Public Meeting Agenda: January 12, 2015 at 5:30 PM - Regular Monthly Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education

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January 12, 2015 at 5:30 PM - Regular Monthly Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education Agenda

January 12, 2015 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. Oath of Office
Rationale:  We will administer the "Oath of Office" to newly-elected Board member, Alex Straatmann; and re-elected Board members Julie Agard and Dave Glover.
1.D. Roll Call
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.  He said 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 topic.  This is an open, public meeting and a copy of the Open Meetings Act is posted in this room.
1.F. 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. Passed with a motion by and a second by Julie Agard.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
2. Reorganization of the Board of Education for 2015
2.A. President of the Board of Education for 2015
Rationale:  We will entertain nominations for the office of President of the Board of Education for 2015 at this time.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to nominate_________________for the office of President of the Board of Education for 2015. _________________ seconded the motion.(Any other nominations at this time.) Move that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for____________. _____________seconded the motion.
Action(s):
Angie Move to nominate Jon Wattsfor the office of President of the Board of Education for 2015. Alex seconded the motion.(Any other nominations at this time.) Move that nominations cease and that a Dave ballot be cast for Watts. Angie seconded the motion. Jon - Appreciat opportunity and thanks to colleagues. Passion for the Board and constantly evaluation how we tell our story to embrace communication and best pracies that we can look at in toehr districts and thanks to Julie for all of her work with the bond issue and high school walls goign up and great graduating class. Excellent role. Julie - It was a team effot and apprecaite all help and support. Passed with a motion by Julie Agard and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
2.B. Vice President of the Board of Education for 2015
Rationale:  We will entertain nominations for the office of Vice President of the Board of Education for 2015 at this time.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to nominate_______________for the office of Vice President of the Board of Education for 2015. ______________seconded the motion. (Any other nominations at this time.) Move that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for_________________. ______________seconded the motion.
2.C. Secretary of the Board of Education for 2015
Rationale:  We will entertain nominations for the office of Secretary of the Board of Education for 2015 at this time.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to nominate________________for the office of Secretary of the Board of Education for 2015. _________________seconded the motion.(Any other nominations at this time.) Move that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for__________________. ________________seconded the motion.
Action(s):
Move to nominate________________for the office of Secretary of the Board of Education for 2015. _________________seconded the motion.(Any other nominations at this time.) Move that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for__________________. ________________seconded the motion. Passed with a motion by Angela Nickel and a second by Dave Glover.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
3. Presentations -
3.A. Recognition of Chelsea Feusner
Rationale:  Chelsea Feusner, Buffalo Hills Elementary School principal, has been  named the Nebraska Associatio nof Elementary School Principals' "New Principal of the Year" for 2014-2015.  She was also elected President-Elect for Region IV of the NAESP.  We will recognize Chelsea for this outstanding designation.
3.B. Recognition of Lori Schulte
Rationale:  The Nebraska Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese has selected Lori Schulte, Spanish teacher at Horizon Middle School, as the "2014 Spanish Teacher of the Year".  The organization recognizes teachers for their contribution and dedication to the field of foreign language education in Nebraska.  We will recognize her for this special achievement.
3.C. Recognition of Cindy Kuhl
Rationale:  Cindy Kuhl, paraeducator at Kenwood Elementary School, was named the 2014 "Nebraska Paraeducator of the Year" at the Nebraska Paraeducator Conference in Kearney recently.
3.D. Facilities Report
Rationale:  Kent Cordes from BD Construction will update the Board of Education on progress made on the new high school construction project, as well as progress on planning for the middle school additions and renovations.
Attachments:
3.E. Announcement of "Nebraska School Board Recognition Week"
Rationale:  The week of January 25-31, 2015 has been designated "Nebraska School Board Recognition Week".
We will recognize our Board of Education members for their dedication and hard work on behalf of the students in the Kearney Public Schools.
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 Julie Agard and a second by Angela Nickel.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
4.A. Approval of the Minutes of the December 8, 2014 Regular Board of Education Meeting
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the minutes of the December 8, 2014 regular Board of Education meeting, as presented.
4.B. Approval of the January, 2015 Claims
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the January, 2015 claims, as presented.
4.C. Approval of the January, 2015 Financial Reports
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the January, 2015 financial reports, as presented.
4.D. Approval of Check Signing Authority for 2015
Rationale:  With the beginning of each calendar year, we need to ask the Board of Education to approve check signing authority for the school district for the new year. 

Nebraskaland Bank & Wells Fargo Bank -

President and Secretary of the Board of Education, Chris Nelson & Patricia Maurer

Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the following check signing authority in the Kearney Public Schools for 2015 - Nebraskaland Bank & Wells Fargo Bank - President and Secretary of the Board of Education, Chris Nelson & Patricia Maurer
4.E. Approval of Sale of Construction Technology Class Project House
Rationale:  The Kearney High School construction technology project house at 1605 East 47th Street, has been sold to Thad and Erin Rachow for a price of $232,000.  Closing on the sale of the house will be held on Friday, January 16, 2015.  We will ask the Board of Education to approve the purchase agreement for the sale of the house and authorize the administration to sign all necessary forms and documents to execute said sale.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the purchase agreement with Thad and Erin Rachow for the KHS construction technology project house at 1605 East 47th Street, for a sale price of $232,000, and authorize the administration to sign all necessary forms and documents to execute said sale.
4.F. Approval of Request by KEA to be Recognized as Official Bargaining Agent
Rationale:  The Kearney Education Association is asking to be recognized as the official bargaining agent for the district's non-supervisory certificated staff for the 2016-2017 school year.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to recognize the Kearney Education Association as the official bargaining agent for the district's non-supervisory certificated staff for the 2016-2017 school year.
5. Regular Agenda - Personnel
5.A. Ratification of the Negotiated Agreement with the Kearney Education Association
Rationale:  The Board of Education has completed the negotiations process with the Kearney Education Association for contract terms for the 2015-2016 school year, so we will ask the Board to ratify the negotiated agreement.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to ratify the negotiated agreement with the Kearney Education Association for contract terms for the 2015-2016 contract year, as presented.
Action(s):
Move to ratify the negotiated agreement with the Kearney Education Association for contract terms for the 2015-2016 contract year, as presented. Passed with a motion by Julie Agard and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6. Regular Agenda - Miscellaneous
6.A. Approval of the 2015-2016 Conventional School Calendar
Rationale:  The proposed conventional calendar for the 2015-2016 school year has been presented for review to the KEA communications committee, the superintendent's parent committee, the leadership council and the executive cabinet.  We are presenting this proposed conventional calendar to the Board of Education for consideration and approval.  This calendar is consistent with the calendar for the 2014-2015 school year.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the conventional calendar for the Kearney Public Schools for the 2015-2016 school year, as presented.
Action(s):
Move to approve the conventional calendar for the Kearney Public Schools for the 2015-2016 school year, as presented. Passed with a motion by Alex Straatmann and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
6.B. Appointment of Board Committee Assignments for 2015
Rationale:  With the beginning of the new calendar year, we customarily assign Board of Education members to the various Board committees for the upcoming year. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to appoint____________, ___________, and ____________to the Board Personnel Committee; to appoint ___________, ___________, and ___________to the Board Finance Committee; and to appoint_________________ to the NSBA Advocacy Institute, for 2015.
Action(s):
Move to appoint____________, ___________, and ____________to the Board Personnel Committee; to appoint ___________, ___________, and ___________to the Board Finance Committee; and to appoint_________________ to the NSBA Advocacy Institute, for 2015. Passed with a motion by Dave Glover and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6.C. Adjournment
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to adjourn the meeting.
Action(s):
Move to adjourn the meeting. Passed with a motion by Angela Nickel and a second by Julie Agard.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
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