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December 16, 2019 at 5:30 PM - Regular Monthly Meeting of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education

Agenda
1. Holiday Music Provided by Kearney High School Chorale
2. Routine Business -
2.A. Call to Order
2.B. Pledge of Allegiance
2.C. Roll Call
2.C.I. Excuse Absent Board Member
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to excuse Board Member_________from the meeting.
2.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.
2.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 the 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 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.
3. Presentations -
3.A. Report on Bright Futures Pre-school Programs
Rationale:  Megan Schmidt, KEC principal, will report on the various KPS Bright Futures Pre-school programs.
Attachments:
3.B. Facilities Report
Rationale:  Kent Cordes from BD Construction will report to the Board of Education on the progress being made on the Sunrise Middle School and Kearney High School construction and renovation projects.
Attachments:
3.C. Follow-up Report from the 2019 NASB State Education Conference
Rationale:  The Board of Education members who attended the 2019 NASB State Education Conference in Omaha, as well as Mr. Mundorf, Dr. Edwards, Chelsea Feusner, and Melissa Herrmann, will report on the sessions they attended at the conference.
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. This motion, made by Kathy Gifford and seconded by Drew Blessing, 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:
4.A. Approval of Minutes of the November 11, 2019 Meeting
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the minutes of the November 11, 2019 regular Board of Education meeting, as presented.
4.B. Approval of the December, 2019 Claims
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the December, 2019 claims, as presented.
4.C. Approval of the December, 2019 Financial Reports
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the December, 2019 financial reports, as presented.
5. Regular Agenda - Business
5.A. Approval of Refinancing of Bonds
Rationale:  The district is seeking to refinance its 2011 and 2014 Bonds.  It is estimated at the time of the refinancing, the district will save $595,686.35 on the Series 2011 Bonds, and $401,203.22 on the Series 2014 Bonds.  The estimated refunding date will be in January.  We will ask the Board of Education to approve the refinancing of these bonds.
Attachments:
5.A.I. Approval of Refinancing of Series 2011 Bonds
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the refinancing of the Series 2011 Bonds, as indicated in the attached resolution and bond documents.
Action(s):
Move to approve the refinancing of the Series 2011 Bonds, as indicated in the attached resolution and bond documents. Alex - was competitive process and others intersted. Jon W. - Not saving us money but saings the taxperys this money. 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.
5.A.II. Approval of Refinancing of Series 2014 Bonds
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the refinancing of the Series 2014 Bonds, as indicated in the attached resolution and bond documents.
Action(s):
Move to approve the refinancing of the Series 2014 Bonds, as indicated in the attached resolution and bond documents. 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.
6. Regular Agenda - Personnel
6.A. Acceptance of Resignation
Rationale:  We have received a letter of resignation from Lauren Hubley, French teacher at Kearney High School, effective the end of first semester of the 2019-2020 school year.  We will ask the Board of Education to consider acceptance of this resignation.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the resignation of Lauren Hubley, French teacher at Kearney High School, with regret, effective the end of first semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
Action(s):
Move to accept the resignation of Lauren Hubley, French teacher at Kearney High School, with regret, effective the end of first semester of the 2019-2020 school year. 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.
6.B. Approval of Employment Recommendation
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to approve the employment of the following certificated staff from January 2, 2020 through May 21, 2020:

Keith Swift, MA, Step 8, 1.00 FTE science teacher at Kearney High School

Keith earned his BA and MA from UNK with endorsements in math and science 4-9 and principal 7-12.  His experience includes being an 8th grade science teacher at Lincoln Public Schools, and a high school math teacher at Cozad Public Schools.  He will be a science teacher at Kearney High School.

 
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the employment of Keith Swift, MA, Step 8, as a 1.00 FTE science teacher at Kearney High School, from January 2, 2020 through May 21, 2020.
Action(s):
Move to approve the employment of Keith Swift, MA, Step 8, as a 1.00 FTE science teacher at Kearney High School, from January 2, 2020 through May 21, 2020. 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.
7. Regular Agenda - Miscellaneous
7.A. Set Date for Winter Special Board Retreat Meeting
Rationale:  The Board of Education conducts two retreats each year to discuss educational topics in a more in-depth manner.  We will ask the Board of Education to set the date for the winter special retreat meeting.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to set______________, ___________, 2020, at_______P.M. in the_________________________ for a special retreat meeting of the Board of Education.
Action(s):
Move to set Sunday, January 19, ___________, 2020, at__6:00_____P.M. in the_________________________ for a special retreat meeting of the Board of Education. 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.
7.B. Closed Session
Rationale:  The Board of Education will need to conduct a closed session for the purpose of conducting a performance evaluation of the Superintendent.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to closed session for the purpose of conducting a performance evaluation of the Superintendent, to prevent needless injury to the reputation of the person and if such person has not requested a hearing.
Action(s):
Move to closed session for the purpose of conducting a performance evaluation of the Superintendent, to prevent needless injury to the reputation of the person and if such person has not requested a hearing. This motion, made by Drew Blessing 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.
7.C. Return to Open Session
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to return to open session.
7.D. Adjournment
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to adjourn the meeting, sine die.
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