Public Meeting Agenda: May 11, 2015 at 5:30 PM - Regular Monthly Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education

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May 11, 2015 at 5:30 PM - Regular Monthly Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education Agenda

May 11, 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. Roll Call
1.D. Public Participation
Rationale:  This is the portion of the meeting 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 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 the meeting, as presented.
Action(s):
Move to approve the agenda for the meeting, as presented. Passed with a motion by Angela Nickel and a second by Julie Agard.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
2. Presentations -
2.A. Recognition of Erynn Dahlke for First Place Award at State Journalism Competition
Rationale:  Erynn Dahlke, a KHS junior and journalism student, won first place in Yearbook Feature Writing at the State Journalism Competition in Lincoln on April 27, 2015.  We will recognize her for this accomplishment.
2.B. Recognition of KHS State Gold Medal SkillsUSA Engineering Technology Team
Rationale:  Kearney High School seniors, Jared Nightingale, Juston Radcliffe, and Jonah Staab brought home a gold medal for competing in the Engineering Technology/Design Contest recently at the Nebraska SkillsUSA State Conference in Omaha.  The Engineering Technology/Design Contest is intended to recognize an outstanding engineering design project that has been developed by a 3-member team of engineering students.  The team presented its innovative idea, along with a storyboard, a design prototype, and engineering notebook.  The team's innovative design is a skateboard wheel that will rotate in two different axis.  This allows the skateboard to be ridden in the traditional manner forward and back, but also sideways.  By winning their contest, the team has qualified for the National SkillsUSA Contest being held in Louisville, Kentucky this summer.  At the national level, the team will compete during a multi-day event testing their knowledge, design abilities, and communication skills.
2.C. Recognition of KHS HOSA State Winners and National Convention Qualifiers
Rationale:  The KHS HOSA Chapter participated in the State HOSA Leadership Conference in Norfolk, March 23 & 24.
Four of the students will compete at Nationals in Anaheim, Ca., in June. National qualifiers are:

Macy Cool: Outstanding Chapter
Katie Thorn: Career Health Display, Nursing Assisting, Barbara James Service Award
Annastazia Stofer:  Creative Problem Solving, Medical Math
Hannah Sickler:  Creative Problem Solving, Health Poster, HOSA Bowl
Jazy Miles: HOSA Bowl, Career Health Display
Jessica Fritson: Creative Problem Solving, HOSA Bowl, Career Health Display
Kyah Kincade: Human Growth and Development
Kelsey Stithem: Outstanding Leader

The chapter also received National Service Project Recognition which is the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society
2.D. Recognition of KHS FBLA State Winners and National Leadership Conference Qualifiers
Rationale:  The Kearney High School FBLA Chapter has five students who have qualified for the National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Il., June 28-July 3, 2015.  Adrienne Cavill and Tianna Engen will be competing in marketing.  Mia Kegley will join three other Nebraska FBLA members on the Nebraska Parliamentary Procedure Team.  Connor Sears will be competing in Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure.  The Chapter also won the Gold Seal Award for Merit.
2.E. Recognition of the KHS FCCLA State Leadership Conference Winners & National Qualifiers
Rationale:  Eight students from KHS competed in STAR events at the FCCLA State Leadership Conference.  Three teams earned State Champion or State Runner-up status, thus earing the opportunity to represent Nebraska at the National Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C., July 4-10, 2015.  State results are:

Mia Kegley, State Champion, Recycle Redesign Jr., Gold Medal, National qualifier
Ashton Malcom & Donnie Axtell, State Runner-up, Environmental Ambassador, Silver Medal,
     National qualifier
Mikala Fitzgerald, Karla Chavez, Shelby Winchester, State Runner-up, Interior Design, Gold, National
     qualifier
Sarah Synek and Jessie Harris, National qualifier, Chapter Service Project Display, Gold Medal

2.F. KPS Healthy Schools Report
Rationale:  Dr. Renner and team will update the Board of Education on Kearney Public Schools' "healthy schools" status
looking at activities, achievement related to fitness, policy changes, and challenges. 
2.G. Follow-up Report from the NASB National Education Conference
Rationale:  Since Alex Straatmann was not able to attend the April regular Board of Education meeting, we will ask him to report this month on the sessions he attended at the NSBA National Education Conference in Nashville, Tn. in March.
2.H. Facilities Update
Rationale:  Kent Cordes from BD Construction will bring the Board of Education up to date on progress at the new high school and Horizon Middle School renovation and construction projects.
Attachments:
2.I. Legislative Update
Rationale:  Dr. Maher will bring the Board of Education up to date on recent activity in the Nebraska Unicameral as it relates to education.
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 Tim Higgins and a second by Julie Agard.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
3.A. Approval of Minutes of the April 13, 2015 Regular Board of Education Meeting
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the minutes of the April 13, 2015 regular Board of Education meeting, as presented.
3.B. Approval of the May Claims
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the May claims, as presented.
3.C. Approval of the May Financial Reports
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the May financial reports, as presented.
3.D. Approval of Kearney Public Schools Student Fee Schedule for the 2015-2016 School Year
Rationale:  Mr. Nelson will present the Student Fee Schedule for the 2015-2016 school year.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the Kearney Public Schools Student Fee Schedule for the 2015-2016 school year.
3.E. Approval of the SkillsUSA National Qualifiers' Trip to the National SkillsUSA Competition in Louisville, Ky.
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to approve the trip for Jared Nightingale, Juston Radcliffe, and Jonah Staab to attend the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky, June 22-27, 2015, with no direct cost incurred by the school district.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve trip of the SkillsUSA national qualifiers from KHS to attend the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky, June 22-27, 2015, with no direct cost incurred by the school district.
3.F. Approval of KHS FCCLA National Qualifiers to attend the National FCCLA Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to approve the trip of the KHS FCCLA national qualifiers to the National FCCLA Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C., July 4-10, 2015, with no direct cost incurred by the school district.
Recommended Motion(s):  Moveto approve the trip of the KHS FCCLA national qualifiers to the National FCCLA Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C., July 4-10, 2015, with no direct cost incurred by the school district.
3.G. Approval of Trip for the KHS HOSA National Qualifiers to attend the National HOSA Convention in Anaheim, Ca.
Rationale:  The KHS HOSA Chapter national qualifiers would like permission to attend the HOSA National Convention in Anaheim, Ca., in June, 2015, with no direct cost incurred by the school district.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the trip of the KHS HOSA Chapter national qualifiers to the HOSA National Convention in Anaheim, Ca., in June, 2015, with no direct cost incurred by the school district.
3.H. Approval of Middle Schools Quiz Bowl Team Trip to Chicago, Il., June 5-9, 2015
Rationale:  We have had Quiz Bowl participants from our middle schools qualify for national Quiz Bowl competition in Chicago, Il., June 5-9, 2015, so we will ask the Board of Education to approve this trip.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the middle schools Quiz Bowl participants trip to national Quiz Bowl competition in Chicago, Il., June 5-9, 2015.
4. Regular Agenda - Business
4.A. Removal of Approval of Change Order KHS-003 from the Table
Rationale:  Last month, this item was tabled from any action by the Board of Education, so we will ask the Board of Education to remove this item from the table for further discussion and action.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to remove the approval of change order KHS-003 from the table.
Action(s):
Move to remove the approval of change order KHS-003 from the table. Passed with a motion by Dave Glover and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
4.B. Approval of Change Order KHS-003
Rationale:  We are presenting to the Board of Education for consideration, Change Order KHS-003 from Sampson Construction for the following items:

1. Delete the 4" concrete sidewalk along West 11th St. under the provisions of Alternate No. 4 for a DEDUCT of $24,879.00;

2. Delete the 4" concrete sidewalk along 30th Avenue under the provisions of Alternate No. 5 for a DEDUCT of $18,059.00;

3. Adjust Sampson Construction Company's construction manager fee for a DEDUCT of $1,138.00;

4. Adjust Sampson Constuction Company's bond for a DEDUCT of $264.00;

for a total contract sum DECREASE of $44,340.00.
Action(s):
Rrejct the change order KHS-003 and that a KPS Board of Education direct a letter form Watts to City Countil tot ake any and all actions to the City to ahv a continual sidewalk to the proposed sidewalks at KHS and timed to be consistent with oour KPS sidewalks Passed with a motion by Dave Glover and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
4.C. Approval of Beverage Contract for the School District
Rationale:  The school district is seeking approval for a district-wide exclusive beverage contract.  The current 5-year agreement ends June 30, 2015.
Action(s):
Approve the bereage contact with Coca Cola and run for 7 years. Passed with a motion by Alex Straatmann and a second by Angela Nickel.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
5. Regular Agenda - Personnel
5.A. Discuss, Consider and Take All Necessary Action with Regard to Employee Resignations and Agreements Related Thereto
Rationale:  We have received letters of retirement resignation from Pam Dickinson, alternative education/progress school teacher at Kearney High School; Cindy Foote, physical education/adaptive physical education teacher at Kearney High School; and Barb Langenberg, special education teacher at Horizon Middle School; and letters of resignation from Beth Sloan, special education life skills teacher at Kearney High School; Jessica Kaskie, counselor at Windy Hills Elementary School; and Sarah Sundermeier-Norseen, special education teacher at Bryant and Windy Hills Elementary Schools.  We will ask the Board of Education to accept these retirement resignations, resignations, and resignation agreements, with regret, effective the end of the 2014-2015 contract year.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the retirement resignations, resignations, and agreements related thereto from: Pam Dickinson, alternative education/progress school teacher at Kearney High School; Cindy Foote, physical education/adaptive physical education teacher at Kearney High School; Barb Langenberg, special education teacher at Horizon Middle School; Beth Sloan, special education life skills teacher at Kearney High School; Jessica Kaskie, counselor at Windy Hills Elementary School; and Sarah Sundermeier-Norseen, special education teacher at Bryant and Windy Hills Elementary Schools; with regret, effective the end of their 2014-2015 contract year.
Action(s):
Move to accept the retirement resignations, resignations, and agreements related thereto from: Pam Dickinson, alternative education/progress school teacher at Kearney High School; Cindy Foote, physical education/adaptive physical education teacher at Kearney High School; Barb Langenberg, special education teacher at Horizon Middle School; Beth Sloan, special education life skills teacher at Kearney High School; Jessica Kaskie, counselor at Windy Hills Elementary School; and Sarah Sundermeier-Norseen, special education teacher at Bryant and Windy Hills Elementary Schools; with regret, effective the end of their 2014-2015 contract year. Passed with a motion by Dave Glover and a second by Tim Higgins.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
5.B. Teacher Employment Recommendations
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to employ the following teaching staff for the 2015-2016 school year:

Drake Beranek        MA, Step 2     1.00 FTE health and physical education teacher at Kearney High School
Johanna Osborn      BA, Step 1      1.00 FTE 5th grade teacher at Central Elementary School
Kathleen Sladek      BA, Step 1      1.00 FTE social studies teacher at Kearney High School
Alison Buescher       MA, Step 5     1.00 FTE life science teacher at Kearney High School
Allison Birdwell        BA, Step 4      1.00 FTE severe/profound special education teacher at KHS
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to employ the following teaching staff in the Kearney Public Schools for the 2015-2016 school year: Drake Beranek, MA, Step 2, 1.00 FTE health and physical education teacher at Kearney High School; Johanna Osborn, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE 5th grade teacher at Central Elementary School; Kathleen Sladek, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE social studies teacher at Kearney High School; Alison Buescher, MA, Step 5, 1.00 FTE life science teacher at Kearney High School; and Allison Birdwell, BA, Step 4, 1.00 FTE severe/profound special education teacher at Kearney High School.
Action(s):
Move to employ the following teaching staff in the Kearney Public Schools for the 2015-2016 school year: Drake Beranek, MA, Step 2, 1.00 FTE health and physical education teacher at Kearney High School; Johanna Osborn, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE 5th grade teacher at Central Elementary School; Kathleen Sladek, BA, Step 1, 1.00 FTE social studies teacher at Kearney High School; Alison Buescher, MA, Step 5, 1.00 FTE life science teacher at Kearney High School; and Allison Birdwell, BA, Step 4, 1.00 FTE severe/profound special education teacher at Kearney High School. Passed with a motion by Alex Straatmann and a second by Angela Nickel.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5.C. Approval of Employment of Superintendent Search Firm
Rationale:  The Board Personnel Committee will make a recommendation to the full Board of Education regarding the selection of a superintendent search firm.
Action(s):
Move to Baker and Ristowski Passed with a motion by Tim Higgins and a second by Angela Nickel.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6. Regular Agenda - Miscellaneous
6.A. Set Board Summer Retreat Date
Rationale:  We need to set a date, time and location for the Board of Education's summer retreat.  We will discuss the options available for Board members and establish the details of the retreat.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to set____________, ____________, 2015, at ________ P.M. at_______________ for a special retreat meeting of the Board of Education.
Action(s):
Move to set Monday, June 22, 2015, at 6:00 P.M. at Whittier Building. for a special retreat meeting of the Board of Education. Passed with a motion by Alex Straatmann 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 Dave Glover and a second by Angela Nickel.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
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