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January 13, 2021 at 6:30 PM - REGULAR MEETING

Minutes
Opening Procedures
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Call to Order
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Discussion:  The regular business meeting of ESU 15 was called to order at 6:30P.M. on January 13, 2021, at ESU 15 Trenton Office and DL.
Election of Board President
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Action(s):
A motion was made by Jason Loop to approve Kate Repass as Board President, seconded by Dennis Chipman Motion Passed.
  • Cheri Burke: Absent
  • Martin Conroy: Absent
  • Jesse Stevens: Absent
  • Kate Repass: Yea
  • Jason Loop: Yea
  • Don Remington: Yea
  • Allison Sandman: Yea
  • John Metzger: Yea
  • Dennis Chipman: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Election of Board Vice President
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Action(s):
A motion was made by John Metzger to approve Allison Sandman as Vice President, seconded by Dennis Chipman Motion Passed.
  • Cheri Burke: Absent
  • Martin Conroy: Absent
  • Jesse Stevens: Absent
  • Dennis Chipman: Yea
  • Jason Loop: Yea
  • Kate Repass: Yea
  • John Metzger: Yea
  • Don Remington: Yea
  • Allison Sandman: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Election of Board Secretary
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Action(s):
A motion was made by Allison Sandman to approve Cheri Burke as Board Secretary, seconded by Jason Loop Motion Passed.
  • Cheri Burke: Absent
  • Martin Conroy: Absent
  • Jesse Stevens: Absent
  • Allison Sandman: Yea
  • Jason Loop: Yea
  • Dennis Chipman: Yea
  • John Metzger: Yea
  • Don Remington: Yea
  • Kate Repass: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Appointment of Board Treasurer
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Discussion:  President Repass appointed Cindy McCorkle as Board Treasurer.
Pledge of Allegiance
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Discussion:  Pledge of Allegiance was cited.
Open Meetings Act
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Verification of Publication and Notification
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Discussion:  President Repass verified that the ESU 15 Board meeting was advertised according to policy.
Roll Call
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Discussion:  Present were: Dennis Chipman, Jason Loop, John Metzger, Don Remington, Kate Repass and Allison Sandman.
Excuse Absent Board Members
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Action(s):
A motion was made by Allison Sandman to excuse absent board members Burke, Conroy and Stevens, seconded by Dennis Chipman Motion Passed.
  • Cheri Burke: Absent
  • Martin Conroy: Absent
  • Jesse Stevens: Absent
  • Allison Sandman: Yea
  • John Metzger: Yea
  • Dennis Chipman: Yea
  • Jason Loop: Yea
  • Don Remington: Yea
  • Kate Repass: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Absent board members: Burke, Conroy and Stevens
Comments from Guests
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Discussion:  Aaron Thompson joined meeting via distance learning.
Staff Presentations
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Discussion:  No staff presentations
Action Items
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Consent Agenda
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Agenda
Action(s):
A motion was made by Dennis Chipman to approve the consent agenda, seconded by Allison Sandman Motion Passed.
  • Cheri Burke: Absent
  • Martin Conroy: Absent
  • Jesse Stevens: Absent
  • Kate Repass: Yea
  • John Metzger: Yea
  • Allison Sandman: Yea
  • Jason Loop: Yea
  • Dennis Chipman: Yea
  • Don Remington: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Approve Minutes of December Meeting
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Approve January Bills
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Discussion:  January Payables of $164,807.19 and Payroll of $72,836.36.
Approve the December Treasurer's report
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Approve January Agenda
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Appointment of Committee Members
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Discussion:  President Repass appointed Committee Members as presented.
Approve Election Results
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Action(s):
A motion was made by Allison Sandman to approve election results, seconded by John Metzger Motion Passed.
  • Cheri Burke: Absent
  • Martin Conroy: Absent
  • Jesse Stevens: Absent
  • Jason Loop: Yea
  • Kate Repass: Yea
  • Don Remington: Yea
  • John Metzger: Yea
  • Allison Sandman: Yea
  • Dennis Chipman: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Declare District 6 Board Vacancy
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Action(s):
A motion was made by Allison Sandman to approve district 6 board vacancy, seconded by Jason Loop Motion Passed.
  • Cheri Burke: Absent
  • Martin Conroy: Absent
  • Jesse Stevens: Absent
  • Don Remington: Yea
  • Allison Sandman: Yea
  • Dennis Chipman: Yea
  • Jason Loop: Yea
  • Kate Repass: Yea
  • John Metzger: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discuss, Consider, and Appoint Applicant to Fill District 6 Board Vacancy
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Action(s):
A motion was made by Dennis Chipman to approve appointment of Larry Gossen to board 6 vacancy, seconded by Don Remington Motion Passed.
  • Cheri Burke: Absent
  • Martin Conroy: Absent
  • Jesse Stevens: Absent
  • Don Remington: Yea
  • Jason Loop: Yea
  • Allison Sandman: Yea
  • Kate Repass: Yea
  • Dennis Chipman: Yea
  • John Metzger: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Mr. Calvert read applicant, Mr. Larry Gossen's letter of interest.  Mr. Gossen introduced himself to the board. He has twenty four years in high school agriculture eduction, serviced as the  Kansas State FFA Advisor and the National FFA Organization . Mr. Gossen started his current position as Dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis this fall.  
Approve Community First Bank as Official Depository
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Action(s):
A motion was made by Allison Sandman to approve Community First Bank as official depository, seconded by Jason Loop Motion Passed.
  • Cheri Burke: Absent
  • Martin Conroy: Absent
  • Jesse Stevens: Absent
  • John Metzger: Yea
  • Jason Loop: Yea
  • Allison Sandman: Yea
  • Don Remington: Yea
  • Kate Repass: Yea
  • Dennis Chipman: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Approve Perry Law Firm as Official Legal Counsel
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Action(s):
A motion was made by Allison Sandman to approve Perry Law Firm as Official Legal Counsel, seconded by Don Remington Motion Passed.
  • Cheri Burke: Absent
  • Martin Conroy: Absent
  • Jesse Stevens: Absent
  • John Metzger: Yea
  • Kate Repass: Yea
  • Don Remington: Yea
  • Jason Loop: Yea
  • Dennis Chipman: Yea
  • Allison Sandman: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion Items
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Upcoming Legislative Session
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Discussion:  Mr. Calvert updated the board on the up coming legislation session. This session is a ninety day session. Due to Covid-19 they plan to limit the people allowed in the room.

Bills for this session: bill to require graduating senior to fill out a FAFSA form before they graduate; bill for virtual conferences, if fifty percent attendance is not met meetings could be conducted virtually; Property tax reduction; bill to include Omaha Public Schools in NPERS; Virtual students in to the school system; increase Special Education reimbursements up to 80%. 

Senator Walz won the chair for the Education Committee.
January Board Workshop
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Discussion:  Mr. Calvert updated the board on the progress of the Board Workshop set for January 27, 2021. Included is a Law seminar, I Love Public Schools and New Board Members. The Workshop will be a virtual Board Workshop at no cost. Justin Knight will do the law session for minimal cost.
Legislative Sessions Workshop
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Discussion:  Mr. Calvert, updated the board on the up coming NASB legislative session workshop. Items of discussion are the Review Committee, Education Committee and Speaker of the House. 
Reports
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Administrator
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Discussion:  Mr. Calvert updated the board on the up coming meeting. Principals meeting next week, Superintends meet every two weeks and bi-weekly Commissioner meetings.
Southwest Nebraska Health Department meet every week. They gave an update on the vaccines.  They are receiving one hundred doses at a time, currently they are for 65 years and older. Education could be months away from receiving the vaccination.  Questions that have been raised are, once the vaccines are administered will the dial go back to green? And at this point kids are not approved to receive the vaccine as of yet, so what does that mean for the schools?

Mr. Calvert and Mr. Hanson planned to attended a board meeting in Chase County to discuss SPED billings. However, an email from Chase County expressed their board had a lack of interest in discussing this matter.

SPED Contracts for the 2021-22 school year will be going out the first of February. 

Governor Ricketts has extended the rules pertaining to virtual meeting until the end of April, 2021.
 
Board
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Executive Session:
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Adjournment
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Discussion:  Meeting adjourned at 7:18 pm. Next board meeting February 10, 2021 at 6:30 pm at ESU #15 Trenton & McCook Offices and via DL. 
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