Public Meeting Agenda: January 8, 2018 at 5:30 PM - Regular Monthly Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education

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January 8, 2018 at 5:30 PM - Regular Monthly Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education Agenda

January 8, 2018 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. Roll Call
1.C.I. Excuse Absent Board Member
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to excuse 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 Dave Glover and seconded by Angela Nickel, Passed.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
1.E. Public Participation
Rationale: 

This is the portion of the meeting agenda that is set aside for public participation.  If you wish to speak to an item that is not on the agenda, you should identify yourself at this time.  If you wish to speak to 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 the back of this room.

2. Reorganization of the Board of Education -
2.A. President of the Board of Education for 2018
Rationale: 

 

We will entertain nominations for the office of President of the Board of Education for 2018 at this time.

Recommended Motion(s):  __________nominated___________ for the office of President of the Board of Education for 2018. _________seconded the motion. (Any other nominations at this time.) _______moved that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for__________. _________ seconded the motion.
Action(s):
__________nominated___________ for the office of President of the Board of Education for 2018. _________seconded the motion. (Any other nominations at this time.) _______moved that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for__________. _________ seconded the motion. This motion, made by Angela Nickel and seconded by Dave Glover, Passed.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
2.B. Vice President of the Board of Education for 2018
Rationale: 

We will entertain nominations for the office of Vice President of the Board of Education for 2018 at this time.

Recommended Motion(s):  _________nominated____________ for the office of Vice President of the Board of Education for 2018. ________seconded the motion. (Any other nominations at this time.) ________moved that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for____________. __________seconded the motion.
Action(s):
_________nominated____________ for the office of Vice President of the Board of Education for 2018. ________seconded the motion. (Any other nominations at this time.) ________moved that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for____________. __________seconded the motion. This motion, made by Dave Glover and seconded by Julie Agard, Passed.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
2.C. Secretary of the Board of Education for 2018
Rationale: 

We will entertain nominations for the office of Secretary of the Board of Education for 2018 at this time.

Recommended Motion(s):  __________nominated___________ for the office of Secretary of the Board of Education for 2018. __________seconded the motion. (Any other nominations at this time.) _________moved that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for_________. __________ seconded the motion.
Action(s):
__________nominated___________ for the office of Secretary of the Board of Education for 2018. __________seconded the motion. (Any other nominations at this time.) _________moved that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for_________. __________ seconded the motion. This motion, made by Angela Nickel and seconded by Dave Glover, Passed.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
3. Presentations -
3.A. Recognition of the KHS State Class A Runner-up Football Team and Coaches
Rationale: 

We will recognize the 2017 Class A State Runner-up Kearney High School football team and coaches for their accomplishments this year.

3.B. Recognition of John Brockmeier
Rationale: 

We will recognize John Brockmeier of achieving a perfect 36 score on the ACT test.

3.C. Facilities Report
Rationale: 

Kent Cordes from BD Construction will report on progress being made with the two construction projects in the district at Buffalo Hills and Northeast Elementary Schools.

Attachments:
3.D. Announcement of "School Board Recognition Week" in Nebraska
Rationale: 

Dr. Edwards will announce that the week of January 22-28, 2018 has been designated Nebraska "School Board Recognition Week" by Governor Pete Ricketts.  We will recognize our Board of Education members for their dedicated service.

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. This motion, made by Mrs. Kathy Gifford and seconded by Tim Higgins, Passed.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
4.A. Approval of the Minutes of the December 11, 2017 Regular Board of Education Meeting
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the minutes of the December 11, 2017 regular Board of Education meeting, as presented.
4.B. Approval of the January, 2018 Claims
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the January, 2018 claims, as presented.
4.C. Approval of the January, 2018 Financial Reports
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the January, 2018 financial reports, as presented.
4.D. Approval of Check Signing Authority for 2018
Rationale: 

With the beginning of a new calendar year and with the reorganization of the Board of Education, we need to designate persons with check signing authority in the school district.

Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the following check signing authority in the Kearney Public Schools for 2018 at Nebraskaland Bank - President and Secretary of the Board of Education, Mr. Chris Nelson and Mrs. Meagan Kershner.
4.E. Rescind the Board of Education action of December 11, 2017 to set Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. in the Whittier Conference Room for a special, retreat meeting of the Board of Education; and set Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. in the Whittier Conference Room for the special, retreat meeting of the Board of Education.
Rationale: 

Due to a schedule conflict, we will ask the Board of Education to rescind its action at the December 11, 2017 Board of Education meeting to set the January Board of Education special retreat meeting for Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. in the Whittier Conference Room; and ask the Board of Education to set Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. in the Whittier Conference Room for said special retreat meeting.

Recommended Motion(s):  Move to rescind the Board of Education action of December 11, 2017 to set Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. in the Whittier Conference Room for a special, retreat meeting of the Board of Education; and set Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. in the Whittier Conference Room for the special, retreat meeting of the Board of Education.
5. Regular Agenda - Personnel
5.A. Approval of Resignations
Rationale: 

We have received letters of resignation from Greg Limbach, athletic trainer and physical education teacher at Kearney High School; Don Clark, math teacher at Kearney High School; and Julie Larsen, science teacher at Kearney High School.  We will recommend that the Board of Education accept these resignations, with regret, effective the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the resignations of Greg Limbach, athletic trainer and physical education teacher at Kearney High School; Don Clark, math teacher at Kearney High School; and Julie Larsen, science teacher at Kearney High School; with regret, effective the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
Action(s):
Move to accept the resignations of Greg Limbach, athletic trainer and physical education teacher at Kearney High School; Don Clark, math teacher at Kearney High School; and Julie Larsen, science teacher at Kearney High School; with regret, effective the end of the 2017-2018 school year. This motion, made by Mrs. Kathy Gifford and seconded by Tim Higgins, Passed.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
5.B. Approval of Employment Recommendation
Rationale: 

 

We will ask the Board of Education to approve the employment of the following teaching staff in the Kearney Public Schools:

Brian Haas       MA+27, Step 1     1.00 FTE physical education teacher at Kearney High School, beginning second semester of the 2017-2018 school year

Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the employment of the following teaching staff in the Kearney Public Schools: Brian Haas, MA+27, Step 1, 1.00 FTE physical education teacher at Kearney High School, beginning second semester of the 2017-2018 school year.
Action(s):
Move to approve the employment of the following teaching staff in the Kearney Public Schools: Brian Haas, MA+27, Step 1, 1.00 FTE physical education teacher at Kearney High School, beginning second semester of the 2017-2018 school year. This motion, made by Mrs. Kathy Gifford and seconded by Angela Nickel, Passed.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5.C. Discuss, Consider and Take Action on Reduction or Elimination of Programs and Reduction or Elimination of Staff Positions for Such Programs, Including Learning Coach Positions
Rationale: 

The Board of Education will discuss, consider and take action on the reduction or elimination of programs and reduction or elimination of staff positions for such programs, including learning coach positions. 

Recommended Motion(s):  WHEREAS, due to changes in enrollment, changes in financial support, changing programs, changing attendance centers, budget limitations, and other administrative and financial factors, it is necessary that programs and staff positions offered by this school district be reviewed and that a determination be made as to those programs and staff positions that should be discontinued, reduced or changed; and WHEREAS, the School Board has determined that it is necessary and appropriate to reduce programs and staff positions. NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following changes in programs and staff positions are made effective at the end of this 2017-2018 school year: Learning Coaches. Eliminate the Learning Coach positions (3.0 FTE reduction) effective as of May 23, 2018.
Action(s):
WHEREAS, due to changes in enrollment, changes in financial support, changing programs, changing attendance centers, budget limitations, and other administrative and financial factors, it is necessary that programs and staff positions offered by this school district be reviewed and that a determination be made as to those programs and staff positions that should be discontinued, reduced or changed; and WHEREAS, the School Board has determined that it is necessary and appropriate to reduce programs and staff positions. NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following changes in programs and staff positions are made effective at the end of this 2017-2018 school year: Learning Coaches. Eliminate the Learning Coach positions (3.0 FTE reduction) effective as of May 23, 2018. This motion, made by Dave Glover and seconded by Angela Nickel, Passed.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6. Regular Agenda - Miscellaneous
6.A. First Reading Approval of Revised Policy 5204 (Student Graduation)
Rationale: 

The Kearney Public Schools administrative team, in conjunction with the KHS administrative team, would like to increase the overall total number of credits to graduate from 235 to 245, beginning with the Class of 2022.  The additional 10 hours of required credit will allow our High School students to take two additional courses in their desired program of study to ensure that all KHS graduates complete a sequence of at least three courses in a career/technical pathway.  This will allow our students to examine different small learning communities (SLCs) of interest before completing three courses in a desired CTE program of study before graduation.  With the possibility of earning 400 credits over a four-year period, the new requirement will be very easy to attain for KHS students.  Students who transfer into Kearney Public Schools will have their transcripts evaluated by the KHS administrative team and individual determinations for career/technical education credits met and career/technical education credits needed for graduation from KHS will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Recommended Motion(s):  Move to give first reading approval to revised Board of Education Policy 5204 (Student Graduation) as presented.
Action(s):
Move to give first reading approval to revised Board of Education Policy 5204 (Student Graduation) as presented. This motion, made by Angela Nickel and seconded by Mrs. Kathy Gifford, Passed.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
6.B. Appointment of Board Committees for 2018
Rationale: 

With the beginning of a new calendar and the reorganization of the Board of Education, it is time to appoint Board of Education members to the various committees for 2018.  This would include: Board Personnel/Curriculum - "Americanism" Committee, Board Finance Committee, and NSBA Advocacy Institute. 

Recommended Motion(s):  Move to appoint_________, ________, and_________, to the Board Personnel/Curriculum-"Americanism" Committee; ________, _________, and _________to the Board Finance Committee; and ____________ to the NSBA Advocacy Institute, for 2018.
Action(s):
Move to appoint_________, ________, and_________, to the Board Personnel/Curriculum-"Americanism" Committee; ________, _________, and _________to the Board Finance Committee; and ____________ to the NSBA Advocacy Institute, for 2018. This motion, made by Tim Higgins and seconded by Mrs. Kathy Gifford, Passed.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6.C. Adjournment
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to adjourn the meeting.
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