Public Meeting Agenda: August 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Regular Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education

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August 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Regular Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education Agenda

August 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Regular 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.D. Public Participation
Rationale:  This is the portion of the meeting agenda 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.  If anyone wishes to speak to an item that is on the agenda, they may do so when that item is discussed.  This is an open, public meeting and a copy of the Open Meetings Act is posted in this room.
1.E. Approval of Agenda
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the agenda for this evening's meeting, as presented.
2. Presentations -
2.A. Recognition of Collin Sears, Recipient of FBLA Regional Scholarship
Rationale:  Collin Sears, KHS FBLA member, received a FBLA regional scholarship for completing the Business Achievement Award - America Level.  This is the first ever scholarship of this type for the nine state Mountain Plains Region.  Only one scholarship was awarded.
2.B. Presentation of 2013 Healthy Community Advocacy Award to Dr. Carol Renner
Rationale:  Marsha Wilkerson will present the 2013 Healthy Community Advocacy Award to Dr. Carol Renner.
2.C. Healthy Schools Initiative Update
Rationale:  Dr. Kate Heelan from UNK will report on the latest results of the BMI data on our students.
2.D. One-to-One Technology Update
Rationale:  Kearney High School is exploring the possibility of moving to a one-to-one (1:1) environment using Google Chromebooks.  In this type of environment, each KHS student will be issued a Chromebook that they can use at school and take home in the evening.  When students are in class, the device is in their immediate proximity and would be used regularly with a purpose.  The presentation this evening will outline the steps being taken to prepare for this 21st Century learning environment at KHS.
2.E. Preliminary Budget Preview
Rationale:  Chris Nelson will provide the Board of Education with preliminary budget figures for the Kearney Public Schools for the 2013-2014 school year.
3.A. Approval of Minutes of the July 8, 2013 Regular Board of Education Meeting
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the minutes of the July 8, 2013 regular Board of Education meeting, as presented.
3.B. Approval of the August Claims
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the August claims, as presented.
3.C. Approval of the August Financial Reports
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the August financial reports, as presented.
3.D. Approval of the Elementary, Middle School and High School Student Handbooks for the 2013-2014 School Year
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to approve the High School Student Handbook, the Middle School Student Handbooks and the Elementary Parent Handbook for the Kearney Public Schools for the 2013-2014 school year.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the Elementary, Middle School, and High School Student Handbooks for the 2013-2014 school year, as presented.
3.E. Approval of Contract Adjustment for Pam Bihlmaier
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve a contract adjustment for Pam Bihlmaier, special education resource teacher at KEC,from .50 FTE to 1.00 FTE, for the 2013-2014 school year.
3.F. Set Date for Annual Budget Hearing & Regular September Meeting
Rationale:  Each year, we are required to conduct a public hearing on the proposed budgets for the upcoming school year, followed by the regular meeting when the various budgets are adopted.  We will ask the Board of Education to set Monday, September 9, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M., as the date for the annual budget hearing and regular meeting of the Board of Education, for this purpose.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to set Monday, September 9, 2013 as the date for the annual budget hearing and regular meeting of the Board of Education for the purpose of adopting the budgets for the 2013-2014 school year, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the Cope Presentation Room at Sunrise Middle School, 4611 Ave. N, Kearney, Ne. 68847.
4. Regular Agenda - Personnel
4.A. Acceptance of Resignations
Rationale:  We have received letters of resignation from Dina Luthans, 1st grade teacher at Northeast Elementary School; and Michelle Stevens, 3rd grade teacher at Kenwood Elementary School, effective immediately.  We will ask the Board of Education to accept these resignations.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the resignations of Dina Luthans, 1st grade teacher at Northeast Elementary School; and Michelle Stevens, 3rd grade teacher at Kenwood Elementary School; with regret, effective immediately and contingent upon the district securing suitable replacements.
4.B. Approval of Certificated Employment Recommendations
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to approve the following certificated employment recommendations for the 2013-2014 school year:

Jennifer Knipping        MA+9, Step 8        3rd grade teacher at Northeast Elementary School
Jennifer Buse              BA, Step 2            .50 FTE SPED resource teacher
Katrina Florell             BA+27, Step 3       Art teacher at Kenwood and Windy Hills Schools
Jenna Maher               BA, Step 1             2nd grade teacher at Kenwood Elementary School
Tami Burgeson            BA, Step 8             3rd grade teacher at Kenwood Elementary School
Michelle Reed              MA, Step 1            Sixpence early learning teacher at KEC
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to employ the following certificated staff in the Kearney Public Schools for the 2013-2014 school year: Jennifer Knipping, MA+9, Step 8, 3rd grade teacher at Northeast Elementary School; Jennifer Buse, BA, Step 2, .50 FTE SPED resource teacher; Katrina Florell, art teacher at Kenwood and Windy Hills Elementary Schools; Jenna Maher, BS, Step 1, 2nd grade teacher at Kenwood Elementary School; Tami Burgeson, BA, Step 8, 3rd grade teacher at Kenwood Elementary School; and Michelle Reed, MA, Step 1, Sixpence early learning teacher at the Kearney Education Center.
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4.C. Approval of Employment of Activities Director
Rationale:  Mitchell Stine comes to Kearney Public Schools after successful professional experiences at Ralston and Waverly Public Schools.  Mitchell is a graduate of UNK.  He grew up in Bertrand, Ne.  Mitchell came through a very competitive and competent pool of Activities Director candidates and was one of four people interviewed for the position.  He officially began his duties on July 29th. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to employ Mr. Mitchell Stine as the Activities Director at Kearney High School for the 2013-2014 school year, in accordance with the Administrator Performance-Based Evaluation and Compensation Plan.
5. Regular Agenda - Miscellaneous
5.A. First Reading Approval of New & Revised Board Policies
Rationale:  We have received our annual Board policy updates from legal counsel necessitated by changes in state or federal law.  We will present two new policies for Board of Education consideration - Initiations, Hazing, Secret Clubs and Outside Organizations (Policy 5400.14); and Fund Balance Reporting (Policy 3172).
We will also present revisions to current board policies for Board of Education consideration -
Admission of Students (5000); Option Enrollment (5000.1), Parent/Community Involvement in Schools (6211), and Health Assessment and Immunizations (5500.2).
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to give first reading approval to the following new and revised Board of Education policies - New Policies 5400.14 (Initiations, Hazing, Secret Clubs and Outside Organizations), and 3172 (Fund Balance Reporting); and revised Policies 5000 (Student Admission), 5000.1 (Option Enrollment), 6211 (Parent/Community Involvement in Schools), and Health Assessment and Immunizations (5500.2),as presented.
5.B. Nominate Tim Higgins for NASB Region 13 Director
Rationale:  Tim Higgins has been serving on the NASB Board of Directors for Region 13 for the past 2 years.  This position becomes open this fall and Mr. Higgins would like to put his name in nomination for another term on the Board of Directors.  We will ask the Board of Education to nominate Mr. Higgins for this position.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to nominate Tim Higgins for the office of NASB Region 13 Director and direct the administration to submit said nomination to the NASB.
5.C. Move to Closed Session
Rationale:  We will ask that the Board of Education move to closed session for the purpose of discussing the possible sale or acquisition of land.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to closed session for the purpose of discussing the possible sale or acquisition of land.
5.D. Return to Open Session
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to return to open session.
5.E. Adjournment
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to adjourn the meeting.
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