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August 9, 2021 at 6:30 PM - Board of Education Meeting Agenda

Agenda
A. Routine Business
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
A.1. Call to Order
Speaker(s):  Board President
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
A.2. Roll Call
Speaker(s):  Board Secretary
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
A.3. Open Meetings Law
Speaker(s):  Board President
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Rationale: 

The Bellevue Board of Education abides by the Nebraska Open Meetings Law.  A copy of the law is posted on the wall of our Board room.

 

A.4. Pledge of Allegiance
Speaker(s):  Board President
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
B. Consent Agenda
Speaker(s):  Board President
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Agenda
Rationale: 

Administrative Recommendation: The information in sections B, C, and E were sent to all members of the Board of Education for review. The administration recommends approval by consent of the items in section B of the agenda identified with an asterisk and receipt of the information and proposals in sections C and E identified with an asterisk.

 

B.1. *Approval of Minutes
Speaker(s):  Board Secretary
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Rationale: 

Administrative Recommendation:  Approve the Minutes of the July 12, 2021, Budget Hearing and Board of Education meeting.

 

Attachments: (2)
B.2. *Treasurer's Report
Speaker(s):  Susan Brooks
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Rationale: 

Administrative Recommendation:  Acknowledge receipt of the Treasurer's Report for July, 2021.

 

Attachments: (2)
B.3. *Payment of Claims
Speaker(s):  Jeff Rippe
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Rationale: 

Administrative Recommendation:  Approve the payment of claims totaling $1,922,405.51.

 

Attachments: (1)
B.4. *Release from Contract
Speaker(s):  Sharra Smith
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Rationale: 
Administrative Recommendation:(1) Thomas Harris be released from his contract effective May 27, 2021.

 
B.5. *Election of New Teachers
Speaker(s):  Sharra Smith
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Rationale: 
Administrative Recommendation:(1) Rachel Durr and (2) Ethan Molifua be elected to the certified staff for the 2021-22 school year effective August 6, 2021 subject to their release from any contractual agreements with other school districts.

 
Attachments: (1)
C. Action Items
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
C.1. Approval of 2021-22 Budget
Speaker(s):  Susan Brooks
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 
Every year, the Board must approve a budget authorizing a maximum budget authority to be submitted to the Nebraska Department of Education.

Administrative Recommendation: The administration recommends that the Board approve the 2021-22 budget as presented. The proposed General Fund budget totals $124,736,986 and includes a $5,000,000 line of credit which is a safety net to be accessed if cash flow problems arise. The proposed maximum disbursements across all funds for 2021-22 is $170,754,500.

 
C.2. Year End Budget Transfers and Rollover 
Speaker(s):  Susan Brooks
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 
At the end of each fiscal year, funds must be transferred to various accounts or expended outside of the regular Board approval process in order to pay encumbered expenses and ensure that all funds have adequate allowances at the beginning of the next fiscal year. Due to the fiscal year ending at the end of August, the Board is being asked to grant the Board Treasurer the needed authority to make these necessary transfers and expenditures.

Administrative Recommendation: Move that the Board Treasurer, in consultation with the Superintendent, be granted the authority to make necessary transfers to close out the 2020-21 fiscal year. 

 
C.3. Access Easement Agreement
Speaker(s):  Jeff Rippe
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 
Tonight the Board will be asked to approve the Access Easement Agreement between Bellevue Public Schools and Christina Tegels and Richard Tegels.

 
Attachments: (1)
C.4. Refinance of Bonds
Speaker(s):  Jeff Rippe
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 
Tonight Cody Wickham from D.A. Davidson will present the option to the Board to consider a Resolution to authorize the issuance of Taxable General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2021, in an amount NOT TO EXCEED $40,000,000, for the purpose of refunding a portion of the District's outstanding General Obligation School Building Bonds, Series 2017, Series 2018 and Series 2019, in order to achieve interest cost savings.

 
C.5. Bond Project Update
Speaker(s):  Jeff Rippe
Agenda Item Type:  Non-Action Item
Rationale: 
The Board will receive an update on bond projects.
C.5.a. Bond Oversight Committee
Speaker(s):  Bond Oversight Committee Member
Agenda Item Type:  Non-Action Item
Rationale: 
A member of the Bond Oversight Committee will provide a report to the Board.

 
C.6. *Board Policy Review
Speaker(s):  Jeff Rippe
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Rationale: 
The following policy was presented for review by the Board at the July meeting and presented tonight for adoption and revision by consent:

403.03 Professional Boundary Policy - Adopted
103 Equal Educational Opportunity - Revision
402.01 Employment Procedures - Diversity - Revision
404.061 Harassment of Employees - Civil Rights - Revision
404.062 Harassment of Employees - Notification and Investigation - Revision
501 Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students - Revision

 
D. Commendations
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
E. Information Items
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
E.1. Bellevue Public Schools Return to School Plan
Speaker(s):  Jeff Rippe
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale: 
The administration will give an update on the return to school plan for Bellevue Public Schools from the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
E.2. *Summer School Report
Speaker(s):  Robert Moore
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Rationale: 
The Bellevue Public Schools offers a variety of summer programs for students, each program serving its own purpose. As the district evaluates summer programs, the staff is proactive to ensure each program continues to meet the intended purpose. In total, 3,041 students participated in the district traditional summer school program.

The elementary summer school program is designed to provide enrichment and remediation opportunities for students in an environment where content is delivered in a variety of creative ways. This year's MAP data assisted teachers in guiding instruction to students. The Elementary summer school was held June 7 through June 25 at each elementary school. 45% of the elementary/preschool students attended summer school.

The secondary summer school was held for all five schools from June 7-July 1. A wide variety of courses were offered in addition to transition courses for students entering seventh grade and 8th-grade students. 34% of Middle School Students participated this summer.

At the high school level, approximately 11% of all students participated. Most of the entering 9th-grade students earn credit in physical education and health. This allows these students more opportunities in their schedule to take other elective classes. High school summer school also consisted of credit acquisition and credit recovery for students in grades ten through twelve in most core areas. Due to HVAC construction through our Bond projects, the CHAP Center did not offer summer programming for students this year.

STEM Camps (math, science and technology) were held for three weeks, June 28- July 16, and served 225 students entering sixth, seventh, and eighth grades with a limited enrollment. Students participating in the camp were taught by BPS educators who expanded student opportunities beyond what is offered during the school year. The fee for the camp was $100 per child, per week.

 
F. Public Comment Period
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale: 
Public Comment pertaining to items not otherwise on the Agenda must be submitted to the Secretary of the Board five days prior to the Board meeting.  

Edward T. Ventura, Jr. - Mascots

Christine Stewart - 2021-22 Mask Policy

Sarah Copeland - COVID-19 Guidelines-Mask Policy

Shari Woodbury - COVID-19 Safety Policy Including Masks

Nicole Hutchings-2nd Draft of Health Standards


 
G. Board of Education Member Reports on Meetings They Have Attended
Speaker(s):  Board President
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale: 

BPS Foundation - Scott Eby, Maureen McNamara and Nina Wolford

Other Meetings Attended

 

H. Future Business
Speaker(s):  Board President
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale: 
August 10, BPS Vendor Expo, Bellevue East Cafeteria, 7:30-8:15 a.m.

August 10, All-Staff General Session, Bellevue East Gym, 8:30 a.m.

August 11, Years of Service Recognition Luncheon, Welcome Center, 12noon

August 12, First Day for Students (Grade K-9 & New Students)

August 13, First Day for Returning Students (Grades 10-12)

August 19, Bond Oversight Committee Meeting, via Zoom, 5:30 p.m.

September 3, Bellevue East/Bellevue West Football Game, Bellevue East, 7:00 p.m.

September 13, Board of Education Meeting, Welcome Center, 6:30 p.m.

 
I. Adjourn
Speaker(s):  Board President
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale:  Adjourn the August 9, 2021, meeting of the Board of Education.

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