Public Meeting Minutes: April 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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April 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes

April 13, 2015 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
Discussion:  Meeting opened at
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 Teri O'Flaherty and a second by Bruce Scheer.
  • Micheal Dwyer: Yea
  • Matt O'Daniel: Yea
  • Teri O'Flaherty: Yea
  • Greg Sampson: Yea
  • Bruce Scheer: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Absent
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 Greg Sampson and a second by Matt O'Daniel.
  • Micheal Dwyer: Yea
  • Matt O'Daniel: Yea
  • Teri O'Flaherty: Yea
  • Greg Sampson: Yea
  • Bruce Scheer: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Absent
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
Rationale:  Employee Benefit Fund for the purpose of paying health/dental insurance premiums.  $7,404.05
Depreciation Fund    Advanced Engineering Systems, Inc.   Upgrade HVAC Systems     $2,800.00
3.5. Hot Lunch Report
3.6. Activity Report
3.7. Staff Resignations: Lucas McCain and Jessica Scott, Secondary Special Education, Christy Allen, Fourth Grade and Mary Cherry, Secondary Paraeducator.
3.8. Contract for Kristine Findlay as a special education teacher for the 2015-2016 school year.
3.9. Contract for Nichole Fairhead as an elementary teacher for the 2015-2016 school year.
3.10. 2015-2016 Special Education Contract with ESU #3: Occupational Therapist .10; Vision Resource Teacher .10.
3.11. Special Education Contract with Ralston Schools for Suburban Schools' Program for Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing Birth to 21 Years.
Rationale:  We Contract with Suburban Schools to serve one center based school age child at the rate of $31,073/year and one child receives 1.5 hours of service on site weekly plus travel time for a weekly rate of $210.  
4. CURRICULUM/INSTRUCTION REPORTS
4.1. Vocal and Instrumental Music Report
Discussion:  Mrs. Mastny and Mrs. Buresh-Crosland provided a video presentation that highlighted instruction and performances in the music department.
4.2. Discuss and Consider data gathered from student surveys and other sources relative to program and course offerings.
Discussion:  Mr. Farber presented a written report that captured information pertaining to instructional programs directly tied to developing career readiness (industrial technology, pre-health pathways, education pathways, and agriculture) as well as data gathered from student and staff interviews and surveys pertaining to co-curricular activities. This data and information has led to the investigation of implementing online or distance learning agriculture classes, adding welding class, adding a sponsor to SKILLS USA, and completing Monsanto grant to support these endeavors.
5. REVIEW OF DISTRICT GOALS (Quarterly in February, May, August and November)
Discussion:  President proposed reviewing goals quarterly and designing a visual depiction of goals to hang in board room.
6. PRINCIPALS’ REPORTS
Discussion:  Mr. Farber highlighted upcoming spring events while Mr. Fritson shared information on Parent Teacher Conferences, NeSA Pep Rally, One District One Book initiative, and update that language arts curriculum materials should be ready for May approval.
7. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
7.1. Title I Accountablity Fund Grant
Discussion:  Superintendent Johnson shared that we qualify for and were approved for an additional $8,000 grant to assist with improvement action plans based on our 'Needs Improvement' status on AYP.
7.2. South Parking Lot - Grading to address drainage
7.3. Football Field Lights
Discussion:  Buildings and Grounds Committee will review the inspection report and discuss further action.
7.4. Additional Instructional Support
Discussion:  Superintendent asked that the board stay open to a discussion of part time staffing in this area.
8. COMMITTEE AND REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
8.1. Americanism/Education Evaluation
Discussion:  No report.
8.2. Buildings and Grounds Committee
Discussion:  No Report. Next meeting April 20, 2015.
8.3. Finance Committee
Discussion:  No meeting since the Special Board Meeting. Meeting to be scheduled for this month to respond to the Building and Grounds direction on HVAC.
8.4. Negotiations Committee
Discussion:  No report.
8.5. NASB Legislative Representative
Discussion:  Michael Dwyer provided a quick update on bills that affect education.
8.6. Professional Development Sharing
Discussion:  Lynn and Luanne attended the Back to the Basics of School Law workshop in Lincoln.
9. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
9.1. Discuss, Consider and Take Necessary Action to approve Policy 3520 Transportation on Second Reading.
Action(s):
Motion to approve Policy 3520 Transportation on second reading as amended Passed with a motion by Greg Sampson and a second by Bruce Scheer.
  • Micheal Dwyer: Yea
  • Matt O'Daniel: Yea
  • Teri O'Flaherty: Yea
  • Greg Sampson: Yea
  • Bruce Scheer: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Absent
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
10. NEW BUSINESS
10.1. Discuss, Consider and Take Necessary Action to approve hiring an elementary principal.
Action(s):
Motion to approve a one year contract for Jacqueline Morgan as elementary principal beginning August 1, 2015 according to the terms and conditions of the contract as presented Passed with a motion by Micheal Dwyer and a second by Teri O'Flaherty.
  • Micheal Dwyer: Yea
  • Matt O'Daniel: Yea
  • Teri O'Flaherty: Yea
  • Greg Sampson: Yea
  • Bruce Scheer: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Absent
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
10.2. Discuss, Consider and Review Policies 2210-2440.
Discussion:  The board discussed minor changes to Policy 2210 and 2430 only.
10.3. Discuss and Consider amending Policy 6910 Dispensing Medications on first review.
Discussion:  The board reviewed the amended changes to this policy.
10.4. Discuss and Consider amending Policy 6121 Curriculum Review Cycle on first review.
Discussion:  The proposed changes to the cycle is to avoid language arts and mathematics being back to back in the review cycle which is more manageable by staff.
10.5. Discuss, Consider, and Take Necessary Action to approve a resolution that authorizes Superintendent Johnson to sign Safe Routes Supplemental Agreement #4
Rationale:  The agreement provides for changes to  the retaining wall from an MSE wall to a soil nail retaining wall. The MSE wall would have required portions of the track to be removed and replaced and the district wants to avoid that action.  After review, we find the soil nail wall to be a preferred option.  This will necessitate an increase to the original fee structure of the grant. 
Action(s):
Motion to approve a resolution that authorizes Superintendent to sign Supplemental Agreement #4 Passed with a motion by Matt O'Daniel and a second by Teri O'Flaherty.
  • Micheal Dwyer: Yea
  • Matt O'Daniel: Yea
  • Teri O'Flaherty: Yea
  • Greg Sampson: Yea
  • Bruce Scheer: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Absent
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
10.6. Discuss, Consider, and Take Necessary Action to approve the candidates for graduation.
Action(s):
Motion to approve the candidates for graduation as presented Passed with a motion by Matt O'Daniel and a second by Micheal Dwyer.
  • Micheal Dwyer: Yea
  • Matt O'Daniel: Yea
  • Teri O'Flaherty: Yea
  • Greg Sampson: Yea
  • Bruce Scheer: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Absent
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
10.7. Discuss, Consider, and Take Action to implement MAPS assessment and training.
Action(s):
Motion to approve implementing MAPS assessment 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
  • Bruce Scheer: Yea
  • Luanne Sundberg: Absent
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
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.

12. ACTION ON EXECUTIVE SESSION ITEMS
13. ADJOURNMENT
Discussion:  Meeting adjoured at 8:35
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