|June 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM - Board of Education 2nd Monthly Meeting|
1. Call to Order
1.1. Roll Call
Rationale: If any board member is absent, there will need to be a motion to excuse the absence.
Recommended Motion(s): Motion to approve the absences. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
1.2. Declaration of a Legal Meeting
Rationale: This is a legal meeting of the board of education, as advertised by the means specified in board policy. A complete copy of the Open Meetings Act is posted in the board room for your review. A copy of the agenda is available at the desk of the recording secretary.
2. Action Items
2.1. Discuss, Consider, and Approve Contracts
2015-2016 – Middle School Instrumental Music
Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa
Currently teaching music at North Union Sentral Elementary in Fenton, Iowa
Frank (Lee) Irvine
2015-2016 – Alternatives For Success
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education from Dickinson State University in Dickinson, North Dakota
Currently teaching Physical Education, Health, and coaching at Baltic School District in Baltic, South Dakota
2015–2016 – Washington .5 Title Teacher
Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska
Student taught at Stanton Elementary in Stanton, Nebraska
2015-2016 – Middle School Special Education
Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Dana College in Blair, Nebraska
Master of Science Degree in Special Education from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska
Currently a substitute teacher at Christ Lutheran School in Norfolk, Nebraska
2015–2016 – Westside, Grade 3
Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska
Previously taught third grade at Wilber-Clatonia Elementary School in Wilber, Nebraska
Kathryn (Katie) Uttecht
2015–2016 – Middle School, Grade 6
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota
Student taught at Gertie Belle Rogers School in Mitchell, South Dakota
Recommended Motion(s): Motion to approve contracts as presented. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
2.2. Discuss, Consider, and Approve the hiring of an additional "overflow" first grade teacher at Bel Air
We currently have 60 students enrolled in first grade at Bel Air and are strongly anticipating this number to be 61. We also have 61 students enrolled in first grade at Washington. This means that we will exceed our recommended cap of 30 students/classroom in both of these buildings, unless we take action.
My recommendation is that we hire an "overflow" first grade teacher for Bel Air, and utilize the following approach for Washington:
1. Approve the denied Boundary Exception that we would now have room for at Bel Air.
2. Close enrollment at Washington for first grade. Send all new first graders to Bel Air.
3. Ask for additional volunteers to transfer from Washington to Bel Air, to help even out class sizes.
Mrs. Andreasen anticipated that she would need a third section of first grade, so she already has a classroom and schedule ready to go. She just needs permission to hire a teacher. In effect, we would be making Bel Air a three track school for both kindergarten and first grade next year, rather than waiting another year for first grade.
Recommended Motion(s): Motion to approve the hiring of an additional "overflow" first grade teacher at Bel Air Elementary. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
2.3. Discuss, Consider, and Approve the addition of a Career Academy Coordinator
We received notification that our reVISION Grant has been approved, which was written to provide funding for a full-time Career Academy Coordinator position.
This position will be similar to AfterShock Coordinator (grant) position. It will not require a teaching certificate, although an educational background is preferred. The reVISION Grant will provide us with $50,000 for salary and benefits each year, for up to three years.
In year one, we are estimating that we will need to put in an additional $4600 to cover the $40,000 salary and benefits package.
In year two, we are estimating that we will need to put in an additional $7000 to cover the $42,000 salary and benefits package.
In year three, we are estimating that we will need to put in an additional $9300 to cover the $44,000 salary and benefits package.
In year four, we would be responsible for the entire amount, approximately $62,000, as we would no longer be eligible for the grant.
It is my opinion that we cannot meet our Strategic Planning Goal of providing course offerings (Career Academies) in all six career cluster areas, unless we hire a Career Academy Coordinator. Thanks to this grant, we can do that at a low cost for up to three years. After that, we will need to evaluate whether a full-time position is still required, and fund it through district funds, if necessary.
Recommended Motion(s): Motion to approve the addition of a Career Academy Coordinator. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
2.4. Discuss, Consider and Approve the sale of the Central Office workroom refrigerator
Rationale: We are replacing the CO fridge in the workroom because the cost of repairing the ice maker is about 60% of the cost to replace the fridge. I do have an interested buyer in the old fridge which is worth about $20.
Recommended Motion(s): Motion to approve the sale of the Central Office workroom refrigerator. Motion passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
3. Future Meetings
Rationale: Our next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 13th. A study session will be held at 5:30, followed by a regular business meeting at 6:30. All components of the meeting will be held at the City Administration Offices and will be open to the public.