February 11, 2019 at 6:30 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting
I. Call Meeting to Order
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
I.A. Pledge of Allegiance
Discussion: All present participated in the Pledge of Allegiance.
I.B. Declaration of Open Meeting
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 back of the meeting room.
Nebraska Open Meetings Act:http://nitc.nebraska.gov/documents/statutes/NebraskaOpenMeetingsAct_current.pdf
II. Approval of Consent Agenda
Discuss, Consider and Take Action on the consent agenda
Motion to approve the consent agenda Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Motion to approve the consent agenda Passed with a motion by Brian Vavricek and a second by Chuck Misek.
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
Rationale: Student Representative Report:
John Baylor visited the junior class and talked about the 19 grammar rules
Project S has finally decided on a date for their annual Team Building Day which is Saturday March 23rd
Up until the month of April, students will be taking ACT prep classes, allowing seniors an early out
IV. Action Items
IV.A. Governance: Public Relations, Technology, and Planning
This committee is responsible for recommending the annual district calendar, strategic planning process, technology, and promoting positive public relations and communications program.
IV.A.1. Consider, discuss, and take action to appoint a board member to serve the remainder of a two-year term of office.
Rationale: Board Member Selection Process:
1. Applications from two candidates will be submitted to each board member in a sealed envelope.
2. Board members will read the applications
3. The board president may ask for discussion
4. The board president will call for each member to identify their selection
5. Motion and a second to appoint the candidate of choice
6. Roll call vote to approve the nomination
7. New board member will be contacted and sworn in at the March 11th meeting.
* The procedure outlined above is at the recommendation of the board's legal council. This ensures that all action on this appointment was made in a public setting and in compliance with the circumstances outlined below.
Creating a Vacancy on the Board. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 32-560 sets forth ten circumstances that cause a vacancy in an elective office. It states:
Every elective office shall be vacant, except as provided in section 32-561, upon the happening of any one of the following events at any time before the expiration of the term of such office:
(1) Resignation of the incumbent; (2) Death of the incumbent; (3) Removal of the incumbent from office; (4) Decision of a competent tribunal declaring the office of the incumbent vacant; (5) Incumbent ceasing to be a resident of the state, district, county, township, or precinct in which the duties of his or her office are to be exercised or for which he or she may have been elected; (6) Failure to elect at an election when there is no incumbent to continue in office until his or her successor is elected and qualified;
(7) The candidate who received the highest number of votes is ineligible, disqualified, deceased, or for any other reason unable to assume the office for which he or she was a candidate; (8) Forfeiture of office as provided by law; (9) Conviction of a felony or of any public offense involving the violation of the oath of office of the incumbent; or (10) Incumbent of a high elective office assuming another elective office as provided in subsections (2) through (4) of section 32-604. Section 32-561 Is Not Applicable. Section 32-561 deals with the acceptance of a commission to any military or naval office or the enlistment in or induction in the military or naval service of the United States that may require an incumbent in an elective office, except the office of a member of the Legislature, to exercise military or naval duties within or without the state for a period time within the term for which such person has been elected or appointed. Manner of Selecting a New Member. The statutes governing the replacement of board members give the board of education considerable discretion. Essentially, the board may proceed in the manner that the board members think will be in the district's best interest. Many boards of education solicit applications and then interview the applicants about their knowledge and interests in order to determine which of them would be the best addition to the board. Obligation to Appoint a New Member. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 32-570(3), governs class II, III, IV, V and VI school districts. It requires the board of education to appoint a new board member to fill a board vacancy, and states: (3) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, a vacancy in the membership of a school board of a Class II, III, IV, V, or VI school district resulting from any cause other than the expiration of a term shall be temporarily filled by appointment of a qualified registered voter by the remaining members of the board. A registered voter shall be nominated at the next primary election and elected at the following general election for the remainder of the unexpired term. A registered voter appointed or elected pursuant to this subsection shall meet the same requirements as the member whose office is vacated. Though § 32-570(3) does not specify any particular time within which the board must fill the vacancy, § 32-570(5) provides for filling the vacancy at a special school district meeting or election if the board fails to fill the vacancy. Though it does not apply to school districts, some guidance may be taken from § 32-567 which requires that vacancies in most other political subdivisions be filled within 45 days unless there is good cause to take longer or filling the vacancy within 45 days would pose an undue burden. Section 32-570(4) deals with school districts in which board candidates are not nominated at a primary election or elected at a general election. Therefore, it is not relevant to this consideration. Length of Appointee's Term. The newly appointed board members will serve until replacements can be nominated at the next primary election and elected at the general election. Replacements can be nominated at the 2008 primary election and elected at the 2008 general election; thus, the appointees’ terms will end on the first Thursday after the first Tuesday in January, 2009. Public Meetings Law. In filling a vacancy, the board must first determine the method for identifying candidates to be considered for appointment. In this regard, be mindful that § 84-1410 of the Public Meetings Law prohibits the board from going into executive session to discuss this topic. It states: Nothing in this section shall permit a closed meeting for discussion of the appointment or election of a new member to a public body.
Motion to accept the appointment of _____________ to fill the two-year term of office for the Schuyler Community Schools Board of Education. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Motion to accept the appointment of Alejandrina Lanuza to fill the two-year term of office for the Schuyler Community Schools Board of Education. Passed with a motion by Brian Vavricek and a second by Virginia Semerad.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
IV.B. Americanism: Curriculum, Assessment, and Instructional Programs
This committee is responsible for reviewing curriculum recommendations, textbook selection, requisitions/inventory, and instructional programs.
IV.B.1. Consider, discuss, and take action to approve the contract with Central Nebraska Rehabilitation Services for physical and occupational therapy services.
Rationale: This is a contract renewal with Central Nebraska Rehabilitation Services for physical and occupational therapy services. The rates are as approved by the Nebraska Department of Education for reimbursable services.
This year Central Nebraska Rehabilitation Services is offering a one and three year contract option. The three-year contract is offered at a discount of $2.00 per hour below the state approved rate. See attached information.
1. Motion to approve the 1-year contract renewal with Central Nebraska Rehabilitation Services for physical and occupational services.
2. Motion to approve the 3-year contract renewal with Central Nebraska Rehabilitation Services for physical and occupational services. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Motion to approve the 1-year contract renewal with Central Nebraska Rehabilitation Services for physical and occupational services. Passed with a motion by Richard Brabec and a second by Chuck Misek.
IV.C. Budget, finance, negotiations, and personnel
This committee is responsible for budget, finance, and contract negotiations with administration, certificated staff, and support staff.
IV.C.1. Consider, discuss and take all necessary action with regard to the construction manager at risk agreement between the School District and Hausmann Construction, Inc., for the proposed additions and renovations to the existing Schuyler Central High School building project.
Attached are the draft copies of the Contracts with Hausmann Construction , In. as construction manager at risk. See the two attached documents:
1. General Conditions of the Contract for Construction Agreement
2. Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Construction Manager as Contractor (Basis of payment is Cost of the Work Plus a Fee with a Guaranteed Maximum Price)
We will get signed final copies prior to the meeting on Monday.
Motion to approve the construction manager at risk agreement between the School District and Hausmann Construction, Inc., for the proposed additions and renovations to the existing Schuyler Central High School building project. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Motion to approve the construction manager at risk agreement between the School District and Hausmann Construction, Inc., for the proposed additions and renovations to the existing Schuyler Central High School building project. Passed with a motion by Brian Vavricek and a second by Chuck Misek.
IV.C.2. Consider, discuss, and take action to approve staff resignations as presented.
Rationale: 1. Scott Anderson: ITE Teacher @ SCHS
2. Rory Wendelin: Social Studies Teacher @ SCHS
3. Jan Kracl: ELL Teacher @ SCHS (Retirement)
4. Evie Sintek: SES Teacher
5. Briana Orellana: SES Teacher
Motion to approve staff resignations, thank them for their service to the district, and wish Mrs. Jan Kracl well in her retirement. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Motion to approve staff resignations, thank them for their service to the district, and wish Mrs. Jan Kracl well in her retirement. Passed with a motion by Mynor Hernandez and a second by Virginia Semerad.
IV.C.3. Consider, discuss, and take action to approve new hire recommendations as presented.
Rationale: 1. Jonelle Simon: SES (Dual Language) Para Educator 2. Susana Oliva: SES Para Educator 3. Jason Ankrah: Strength and Conditioning Coordinator and Head Football Coach (2019-20)
Motion to approve new hire recommendations as presented. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Motion to approve new hire recommendations as presented. Passed with a motion by Richard Brabec and a second by Brian Vavricek.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
IV.C.4. Consider, discuss, and take action to approve 2019-20 administrative contracts as presented.
Rationale: The board negotiations team met to review the administrative array comparability study and determine their recommendation for principal and director salaries for the 2019-20 school year. See attached recommendation.
Motion to approve the 2019-20 principal and director contracts as presented. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Motion to approve the 2019-20 principal and director contracts as presented. Passed with a motion by Virginia Semerad and a second by Mynor Hernandez.
SMS Assistant Principal’s Report: Mr. Zavadil Program Spotlight: This month I want to recognize the work of our Middle School FCCLA program that is getting it’s start with the work of some outstanding students under our new FCS teacher Ms. Folda. This is a great program that gives an opportunity to students outside of the athletic arena!
Staff Member Spotlight: Mr. Gutierrez, Middle School Industrial Tech Teacher. Mr. Gutierrez has always gone above and beyond to be helpful with whatever is necessary. He has helped with Saturday School, runs the School Improvement team meetings, drives bus, runs an afterschool program club, coaches multiple sports, and essentially will do whatever you ask. He is an outstanding asset to Schuyler Community Schools!
Afterschool Director’s Report: Ms. Bebout Program/Staff Member Spotlight: Guadalupe Encarnacion is the middle school after-school program coordinator for Warrior Academy. Guadalupe has been with the after-school program since it began five years ago. She does an excellent job engaging youth in the program. Students like coming to club as she makes them feel safe and wanted in the program. Guadalupe has been essential in getting clubs that the students love to attend! The program is a success because of Guadalupe!
Guadalupe moved to Schuyler from Mexico when she was three years old and has lived in Schuyler since then. She is married to Victor Bello and has two children; her daughter Marely who is 8 and her son Julian who is 3 years old. After graduating from Schuyler High School she worked at Homestead Bank for 6 years as a vault teller. She has been the middle school coordinator for the last 5 years. Thank you Guadalupe for all of your hard work and dedication to our program!
Special Education Director’s Report: Mrs. Vrba
Program Spotlight: At the crack of dawn on Tuesday, January 30th, I jetted off to the CEC 2019 Conference in Indianapolis. (We only had a few weather delays due to snow and ice.) On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to spend the whole day in class with Marilyn Friend. SES's co-teaching partnerships began to implement her co-teaching model in our classrooms this year. The morning class was centered around "Common Co-Teaching Challenges: There Are Ways to Address Them" while the afternoon class was entitled "From Start to Finish: Implementing Specially Designed Instruction in a Co-Taught Class". On Thursday afternoon, Marilyn granted me the opportunity to have a 2-hour period of time to work with her individually. On Thursday and Friday, I had the chance to attended 8 different sessions dealing with some "hot buttons" in Special Education currently. Saturday morning, my last class was "Practical Program Design for Behavioral Classrooms: Addressing Intensive Behavioral Needs". Besides getting the opportunity to work with Marilyn, my major highlight was attending the "YES I Can" Award Ceremony! Twelve outstanding children and young adults shared their stories of success! Award recipients were recognized in one of the six following categories: Academics, Arts, Self-Advocacy, School & Community Activities, Technology, and Transition. (Although landing at Eppley at midnight in the fog was breath-taking and just a little bit unnerving!) Staff Member Spotlight: Doreen has been a part of our special education team--in one way or another--for the last 17 years. She is continuously working to improve students' reading and math core instruction. Doreen's quest for "research based" interventions, techniques and/or programs is relentless. She will never ever quit on a student...he/she will master a skill and/or be a fluent reader and/or will be successful in his/her classroom. (I have shared with Doreen and others numerous times: that if one of my sons struggled in the school setting, I would definitely want Doreen as their teacher.) She always has her expectations set extremely high for each student. As a first-grade special education teacher, she ensures each child has a solid foundation before they start building his/her academic career. The qualities that I respect the most in Doreen are her determination, her empathy for struggling learners, her honesty, her never-ending hard work and her ability to celebrate with her kids even the smallest achieved task. (She makes her students feel like they won the Powerball!) Even though I tease Doreen when she gets a little overwhelmed by saying "just breathe", I know that a task will be done completely and accurately...she is the best!!
1. 2019 Legislative Session Bill Summary
2. 2019 Federal Legislation Report
Program/Staff Member Spotlight: I am spotlighting the outstanding job our administrative team does in leading, managing, and modeling professionalism, empathy, and courage. Over the past semester and over the past few weeks, our administrative team has been challenged to step up and take the lead in promoting a school bond, leading and being a change agent to improve programs, and demonstrate compassion, empathy, and strength to serve our staff in crisis situations. While these jobs aren't always recognized by the public, our staff, and students, their work is often the foundation for our school and our community to be able to move forward or make the changes necessary to deal with tough situations. Great leadership is often not recognized until it's absent. Thanks for all you do for our students, their parents, our staff, programs, and community.