Secretary to the Board of Directors
Marci Ostmeyer, Professional Development Director
Tami Clay, Special Education Director
Dan Ellsworth, Network Operations Director
1.1. Notification of Open Meetings Law
Speaker(s):  Board President or Designee

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

§84-1411 adjusts notice requirements for meetings of public bodies. For meetings of governing bodies of all political subdivisions of the State of Nebraska:
  • Notice shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation within the public body's jurisdiction. If available, notice shall also be published on such newspaper's website.
  • In addition to the required notice, notice may also be provided by any other appropriate method designated by the public body or advisory committee.
Attachments: (1)
1.2. Roll Call
Speaker(s):  Board President or Designee
1.3. Absent Board Members
Speaker(s):  Board President or Designee

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take action to approve the Board member absences.

Recommended Motion(s):  Approval of Board Member absences as presented Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Approval of Board Member absences as presented Passed with a motion by Jennifer Miller and a second by Joyce Baumert.
  • Dawn Lindsley: Absent
  • Richard Luebbe: Absent
  • Richard Stephens: Yea
  • Marni Danhauer: Yea
  • Donald Ellison: Yea
  • Gary Wieseler: Yea
  • Bob Arp: Yea
  • Jack Young: Yea
  • Joyce Baumert: Yea
  • Doug Pauley: Yea
  • Jennifer Miller: Yea
  • Dan Hoesly: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Board members Richard Luebbe and Dawn Lindsley were absent at the initial roll call due to personal reasons.
2. Vision, Mission, Belief Work
Speaker(s):  Administrator or Designee
Rationale:  The Administrator and the Board will answer questions which will assist in creating the new Vision, Mission, and Beliefs of ESU 7.
Discussion:  Jackie Ternus, School Psychologist for ESU 7 facilitated work related to Vision, Mission, and Belief statements. Jackie Ternus reviewed the directions for the activity. The first question for the Board to answer is “Who are we?”. The second question is “Why is ESU 7 important?”. The third question is “What is our purpose?”. The last question is “What is the ideal outcome of our efforts?”.

The Board reviewed responses to these questions and determined common themes.  

Themes for the question “Who are we?”: Servant of schools. We strengthen the foundation of the schools so students and staff are more successful. 

Themes for the question “Why is ESU 7 important?”: As an ESU, we can provide resources that would not be economically possible for individual schools. We fill a void for a lot of the schools. We have an awareness of the lack of some resources at schools. Provide knowledge to Legislature. 

Themes for the question “What is our main purpose?”: The word student came up in every response. ALL learners in general get the best possible education they can. It is important to include the teachers in the scope as well.   

Themes for the question “What is the ideal outcome?”: All schools utilize as many resources as we provide. Use assets we have and be successful. 

The Agency Team will study these results along with results from staff. The goal is to have the information compiled before the Strategic Planning meeting in June. 
3. Adjournment
Speaker(s):  Board President or Designee
Discussion:  Meeting adjourned at 5:20pm

Minutes respectfully submitted by Mindy Reed, Recording Secretary to the ESU 7 Board.
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