Public Meeting Minutes: January 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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January 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes

January 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting
I. (Legal Counsel will act as Chair) - Call Meeting to Order
Discussion:  Legal Counsel, Eric Knutson, acting as chair, called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
I.a. Oath of Office
Discussion:  Legal Counsel, Eric Knutson, recited the Oath of Office to Scott Hammer, Jeryl Nelson and Carolyn Linster, swearing them in to office of the Wayne Community Schools Board of Education.
I.b. Pledge of Allegiance
I.c. Announce Open Meetings Act Posting and Locations - Wayne Community School, Wayne Public Library, and Wayne Post Office
I.d. Action on Absence and Roll Call
II. Organization of Board for 2015 (Board Policy 1202)
Discussion:  In accordance to Board Policy 1202, Board Operating Procedure, with Legal Counsel acting as chair, nominations for the office of President, Vice President and Recording secretary will be made.
II.a. Elect: President
Discussion:  A motion was made by Mr. Garwood to elect Dr. Linster for Board President. No other nominations were made.
II.b. Elect: Vice-President
Discussion:  A motion was made by Mr. Jorgensen to elect Dr. Nelson for Board Vice President. No other nominations were made.
II.c. Appoint Recording Secretary
Discussion:  Legal Counsel, Eric Knutson, advised the Board they follow State Law, which requires you elect the Recording Secretary rather than appoint. A motion was made by Mr. Garwood to nominate Suzanne Burbach as Recording Secretary. No other nominations were made.
III. (President presides as Chair) - Affirm Current Policy and Regulation Manual as Governing Rules of the District, as listed on the School Website: www.wayneschools.org
Discussion:  Dr. Linster wished a special congratulations to the board and thanked them for all they do, as well as the administration and media.
IV. Board of Education Committee Membership
Discussion:  Dr. Linster asked for a motion to maintain the Board of Education Committee structure, and member composition has changed. Scott Hammer will now serve on the Facilities/Safety, Policy/Title IX and Finance (Inluding Transportaion and Budget) committees. Wendy Consoli will serve as Chair, on the Policy/Title IX committee.
V. Acknowledgement of State Nebraska Bank and Trust of Wayne as Depository Institution, Wayne Herald as Classified Recording Records and Pieper/Miller as Legal Council for Annual Appointment.
Discussion:  A recommendation was made by Mr. Lenihan to acknowledge State Nebraska Bank and Trust of Wayne as Depository Institution, Wayne Herald as Classified Recording Records and Pieper/Miller as Legal Council for Annual Appointment. Charges for Pieper/Miller will be paid on an hourly basis, verses the previous flat fee rate.
VI. Approval of Agenda - The Board may enter Executive Session to discuss any matter for which executive session is lawful and appropriate.
VII. Consent Agenda
Action(s):
Motion to approve consent agenda including minutes from previous meeting and financial claims as presented, passed with a motion by Mr. Rod Garwood and a second by Mr. Scott Hammer.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
VII.a. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
VII.b. Approval of Financial Reports and Claims
VIII. Personnel
VIII.a. Wayne Community Schools Early Leave Incentive Program Agreement
Action(s):
Motion to accept the resignation of Jill Pickinpaugh, Elementary Principal, effective at the end of the 2014-15 school year, with regrets passed with a motion by Mr. Rod Garwood and a second by Mr. Scott Hammer.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  A recommendation was made to accept the resignation of Jill Pickinpaugh, Elementary Principal, effective at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, with regrets. Mrs. Pickinpaugh stated that it's truly been an honor and a privilege to serve the district and she looks forward to spending more time with her parents and grandchildren. The Board thanked Mrs. Pickinpaugh for her 26 years of service to the District and wished her the best.
IX. Communications from the Public and requested presentations
IX.a. Ameritas - Mr. Jay Spearman
Discussion:  Mr. Jay Spearman discussed with the Board the possibility of refinancing the 2010 middle school bonds, with a total savings of $320,475. Mr. Lenihan and Mr. Spearman will work on a resolution to have ready for the Board to vote on in the February Board meeting.
X. Action Items
X.a. Old Business
X.a.I. AIM Document - Second Reading Early Childhood Center
Action(s):
Motion to approve the second reading of the AIM document for an Early Childhood Learning Center program, as presented passed with a motion by Mr. Ken Jorgensen and a second by Mr. Rod Garwood.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  A recommendation was made to the Board to approve the second reading of the AIM document for an Early Childhood Learning Center program. Mr. Lenihan noted the approval would complete the AIM process and would grant approval for the Early Childhood Learning Center to begin in the fall of 2015.
X.a.II. Personnel
Action(s):
Motion to approve the new positions of; 1.0 FTE Elementary Assistant Principal/SPED Administrator, .5 FTE SPED Teacher, and two para-professional positions passed with a motion by Mr. Ken Jorgensen and a second by Mr. Rod Garwood.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  With the approval of the Early Childhood Learning Center, it was recommended to the Board to approve the addition of 1.0 FTE Elementary Assistant Principal/SPED Administrator, .5 FTE SPED Teacher, and two para-professional positions (no longer than 30 hours per week each). These positions would help support the administration and staff with the new Early Childhood program.
X.b. New Business
X.b.I. WEA/WCS Board of Education Negotiated Agreement
Action(s):
Motion to approve the Negotiated Agreement between the Wayne Board of Education and the Wayne Education Association for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, as presented passed with a motion by Dr. Jeryl Nelson and a second by Mr. Rod Garwood.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Recommendations were given to approve the Negotiated Agreement between the Wayne Board of Education and the Wayne Education Association for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. Mr. Lenihan and Mrs. Consoli added that negotiations went very well, and Dr. Linster thanked the negotiators from both sides.
X.b.II. Landscaping Maintenance
Action(s):
Motion to approve the quote from Unlimited Landscaping for landscaping maintenance at the Elementary School, as presented passed with a motion by Mr. Ken Jorgensen and a second by Mr. Scott Hammer.
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Mr. Travis Meyer stated the main focus for the landscaping maintenance is for the area on the east side of the Elementary School, which requires a lot of maintenance and time. He also added that having someone knowledgeable of all plants and flowers, and who can distinguish them from the weeds, would be a great help as well.
XI. Administration and Board Committee Reports:
XI.a. Administration - Written reports were provided by Administration. Copies of their reports are available at the District Office upon request.
XI.a.I. Superintendent
XI.a.I.1. Goals update
Discussion:  Mr. Lenihan has been working on Goals 1 and 3. He met with the Administration and Lindsay McLaughlin and written reports were made available.
XI.a.I.1.1. Indicators for goals
XI.a.I.2. Superintendent office hours
Discussion:  Mr. Lenihan has started utilizing the new office area in the elementary building. He will now spend the mornings in the Elementary School and will be at the Jr/Sr High office in the afternoon.
XI.a.II. High School Principal
Discussion:  Mr. Hanson's report stated that 17 new students have moved into the District since September, with 13 students moving out. Chrome Book Agreements have been handed out to all sophomores, and they should have the Chrome Books this week.
XI.a.III. Special Education Director
Discussion:  Mrs. Beair thanked the Wayne Food Pantry, Journey Christian Church, the First Lego League, and many other private donors. With the help of these donations, the district was able to disburse over $4,000 worth of food, gifts, and gift cards to 36 families in the Wayne area during the holiday season. She also thanked the Garwood family and Melanie Loggins at the Majestic Theater for sponsoring a Christmas movie for the students with disabilities.
XI.a.IV. Elementary Principal
Discussion:  Mrs. Pickinpaugh wished to thank the community for donating Box Tops. As a result, the Wayne Elementary School received a check for $1,425.00. She also thanked the numerous Secret Santa gifts that were brought to the school for the children, and stated it is a huge blessing to be a part of this and live in such a great community.
XI.a.V. Junior High Principal/A.D.
Discussion:  Mr. Ruhl received a thank you from the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation for the participation in the 2014 basketball jamboree. Mr. Ruhl also surveyed the junior high students and asked what was the best thing or experience of the first semester and what they would like to see improved.
XII. Board Committees
XII.a. Foundation and Community Relations
Discussion:  Lindsay McLaughlin reported that the Foundation received a gift from the Murray Fishing Tournament totaling $15,250 and wished to thank them for this generous donation.
XII.b. Curriculum and Americanism
Discussion:  Nothing to report for this meeting.
XII.c. Facility/Safety
Discussion:  Mr. Garwood thanked Travis Meyer and his staff for working as crossing guards, especially during the cold weather.
XII.d. Policy/Title IX
Discussion:  Nothing to report for this meeting.
XII.e. Finance (Inc. Transportation and Budget)
Discussion:  Nothing to report for this meeting.
XII.f. Negotiations
XIII. Boardsmanship
XIII.a. Honor Coffee
XIII.b. Legislative Issues Conference - January 25 and 26, Lincoln, Nebraska
Discussion:  Mr. Lenihan and Dr. Linster will be attending the Legislative Issues Conference on January 25 and 26 in Lincoln.
XIII.c. 2015 NRCSA Spring Conference - March 19 and 20, Kearney, Nebraska
Discussion:  Mr. Nelson will be attending the 2015 NRCSA Spring Conference on March 19 and 20 in Kearney, Nebraska.
XIV. Future Agenda Items
Discussion:  Future agenda items: school calendar, principal appraisals, review of special education service contract, legislative updates, bonds re-negotiations.
XV. Executive Session (If Needed)
XVI. Action Taken from Executive Session (If Needed)
XVII. Adjournment
Discussion:  Dr. Linster adjourned the Board Meeting at 6:26 p.m.
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