Public Meeting Agenda: January 9, 2017 at 5:30 PM - Regular Monthly Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education

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January 9, 2017 at 5:30 PM - Regular Monthly Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education Agenda

January 9, 2017 at 5:30 PM - Regular Monthly Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education
1. Routine Business -
1.A. Call to Order
1.B. Pledge of Allegiance
1.C. Welcome New Board Member
Rationale:  We will welcome newly-elected Board of Education member, Kathy Gifford.
1.D. Oath of Office
Rationale: 

We will administer the Oath of Office to newly-elected Board member, Kathy Gifford; and re-elected Board members Angie Nickel and Tim Higgins.

1.E. Roll Call
1.E.I. Excuse Absent Board Member
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to excuse Board Member_____________ from the meeting.
1.F. Approval of Agenda
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the agenda for the meeting, as presented.
Action(s):
Move to approve the agenda for the meeting, as presented. Passed with a motion by Alex Straatmann and a second by Angela Nickel.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
1.G. Public Participation
Rationale:  This is the portion of the meeting agenda that is set aside for public participation.  If you wish to address an item that is not on the agenda, you should identify yourself at this time.  If you wish to address an item that is on the agenda, you may do so when that item is discussed.  The guideline is to allow 5 minutes per individual, or 20 minutes per topic.  This is an open, public meeting and a copy of the Open Meetings Act is posted in this room.
2. Reorganization of the Board of Education for 2017
2.A. President of the Board of Education for 2017
Rationale: 

We will entertain nominations for the office of President of the Board of Education for 2017.

Recommended Motion(s):  ___________moved to nominate_________for the office or President of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education for 2017. ____________seconded the motion. (Any other nominations at this time.) __________moved that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot for cast for__________. ____________seconded the motion.
2.B. Vice President of the Board of Education for 2017
Rationale:  We will entertain nominations for the office of Vice President of the Board of Education for 2017.
Recommended Motion(s):  __________moved to nominate__________for the office of Vice President of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education for 2017. __________seconded the motion. ____________moved that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for___________. ____________seconded the motion.
2.C. Secretary of the Board of Education for 2017
Rationale:  We will entertain nominations for the office of Secretary of the Board of Education for 2017.
Recommended Motion(s):  _________moved to nominate___________for the office of Secretary of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education for 2017. ___________seconded the motion. ____________moved that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for____________. ______________seconded the motion.
3. Presentations -
3.A. Recognition of Katie Mathews, 2017 "National Distinguished Principal" Representing Nebraska
Rationale:  Katie Mathews, Park Elementary School principal, has been named the 2017 "National Distinguished Principal" representing Nebraska by the Nebraska Council of School Administrators.  Mrs. Mathews was given this distinction at the Principals' Conference on Friday, December 9th at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.  She will join the honorees from other states in Washington, D,C. for a dinner hosted by the State Department and a formal awards dinner October 12-13, 2017.
3.B. Recognition of Sue Springer for "Music Educator of the Year" Award
Rationale:  Sue Springer, music teacher at Sunrise Middle School, has been selected to receive the "Music Educator of the Year" Award by the Nebraska Music Educators' Association. 
3.C. Announcement of "School Board Recognition Week" in Nebraska, January 22-28, 2017
Rationale:  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has declared January 22-28, 2017 as "School Board Recognition Week" in the state.  There are over 1,700 volunteers who make up the Boards of Education for Nebraska's Public Schools and ESUs.
4. Consent Agenda -
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the items on the Consent Agenda, as presented.
Action(s):
Move to approve the items on the Consent Agenda, as presented. Passed with a motion by Alex Straatmann and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
4.A. Approval of Minutes of the December 12, 2016 Regular Board of Education Meeting
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the minutes of the December 12, 2016 regular Board of Education meeting, as presented
4.B. Approval of the January Claims
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the January claims, as presented.
4.C. Approval of the January Financial Reports
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the January financial reports, as presented.
4.D. Approval of the KHS Close-Up Program Trip to Washington, D.C.,
Rationale: 

Kearney High School has resumed its participation in the Close-Up Program, an interactive education program to observe our federal government in action.  This program has been in existence since 1971 and has served over 25,000 students and teachers.  The curriculum is aligned with our state standards and Common Core.  The students would raise their own money for the trip. The cost is estimated at $1,750 to $1,850 per students but Close-Up has received a grant that provides one high school in each state with a $350 discount per student and KHS has been chosen to receive that funding in Nebraska.

The trip will occur _______________________ and they students will be accompanied by_____________________.

Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the KHS Close-Up Program trip to Washington, D.C.,________________ with no direct cost incurred by the school district.
4.E. Acceptance of Glenwood Community Organization Annual Self-Audit Report for the 2015-2016 School Year
Rationale:  The GCO has presented its annual self-audit report for the 2015-2016 school year for Board of Education review and acceptance.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the Glenwood Community Organization annual self-audit report for the 2015-2016 school year, as presented.
4.F. Approval of Check Signing Authority for 2017
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to designate individuals with check signing authority in the school district for 2017.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the following check signing authority in the Kearney Public Schools for 2017 at Nebraskaland Bank - President and Secretary of the Board of Education, Mr. Chris Nelson, and Ms. Meagan Kershner.
4.G. Rescind Action at the December 12, 2016 Board of Education Meeting to Set Monday, January 23, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. in the Whittier Conference Room for a Special, Retreat Meeting of the Board of Education; and set Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. in the Whittier Conference Room for a Special, Retreat Meeting of the Board of Education
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to rescind the action taken at the December 12, 2016 Board of Education to set Monday, January 23, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. in the Whittier Conference Room for a special, retreat meeting of the Board of Education; and set Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. in the Whittier Conference Room for a special, retreat meeting of the Board of Education.
5. Regular Agenda - Personnel
5.A. Acceptance of Retirement Resignations
Rationale:  We have received retirement resignation letters from Jim Jelkin, industrial technology teacher at Sunrise Middle School; Gary Stubbs, business teacher at Kearney High School; and Judy Witte, pre-school teacher at Kearney Education Center; effective the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the retirement resignations of Jim Jelkin, industrial technology teacher at Sunrise Middle School; Gary Stubbs, business teacher at Kearney High School; and Judy Witte, pre-school teacher at Kearney Education Center; with regret, effective the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
Action(s):
Move to accept the retirement resignations of Jim Jelkin, industrial technology teacher at Sunrise Middle School; Gary Stubbs, business teacher at Kearney High School; and Judy Witte, pre-school teacher at Kearney Education Center; with regret, effective the end of the 2016-2017 school year. Passed with a motion by Julie Agard and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6. Regular Agenda - Business
6.A. Approval of Sale of Building Lot
Rationale:  Kearney Public Schools has 8 construction technology house lots for sale near Sunrise Middle School.  We are recommending the sale of Lot 4 to Jason and Kara Longshore for the amount of $50,000.  The address of this lot is 1604 East 46th Street.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the purchase agreement with Jason and Kara Longshore for Lot 4 at 1604 East 46th Street in the amount of $50,000, and authorize Chris Nelson to sign all forms and documents to execute said sale.
Action(s):
Move to approve the purchase agreement with Jason and Kara Longshore for Lot 4 at 1604 East 46th Street in the amount of $50,000, and authorize Chris Nelson to sign all forms and documents to execute said sale. Passed with a motion by Julie Agard and a second by Mrs. Kathy Gifford.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
7. Regular Agenda - Miscellaneous
7.A. First Reading Approval of Revised Board Policy 5300.3 (Student Graduation)
Rationale:  Math and Social Studies clarifications are suggested in order to better align with Rule 10 by the Nebraska Department of Education.  A change to the Physical Education and Health graduation requirements is proposed in order to provide a more comprehensive program.  A change to the Information Technology graduation requirement is suggested in order to better align our Information Technology curriculum with state standards and to provide a more comprehensive program.  Changes are also suggested in the process of awarding diplomas to transfer students and students who have not completed required courses during the current year.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to give first reading approval to revised Board Policy 5300.3 (Student Graduation), as presented.
Action(s):
Move to give first reading approval to revised Board Policy 5300.3 (Student Graduation), as presented. Passed with a motion by Angela Nickel and a second by Mrs. Kathy Gifford.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
7.B. Board Committee Assignments for 2017
Rationale:  With the new year, we must designate Board of Education members for the various committees for 2017.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to appoint____________, __________, and____________to the Board Finance Committee; ___________, ____________, and_____________, to the Board Personnel/Curriculum-Americanism Committee; and ______________to the NSBA Advocacy Institute, for 2017.
Action(s):
Move to appoint____________, __________, and____________to the Board Finance Committee; ___________, ____________, and_____________, to the Board Personnel/Curriculum-Americanism Committee; and ______________to the NSBA Advocacy Institute, for 2017. Passed with a motion by Julie Agard and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
7.C. Closed Session
Rationale:  We will require a closed session at the conclusion of the meeting for the purpose of discussing teacher negotiations.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to closed session for the purpose of discussing teacher negotiations.
Action(s):
Move to closed session for the purpose of discussing teacher negotiations. Passed with a motion by Mrs. Kathy Gifford and a second by Julie Agard.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
7.D. Return to Open Session
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to return to open session.
7.E. Adjournment
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to adjourn the meeting.
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