Public Meeting Minutes: August 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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August 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes

August 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting
1. OPENING PROCEDURES
Rationale: 

COPY OF OPEN MEETINGS ACT: The Board of Education makes available at least one current copy of the Open Meetings Act posted in the meeting room at a location accessible to members of the public. The Act is posted on the south wall of the meeting room.

ORDER OF AGENDA ITEMS: The Arlington Board of Education reserves the right to adjust the order of items on this agenda.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO SPEAK DURING PUBLIC FORUM: 

Getting Started: When it is your turn to speak during the public forum portion of the agenda, please come forward, sign your name and address on the sign-in sheet and state your name to the Board of Education. 

Time Limit: You may speak only one time and must limit comments to 5 minutes or less.  

Personnel or Student Topic: If you are planning to speak about a personnel or student matter involving an individual, please understand that our policies require that such concerns initially be directed to the administration for consideration. Board members will generally not respond to any questions you ask or comments you make about individual staff members or students. You are cautioned that slanderous comments are not protected just because they are made at a board meeting.  

General Rules: Please remember that this is a meeting of the Board of Education held in public for conducting the business of the Board of Education. Offensive language, personal attacks and hostile conduct will not be tolerated.

1.1. Call Meeting to Order
1.2. Roll Call
1.3. Pledge of Allegiance
1.4. Approval of Regular Meeting Agenda
Rationale: 

 

Action(s):
Motion to approve the regular meeting agenda as presented Passed with a motion by Greg Sampson and a second by Teri O'Flaherty.
  • Micheal Dwyer: Yea
  • Matt O'Daniel: Yea
  • Teri O'Flaherty: Yea
  • Greg Sampson: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Yea
  • Shanon Willmott: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
2. WELCOME TO GUESTS AND PUBLIC FORUM
3. CONSENT AGENDA
Action(s):
Motion to approve the consent agenda as presented Passed with a motion by Matt O'Daniel and a second by Greg Sampson.
  • Micheal Dwyer: Yea
  • Matt O'Daniel: Yea
  • Teri O'Flaherty: Yea
  • Greg Sampson: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Yea
  • Shanon Willmott: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
3.1. Minutes of the Previous Board Meeting(s)
3.2. Monthly Financial Reports
3.3. Claims (Check Register)
3.4. Special Fund Transfers
3.5. Hot Lunch Report
3.6. Activity Report
4. CURRICULUM/INSTRUCTION REPORTS
5. REVIEW OF ANNUAL DISTRICT PLAN
Discussion:  Dwyer recommended that this agenda item return to the docket at the October board meeting. The board expressed agreement with that recommendation.
6. PRINCIPALS’ REPORTS
Discussion:  Mr. Farber shared that the first day of school went well. Seventh graders were welcomed to the building and the high school is looking forward to positive senior leadership. In response to a question, Mr. Farber shared that the council will research uniform grading practices. Mr. Shada thanked the board for the opportunity afforded the leadership team to attend a summer workshop in Minneapolis and expressed that it was a very valuable learning experience. Mr. Fritson shared that the new doors between classrooms are very much appreciated by staff and enhance collaboration. He indicated that the first day of school went well and that 44 kindergarten students were welcomed to the district.
7. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
Discussion:  Enrollment figures are slightly up from last year. Board members were asked to inform district office if they were interested in attending the upcoming Labor Relations Conference or the NASB Regional Meeting. Johnson shared information about what will be posted on the website to fulfill the intentions of the Superintendent Transparency Act.
7.1. Enrollment Figures
7.2. Labor Relations Conference
7.3. Superintendent Transparency Act
8. COMMITTEE AND REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
8.1. Americanism/Education Evaluation
Discussion:  Willmott reported on committee minutes which included committee review of social science curriculum to ensure compliance with Nebraska State Statute 7-724, exploring possibilities of Arlington students participating in the welding certification program through Fremont Public Schools, and progress on language arts curriculum adoption.
8.2. Buildings and Grounds Committee
Discussion:  Sundberg shared that most of the committee information was covered in the budget workshop.
8.3. Finance Committee
Discussion:  O'Daniel shared that most of the finance committee work was shared during the budget workshop and the committee will meet on an 'as needed' basis prior to budget adoption in September.
8.4. Negotiations Committee
Discussion:  Sampson indicated his plans to attend Labor Relations Workshop and is working with committee members to schedule a committee meeting.
8.5. NASB Legislative Representative
Discussion:  Dwyer shared that he will not be pursuing the NASB board of director opening due to time constraints. The state continues to watch the progress of Sullivan's Visioning bill.
8.6. Professional Development Sharing
9. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
9.1. Discuss, Consider and Take Action to amend Policy 1120 Tobacco on second reading.
9.2. Discuss, Consider and Take Necessary Action to amend Policy 3540 Procedures-Bidding Construction Projects on second reading.
Action(s):
Motion to amend Policy 3540 Procedures-Bidding Construction Projects on second reading as prsented Passed with a motion by Greg Sampson and a second by Matt O'Daniel.
  • Micheal Dwyer: Yea
  • Matt O'Daniel: Yea
  • Teri O'Flaherty: Yea
  • Greg Sampson: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Yea
  • Shanon Willmott: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
9.3. Discuss, Consider and Take Necessary Action to amend Policy 5008 Attendance on first reading.
Action(s):
Motion to amend Policy 5008 Attendance on first reading Passed with a motion by Teri O'Flaherty and a second by Micheal Dwyer.
  • Micheal Dwyer: Yea
  • Matt O'Daniel: Yea
  • Teri O'Flaherty: Yea
  • Greg Sampson: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Yea
  • Shanon Willmott: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
9.4. Discuss, Consider and Take Action to amend Policy 5101 Student Discipline on second reading.
Action(s):
Motion to amend Policy 5101 Student Discipline on second reading as presented Passed with a motion by Micheal Dwyer and a second by Shanon Willmott.
  • Micheal Dwyer: Yea
  • Matt O'Daniel: Yea
  • Teri O'Flaherty: Yea
  • Greg Sampson: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Yea
  • Shanon Willmott: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
9.5. Discuss, Consider and Take Necessary Action to amend Policy 5506 Safe Pupil Transportation Plan on second reading.
Action(s):
Motion to amend Policy 5506 Safe Pupil Transportation Plan on second reading as presented Passed with a motion by Greg Sampson and a second by Teri O'Flaherty.
  • Micheal Dwyer: Yea
  • Matt O'Daniel: Yea
  • Teri O'Flaherty: Yea
  • Greg Sampson: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Yea
  • Shanon Willmott: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
9.6. Discuss, Consider and Take Necessary Action to install upgrades to the camera security system.
Action(s):
Motion to purchase additional camera security equipment and installation from Americom not to exceed $39,995. Passed with a motion by Matt O'Daniel and a second by Greg Sampson.
  • Micheal Dwyer: Yea
  • Matt O'Daniel: Yea
  • Teri O'Flaherty: Yea
  • Greg Sampson: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Yea
  • Shanon Willmott: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Johnson shared that the new system will store about 50 days of video. Board members Sampson, O'Daniel, and Willmott spoke in support of the need for continuing to be diligent about security.
9.7. Discuss, Consider and Take Necessary Action to contract with Trane to provide professional services and products for upgrading HVAC systems.
Discussion:  O'Daniel and Sundberg expressed a desire to investigate further before committing to preliminary engineering plans with Trane. The board expressed an understanding that improvements are necessary but needing to be vigilant and prudent before moving forward. Buildings and grounds is charged with getting more information gathered. There was a general consensus of the board to table this until further committee investigation.
10. NEW BUSINESS
10.1. Discuss, Consider and Take Necessary Action to accept the resignation of a non-certified employee.
Action(s):
Motion to accept the resignation of Jackie Rathjen as an elementary paraprofessional and van driver effective July 22, 2014 as presented Passed with a motion by Greg Sampson and a second by Teri O'Flaherty.
  • Micheal Dwyer: Yea
  • Matt O'Daniel: Yea
  • Teri O'Flaherty: Yea
  • Greg Sampson: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Yea
  • Shanon Willmott: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
10.2. Discuss, Consider and Take Necessary Action to hire an elementary paraprofessional.
Action(s):
Motion to hire Jennifer Arp as an elementary paraprofessional as presented Passed with a motion by Matt O'Daniel and a second by Shanon Willmott.
  • Micheal Dwyer: Yea
  • Matt O'Daniel: Yea
  • Teri O'Flaherty: Yea
  • Greg Sampson: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Yea
  • Shanon Willmott: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
10.3. Discuss, Consider and Take Necessary Action to approve 2014-2015 adult breakfast and lunch prices.
Action(s):
Motion to approve 2014-15 adult breakfast prices of $2.05 and lunch prices of $3.40 as presented. Passed with a motion by Luanne Sundberg and a second by Greg Sampson.
  • Micheal Dwyer: Yea
  • Matt O'Daniel: Yea
  • Teri O'Flaherty: Yea
  • Greg Sampson: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Yea
  • Shanon Willmott: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
10.4. Discuss and Consider engaging stakeholders in discussions related to students, their learning environment, and their achievement through a Community Engagement forum.
Discussion:  Johnson and Dwyer shared that dates have been established with Marcia Herring, NASB, to facilitate a community engagement workshop. Board members were encouraged to read the information provided to them on the process and to make a list of district stakeholders to invite. The goal is to have as many stakeholders as possible to participate. There will be two meeting nights focusing on 4-5 questions that will generate group discussion and brainstorming. Dwyer expressed a need to make sure a wide range of stakeholders are at the table.
11. EXECUTIVE SESSION
Rationale: 

The Arlington Board of Education reserves the right to go into Closed/Executive Session at any time in accordance with Section 84-1410. A copy of the Open Meetings Act is posted in the board room for review by the public.

Discussion:  No session needed.
12. ACTION ON EXECUTIVE SESSION ITEMS
13. ADJOURNMENT
Discussion:  Adjourned at 7:55
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