Public Meeting Agenda: August 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM - Regular Board of Education Meeting

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August 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM - Regular Board of Education Meeting Agenda

August 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM - Regular Board of Education Meeting
1. Routine Business
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the minutes of the November 8, 2010 meeting
1.A. Call to Order
1.B. Invocation
Rationale:  Pastor Eric Lesher from First Lutheran Church will give the invocation.
1.C. Pledge of Allegiance
Attachments:
1.D. Roll Call
1.E. Public Participation
Rationale:  This is the portion of the meeting that is set aside for public participation.  If anyone wishes to speak to an item that is not on the agenda, they should identify themselves at this time.  Our guideline is to allow 5 minutes per individual or 20 minutes per group.  If anyone wishes to speak to an item that is on the agenda, they may do so when that item is being discussed.  This is an open, public meeting and a copy of the Open Meetings Law is posted in this room.
1.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.
2. Presentations
2.A. Recognition of HOSA National Winners
Rationale:  Some Kearney High School HOSA members attended the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Ca., June 19-26.  Rachel Buss and Natalia Benavides attended, accompanied by advisor Kathy Gifford.

Rachel and Natalia both served as voting delegates for Nebraska and were involved in interviewing and selecting the national officers for 2011-12.  Natalia also competed in extemporaneous speaking.  Her topic was related to health and teens.  In HOSA, they recognized the top 10 competitors in any event and then give medals to the top 3.  Natalia received 3rd place in the nation.  Kearney High's Chapter also received recognition for their HOSA Week activities based on the report sent in by Farah Imtiaz. 

We will recognize these HOSA winners at the August 8, 2011 meeting.
2.B. Recognition of FCCLA National Winners
Rationale:  Some FCCLA members from Kearney High School attended the National FCCLA Leadership Meeting in Anaheim, CA., July 8-14.  Members attending were Rachel Buss, Wyatt Behn, Kellie Warren, Araceli Hernandez, Ann Holen, Emelie Berke, Jordan Corder, Agrini Boken, Jaci Heineman, Sydney Tillotson, and Rachel Kermmoade, with advisor Kathy Gifford and parent Trish Holen. 

Rachel Buss, Wyatt Behn, Kellie Warren, Araceli Hernandez, Ann Holen, and Emelie Berke competed in parliamentary procedure and received a gold.  Jordan Corder and Agrini Boken competed in chapter showcase and received a gold.  Jaci Heineman competed in career investigation and received a gold.  Sydney Tillotson competed in recycle redesign and received a gold. 

We will recognize these national winners at the August 8, 2011 Board of Education meeting.
2.C. Presentation of Preliminary Budget for 2011-2012
Rationale:  Mr. Nelson will present the Board of Education with the preliminary budget for the Kearney Public Schools for the 2011-2012 school year.
2.D. Construction Update
Rationale:  George Volz from CPM will report to the Board of Education on progress made on the various construction projects in the district. 
3. 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 Kyle Harshbarger and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
3.A. Approval of the Minutes of the July 11, 2011 Regular Meeting, as presented.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the minutes of the July 11, 2011 regular Board of Education meeting, as presented.
3.B. Approval of the August claims, as presented.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the June claims, as presented.
3.C. Approval of the August financial reports, as presented
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the June Financial Reports, as presented.
3.D. Approval of Change Orders B-005 and P-007
Rationale:  Change Order B-005 is being presented for approval for the Bryant School addition and renovation project.  This Change Order contains 8 items:

1.    The addition of $2,473.00 for removal of part of the existing foundation that was discovered after the project was underway.
2.    The addition of $1,828.00 for cement-based material to add to the poor soil to reinforce the new concrete sidewalks.
3.    A reduction of $690.00 for the elimination of a mop sink in janitor's closet J-105.
4.    The addition of $244.00 for a new support column in a new location in kindergarten room 107.
5.    The addition of $2,968.00 to replace carpet in Room 111 due to the need for asbestos abatement in the floor beneath the carpet.
6.    The addition of $2,345.00 to remove a wall and installed an appropriate sized door for the mechanical room to allow the placing of a heat pump in the room.
7.    The addition of $1,066.00 to construct a new wall to conceal the former exterior of the south wall of the new vestibule area.
8.    The addition of $1,255.00 to upgrade the LPB electrical panel to handle mixed phase loads.

The total cost of Change Order B-005 is $11,489.00 for the Bryant addition and renovation project.

Change Order P-007 is being presented for approval for the Park Elementary School addition and renovation project and includes the following 4 items:

1.    The addition of $3,322.00 for dry marker and tack board to four rooms.
2.    The addition of $1,386.00 to prep and paint the existing metal door frames.
3.    The addition of $4,113.00 to maintain the ceiling height adjacent to the operable wall in the dining area and then building a bulkhead to transition down to the new ceiling height for the length of the dining room.
4.    A reduction of $250.00 to not paint the clay tile walls in the main mechanical room.

The total cost of Change Order P-007 is $8,571.00 for the Park addition and renovation project.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the following Change Orders: Change Order B-005 is being presented for approval for the Bryant School addition and renovation project. This Change Order contains 8 items: 1. The addition of $2,473.00 for removal of part of the existing foundation that was discovered after the project was underway. 2. The addition of $1,828.00 for cement-based material to add to the poor soil to reinforce the new concrete sidewalks. 3. A reduction of $690.00 for the elimination of a mop sink in janitor's closet J-105. 4. The addition of $244.00 for a new support column in a new location in kindergarten room 107. 5. The addition of $2,968.00 to replace carpet in Room 111 due to the need for asbestos abatement in the floor beneath the carpet. 6. The addition of $2,345.00 to remove a wall and installed an appropriate sized door for the mechanical room to allow the placing of a heat pump in the room. 7. The addition of $1,066.00 to construct a new wall to conceal the former exterior of the south wall of the new vestibule area. 8. The addition of $1,255.00 to upgrade the LPB electrical panel to handle mixed phase loads. The total cost of Change Order B-005 is $11,489.00 for the Bryant addition and renovation project. Change Order P-007 is being presented for approval for the Park Elementary School addition and renovation project and includes the following 4 items: 1. The addition of $3,322.00 for dry marker and tack board to four rooms. 2. The addition of $1,386.00 to prep and paint the existing metal door frames. 3. The addition of $4,113.00 to maintain the ceiling height adjacent to the operable wall in the dining area and then building a bulkhead to transition down to the new ceiling height for the length of the dining room. 4. A reduction of $250.00 to not paint the clay tiles walls in the main mechanical room. The total cost of Change Order P-007 is $8,571.00 for the Park addition and renovation project.
3.E. Second Reading Approval of New and Revised Board Policies and Rules
Rationale:  The Board of Education gave first reading approval to a number of new or revised Board Policies and Rules at the July meeting.  Having received no additional comments regarding these documents, we will present them for second and final reading approval at the August 8, 2011 Board of Education meeting. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to give second and final reading approval to the following new and revised Board of Education policies and rules: Policy 4102.11/4202/11/5500.8/0320 (Anti-discrimination, Anti-harassment & Anti-retaliation) Rule 5100 (Attendance & Excessive Absenteeism) Policy 3203.1 (No Child Left Behind & Federal Grant Programs) Policy & Rule 6214/0400 (Curriculum-Assessments) Policy 1334 (Use of Service Animals) Rule 5500.1 (Health) Policy & Rule 5500.3 (Communicable/Infectious Diseases) Policy 5000.2 (Exempt Schools) Policy 5300.3 (Student Graduation) 6211 (Parent/Community Involvement)
3.F. Approval of Elementary Parent Handbook, Horizon Middle School Student Handbook, Sunrise Middle School Student Handbook, and Kearney High School Student Handbook, as presented
Rationale:  We have attached copies of the Elementary Parent Handbook, Middle School Student Handbooks, and the High School Student Handbook, for the 2011-2011 school year, for Board of Education approval.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the Elementary Parent Handbook, Sunrise Middle School Student Handbook, Horizon Middle School Student Handbook, and Kearney High School Student Handbook, for the 2011-2012 school year, as presented.
3.G. Set Monday, September 12, 2011 as the date for conducting the annual budget hearing, and the regular meeting of the Board of Education for the purpose of adopting the budgets for the 2011-2012 school year, at 7:00 P.M., to be held in the Cope Presentation Room at Sunrise Middle School.
Rationale:  Each year, the Board of Education must set the date for the annual budget hearing for the school district.  We will recommend that the date of Monday, September 12, 2011 be set for the annual budget hearing and regular meeting of the Board of Education for the purpose of adopting the budgets for the 2011-2012 school year, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the Cope Presentation Room at Sunrise Middle School, 4611 Ave. N, Kearney, Ne. 68847.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to set the date of Monday, September 12, 2011 for the annual budget hearing and regular meeting of the Board of Education for the purpose of adopting the budgets for the 2011-2012 school year, beginning at 7:00 P.M. to be held in the Cope Presentation Room at Sunrise Middle School, 4611 Ave. N, Kearney, Ne. 68847.
4. Regular Agenda
4.A. Personnel -
4.A.I. Acceptance of Resignations
Rationale:  We have received letters of resignation from Rochelle Jensen, 1st grade teacher at Park Elementary School; and Charles Foster, Personal Skills Development Class teacher at Kearney High School. We will recommend that the Board accept these resignations.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the resignations of Rochelle Jensen, 1st grade teacher at Park Elementary School; and Charles Foster, Personal Skills Development Class teacher at Kearney High School; with regret, contingent upon the school district securing a suitable replacement.
Action(s):
Move to accept the resignations of Rochelle Jensen, 1st grade teacher at Park Elementary School; and Charles Foster, Personal Skills Development Class teacher at Kearney High School; with regret, contingent upon the school district securing a suitable replacement. Passed with a motion by Doug McCarty and a second by Rosemary Northwall.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
4.A.II. Approval of Employment Recommendations
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to approve the employment of the following teaching staff for the 2011-2012 school year:

Ashley Saulsbury        MS, Step 2        1st grade teacher at Park Elementary School
(pending release from her current contract)
Melanie Dostal            MA, Step 6        .50 FTE resource teacher
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to employ the following teaching staff for the 2011-2012 school year: Ashley Saulsbury,MS,Step 2,1st grade at Park Elementary School (pending release from her current contract)& Melanie Dostal,MA,Step 6,.50 FTE resource teacher.
Action(s):
Move to employ the following teaching staff for the 2011-2012 school year: Ashley Saulsbury,MS,Step 2,1st grade at Park Elementary School (pending release from her current contract)& Melanie Dostal,MA,Step 6,.50 FTE resource teacher. Passed with a motion by Tim Higgins and a second by Doug McCarty.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
4.A.III. Approval of Contract Adjustment for Virginia Unick
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to approve a contract adjustment for Virginia Unick from .50 FTE SPED resource teacher to 1.00 FTE Personal Development Skillls teacher at Kearney High School, as a result of the vacancy in that position with the resignation of Charles Foster.  This contract adjustment would be effective for the 2011-2012 school year.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve a contract adjustment for Virginia Unick from .50 FTE SPED resource teacher to 1.00 FTE Personal Development Skills teacher at Kearney High School, effective the 2011-2012 school year.
Action(s):
Move to approve a contract adjustment for Virginia Unick from .50 FTE SPED resource teacher to 1.00 FTE Personal Development Skills teacher at Kearney High School, effective the 2011-2012 school year. Passed with a motion by Doug McCarty and a second by Kyle Harshbarger.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
4.B. Miscellaneous -
4.B.I. First Reading Approval of New & Revised Special Education Policies & Rules
Rationale:  Our legal counsel has provided us with new and revised special education policies and rules in accordance with Rule 51.  Several policies have been revised, and five policies have been added that address:  Access to Instructional Materials, Over-Identification and Disproportionality, Prohibition on Mandatory Medication,  Surrogates and Transportation.  These policy statements have been abbreviated to give school districts more flexibility in implementing them.  Policy 6500 is the general policy regarding special education compliance and these policies follow the sequence of NDE's "District Checklist of School District Special Education Policies, Procedures, and Practices for Part B of the IDEA that we are required to submit each year. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to give first reading approval to the following new and revised Board of Education policies and rules regarding special education, as presented: Policy 6500 (Implementation and Interpretation of Special Education Policies); Policy 6500.1 (Free Appropriate Public Education); Policy 6500.2 (Full Educational Opportunity Goal); Policy & Rule 6500.4 (Access to Instructional Materials); Policy & Rule 6500.5 (Prohibition on Mandatory Medication); Policy 6501 (Identification of Students with Disabilities: Child Find); Policy 6501.1 (Identification, Evaluation and Verification); Policy & Rule 6501.7 (Over-Identification and Disproportionality); Policy 6504 (Transition from Early Intervention Services to Preschool Programs); Policy 6505 (Participation in District-wide Assessments); Policy 6506 (Least Restrictive Environment); Policy 6507 (Children in Non-Public Schools); Policy 6508 (Procedural Safeguards); Policy 6508.7 (Surrogates); Policy 6509 (Transportation)and Policy 6511 (Disciplinary Action for Special Education Students).
Action(s):
Move to give first reading approval to the following new and revised Board of Education policies and rules regarding special education, as presented: Policy 6500 (Implementation and Interpretation of Special Education Policies); Policy 6500.1 (Free Appropriate Public Education); Policy 6500.2 (Full Educational Opportunity Goal); Policy & Rule 6500.4 (Access to Instructional Materials); Policy & Rule 6500.5 (Prohibition on Mandatory Medication); Policy 6501 (Identification of Students with Disabilities: Child Find); Policy 6501.1 (Identification, Evaluation and Verification); Policy & Rule 6501.7 (Over-Identification and Disproportionality); Policy 6504 (Transition from Early Intervention Services to Preschool Programs); Policy 6505 (Participation in District-wide Assessments); Policy 6506 (Least Restrictive Environment); Policy 6507 (Children in Non-Public Schools); Policy 6508 (Procedural Safeguards); Policy 6508.7 (Surrogates); Policy 6509 (Transportation)and Policy 6511 (Disciplinary Action for Special Education Students). Passed with a motion by Kyle Harshbarger and a second by Rosemary Northwall.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
4.B.II. Name Former Kenwood Elementary School Facility - "Kearney Education Center"
Rationale:  Dr. Maher will propose that the Board of Education approve the name of "Kearney Education Center" for the former Kenwood Elementary School Building, effective the 2011-2012 school year.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to name the former Kenwood Elementary School Building - "Kearney Education Center", effective the 2011-2012 school year.
Action(s):
Move to name the former Kenwood Elementary School Building - "Kearney Education Center", effective the 2011-2012 school year. Passed with a motion by Tim Higgins and a second by Doug McCarty.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
4.B.III. Move to Closed Session
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to move to closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel matters.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel matters.
Action(s):
Move to closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel matters. Passed with a motion by Doug McCarty and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
4.B.IV. Return to Open Session
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to return to open session
4.B.V. Adjournment
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to adjourn the meeting
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