Public Meeting Agenda: April 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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April 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

April 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting
I. Call Meeting to Order
Rationale: 

STRIVE  •  COMMIT  •  SUCCEED  -  District Mission Statement

Schuyler Community Schools in partnership with parents, students, and the community is committed to educate students to become skilled, knowledgeable and responsible citizens in a global society - District Vision Statement

Notice of this meeting was given in advance according to State Law 84-1411, by giving notice of the meeting to the public.  Notice of this meeting was also given in advance to all members of the Board of Education
Discussion:  President Brabec called the meeting to order. All school board members were present. Also present were Principals Grammer, Comley, Reinsch, and Burton; Assistant Principals Kovar and Schaefersman; Directors Vrba and Gibbons; Student Council Representative Cameron Harding; and Superintendent Hoesing.
I.A. Pledge of Allegiance
Discussion:  President Brabec read the District Mission Statement and declared the meeting had been advertised in advance to the public and all board members. All present participated in the Pledge of Allegiance.
I.B. Declaration of Open Meeting
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 hallway outside the Media Center.
II. Approval of Consent Agenda
Rationale:  Discuss, Consider and Take Action on the consent agenda
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the consent agenda Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to approve the consent agenda Passed with a motion by Holly Hild and a second by Eric Cerny.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
II.A. Agenda
Attachments:
II.B. Minutes
Attachments:
II.C. Acceptance of Claims
Attachments:
II.C.1. Bills of $5,000 or more
Attachments:
II.D. Financial
Attachments:
II.E. Other Listed Reports
III. Public Forum - We ask that all presentation be limited in their length.
III.A. Recognition of visitors and guests
III.B. Other topics (limited to 5 minutes - subject to guidelines of the Board Participation Policy)
III.C. Student Representative's Report
IV. Action Items
IV.A. Americanism: Curriculum, Assessment, and Instructional Programs
Rationale:  This committee is responsible for reviewing curriculum recommendations, textbook selection, requisitions/inventory, and instructional programs.
IV.A.1. Consider, discuss, and take action to approve contracts for Physical and Occupational Therapy Services for 2016-17 school year.
Rationale:  Attached are contracts with Central Nebraska Rehabilitation Services for Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy services for the 2016-17 school year. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve contracts with Central Nebraska Rehabilitation Services for Physical and Occupational Therapy Services for 2016-17 school year. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to approve contracts with Central Nebraska Rehabilitation Services for Physical and Occupational Therapy Services for 2016-17 school year. Passed with a motion by Virginia Semerad and a second by Brian Vavricek.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
IV.B. Building, Grounds, and Transportation
Rationale:  This committee is responsible for recommending approval of building/grounds and transportation programs, vehicle replacement schedule, building and maintenance and upgrade schedule.
IV.B.1. Consider, discuss, and take action to approve the replacement car bid from Reinecke Motors
Rationale:  Attached are bids for the car that is on the replacement cycle.  We received bids from Gene Steffy Ford and Reineke Ford.  See attached bids.
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the bid and trade allowance from Reinecke Motors on a 2016 school car. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to approve the bid and trade allowance from Reinecke Motors on a 2016 school car. Passed with a motion by Richard Brabec and a second by Holly Hild.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
IV.C. Budget, finance, negotiations, and personnel
Rationale:  This committee is responsible for budget, finance, and contract negotiations with administration, certificated staff, and support staff.
IV.C.1. Consider, discuss, and take action to accept staff resignations.
Rationale:  2016-17 Staffing Update: 

     Retirement:  Karen Marymee     Resignations:  Lindsey Ferguson, Sarah Kracke, Brisa Calderon, Angelica Enqiuez

     New Hires:  Bobbie Rocheford:  SMS Language Arts,

     Reassignments: SMS Band:  Gerry Reinsch, SCHS Language Arts:  Drey Keairnes, SMS ELL Teacher:  Angie Wemhoff, SCHS Science:  Ethan Hutton, SCHS SPED:  Lynn Rambour, SMS Science:  Barbara Saathoff, SMS Computer/Business:  Cindy Beebe, SCHS Business:  Jared Severson , SCHS Reading/Language Arts:  Jean Conrad, SMS English/LA Crystal Ernst, Richland 3-5:  Adrianne Didier,
SES Level 3 SPED:  Liz Mallory, SMS Level 3 SPED:  Brenda Klein, SMS Social Studies: Lewis Evans

     Open Positions:  SMS Part-time Asst Principal/AD, SMS English/LA, SCHS Social Studies, Preschool SPED, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 5th Grade, 5th Grade,

Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve resignations from Lindsey Ferguson, Sarah Kracke, Angelica Enriquez and Brisa Calderon and thank them for their service to the district. Motion to approve Karen Marymee's resignation, thank her for her service to the district and wish her well in her retirement. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to approve resignations from Lindsey Ferguson, Sarah Kracke, Angelica Enriquez and Brisa Calderon and thank them for their service to the district. Passed with a motion by Holly Hild and a second by Richard Brabec.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Resignations were received from the following: Lindsey Ferguson, Sarah Kracke, Brisa Calderon, and Angelica Enriquez.
Attachments:
IV.C.2. Consider, discuss, and take action to approve retirement
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve Karen Marymee's resignation and retirement and wish her well. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to approve Karen Marymee's resignation and retirement and wish her well. Passed with a motion by Richard Brabec and a second by Eric Cerny.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
IV.C.3. Consider, discuss, and take action to approve 2016-17 teacher contracts
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve 2016-17 teacher contracts as presented. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to approve 2016-17 teacher contracts as presented. Passed with a motion by Brian Vavricek and a second by Virginia Semerad.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Teachers who have not returned contracts to the Superintendent's office by April 15 will be expected to return for employment for the 16-17 school year.
IV.C.4. Consider, discuss, and take action to approve 2016 summer school contracts.
Rationale: 

The following staff members have contracted to do summer school:

Emily Pishney – June             Heather Bebout - July

Morgan Sunneberg – June      Sheila Hoppe - July     

Karen Tschida – June             Melissa Smith – June & July

Molly Krupa – June                Denise Stevenson - July

Pat Cuda – June & July          Guillermo Gutierrez – June & July

Melissa Glodowski – June       Paula Kment – June & July

Rick Carter – June                 McKayla Arlt – June & July           

Jenna Saalfeld - June            Mackenzie Goplin - June & July

Lynn Sweeney - June            Nick Wilcox - June

Jared Severson - June           Lynn Mielak - July

Ingrid Rodriguez - July          Crystal Ernst - June

Laurie Schlautman - July       Rebecca Black - June

Evelyn Recinos – June

Para educators and kitchen staff will be reported in the May Board meeting.

Action(s):
Motion to approve the 2016 Summer School contracts Passed with a motion by Richard Brabec and a second by Virginia Semerad.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  To date, twenty-five certificated staff have signed contracts to teacher Summer School during June and/or July. Classes will be taught in three-week sessions. Certificated staff who have taught Summer School in the past are given the first opportunity to respond; then jobs are opened to SCS staff and then it is opened to out-of-district applicants.
IV.C.5. Consider, discuss, and take action to approve new hire recommendations for the 2016-17 school year.
Rationale: 

1.  Bobby Rocheford:  Middle School Language Arts Teacher

2.  Rory Wendelin:  SCHS Social Studies Teacher

3.  Ann Egenberger:  SES 3rd Grade Teacher

4.  Molly Smith:  SES 5th Grade Teacher

5.  Holly Schurman:  SES (2nd or 5th Grade) Teacher

6.  Jacquelyn Cech:  Preschool Special Education Teacher

7.  Elyse Muhle:  5th Grade Teacher

Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve new hire recommendations as presented. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to approve new hire recommendations as presented. Passed with a motion by Virginia Semerad and a second by Eric Cerny.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Certificated staff hired to date for the 2016-2017 school year are as follows: Bobby Rocheford - Middle School Language Arts Teacher; Rory Wendelin - SCHS Social Studies Teacher; Ann Egenberger - SES 3rd Grade Teacher; Molly Smith - SES 5th Grade Teacher; Holly Schurman - SES (2nd or 5th Grade) Teacher; Jacquelyn Cech - Preschool Special Education Teacher; and Elyse Muhle - 5th Grade Teacher.
V. Discussion Items and Reports
V.A. Principals' Reports
Rationale: 

Preschool and Grades 3-5 Report:  Mr. Comley

Preschool- 94
Kindergarten- 133
1st grade- 161
2nd grade- 141
3rd grade- 119
4th grade- 133
5th grade- 146

We have been interviewing for positions and have had some good applicants. 

NeSA Testing is going strong right now.

Traffic is going extremely smooth. 

Preschool registration has gone really well to this point. We have had 95 enroll so far.

Rural Schools Principal Report:  Mr. Reinsch

Richland

Thurs. May 5 -  AM Robotics Assembly (Richland and Fishers)

Fri.  May 6 -  Grandparents Day

Thurs. May 12 - PM Bowling in Columbus

Mon.  May 16 - Spring Program 2:30 and 7:00

Tues. May 17 - PM Field Day

Fishers

Thurs. May 5 - AM Robotics Assembly

Thurs. May 12 - Graduation and Program  2:00 and 7:00

Mon. May 16 - Scrub Oaks Field Trip

Wed. May 18 - Color Wars

Thanks to Mr. Burton and the PE students at both schools for their Jump Rope For Heart donations.

Richland  $651                    Fishers $1,474

SMS Principal Report:  Mrs. Burton

Current SMS Enrollment is 376 students.  A letter to all 5th grade SCS parents was mailed in order to welcome students to 6th grade orientation on May 4th.  The 8th grade students will be going to SCHS that same day for 9th grade orientation.  We will hold a parent meeting that day in order to begin the registration process.

The recent Warrior Update can be found at:  https://www.smore.com/btryp

 

SCHS Principals Report:  Mr. Grammer  (See attached Report)

Discussion:  All open teaching positions at SES are filled. SMS and SCHS each have one position left to fill. Fishers #24 and Richland #1 will host a Robotics Assembly on May 5th. New 16-17 6th and 9th graders will have orientation at SMS and SCHS. Anticipated 9th grade enrollment for 16-17 is 131 students.
Attachments:
V.B. Directors' Reports
Rationale: 

SCHS Asst. Principal/Activities Director Report:  Mrs. Schafersman

I continue to work with Ms. Pavel on truancy.   There has been great improvement in parent communication with the school.  I have had several meetings/phone calls with parents.  The largest change for students is time missed being truant is now made up in Saturday school and on Fridays after 1:30 pm.  

I have completed observations of certified staff.  I enjoyed being in the classroom and even learned a few things I have forgotten!   

Musical went well and was enjoyed by all.   The students I visited with stated that it was fun and they enjoyed putting on the musical.  

April 5th, 7-12 coaches had their regular monthly meeting.   We start at 7 am in the West gym.  Head Coaches/sponsors are planning summer activities along with camps.  There is a summer calendar being put together and camp forms will be out soon on the school web site.  Coaches are also working on inventory and requisition purchases. 

April 19th, US Cellular is working with the NSAA on promoting athletics.   The athletic dept will receive $250 for working with US Cellular.   We are excited for this sponsorship.  

We are preparing for the end of the year items.   Hard to believe... May is around the corner! 

Curriculum, Assessment & Accountability:  Mr. Gibbons

We excited about the clubs we will be bringing in to the summer program.  Many teachers are prepared to lead their own clubs in gardening, community engagement, arts and crafts, sports and many more.  We have also contracted with Club Invention to bring in additional clubs: (more details are attached)

  • Bolder Builders(Engineering)
  • Castles, Catapults, and Coats of Arms(Simple Machines)
  • E.Z. Science™ (Chemistry)
  • Flight Sight ™(Earth Science)
  • Phys. Ed: Physics in Motion™ (Physics)
  • SOS: Endangered Earth™ (Ecology)

In July, we have partnered with Discovery Education to bring a true STEM experience in for Middle School Students. This STEM Camp combines hands-on labs, engineering challenges, digital investigations, and more - all designed to immerse kids in the grand challenges of science set forth by the National Academy of Engineering.  In depth information can be found at http://www.discoveryeducation.com//STEM/connect-the-dots.cfm

We have received one curriculum development request so far from the third grade teachers in order to further develop the writing curriculum with the new writing program.  This development request will be paid through Title 1 Accountability Funds.

Upcoming Professional Development

I will be attending the Accountability for a Quality Education System Today and Tomorrow (AQUESTT) Conference in Kearney April 18 & 19. I will have the opportunity to learn more about the Nebraska Accountability System.

About 40 staff members will be attending the NETA Conference in Omaha April 21 and 22.  This is a technology conference.

Schuyler Elementary, Richland, Fisher’s and Pre-School staff will take part in a writing workshop on April 21.

The entire teaching staff will be engaged in an Instructional Skills Workshop through APL Associates on April 26th & 27th and May 23rd & 24th.

In this workshop, staff will learn about:

  • Increased student time on task.
  • Improved student behavior.
  • Improved student performance.
  • Insights into and options for classroom organization.
  • Motivation of students.
  • Classroom management techniques that work.

There will also be a Leadership Blueprint workshop May 25th and 26th at the Benedictine Center put on by the Flippen Group.

Special Education Director Report:   Mrs. Vrba

First and foremost, I want to sincerely thank everyone for assisting me through my first year being SCS's Director of Special Education! It has been a huge learning curve and a whirlwind of new paperwork along with numerous peaks and valleys!  But your support has been priceless so thank you for that!!

We have been extremely busy with testing, paperwork/reports, IFSPs, IEPs, trainings...but the most exciting task right now, is planning for the 2016-2017 school year!! Our goal is to give SCS's Special Education Programs a "shot of rejuvenation and an innovative new look"!!

Discussion:  At this point in the school year students with truancy issues now make up time in Saturday school and on Fridays after 1:30 pm. The summer athletic calendar is near completion and camp forms will be available on the school web site. U.S. Cellular, in cooperation with the NSAA on promoting athletics will award the SCS Athletic Department the sum of $250. In addition to six new Clubs being added to the Summer Program at SES, we also have partnered with Discovery Education to bring a true STEM experience program for Middle School Students. SPED teachers from SCS will be visiting other area schools to observe the SPED Departments.
Attachments:
V.C. Superintendent's Report
Rationale: 

1.  Prom Invitation

April 11, 2016

Dear SCS Board Member or Leadership Team Member:

On behalf of the Junior Class at Schuyler Central High School, I would like to cordially invite you to join us for the Junior-Senior Prom on Saturday, April 23, at the Historic Oak Ballroom.  Dinner will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the dance at 8:00 p.m.  You and your spouse/guest have a meal choice of salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, corn, dinner roll and salad or chicken alfredo, corn, garlic bread and salad.  Meals will come with a cupcake for desert.

Please indicate your meal choice below with the number of meals and return this form to John Sayer with your payment.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.  We would like to finalize the number of people dining by Friday, April 15.  If you could please return your request and payment by that date, I will greatly appreciate it.  Thank you.

Jill Sorsen, Junior Class Sponsor

_____Salisbury Steak $12.00                   _____Chicken Alfredo $12.00

Name(s) of those attending: ______________________________________________

Make checks payable to SCS.  Drop off at the Principal’s Office or Mail to:  John Sayer, 401 Adam St., Schuyler, NE  68661

2. School Improvement Grant:  Dave Gibbons received information that we are eligible to apply for a school improvement grant for the high school.  We were in the top 3 last year, and Omaha and Lincoln were both awarded grant applications in that round.  This is possibly the last application cycle and the requirement to replace the principal does not apply if the principal has been in the position for a year or less.

Discussion:  SCS will reapply for a SIG Grant again this year. The deadline is June 15. All school board members are invited to attend the Junior-Senior Prom to be held April 23.
Attachments:
V.D. Board Member/Committee Reports
Rationale: 

SCHUYLER COMMUNITY SCHOOLS FOUNDATION

MEETING 04/04/2016 @ 12:00- 1:00 pm

@ SCHUYLER MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFERENCE ROOM

Membership:  Lumir Jedlicka-Treasurer, Brian Vavricek- President, Virginia Semerad- Secretary, Joyce Baumert, Sandy Seckman- Vice President, Victor Lopez, and Dan Hoesing

Guests             -Tiffany Cone – Chamber Executive Director              

                      -Kem Cavanah – Economic Development Coordinator

-Shelley Friesz –shelley.friesz@schuylercommunityschools.org – 402-352-3527 Ext 216

Foundation Assistant      

-Sheri Balak – sheribalak@gmail.com – Alumni Honors consultant  

Vision:  To support the enrichment of educational programs and student life experiences

Goals:  -To promote education in Schuyler Community Schools

           -Conduct feasibility study on possible new construction at high school building 

Secretary Report/Minutes – Review and Approve (refer minutes emailed by Shelley Friesz – March 7, 2016)

 Treasurer’s Report – Balance as of 04/04/2016 $____________________

New Business:

·     Jeff Droge and Kady Arps speak about websites

·     Sheri Balak to present an application for funding  

Committee Reports:

·     Labor Day:  Brian, Victor & Sandy

·     Scholarship:  Sandy, Lumir

  • Education:Lumir &Brian

·     PR/ Communications: Dan, Sandy, Sheri & Virginia      

·     Alumni Honors Committee- Joyce & Sheri    

·    Mission Statement & Goals updated- Joyce, Sheri & Brian

·     Fundraising- Sandy & Holly

·     School Facilities- Dan, Joyce & Holly               

Next Meeting –May 2, 2016 @ 12:00 Noon @ Schuyler Middle School Conference Room

Discussion:  The SCS Foundation is in the process of creating an account with PayPal so donors can make donations online. Three Distinguished Alumni will be honored May 15 at a banquet to be held at the Schuyler Golf Club.
VI. Correspondence Items
VII. Adjournment
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to adjourn Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to adjourn Passed with a motion by Brian Vavricek and a second by Chuck Misek.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:18 PM.
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