Public Meeting Agenda: February 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM - Regular Board of Education Meeting

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February 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM - Regular Board of Education Meeting Agenda

February 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM - Regular Board of Education Meeting
1. 7:00 P.M. - Convene Public Hearing to Amend 2010-2011 Budget - Open Hearing - Discussion and Public Input - Close Hearing
Rationale:  We will require a public hearing prior to the regular Board of Education meeting to amend the budget for the Kearney Public Schools for the 2010-2011 school year from $53,317,691.00 to $55,317,691.00.
2. 7:10 P.M. - Routine Business
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the minutes of the November 8, 2010 meeting
2.A. Call to Order
2.B. Invocation
2.C. Pledge of Allegiance
Attachments:
2.D. Roll Call
2.E. Public Participation
Rationale:  This is the portion of the agenda that is set aside for public participation.  If anyone  would like to address an item that is not on the agenda, they should do so that this time.  If anyone would like to address an item that is on the agenda, they may do so when that item is discussed.  This is an open, public meeting and a copy of the Open Meetings Act is posted in this room.
2.F. Approval of Agenda
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the agenda for this evening's meeting as presented
Action(s):
Motion to approve the agenda for this evening's meeting as presented Passed with a motion by Tim Higgins and a second by Rosemary Northwall.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
3. Presentations
3.A. Recognition of Jack Anderson, Selected as Delegate for U.S. Senate Youth Program
Rationale:  Jack Anderson, a junior at Kearney High School, has been selected as a delegate to the 49th annual United States Senate Youth Program that will be held March 5-12, 2011 in Washington, D.C.  Jack is one of only two students chosen from Nebraska to be part of the group of 104 student delgates who will attend the program's 49th annual "Washington Week".  Jack is the first Kearney High School student to be chosen to participate in this program.
3.B. Recognition of Jacob Olson, 2010-2011 Gatorade "Nebraska Boys' Cross-Country Runner of the Year"
Rationale:  The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, announced on January 20, 2011 that Jacob Olson of Kearney High School has been named its 2010-2011 Gatorade "Nebraska Boys' Cross-Country Runner of the Year"  Jacob is the first student athlete at Kearney High School to be chosen for the award.  He is now a finalist for the Gatorade "National Boys' Cross-Country Runner of the Year" award. 
3.C. Recognition of Dave Klein, 2010-2011 NFHS "Outstanding Music Educator of the Year" for Nebraska
Rationale:  Dave Klein, orchestra instructor for the Kearney Public Schools, is the 2010-2011 National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) "Outstanding Music Educator of the Year" for Nebraska.  Mr. Klein was nominated by the NSAA to receive this award presented annually to the top nominee in each state based on outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic music programs.  This is the ninth year the NSAA has participated in the NFHS "Outstanding Music Educator Award" program.
3.D. Dell Presentation on IT Simplification Assessment
Rationale:  The Dell presentation by Martin Yarborough is in regard to the IT Simplification Assessment that Dell conducted for Kearney Public Schools last fall.  The purpose of the assessment was to determine the current status of our IT services and then provide direction for us to improve those services.  The assessment compared our IT to the industry standards.  The Dell plan provides us with a road map to reduce complexity in our IT services, while bringing our IT to the level of becoming a "best practices" organization.
3.E. Report from Board Committee on Naming of New North Elementary School
Rationale:  A committee of the Board of Education has received input from the public, students, and staff on suggestions for the naming of the new north elementary school in Kearney.  The committee has reviewed these suggested names and will report to the full Board of Education on their findings.
3.F. Federal Relations Network National Conference Report
Rationale:  Julie Agard will report on legislative activity at the federal level that was discussed at the Federal Relations Network National Conference in Washington, D.C., that she attended recently.
3.G. Legislative Update
Rationale:  Dr. Maher will report on recent legislative activity in the Nebraska Unicameral as it relates to education.
3.H. Follow-up Report of Topics Discussed at January 24th Board of Education Special Retreat Meeting
Rationale:  Dr. Maher will recap the topics discussed at the January 24th Board of Education special retreat meeting.
3.I. Construction Update
Rationale:  George Volz from CPM will report on the progress of the various construction projects in the school district.
4. Consent Agenda
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the items on the Consent Agenda, as presented
Action(s):
Motion to approve the items on the Consent Agenda, as presented Passed with a motion by Tim Higgins and a second by Doug McCarty.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
4.A. Approval of the minutes of the Regular January 10, 2011 Meeting and the Special January 24, 2011 Retreat Meeting, as presented.
4.B. Approval of the February Claims, as presented.
4.C. Approval of the February Financial Reports, as presented.
4.D. Approval of the Riverdale PTO Annual Self-Audit Report, as presented.
Rationale:  The Riverdale PTO has submitted its annual self-audit report for the 2009-2010 school year, for Board of Education approval.
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the Riverdale PTO annual self-audit report for the 2009-2010 school year, as presented.
4.E. Approval of the Park PAC Annual Self-Audit Report, as presented.
Rationale:  The Park Parent Advisory Committee has submitted its annual self-audit report for the 2009-2010 school year, for Board of Education approval.
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the Park PAC annual self-audit report for the 2009-2010 school year, as presented.
4.F. Approval of Stone School PTA Annual Self-Audit Report, as presented
Rationale:  The Stone Elementary School PTA has submitted its annual self-audit report for the 2009-2010 school year for Board of Education approval.
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the Stone School PTA Annual Self-Audit Report for the 2009-2010 school year, as presented.
4.G. Approval of Change Orders for Meadowlark and Park School Projects
Rationale: 

The Board of Education is being asked to approve Change Order #ML-005 for the Meadowlark School renovation and addition project.  The items in the change order are as follows:

1.    $4,544.00 to add sleeves under the new concrete paving and sidewalks on the
        north side of the building.  These sleeves will provide pathways for future
        irrigation piping and control wiring without disrupting work. 

2.    -$4,282.00 to use the existing doors and frames of the vestibules that 
        connect the new building.  The existing doors are very serviceable and reuse
        of the doors is desired. 

3.    $206.00 to add a wiring pathway for security monitoring of the exterior
        classroom door 413C.

4.    $526.00 for rough-ins and wiring for a SmartBoard in the music room that was
        not included in the original contract.  The SmartBoard is required in the music
        room to maintain the same standard in all of the three-unit music rooms.

The net result of these four changes is an additional $994.00 to the contract.

The Board of Education is being asked to approve Change Order #ML-006 for the Meadowlark Elementary School additon and renovation project.  The items in the Change Order are as follows:

1.    $250.00 to revise the structural steel to provide a "moment" connection. 

2.    $2,049.00 to upgrade the power panel.  To bring the panel into code compliance,
        a new set of main lugs and an enclosure were needed.

3.    $69.00 to purchase a drywall chase for classroom 409

4.    $2,174.00 to add a trench drain and modify the pavement on the west side of
        the handicapped parking area

The total of these four changes listed in Change Order ML-006 is $4,542.00.

The Board of Education is being asked to approve Change Order #P-001 for the Park Elementary School addition and renovation project.  The items on the change order are as follows:

1.    $5,265.00 to add automatic operators and a security access interface to the
        main entrance doors.

2.    $376.00 for a more robust electrical connection for the owner-supplied 
        dishwasher.

The total of the two changes on this P-001 Change Order is $5,641.00.

Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve Change Orders #ML-005 and #ML-006 for the Meadowlark Elementary School renovation and addition project; and Change Order #P-001 for the Park Elementary School renovation and addition project, as presented.
4.H. Approval of Temporary Substitute Employment for Donika Heineman
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to approve the temporary substitute employment of Donika Heineman at BA+9, Step 4 on the salary schedule, with said employment to begin on February 15, 2011 and end on May 19, 2011.
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the temporary substitute employment of Donika Heineman at BA+9, Step 4 on the salary schedule, with said employment to begin on February 15, 2011 and end of May 19, 2011.
5. Regular Agenda
5.A. Business
5.A.I. Approval of Wireless Network Bid
Rationale:  On December 21, 2010, bids were opened for a district-wide internal wireless network (Wireless LAN).  Twelve firms submitted proposals, but only 7 firms met the qualifications.  We will recommend that the Board of Education accept the low bid of
DirSec (Aerohive) of Denver, Colorado, with a system cost of $129,507.71 and a 3-year maintenance cost of $20,130.00, for a total cost of $149,637.71. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to accept the low bid of DirSec (Aerohive) for a district-wide internal wireless network (wireless LAN) for a total amount of $149,637.71.
Action(s):
Motion to accept the low bid of DirSec (Aerohive) for a district-wide internal wireless network (wireless LAN) for a total amount of $149,637.71. Passed with a motion by Julie Agard and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5.A.II. Adoption of the Amended Budget for the Kearney Public Schools for the 2010-2011 school year
Rationale:  The district is requesting to amend the 2010-2011 school year budget by $2,000,000.00 due to the receipt of additional federal funds.  This will increase the budget from $53,317,691.00 to $55,317.691.00.  This action will not impact the district tax levy. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to adopt the amended budget of the Kearney Public Schools for the 2010-2011 school year in the amount of $55,317,691.00.
Action(s):
Motion to adopt the amended budget of the Kearney Public Schools for the 2010-2011 school year in the amount of $55,317,691.00. Passed with a motion by Rosemary Northwall and a second by Doug McCarty.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
5.A.III. Authorization for the Sale of Bonds
Rationale:  The District is seeking to sell bonds totaling $16,195,000.00.  This is the second sale of bonds of the original $45 million bond issue.  This sale will provide the necessary funds for a period that represents the largest amount of construction expenses -April, 2011 to December, 2011.  A total of $13,615,000.00 in bond funds will remain after this sale.
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the resolution,as if read in its entirety,for the sale of the Series 2009 General Obligation Bonds, as presented and recommended by the administration, not to exceed the amount of $16,195,000.00.
Action(s):
Motion to approve the resolution,as if read in its entirety,for the sale of the Series 2009 General Obligation Bonds, as presented and recommended by the administration, not to exceed the amount of $16,195,000.00. Passed with a motion by Julie Agard and a second by Kyle Harshbarger.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5.B. Personnel -
5.B.I. Acceptance of Resignations
Rationale:  We have received a letter of resignation from Jennifer Klute, speech/language pathologist at Northeast Elementary School; and a letter of retirement resignation from Patty Lydiatt, 6th grade English teacher at Horizon Middle School; a letter of retirement resignation from Colleen Coram, Spanish teacher at Kearney High School.  a letter of retirement resignation from John Ward, counselor at Kearney High School; a letter of retirement resignation from Dr. Dave Townsend, Emerson School principal; a letter of retirement resignation from Lanna Randolph, 2nd grade teacher at Windy Hills Elementary School, a letter of retirement resignation from Connie Larsen, Special Education Director; a letter of retirement resignation from Ruth Ann VanVleet, counselor at Kearney High School; a letter of retirement resignation from Beth Bakensky, special education teacher at Northeast Elementary School; a letter of retirement resignation from Dwana Mues, speech/language pathologist at Bryant and Glenwood Elementary Schools; a letter of retirement resignation from Patricia Catterson, first grade teacher at Bryant Elementary School; a letter of retirement resignation from Cheryl Walker, counselor at Emerson and Meadowlark Elementary Schools; a letter of retirement resignation from Lyle Garrelts,4th grade teacher at Park Elementary School; and a letter of resignation from Lesa Clifford, speech/language pathologist at Meadowlark Elementary School.  These resignations are all effective the end of the 2010-2011 school year. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to accept the resignations of Jennifer Klute, speech/language pathologist at Northeast Elementary School; and Lesa Clifford, speech/language pathologist at Meadowlark Elementary School; and the retirement resignations of Patty Lydiatt, 6th grade English teacher at Horizon Middle School; Colleen Coram, Spanish teacher at Kearney High School; John Ward, counselor at Kearney High School; Dr. Dave Townsend, Emerson School principal; Lanna Randolph, 2nd grade teacher at Windy Hills Elementary School; Connie Larsen, Special Education Director; Ruth Ann VanVleet, counselor at Kearney High School; Beth Bahensky, special education teacher at Northeast Elementary School; Dwana Mues, speech/language pathologist at Bryant and Glenwood Elementary Schools; Patricia Catterson, first grade teacher at Bryant Elementary School; Cheryl Walker, counselor at Meadowlark and Emerson Elementary Schools; and Lyle Garrelts, 4th grade teacher at Park Elementary School; with regret, effective the end of the 2010-2011 school year.
Action(s):
Motion to accept the resignations of Jennifer Klute, speech/language pathologist at Northeast Elementary School; and Lesa Clifford, speech/language pathologist at Meadowlark Elementary School; and the retirement resignations of Patty Lydiatt, 6th grade English teacher at Horizon Middle School; Colleen Coram, Spanish teacher at Kearney High School; John Ward, counselor at Kearney High School; Dr. Dave Townsend, Emerson School principal; Lanna Randolph, 2nd grade teacher at Windy Hills Elementary School; Connie Larsen, Special Education Director; Ruth Ann VanVleet, counselor at Kearney High School; Beth Bahensky, special education teacher at Northeast Elementary School; Dwana Mues, speech/language pathologist at Bryant and Glenwood Elementary Schools; Patricia Catterson, first grade teacher at Bryant Elementary School; Cheryl Walker, counselor at Meadowlark and Emerson Elementary Schools; and Lyle Garrelts, 4th grade teacher at Park Elementary School; with regret, effective the end of the 2010-2011 school year. Passed with a motion by Tim Higgins and a second by Julie Agard.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
5.B.II. Approval of TERIP Stipend Requests
Rationale:  We have received requests for the Temporary Early Retirement Incentive Program stipend from Patty Lydiatt, Colleen Coram, Dr. Dave Townsend, Lanna Randolph, Connie Larsen, Ruth Ann VanVleet, Beth Bakensky, Pat Catterson, Dwana Mues, Cheryl Walker and Lyle Garrelts.  We will ask that the Board of Education approve these stipend requests. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the requests for the TERIP stipend from Patty Lydiatt, Colleen Coram, Dr. Dave Townsend, Lanna Randolph,Connie Larsen,Ruth Ann VanVleet,Beth Bahensky, Pat Catterson Dwana Mues,Cheryl Walker, and Lyle Garrelts,as presented.
Action(s):
Motion to approve the requests for the TERIP stipend from Patty Lydiatt, Colleen Coram, Dr. Dave Townsend, Lanna Randolph,Connie Larsen,Ruth Ann VanVleet,Beth Bahensky, Pat Catterson Dwana Mues,Cheryl Walker, and Lyle Garrelts,as presented. Passed with a motion by Rosemary Northwall and a second by Kyle Harshbarger.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
5.C. Miscellaneous
5.C.I. Approval of Slate of Names for New North Elementary School
Rationale:  We have solicited input from students, staff and the public regarding the naming of the new north elementary school currently under construction.  A board review committee has considered all of the proposed names and has narrowed the selection to two possible names.  The Board Committee will ask that the slate of two final choices be approved by the full Board and then be sent back to all students in the school district for a final vote.
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the slate of two names for the new north elementary school, and send the two choices back to the full student body of the school district for a final vote.
Action(s):
Motion to approve the slate of two names of Cottonwood and Buffalo Hills for the new north elementary school, and send the two choices back to the full elementary student body of the school district for a final vote. Passed with a motion by Kyle Harshbarger and a second by Doug McCarty.
Motion to approve the slate of two names of Cottonwood and Buffalo Hills for the new north elementary school, and send the two choices back to the full elementary student body of the school district for a final vote. Passed with a motion by Kyle Harshbarger and a second by Doug McCarty.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
5.C.II. Closed Session
Rationale:  We will require a closed session at the conclusion of the meeting to discuss negotiations and personnel matters.
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to move to closed session for the purpose of discussing negotiations and personnel matters.
5.C.III. Return to Open Session
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to return to open session.
5.C.IV. Adjournment
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to adjourn the meeting
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