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January 13, 2020 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 Alex Straatmann 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 for topic.  This is an open, public meeting and a copy of the Open Meetings Act is posted in this room. 
2. Reorganization of the Board of Education -
2.A. President of the Board of Education for 2020
Recommended Motion(s):  __________nominated___________ for the office of President of the Board of Education for 2020. ___________seconded the motion. (Any other nominations at this time.)__________moved that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for__________. _________ seconded the motion.
2.B. Vice President of the Board of Education for 2020
Recommended Motion(s):  __________nominated___________ for the office of Vice President of the Board of Education for 2020. __________seconded the motion. (Any other nominations at this time.) _________moved that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for________________. _________seconded the motion.
2.C. Secretary of the Board of Education for 2020
Recommended Motion(s):  __________nominated___________ for the office of Secretary of the Board of Education for 2020. __________seconded the motion. (Any other nominations at this time.) __________ moved that nominations cease and that a unanimous ballot be cast for_____________. ___________seconded the motion.
3. Presentations -
3.A. Recognition of Jill Clevenger, NAESP "Nebraska Elementary Principal of the Year"
Rationale:  We will recognize Jill Clevenger, principal of Kenwood Elementary School, for recently being named the Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals' "Nebraska Elementary Principal of the Year".
3.B. Facilities Report
Rationale:  Kent Cordes of BD Construction will report on progress being made on the Sunrise Middle School and Kearney High School construction and renovation projects. 
Attachments:
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 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.
Attachments:
4.A. Approval of the Minutes of the December 16, 2019 Meeting
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the minutes of the December 16, 2019 regular Board of Education meeting, as presented.
4.B. Approval of the January, 2020 Claims
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the January, 2020 claims, as presented.
4.C. Approval of the January, 2020 Financial Reports
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the January, 2020 financial reports, as presented.
4.D. Approval of Check Signing Authority for 2020
Rationale:  With the new calendar year, the Board of Education is asked to approve check signing authority for the school district.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the following check signing authority in the Kearney Public Schools for 2020 at Nebraskaland Bank - President and Secretary of the Board of Education, Mr. Chris Nelson, and Mrs. Jenae Dahlstedt.
5. Regular Agenda - Business
5.A. Approval of Purchase Agreement
Rationale:  We have an opportunity to purchase property at 3907 6th Avenue from Arram Equities, Inc., for a purchase price of $1,700,000, with a closing date of January 14, 2020.  We will recommend that the Board of Education approve this purchase agreement.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the purchase agreement between Arram Equities, Inc., and the Kearney Public School District, for the purchase of Lot One (1), Block One (1), Windsor Estates Fifth Addition to the City of Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska, EXCEPT a portion of said Lot One (1) more particularly described as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of said Lot One (1), thence North a distance of 15 feet along the West line of said Lot One (1); thence Southeasterly to a point on the South line of said Lot One (1); thence West along the South line of said Lot One (1) a distance of 13 feet to the point of beginning, all lying in said Lot One (1); and the West 210.0 feet of the South 70.0 feet of Lot One (1), Block Six (6), Windsor Estates Sixth Addition, an addition to the City of Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska, as the same abuts on the north side of Lot One (1), Block One (1), Windsor Estates Fifth Addition; for a purchase price of One Million Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,700,000.00), with a closing date on this Purchase Agreement of January 14, 2020, as per the conditions of the attached Agreement, and to authorize Dr. Kent Edwards and Mr. Chris Nelson to sign all forms and documents to execute said purchase agreement.
Action(s):
Move to approve the purchase agreement between Arram Equities, Inc., and the Kearney Public School District, for the purchase of Lot One (1), Block One (1), Windsor Estates Fifth Addition to the City of Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska, EXCEPT a portion of said Lot One (1) more particularly described as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of said Lot One (1), thence North a distance of 15 feet along the West line of said Lot One (1); thence Southeasterly to a point on the South line of said Lot One (1); thence West along the South line of said Lot One (1) a distance of 13 feet to the point of beginning, all lying in said Lot One (1); and the West 210.0 feet of the South 70.0 feet of Lot One (1), Block Six (6), Windsor Estates Sixth Addition, an addition to the City of Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska, as the same abuts on the north side of Lot One (1), Block One (1), Windsor Estates Fifth Addition; for a purchase price of One Million Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,700,000.00), with a closing date on this Purchase Agreement of January 14, 2020, as per the conditions of the attached Agreement, and to authorize Dr. Kent Edwards and Mr. Chris Nelson to sign all forms and documents to execute said purchase agreement. This motion, made by Alex Straatmann 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.
Attachments:
5.B. Approval of Perpetual and Exclusive Naming Agreement
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to approve a Perpetual and Exclusive Naming Agreement for the property being purchased from Arram Equities, Inc.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to approve the Perpetual and Exclusive Naming Agreement for the property purchased from Arram Equities, Inc., at 3907 6th Avenue, Kearney, Nebraska, as per the attached agreement; and authorize Dr. Kent Edwards and Mr. Chris Nelson to sign all forms and documents to execute said agreement.
Action(s):
Move to approve the Perpetual and Exclusive Naming Agreement for the property purchased from Arram Equities, Inc., at 3907 6th Avenue, Kearney, Nebraska, as per the attached agreement; and authorize Dr. Kent Edwards and Mr. Chris Nelson to sign all forms and documents to execute said agreement. This motion, made by Alex Straatmann 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.
Attachments:
6. Regular Agenda - Personnel
6.A. Acceptance of Retirement Resignation
Rationale:  We have received a letter of retirement resignation from Mr. Lance Fuller, Director of Human Resources for the Kearney Public Schools, effective June 30, 2020.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to accept the retirement resignation of Mr. Lance Fuller, Director of Human Resources for the Kearney Public Schools, with regret, effective June 30, 2020.
Action(s):
Move to accept the retirement resignation of Mr. Lance Fuller, Director of Human Resources for the Kearney Public Schools, with regret, effective June 30, 2020. This motion, made by Alex Straatmann 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.
7. Regular Agenda - Miscellaneous
7.A. First Reading Approval & Waiver of Second Reading Approval of Revised Internal Board Policies 9230 and 9230.1
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to give first reading approval and waive second reading approval of revised Internal Board Policies 9230 and 9230.1 (Standing Committees) and (Standing Committees/Special and Temporary Committees).

The Board wishes to remove the Curriculum Committee from the list of Board standing committees and address curriculum reviews and other curriculum matters through another process.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to give first reading approval and waive second reading approval to revised Internal Board Policies 9230 and 9230.1, as presented.
Action(s):
Move to give first reading approval and waive second reading approval to revised Internal Board Policies 9230 and 9230.1, 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:
7.B. Board Committee Assignments for 2020
Rationale:  With the new calendar year and reorganization of the Board of Education, the Board needs to assign members to the various standing committees for 2020.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to appoint __________, __________and_________to the Board Personnel Committee; _________,_________and________to the Board Finance Committee; ________, _________, and _________ to the Committee on American Civics; and___________, _________ and_________to the Board Negotiations Committee; for 2020.
Action(s):
Move to appoint __________, __________and_________to the Board Personnel Committee; _________,_________and________to the Board Finance Committee; ________, _________, and _________ to the Committee on American Civics; and___________, _________ and_________to the Board Negotiations Committee; for 2020. This motion, made by Mr. Jon Watts 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. First Reading Approval of Revised Policy 4106 (Release from Contract)
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to give first reading approval to revised Policy 4106 (Release from Contract) with the change in the notification date
from June 1 to April 15.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to give first reading approval to revised Policy 4106 (Release from Contract), as presented.
Action(s):
Move to give first reading approval to revised Policy 4106 (Release from Contract), as presented. This motion, made by Angela Nickel 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:
7.D. Closed Session
Rationale:  The Board of Education will require a closed session at the conclusion of the January 13, 2020 Board of Education meeting for the purpose of discussing teacher negotiations, to conduct a strategy session in regard to the Superintendent's contract negotiations for 2020-21, and to discuss other personnel matters to prevent needless injury to the reputation of the person and if such person has not requested a hearing.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to closed session for the purpose of discussing teacher negotiations, to conduct a strategy session in regard to the Superintendent's contract negotiations for 2020-2021, and to discuss other personnel matters 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 discussing teacher negotiations, to conduct a strategy session in regard to the Superintendent's contract negotiations for 2020-2021, and to discuss other personnel matters to prevent needless injury to the reputation of the person and if such person has not requested a hearing. This motion, made by Mr. Jon Watts 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.
7.E. Return to Open Session
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to return to open session.
7.F. Discuss, Consider, and Take All Necessary Action Regarding the Terms of Employment for Dr. Kent Edwards, Superintendent of Schools, commencing July 1, 2020.
Rationale:  We will ask the Board of Education to set the contract terms for Dr. Kent Edwards, Superintendent of Schools, commencing July 1, 2020.
Recommended Motion(s):  Move that the Board should and does hereby approve the contract of employment for Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kent Edwards, a copy of which is incorporated herein by this reference and maintained in the records of the School District, and authorizes and directs the President of the Board of Education to execute the contract of employment on behalf of the School District, and cause such contract to be posted on the school district's website, along with a reasonable estimate and description of all current and future costs to the School District that will be incurred as a result of such contract, pursuant to the Superintendent Pay Transparency Act, Neb. Rev. Stat. 79-2401 to 79-2405.
7.G. Adjournment
Recommended Motion(s):  Move to adjourn the meeting.
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