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April 20, 2020 at 5:30 PM - Regular Monthly Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education

Agenda
1. Routine Business -
1.A. Call to Order
1.B. Pledge of Allegiance
1.C. Roll Call
1.C.I. Excuse Absent Board Member
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to excuse absent Board member_________from the meeting.
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. This motion, made by Alex Straatmann and seconded by Wendy Kreis, 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. Presentations -
2.A. Facilities Report
Rationale:  Kent Cordes of BD Construction will report to the Board of Education on the progress being made on the Sunrise Middle School and Kearney High School construction and renovation projects.
Attachments:
3. 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. Alex - number due to revenue since we are not bringingn in any revenue. Chris - School through March 13th so last half of the month was no food service revenue. The revenue from gdrab and go won't be sen until next month. Project by end of the year probably have $550,000 less in revenue. Alex - Makes snese. Wendy - will we be able to determine by numbers any losses we incurred because of our food loss in our kitchens. Kent - We did have some. Some of the perishables we donated onbehalf of KPS but other things felt good about but was some loss. This motion, made by Wendy Kreis 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.
3.A. Approval of the Minutes of the March 9, 2020 Regular Meeting, the March 16, 2020 Emergency Meeting, the March 23, 2020 Emergency Meeting, and the March 26, 2020 Emergency Meeting
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the minutes of the March 9, 2020 regular meeting, the March 16, 2020 emergency meeting, the March 23, 2020 emergency meeting, and the March 26, 2020 emergency meeting, of the Board of Education, as presented.
3.B. Approval of April, 2020 Claims
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the April, 2020 claims, as presented.
3.C. Approval of April, 2020 Financial Reports
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the April, 2020 financial reports, as presented.
3.D. Approval of Contract Adjustment
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to approve a contract adjustment for Brandi Dorsey, from .50 FTE pre-school teacher to 1.00 FTE pre-school teacher at Bright Futures for the 2020-2021 school year.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve a contract adjustment for Brandi Dorsey, from .50 FTE pre-school teacher to 1.00 FTE pre-school teacher at Bright Futures for the 2020-2021 school year.
4. Regular Agenda - Personnel
4.A. Acceptance of Resignations
Rationale:  We have received letters of resignation from Taylor Mendenhall, business teacher at Kearney High School; Jennifer Kotschwar, special education teacher at Horizon Middle School; Chelsey Jensen, district special education coordinator; Carrie Prososki, special education teacher at Kenwood Elementary School; Theison Anderson, 5th grade teacher at Meadowlark Elementary School; Sara Koehler, district special education coordinator;  Adriana Van Pelt, Bright Futures Toddler Program teacher; Emily Campbell, kindergarten teacher at Kenwood Elementary School; Mackenzie Burnham, family and consumer science teacher at Kearney High School; Brooke Iverson, 8th grade English teacher at Horizon Middle School; Michelle Anderson, 2nd grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School; and Abbey Cron, special education teacher at Kearney High School. These resignations are effective the end of their 2019-2020 contract year.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the resignations of: Taylor Mendenhall, business teacher at Kearney High School; Jennifer Kotschwar, special education teacher at Horizon Middle School; Chelsey Jensen, district special education coordinator; Carrie Prososki, special education teacher at Kenwood Elementary School; Theison Anderson, 5th grade teacher at Meadowlark Elementary School; Sara Koehler, district special education coordinator; Adriana Van Pelt, Bright Futures Toddler Program teacher; Emily Campbell, kindergarten teacher at Kenwood Elementary School; Mackenzie Burnham, family and consumer science teacher at Kearney High School; Brooke Iverson, 8th grade English teacher at Horizon Middle School; Michelle Anderson, 2nd grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School; and Abbey Cron, special education teacher at Kearney High School; with regret, effective the end of the 2019-2020 contract year.
Action(s):
Move to accept the resignations of: Taylor Mendenhall, business teacher at Kearney High School; Jennifer Kotschwar, special education teacher at Horizon Middle School; Chelsey Jensen, district special education coordinator; Carrie Prososki, special education teacher at Kenwood Elementary School; Theison Anderson, 5th grade teacher at Meadowlark Elementary School; Sara Koehler, district special education coordinator; Adriana Van Pelt, Bright Futures Toddler Program teacher; Emily Campbell, kindergarten teacher at Kenwood Elementary School; Mackenzie Burnham, family and consumer science teacher at Kearney High School; Brooke Iverson, 8th grade English teacher at Horizon Middle School; Michelle Anderson, 2nd grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School; and Abbey Cron, special education teacher at Kearney High School; with regret, effective the end of the 2019-2020 contract year. This motion, made by Alex Straatmann 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.
4.B. Approval of Teacher Employment Recommendations
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to approve the employment of the following teaching staff for the 2020-2021 school year: Mary Dworak, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE 3rd grade teacher at Buffalo Hills Elementary School (contingent upon her ability to secure appropriate certification); Jenna Varilek, MA, Step 3, 1.00 FTE speech/language pathologist, Kearney High School; Riley Shoemaker, BA, Step 3, 1.00 FTE physical education and strength teacher at Kearney High School; Jordan Reinertson, BA, Step 6, 1.00 FTE business teacher at Kearney High School; Elizabeth Lindner, MA, Step 8, 1.00 FTE 7th grade math teacher at Sunrise Middle School; Crystal Warner, MA, Step 4, 1.00 FTE special education teacher at Horizon Middle School; Lillian Lutter, BA, Step 2, 1.00 FTE family and consumer science and health science teacher at Kearney High School; Pamela Luke, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE 5th grade teacher at Meadowlark Elementary School (contingent upon her ability to secure appropriate certification); Alyssa Prososki, MA, Step 6, 1.00 FTE family and consumer science and health science teacher at Kearney High School; Katelynn Butler, BA, Step 2, 1.00 FTE special education teacher at Kenwood Elementary School; Tracy McCoy, MA+36, Step 15, 1.00 FTE district special education coordinator; Melinda Reid, MA+18, Step 14, 1.0 FTE district special education coordinator (contingent upon her ability to secure appropriate certification); and Braelyn Verba, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE 2nd grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the employment of the following teaching staff in the Kearney Public Schools for the 2020-2021 school year: Mary Dworak, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE 3rd grade teacher at Buffalo Hills Elementary School (contingent upon her ability to secure appropriate certification); Jenna Varilek, MA, Step 3, 1.00 FTE speech/language pathologist, Kearney High School; Riley Shoemaker, BA, Step 3, 1.00 FTE physical education and strength teacher at Kearney High School; Jordan Reinertson, BA, Step 6, 1.00 FTE business teacher at Kearney High School; Elizabeth Lindner, MA, Step 8, 1.00 FTE 7th grade math teacher at Sunrise Middle School; Crystal Warner, MA, Step 4, 1.00 FTE special education teacher at Horizon Middle School; Lillian Lutter, BA, Step 2, 1.00 FTE family and consumer science and health science teacher at Kearney High School; Pamela Luke, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE 5th grade teacher at Meadowlark Elementary School (contingent upon her ability to secure appropriate certification); Alyssa Prososki, MA, Step 6, 1.00 FTE family and consumer science and health science teacher at Kearney High School; Katelynn Butler, BA, Step 2, 1.00 FTE special education teacher at Kenwood Elementary School; Tracy McCoy, MA+36, Step 15, 1.00 FTE district special education coordinator; Melinda Reid, MA+18, Step 14, 1.0 FTE district special education coordinator (contingent upon her ability to secure appropriate certification); and Braelyn Verba, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE 2nd grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School.
Action(s):
Move to approve the employment of the following teaching staff in the Kearney Public Schools for the 2020-2021 school year: Mary Dworak, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE 3rd grade teacher at Buffalo Hills Elementary School (contingent upon her ability to secure appropriate certification); Jenna Varilek, MA, Step 3, 1.00 FTE speech/language pathologist, Kearney High School; Riley Shoemaker, BA, Step 3, 1.00 FTE physical education and strength teacher at Kearney High School; Jordan Reinertson, BA, Step 6, 1.00 FTE business teacher at Kearney High School; Elizabeth Lindner, MA, Step 8, 1.00 FTE 7th grade math teacher at Sunrise Middle School; Crystal Warner, MA, Step 4, 1.00 FTE special education teacher at Horizon Middle School; Lillian Lutter, BA, Step 2, 1.00 FTE family and consumer science and health science teacher at Kearney High School; Pamela Luke, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE 5th grade teacher at Meadowlark Elementary School (contingent upon her ability to secure appropriate certification); Alyssa Prososki, MA, Step 6, 1.00 FTE family and consumer science and health science teacher at Kearney High School; Katelynn Butler, BA, Step 2, 1.00 FTE special education teacher at Kenwood Elementary School; Tracy McCoy, MA+36, Step 15, 1.00 FTE district special education coordinator; Melinda Reid, MA+18, Step 14, 1.0 FTE district special education coordinator (contingent upon her ability to secure appropriate certification); and Braelyn Verba, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE 2nd grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School. This motion, made by Drew Blessing and seconded by Alex Straatmann, 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:
4.C. Approval of Administrative Employment Recommendation
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to approve the additional position of Assistant Elementary Principal for Bryant and Emerson Elementary Schools, and employ Meredith Johnson as the Assistant Principal at Bryant and Emerson Elementary Schools for the 2020-2021 school year (continent upon her ability to secure administrative certification).
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the additional position of Assistant Elementary Principal for Bryant and Emerson Elementary Schools; and employ Meredith Johnson as Assistant Principal at Bryant and Emerson Elementary Schools for the 2020-2021 school year, in accordance with the Kearney Public Schools Administrator Supervision and Evaluation Model, and contingent upon her ability to secure administrative certification.
Action(s):
Move to approve the additional position of Assistant Elementary Principal for Bryant and Emerson Elementary Schools; and employ Meredith Johnson as Assistant Principal at Bryant and Emerson Elementary Schools for the 2020-2021 school year, in accordance with the Kearney Public Schools Administrator Supervision and Evaluation Model, and contingent upon her ability to secure administrative certification. Al;ex - Thanks for suupplying a need for two of our buidlings and nadd vanue to the adm. team at both schools. Adm. there advocated for this and good position to be adding and findthe the funds in the budget and bring to board'd attention. Kent - make mention Kathy - Positive things to see. This motion, made by Wendy Kreis 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.
5. Regular Agenda - Business
5.A. Approval of Purchase of Construction Technology Class Project House Building Lots
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to approve a Purchase Agreement for the acquisition of eight (8) building lots for the construction of future KHS Construction Technology Class project houses in the Northridge Estates subdivision, from Fox Creek Development, LLC, for a total purchase price of $470,000, with the closing of said purchase to occur on May 15, 2020.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the attached Purchase Agreement for the acquisition of eight (8) building lots for the construction of future KHS Construction Technology Class project houses in the Northridge Estates subdivision, from Fox Creek Development, LLC, for a total purchase price of $470,000, with the closing of said purchase to occur on May 15, 2020, and authorize Mr. Chris Nelson and Dr. Kent Edwards to sign all forms and documents to execute said purchase.
Action(s):
Move to approve the attached Purchase Agreement for the acquisition of eight (8) building lots for the construction of future KHS Construction Technology Class project houses in the Northridge Estates subdivision, from Fox Creek Development, LLC, for a total purchase price of $470,000, with the closing of said purchase to occur on May 15, 2020, and authorize Mr. Chris Nelson and Dr. Kent Edwards to sign all forms and documents to execute said purchase. This motion, made by Alex Straatmann 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.
Attachments:
5.B. Approval of Bid for Retrofit Roofs at Central Elementary School/MPAC, and Sunrise Middle School
Rationale:  The district requested proposals to install a 39,808 sq. ft. retrofit TPO roof over the existing modified bitumen roof that is in place at Central Elementary School/ MPAC; and a 153,410 sq. ft. retrofit TPO roof over the existing membrane ballasted roof at Sunrise Middle School.  The retrofits will be a single-ply TPO roofing system over a 1/2" roof board mechanically attached to the existing structure. The proposals that were submitted are as follows:

Sunrise Middle School -
Springer Roofing -        $381,173.00
Prairie View -                $763,000.00
Brown -                         $958,784.00

Central Elementary School/MPAC -
Springer Roofing -         $167,770.00
Prairie View -                 $237,800.00
Brown -                          $370,836.00

We will recommend that the Board accept the proposal of Springer Roofing Co. of Kearney in the amount of $167,770.00 for Central Elementary School/MPAC, and $381,173.00 for Sunrise Middle School, for retrofit TPO roofs.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the proposal of Springer Roofing Co. of Kearney for retrofit TPO roofs for Central Elementary School/MPAC and Sunrise Middle School in the amount of $167,770.00 for Central Elementary School/MPAC, and $381,173.00 for Sunrise Middle School.
Action(s):
Move to accept the proposal of Springer Roofing Co. of Kearney for retrofit TPO roofs for Central Elementary School/MPAC and Sunrise Middle School in the amount of $167,770.00 for Central Elementary School/MPAC, and $381,173.00 for Sunrise Middle School. Trent - TPO is membrance roofing. 1/2 inch board over existing roof and remov all the rock and then put down the membrane. 20 year warranty. Actually have two separate roofs on the buildings. Wendy - Lifting the HVAC units off the roof. Tent - New flashing and new roof top units cut on the building. Put new structural steel in there and be a brand new system. This motion, made by Wendy Kreis 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.
6. Regular Agenda - Miscellaneous
6.A. Adoption of Resolution Regarding Grading, Promotion & Graduation Requirements
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to adopt a resolution authorizing the Superintendent to set standards and protocols for grading, promotion to the next grade level, and graduation requirements, for students in the Kearney Public Schools, for the 2019-2020 school year.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to adopt the attached Resolution and authorize the Superintendent to set standards and protocols for grading, promotion to the next grade level, and graduation requirements, for students in the Kearney Public Schools, for the 2019-2020 school year.
Action(s):
Move to adopt the attached Resolution and authorize the Superintendent to set standards and protocols for grading, promotion to the next grade level, and graduation requirements, for students in the Kearney Public Schools, for the 2019-2020 school year. Kent - Did give us as a system considerable flexibilty and unprecedented. Appreciate the flexiblity and compromise beten the Governor's office and Commissioner's office on this. The commissioner has the authoirity to do some things and today we will get a waiver of Rule 10 requirements and he may not have a graduation time. May have virtual graduation and make that determination on May 15th but if there is something that comes from the Govenror's office, we may be doing somethign else. We are reacing here and now today. When talka about thse things does give us flexibility because most people people have the knowledge of how this will be done. We may not have any other options regadrding summer school. Control of how we impart the promotioin and graduation of our student6s. Alex - Say to Dr. Edwards and his team has been an evoolving situatioin over the last 4 wqeeks and appreciate the admin. be fle3xible and if any opportunity for our students to have graduation ceremony. The onlin learning seems to be going well. I appreciate the flexibility and a lot of work has goen into this at all levels. IMportnat for us as a board to recognize your team and rest of the team that has made this work. Appreciat the public'a paticne and doing what we cna to meet the challenge. Kathy - Deadline is May 15th, but tehre could be somehting that happens after that that could change that decisioin? Kent - I thinnk we can eliminate some of the scenarios at that time, but the default would be a virtual graduation. That senario is in placae as we speak to have a virtual if we need to. Leasst attractive for us. If on May 15th it appears we can have something modified we will do that. Blessing - Resoultuion is needed and hope through stressful times we are going through will give stunets some certainly that we want them to advance and graduate and pus some at ease. This sets the stage to do this. Wendy - Graduation is the forefront and moving forward seems to be more in the conversation, but Board and adms. sersdiouly looking at what this looks like in the summer and fall and want the public not just looking at that, but all the pieces needed for student success. Be patient as we work through. Delaing wiht most urgent and pressing topics. June 19th is graduation not matter wnat looks like? Kent - Yes. This motion, made by Angela Nickel and seconded by Wendy Kreis, 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:
6.B. 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 Alex Straatmann, 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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