Public Meeting Agenda: January 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM - Regular Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education

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January 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM - Regular Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education Agenda

January 13, 2014 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 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.  The guideline is to allow 5 minutes per individual or 20 minutes per group.  This is an open, public meeting and a copy of the Open Meetings Act is posted in the back of this room.
1.E. Approval of Agenda
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the agenda for this evening's meeting, as presented.
Action(s):
Move to approve the agenda for this evening's meeting, as presented. Passed with a motion by and a second by Doug McCarty.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
2. Reorganization of the Board of Education for 2014
Rationale:  January is the month when the Board of Education reorganizes for the new calendar year. 
2.A. President of the Board of Education for 2014
Rationale:  We will entertain nominations for the office of President of the Board of Education for 2014 at this time.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to nominate___________________for the office of President of the Board of Education for 2014. (Any other nominations at this time.) Move that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for___________________.
2.B. Vice President of the Board of Education for 2014
Rationale:  We will entertain nominations for the office of Vice President of the Board of Education for 2014 at this time.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to nominate__________________ for the office of Vice President of the Board of Education for 2014. (Any other nominations at this time.) Move that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for___________________.
2.C. Secretary of the Board of Education for 2014
Rationale:  We will entertain nominations for the office of Secretary of the Board of Education for 2014 at this time.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to nominate________________for the office of Secretary of the Board of Education for 2014. (Any other nominations at this time.) Move that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for___________________.
3. Presentations
3.A. Recognition of Kimberly Humphrey, Winner of the "Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching"
Rationale:  The White House announced on Friday, December 20th the recipients of the "Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching".  Kimberly Humphrey, kindergarten teacher at Meadowlark Elementary School, was named one of two recipients of this award in Nebraska.  Winners of the award receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation, and they will be invited to Washington, D.C. to receive their award.  We will recognize Kimberly for this outstanding recognition.
3.B. Announce "Nebraska School Board Recognition Week"
Rationale:  The week of January 26-February 1, 2014 has been designated as "Nebraska School Board Recognition Week" throughout the state.  Dr. Brian Maher will recognize our Board of Education members for their dedication and hard work on behalf of the students in the Kearney Public Schools.
3.C. Discussion of GNSA Meetings for the 2014 Legislative Session
Rationale:  Dr. Maher will discuss the schedule of meetings of GNSA representative schools and our State Senators during the 2014 session of the Nebraska Unicameral - January 15, February 19 and March 19, 2014. 
He will also talk about the role of Board members in this process.
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. Passed with a motion by and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
4.A. Approval of the Minutes of the December 9, 2013 Board of Education Meeting
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the minutes of the December 9, 2013 Board of Education meeting, as presented.
4.B. Approval of the January, 2014 Claims
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the January, 2014 claims, as presented.
4.C. Approval of the January, 2014 Financial Reports
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the January, 2014 financial reports, as presented.
4.D. Recognition of the Kearney Education Association as the exclusive bargaining agent for those non-supervisory certificated employees for the 2015-2016 contract year
Rationale:  The Kearney Education Association has asked that the Board of Education recognize the Association as the exclusive bargaining agent for those non-supervisory certificated employees of the Kearney Public Schools for the 2015-2016 contract year.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to recognize the Kearney Education Association as the exclusive bargaining agent for those non-supervisory certificated employees of the Kearney Public Schools for the 2015-2016 contract year.
4.E. Approval of Checking Signing Authority for 2014
Rationale:  We will recommend the following check signing authority for 2014 - Farmers and Merchants Bank, Platte Valley State Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank - President and Secretary of the Board of Education, Chris Nelson, and Patricia Maurer.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to authorize the following check signing authority for 2014 - Farmers and Merchants Bank, Platte Valley State Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank - President and Secretary of the Board of Education, Chris Nelson, and Patricia Maurer.
4.F. Approval of Extension of the Superintendent's Contract by One Year
Rationale:  After completing the Superintendent's evaluation process, it is customary to act on the Superintendent's contract for the upcoming school year.  This action would result in a one-year extension of the Superintendent's contract. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to extend the Superintendent's contract by one year.
4.G. Rescind Board Action of December 9, 2013 and Set Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:30 P.M. in the Whittier Conference Room for a Special Retreat Meeting of the Board of Education
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to rescind its action at the December 9, 2013 meeting in regarding to setting the date for the Board's January Retreat, and set Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:30 P.M. in the Whittier Conference Room for the January Special Retreat Meeting of the Board of Education.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to rescind the Board action of December 9, 2013 and set Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:30 P.M. in the Whittier Conference Room for a Special Retreat Meeting of the Board of Education.
5. Regular Agenda - Business
5.A. Approval of Schematic Design for the New Kearney High School
Rationale:  District consultants will present information concerning the Schematic Design for the new High School for Board of Education approval.  With this approval, the actual design of the building will start and the necessary documents will be completed to bid out the project later this summer.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the schematic design for the new Kearney High School, as presented.
Action(s):
Move to approve the schematic design for the new Kearney High School, as presented. Passed with a motion by and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
5.B. Approval of Sale of West 35th Street Property
Rationale:  We received 8 bids on our West 35th Street property.  The top bid was for $625,000 and was submitted by Rocky Geiser.  We will recommend that the Board of Education accept this bid for the 35th Street property.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the Purchase Agreement with Rocky Geiser for the purchase of Lot 9, Block 4, Meadowlark Estates Addition to the City of Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska, in the amount of $625,000, and authorize the administration to sign all documents to execute said sale.
Action(s):
Move to approve the Purchase Agreement with Rocky Geiser for the purchase of Lot 9, Block 4, Meadowlark Estates Addition to the City of Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska, in the amount of $625,000, and authorize the administration to sign all documents to execute said sale. Passed with a motion by Angela Nickel and a second by Doug McCarty.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
6. Regular Agenda - Personnel
6.A. Acceptance of Resignations
Rationale:  We have received letters of retirement resignation from Darlene Sweeney, 5th grade teacher at Park Elementary School, effective May 22, 2014; and from Norma Hledik, Director of Human Resources, effective July 31, 2014.  We will ask the Board of Education to accept these resignations, with regret.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the resignations of Darlene Sweeney, 5th grade teacher at Park Elementary School, effective May 22, 2014; and Norma Hledik, Director of Human Resources, effective July 31, 2014,with regret.
Action(s):
Move to accept the resignations of Darlene Sweeney, 5th grade teacher at Park Elementary School, effective May 22, 2014; and Norma Hledik, Director of Human Resources, effective July 31, 2014,with regret. Passed with a motion by and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6.B. Ratification of the Negotiated Agreement for the 2014-2015 Contract Year
Rationale:  The Board of Education has completed the negotiations process with the Kearney Education Association for contract terms for the 2014-2015 school year.  We will ask the Board of Education to ratify the Negotiated Agreement at the January 13, 2014 meeting.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to ratify the negotiated agreement with the Kearney Education Association for contract terms for the 2014-2015 contract year.
Action(s):
Move to ratify the negotiated agreement with the Kearney Education Association for contract terms for the 2014-2015 contract year. Passed with a motion by Doug McCarty.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
7. Regular Agenda - Miscellaneous
7.A. Appointment of Board Committees for 2014
Rationale:  With the start of another calendar year, we must appoint Board of Education members to the various Board committees - Board Finance Committee, Board Personnel Committee, and NSBA Advocacy Institute.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to appoint___________, __________, and __________, to the Board Finance Committee; ______________, ___________, and ____________, to the Board Personnel Committee; and ______________ to the NSBA Advocacy Institute, for 2014.
Action(s):
Move to appoint___________, __________, and __________, to the Board Finance Committee; ______________, ___________, and ____________, to the Board Personnel Committee; and ______________ to the NSBA Advocacy Institute, for 2014. Passed with a motion by Tim Higgins and a second by Dave Glover.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
7.B. Adjournment
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to adjourn the meeting.
Action(s):
Move to adjourn the meeting. Passed with a motion by and a second by Angela Nickel.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
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