Public Meeting Agenda: June 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM - Regular Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education

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June 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM - Regular Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education Agenda

June 9, 2014 at 5:30 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 you wish to speak to an item that is not on this evening's agenda, you should identify yourself at this time.  If you wish to speak to an item that is on the agenda, you may speak when that item is discussed.  The guideline is to allow 5 minutes per person or 20 minutes per topic.  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.
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. Presentations -
2.A. Recognition of Spencer Shield, SkillsUSA State Gold Medal Winner
Rationale:  Kearney High School senior, Spencer Shield, brought home his 3rd straight Gold medal in three years for competing in Technical Drafting at the Nebraska SkillsUSA State Conference in Omaha.  As a result, Spencer has qualified for the National SkillsUSA contest being held in Kansas City, Mo., this summer.  He will be competing against other state winners from across the nation and the competition will include a multi-day event testing his knowledge, drafting, and design abilities. This fall, Spencer plans to study Aero Space Engineering at Wichita State University. 
2.B. Recognition of KHS Class A State Track Championship Team & Coaches
Rationale:  We will recognize the Kearney High School Class A State Track Championship Team and Coaches for another outstanding season and for their first place finish in Class A in the State Track Meet in May.
2.C. Facilities Update
Rationale:  Kent Cordes, Jacob Sertich and Dr. Brian Maher will give the Board of Education an update on activity regarding the new Kearney High School construction project, as well as information regarding the grading bids for the project.
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. Passed with a motion by Doug McCarty and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
3.A. Approval of the Minutes of the May 12, 2014 Regular Board of Education Meeting
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the minutes of the May 12, 2014 regular Board of Education meeting, as presented.
3.B. Approval of the June, 2014 Claims
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the June, 2014 claims, as presented.
3.C. Approval of the June, 2014 Financial Reports
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the June, 2014 financial reports, as presented.
3.D. Approval of the SkillsUSA Trip for Spencer Shield to Kansas City, Missouri, June 23-27, 2014
Rationale:  Spencer Shield has qualified for the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City, Mo., June 23-27, 2014,
so we are asking the Board of Education to approve this trip.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the trip to National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo.,June 23-27, 2014, for Spencer Shield, with no direct cost incurred by the school district.
3.E. Approval of KHS FCCLA Chapter Trip to National FCCLA Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Tx., July 5-10, 2014
Rationale:  The KHS FCCLA Chapter has three national qualifying teams for the National FCCLA Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Tx., July 5-10, 2014.  They are asking that the Board of Education approve their trip to the Conference.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the trip of the KHS FCCLA Chapter national qualifiers to the National FCCLA Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Tx., July 5-10, 2014, with no direct cost incurred by the school district.
3.F. Acceptance of Central PAC Annual Self-Audit Report for the 2013-2014 School Year
Rationale:  The Central PAC has submitted its annual self-audit report for the 2013-2014 school year.  We will ask the Board of Education to accept this report.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the Central PAC annual self-audit report for the 2013-2014 school year, as presented.
3.G. Acceptance of the Buffalo Hills PTO Annual Self-Audit Report for the 2013-2014 School Year
Rationale:  The Buffalo Hills PTO has submitted its annual self-audit report for the 2013-2014 school year for Board of Education review and acceptance.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the Buffalo Hills PTO annual self-audit report for the 2013-2014 school year, as presented.
4. Regular Agenda - Personnel
4.A. Acceptance of Resignation
Rationale:  We have received a letter of resignation from Jami Schaffnitt, 2nd grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School.  We will recommend that the Board of Education accept this resignation, with regret, effective immediately.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the resignation of Jami Schaffnitt, 2nd grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School; with regret, effective immediately.
Action(s):
Move to accept the resignation of Jami Schaffnitt, 2nd grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School; with regret, effective immediately. Passed with a motion by and a second by Angela Nickel.
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 in the Kearney Public Schools for the 2014-2015 school year:

Lindsie Lybarger        BA, Step 1        1.00 FTE Sixpence teacher at the pre-school at KEC
(contingent upon her ability to obtain proper certification)
Dianne Halligan         BA, Step 8        1.00 FTE French teacher at Kearney High School
Sarah Essay              BA+36, Step 5  1.00 FTE English teacher at Kearney High School
Rebecca Pettz           BA, Step 1         1.00 FTE business teacher at Kearney High School
Gabrielle Saltzgaber  BA, Step 1         1.00 FTE SPED resource teacher at Sunrise Middle School
Sherri Ballard          BS+9, Step 8     .75 FTE SPED resource teacher at Central Elementary School
(contingent upon her ability to secure proper certification)
Nathan Coan            BS, Step 1         1.00 FTE social science teacher at Kearney High School
Doug Dennis            BA, Step 1          .50 FTE physical education teacher at Windy Hills School
Emily Drake             BA, Step 3         1.00 FTE 2nd grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School
Emily Campbell        MA, Step 5         1.00 FTE kindergarten teacher at Emerson Elementary School
Lori Romatzke          BS+9, Step 8     1.00 FTE 5th grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School
Hope Gillaspy           BA, Step 3         .75 FTE physical education teacher at Kenwood Elementary School
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to employ the following teaching staff in the Kearney Public Schools for the 2014-2015 school year: Lindsie Lybarger, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE Sixpence teacher at the pre-school at KEC (contingent upon her ability to obtain proper certification); Dianne Halligan, BA, Step 8, 1.00 FTE French teacher at Kearney High School; Sarah Essay, BA+36, Step 5, 1.00 FTE English teacher at Kearney High School; Rebecca Pettz, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE business teacher at Kearney High School; Gabrielle Saltzgaber, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE SPED resource teacher at Sunrise Middle School; Sherri Ballard, BS+9, Step 8, .75 FTE SPED resource teacher at Central Elementary School (contingent on her ability to secure proper certification; Nathan Coan, BS, Step 1, 1.00 FTE social studies teacher at Kearney High School; Doug Dennis, BA, Step 1, .50 FTE physical education teacher at Windy Hills Elementary School; Emily Drake, BA, Step 3, 1.00 FTE 2nd grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School; Emily Campbell, MA, Step 5, 1.00 FTE kindergarten teacher at Emerson Elementary School; Lori Romatzke, BS+9, Step 8, 1.00 FTE 5th grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School; and Hope Gillaspy, BA, Step 3, .75 FTE physical education teacher at Kenwood Elementary School.
Action(s):
Move to employ the following teaching staff in the Kearney Public Schools for the 2014-2015 school year: Lindsie Lybarger, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE Sixpence teacher at the pre-school at KEC (contingent upon her ability to obtain proper certification); Dianne Halligan, BA, Step 8, 1.00 FTE French teacher at Kearney High School; Sarah Essay, BA+36, Step 5, 1.00 FTE English teacher at Kearney High School; Rebecca Pettz, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE business teacher at Kearney High School; Gabrielle Saltzgaber, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE SPED resource teacher at Sunrise Middle School; Sherri Ballard, BS+9, Step 8, .75 FTE SPED resource teacher at Central Elementary School (contingent on her ability to secure proper certification; Nathan Coan, BS, Step 1, 1.00 FTE social studies teacher at Kearney High School; Doug Dennis, BA, Step 1, .50 FTE physical education teacher at Windy Hills Elementary School; Emily Drake, BA, Step 3, 1.00 FTE 2nd grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School; Emily Campbell, MA, Step 5, 1.00 FTE kindergarten teacher at Emerson Elementary School; Lori Romatzke, BS+9, Step 8, 1.00 FTE 5th grade teacher at Emerson Elementary School; and Hope Gillaspy, BA, Step 3, .75 FTE physical education teacher at Kenwood Elementary School. Passed with a motion by Doug McCarty.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5. Regular Agenda - Business
5.A. Approval of Refinancing of 2009 Bonds
Rationale:  The district has the opportunity to refinance a portion of the bonds sold from the 2009 bond issue.  It is estimated that the cost savings will be approximately $850,000.  We will ask that the Board of Education approve this refinancing of bonds.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the refinancing of a portion of the 2009 bond issue, as indicated in the attached resolution and bond documents.
Action(s):
Move to approve the refinancing of a portion of the 2009 bond issue, as indicated in the attached resolution and bond documents. Passed with a motion by and a second by Angela Nickel.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
5.B. Acceptance of Bid for Grading Work at New Kearney High School Site
Rationale:  Bids for the grading work at the new high school site were opened on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. Two firms submitted bids for the work.  The low bid was submitted by Broadfoot Sand and Gravel Co. of Kearney in the amount of $1,506,855.51.  We will recommend that the Board of Education accept the low bid of Broadfoot Sand and Gravel Co., Inc.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the bid of Broadfoot Sand and Gravel Co., Inc., of Kearney, in the amount of $1,506,855.51, for the grading work at the new high school site.
Action(s):
Move to accept the bid of Broadfoot Sand and Gravel Co., Inc., of Kearney, in the amount of $1,506,855.51, for the grading work at the new high school site. 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 - Miscellaneous
6.A. First Reading Approval of New & Revised Board Polices & Rules
Rationale:  Each year, after the state legislative session has concluded, our legal counsel provides us with information regarding revisions or additions that need to be made to our Board of Education policies, rules, procedures and handbooks regarding changes in the law.  This year's changes include:

Policy 5400.1, 4133/4233/0340, & 5400.6 - (Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco) and (Student Discipline) -

These policies have been revised to include more explicit language to address additional tobacco products that are now on the market and their prohibited use by students, staff and the public on school property, as well as additional language regarding firearms. 

Policy 7200.4 - (Bidding/Proposing Construction Projects) -

This policy has been revised to reflect changes in the bid notice publication requirements and the total dollar amount of a project before an architect or engineer needs to be retained for said project.

Rule 5100 - (Attendance and Excessive Absenteeism) -

Rule 5100 has been revised as a result of LB464, which amended State Statute 79-209 regarding attendance and truancy.  This revised policy changes the language to "School Excused" and "Not Excused" Absences.  Language has been added regarding impossible or impracticable barriers to a student attending school and the development of a collaborative plan to reduce the barriers identified to improve regular attendance.  The revised policy also addresses the conditions under which the County Attorney may be notified of students with excessive absences.

Policy 3541.11 - (Safe Pupil Transportation Plan) -

This policy was revised as a result of an amendment to NDE Rule 91, adding the procedure that is to be followed in the event the drop-off location is uncertain or appears unsafe to leave students.

Rule 5500.1 - (Health) -

This revision is a result of LB923 which amended the concussion statutes 71-9103 to 71-9106 to add the requirement that schools: "Establish a "return to learn" protocol for students that have sustained a concussion. 

Policy 4121.1/4221.2 - (Suicide Awareness & Prevention Training) -

Also a part of LB923 is a requirement, beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, that school districts provide at least one hour of suicide awareness and prevention training to all public school nurses, teachers, counselors, school psychologists, administrators, school social workers, and any other appropriate personnel.

NDE will develop a list of approved training materials for schools to use.

Policy 4104/4204 - (Release of Information) -

LB907 prohibits public employers from asking an applicant for employment to disclose information concerning the applicant's criminal record or history, until the employer has determined the applicant meets the minimum employment qualifications.  An exception exists for school districts and ESUs to ask an applicant's criminal record or history relating to "sexual or physical abuse."



 










 

Recommended Motion(s):  Move to give first reading approval to the new and revised Board policies and rules, as presented.
Action(s):
Move to give first reading approval to the new and revised Board policies and rules, as presented. Passed with a motion by and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6.B. Adjournment
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to adjourn the meeting.
Action(s):
Move to adjourn the meeting. Passed with a motion by Tim Higgins and a second by Doug McCarty.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
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