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March 23, 2020 at 5:30 PM - Emergency Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education

Agenda
1. Routine Business -
1.A. Call to Order
1.B. Open Meetings Act Announcement
Rationale:  This is an open, public meeting and a copy of the Open Meetings Act is posted in this room.
1.C. Roll Call
1.D. 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 Ament agenxca to sswitch items 2A and 2C on the agneda. This motion, made by Mr. Jon Watts and seconded by Angela Nickel, Passed.
  • Drew Blessing: Yea
  • Kathy Gifford: Yea
  • Wendy Kreis: Yea
  • Angela Nickel: Yea
  • Alex Straatmann: Yea
  • Mr. Jon Watts: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
2. Regular Agenda -
2.A. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action with regard to an indefinite closure of school for the Kearney Public Schools due to the COVID-19 Virus
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to adopt the attached Resolution regarding indefinite closure of school for the Kearney Public Schools, due to the COVID-19 Virus.
Action(s):
Move to adopt the attached Resolution regarding indefinite closure of school for the Kearney Public Schools, due to the COVID-19 Virus. Alex - Clarify one thing is perception we are cancelleing school we are closing the buildings indefintiely and if it is safe for students to return to the buildings we would likely do so. We are not caneling school but our buildings. Important to say we are not cancelling school. We will continue wtih our mission to provide education. We will deal with promm and graduation will be dealt with wihht at the right time, but we have to make a decision know that is best for everyone. Drew - Agenda item and motion says clossure but not voting to close schools. Is that correct/ Kent - If approve this motion youo gdrant me to close educational facilities. if you want to take a second motion but is not necesary. Take all data from the Health Department, NDE and Governor can close schools but had not. The recommendation foro all schools as of this morning by Comm. of Ed. do have education continue but not in your physica flfaciliteis. This resolution to allow me as Supt. to take forward and authorize me to do that, but not without consultation. That may be for the rest of the year but maybe not. Curetnly we are under a two week closure so have to have continued authority for closure beyond that. Drew - Want to be clear Alex - With respect to the rsolution important to note narrowly tailoed and powers are narrow for the Supt. The Board will still meet and talk about it. Iimportant to note that we still retain our powers as a Board Let him make decisions a little mroe quickly. Mission of educating students will still go forward. Was question about SPED students. Are still work on plan to address their needs? Kent - Currently looking at all things necessary to move forward dat the end of this week. We are continually getting guidenace4 of what it would entail for SPED students. That guidance will be forthcoming and is a plan uner theoir IEP to receive services as well and no variance fro IEPs soon. Wendy - As we work throughh thisWe don't have the idrect answers tonight of how we are going to address students at the end of this week. Students and parents will be given that information. We are unable to do that today. Kent - This is our first step. Enact the Emergency Management Act resoltuion will aid us to bring forward plans for all students. Benefit the public to know at the end of this meeting we will present them our ideas and by the close of thisweek we would present to all stakeholders, staff, parents and students. and have pieces ready by the end of this week. Kathy - also to continually comm. with the Board. Plan now to have weekly Board committee meetings. Kent - At numersou tiems we have said conditions change continuallyand as recently as two hours ago, should they come forward with a recommendation themselves at Two Rivers and recommend not return to our physical premises would consult with Board and adhere to that as well. Jon - On page 2 where says stateue and how compare to our traditional Board policy. Kent p We would not go outside stateue or Board policy. You can't extend busdget but have to do other things within your budget to take from one account to another. Can't take out of General Fund and into Building Fund and this would not allow us to do that. If move from fund to fund in General Fund, you can't go out there and collect more taces.. If there is all of a sudden there is shelter in place when our pelld go out that would change and may require some budget amendement to give services differentioy. Drew - I think we have a good relationship with Dr. Edwards, I find certain pieces broad. Extend all polcies that impede implementation. Broad part causes me to pause. In some ways question whether necessary. Go verno has has given oppor to hold telconfereing. $80,000 in budget authority you have without Board approval. We talked about Board committee meetings but want decisions to be made in the public forum and provicde input. Kent - With Board committee mttings stay in contact and we should convene whehter we take any action but behove all of us notto convene a hmeeting every day or every other day. Should be anything defer from our noraml proactis in way fo stateus and polciies, we should convene another meeting with comes to closrue of schools and it is the Board who will determin whether we need to bring to full transparency. Alex - Ttwio weeks ago we mentioned we had a pandemic in plan and last weeek we suspended spring break. We find oruselves in a world wide pandemic crisis and try to prudent thigns we can to provide for education and for what we have to do moving forward. By passing this resolution to close facilities is to keep people safe and not a break from school and still move forward with our msision as aBoard or ssytem to educate our students. We waht to keep them home and healthy and whey good to bring back. Alex at the past meetg we paid emploeys. Do we need to pass anoteh resoltuion? Kent - No. This would give me authority to give compenstion to salary and waged employees and whether we will bring foarsrs. Alex - Act sagain. Kent - Could. Angie - I trust you to make good decison and you will communicate with us as needed. The public needs to know that we trust you as well. alex - Appreciate all the work that went into this. I now workign day and night on this. Apprecatie the Board Presient for keeping us informed. Kent 0 you have blessed me with a great team and have been working 7 days a wek. This motion, made by Alex Straatmann and seconded by Drew Blessing, Passed.
  • Drew Blessing: Yea
  • Kathy Gifford: Yea
  • Wendy Kreis: Yea
  • Angela Nickel: Yea
  • Alex Straatmann: Yea
  • Mr. Jon Watts: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
2.B. Discuss, consider, and take all necessary action to authorize a "Grab and Go" breakfast/lunch program at Bryant, Emerson, and Central Elementary Schools, beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to authorize a "Grab and Go" breakfast/lunch program at Bryant, Emerson, and Central Elementary Schools, beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Action(s):
Move to authorize a "Grab and Go" breakfast/lunch program at Bryant, Emerson, and Central Elementary Schools, beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Alex - Media plan inplace to alert people so we maintain social distancing, no crowdds and safe. Kent 0 We have had a summer feeding program in this district historically so in addition to electronic media we have a flyers will will put out to families. Our social workers and cousnelro siwll notify families. They will be distribguted at a certain time and they will not be allowed in the school. Alex - Even at 3 schools, open to any students K-12? Kent - Yes. Supposed to be distributed to students. some district open up to others, but we are not going to do othat. Alex - Even though at 3 schools open to all students. Kent - Important to clarify. Wendy - Summer progdrma open to anyone but this is students only? Kent - Yes. alex - Any plan for preschool students? Kent - They will be eligible. Alex - If KPS students can have lunch? Kent - Yes. Kathy - Our social works and during this time social workers have been w orking to deliver food to our students so taken care of this week. Kudos to them. Our food service director also works with food pantries. Thanks to community also. Kent - One reason why need approval by the Board remembering that we were on scheduled spring break and part of the emergency act allows up to being this progdram earlier. I 'm not allowed to do that until the Board approves. If coccurs in the future, we could avert having to have the Board approve it. If liong cloWith Board approval we can begin this Wednesday. Angie - As long as school is not in sessionor end of school year and then summer program kick in. Kent 0 Yes. Jon #1 qeustioin I recei ve. This motion, made by Drew Blessing and seconded by Angela Nickel, Passed.
  • Drew Blessing: Yea
  • Kathy Gifford: Yea
  • Wendy Kreis: Yea
  • Angela Nickel: Yea
  • Alex Straatmann: Yea
  • Mr. Jon Watts: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
2.C. Discuss, consider and take all necessary action to declare a local emergency under the Emergency Management Act due to the COVID-19 Virus
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to adopt the attached Resolution to declare a local emergency under the Emergency Management Act due to the COVID-19 virus, on behalf of the Kearney Public Schools.
Action(s):
Move to adopt the attached Resolution to declare a local emergency under the Emergency Management Act due to the COVID-19 virus, on behalf of the Kearney Public Schools. Wendy - Understand already been adoptee by the County and are asking us to do as well. Kent - Due to the fact that the President has declared a national emergendy and state emergecy by the Governor opens up for local entities to pass similar resolutions. Then gives us more flelxiblity to operate as individual school district. This motion, made by Alex Straatmann and seconded by Mr. Jon Watts, Passed.
  • Drew Blessing: Yea
  • Kathy Gifford: Yea
  • Wendy Kreis: Yea
  • Angela Nickel: Yea
  • Alex Straatmann: Yea
  • Mr. Jon Watts: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
3. Adjournment
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to adjourn the meeting.
Action(s):
Move to adjourn the meeting. This motion, made by Mr. Jon Watts and seconded by Angela Nickel, Passed.
  • Drew Blessing: Yea
  • Kathy Gifford: Yea
  • Wendy Kreis: Yea
  • Angela Nickel: Yea
  • Alex Straatmann: Yea
  • Mr. Jon Watts: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
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