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November 11, 2019 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 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 Wendy Kreis and seconded by Kathy Gifford, 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.
1.E. 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 this evening's agenda, they should identify themselves at this time.  If anyone wishes to speak to an item that is on the agenda, they may approach the podium and, at the discretion of the presiding officer, be recognized 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 this room. 
2. Presentations -
2.A. Recognition of KHS Band
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to recognize the KHS students who made the All-State Band and Doane College Honor Band, and the accomplishments of the KHS Marching Band this fall.
2.B. Recognition of KHS Students Selected for 2019 Nebraska All-State Chorus
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to recognize the KHS students who were selected for the 2019 Nebraska All-State Chorus, which is sponsored by the Nebraska Music Education Association.
2.C. District Annual Financial Audit Report
Rationale:  Representatives from the KSO accounting firm will report to the Board of Education on the findings of the annual financial audit of the school district.
2.D. Facilities Report
Rationale:  Kent Cordes of BD Construction will report to the Board of Education on 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. This motion, made by Drew Blessing and seconded by Kathy Gifford, 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.A. Approval of Minutes of the October 14, 2019 Regular Board of Education Meeting
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the minutes of the October 14, 2019 regular Board of Education meeting, as presented.
3.B. Approval of November, 2019 Claims
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the November, 2019 claims, as presented.
3.C. Approval of November, 2019 Financial Reports
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the November, 2019 financial reports, as presented.
3.D. Acceptance of Northeast Elementary School PTO Self-Audit Report for the 2018-2019 School Year
Rationale:  The Northeast PTO has submitted its annual self-audit report for the 2018-2019 school year, for Board of Education consideration and acceptance.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the Northeast PTO annual self-audit report for the 2018-2019 school year, as presented.
3.E. Approval of KHS FCCLA Trip to Dallas, TX, November 14-17, 2019 for the FCCLA National Fall Conference
Rationale:  The KHS FCCLA Chapter is requesting permission for a trip to the FCCLA
National Fall Conference in Dallas, TX, November 14-17, 2019.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the KHS FCCLA Chapter trip to the FCCLA National Fall Conference, November 14-17, 2019 in Dallas, TX, with no direct cost incurred by the school district.
3.F. Approval of the Kearney Public Schools Substitute Employee Handbook for the 2019-2020 School Year
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to approve the Kearney Public Schools Substitute Employee Handbook for the 2019-2020 school year.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the Kearney Public Schools Substitute Employee Handbook for the 2019-2020 school year, as presented.
3.G. Approval of Agreement to Purchase Construction Technology Class Project House
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to approve the Agreement to Purchase the Construction Technology Class project house with Tanner and Sydney Meyer for the purchase price of $289,900.  The location of the house is 4608 16th Avenue Place.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the Agreement to Purchase the Construction Technology Class project house at 4608 16th Avenue Place, with Tanner and Sydney Meyer, for the purchase price of $289,900.00 and authorize Chris Nelson to sign all forms and documents to execute said sale.
4. Regular Agenda - Business
4.A. Acceptance of Bus Bid
Rationale:  On August 17, 2019 we received word that Kearney Public Schools will be awarded grant money in the amount of $57,000 toward a new propane route bus.  These funds are made available through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality from the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Environmental Mitigation Trust.  To comply with the grant, we will be removing a 2009 Thomas 65-passenger route bus from our fleet and destroying it.

We received bids for the new propane bus from two vendors:

Nebraska Central Equipment of Grand Island for a 2021 Blue Bird Vision
at a price of $100,850.00; and Omaha Truck Center for a 2021 Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2 at a price of $97,888.00.

We are recommending the purchase from Nebraska Central Equipment because the Bluebird Vision bus fully meets Low-NOx standards in order to receive the full grant of $57,000.  The cost after the grant money will be $43,850.00. If we purchased the Thomas bus, we would be awarded $42,000 and the cost of the new bus after the grant money would be $55,888.00.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the bid of Nebraska Central Equipment of Grand Island for a 2021 Blue Bird Vision Bus in the amount of $100,850.00.
Action(s):
Move to accept the bid of Nebraska Central Equipment of Grand Island for a 2021 Blue Bird Vision Bus in the amount of $100,850.00. This motion, made by Kathy Gifford 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.
4.B. Approval of Selection of Fiscal Agent
Rationale:  On Monday, November 4, 2019, the district interviewed 3 firms to serve as fiscal agent for the district to help refinance bonds and generate savings for the district.  The administration is recommending the selection of the firm of Piper Jaffray to serve as the district's fiscal agent.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to select the firm of Piper Jaffray to serve as the school district's fiscal agent.
Action(s):
Move to select the firm of Piper Jaffray to serve as the school district's fiscal agent. This motion, made by Angela Nickel and seconded by Kathy Gifford, 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 - Personnel
5.A. Acceptance of Resignation
Rationale:  We have received a letter of resignation from Jonathan Anderson, oral communications teacher at Kearney High School, effective immediately.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the resignation of Jonathan Anderson, oral communications teacher at Kearney High School, effective immediately.
Action(s):
Move to accept the resignation of Jonathan Anderson, oral communications teacher at Kearney High School, effective immediately. This motion, made by Drew Blessing and seconded by Kathy Gifford, 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 the 2020-2021 School Calendar
Rationale:  A proposed school calendar has been developed for the Kearney Public Schools for the 2020-2021 school year.  The calendar has been reviewed by various stakeholders including: the Executive Cabinet, the KEA, the Leadership Council, the Superintendent's Parent Committee, and the Board Committees.
We will ask the Board of Education to adopt this calendar for the next school year.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to adopt the school calendar for the Kearney Public Schools for the 2020-2021 school year, as presented.
Action(s):
Move to adopt the school calendar for the Kearney Public Schools for the 2020-2021 school year, as presented. 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.
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 Kathy Gifford, 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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