Public Meeting Minutes: November 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM - Scottsbluff Board of Education Regular Meeting

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November 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM - Scottsbluff Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes

November 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM - Scottsbluff Board of Education Regular Meeting
1. Opening Procedures
1.a. Call to Order
1.b. Roll Call
1.c. Excuse Absent Member(s)
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Open Meetings Law
4. Consent Agenda
Action(s):
Motion to accept the changes to the Consent agenda, by removing item 4c, approval of Staff Hire, and to approve the rest of the Consent Agenda Passed with a motion by Mark Lang and a second by Kyle Long.
  • Lang: Yea
  • Gilliland: Yea
  • Kozal: Yea
  • Kinsey: Yea
  • Snyder: Yea
  • Long: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
4.a. Adopt Agenda
4.b. Approve Minutes as follows:
4.b.1. October 8, 2018
Attachments:
4.c. Approval of Certified Staff Hire
4.c.1. Paul Edens, Co-Coordinator, Reconnect
Discussion:  This item was removed from the consent agenda. 
4.d. Certified Staff Resignation
4.d.1. Kristi Sornson, Exploratory, Bluffs Middle School
5. Expenditures
5.a. Expenditures (Not including Douglas, Kelly & Ostdeik): $906,462.40
Action(s):
Motion to approve the expenditures, not including Douglas, Kelly and Ostdeik for $906,462.40 Passed with a motion by Paul Snyder and a second by Mark Lang.
  • Lang: Yea
  • Gilliland: Yea
  • Kozal: Yea
  • Kinsey: Yea
  • Snyder: Yea
  • Long: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5.b. Expenditure for Douglas, Kelly and Ostdiek: $297.50
Action(s):
Motion to approve the expenditure for Douglas, Kelly and Ostdiek for $297.50. Passed with a motion by Kyle Long and a second by Terry Gilliland.
  • Gilliland: Yea
  • Kozal: Yea
  • Kinsey: Yea
  • Snyder: Abstain (With Conflict)
  • Long: Yea
  • Lang: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6. Awards and Recognitions
Discussion:  Due to the early start time of the meeting this month, the Awards and Recognitions were moved toward the end of the meeting to accomodate students that are participating in Winter Sports.  

Mr. Halley spoke to Jatin Cranmore's Believer and Achiever award. 
Mr. Iberro introduced the 2 students that have been chosen to perform with the Nebraska All State Band. 
Mr. Ronne introduced the large group of students that were chosen to perform with the Nebraska All State Chorus.
6.a. Believer and Achiever, Jatin Cranmore
Speaker(s):  Mike Halley
6.b. SHS All State Band
Speaker(s):  Mr. Iberro
6.c. SHS All State Chorus
Speaker(s):  Mr. Ronne
7. Public Comment - a total of 20 minutes will be allotted (no more than 5 minutes per speaker)
8. Students Report
Discussion:  Hallie Shaddick was the student representative for tonight's meeting.  
Special Education Department  is starting a circle of friends support-peer group for our young people on the autism spectrum here at the High School! We hope to have events up and going by the end of the quarter! 

Educators Rising  13 Educators Rising students attended Showcase in Teaching at UNK. The students attended leadership sessions and breakout workshops designed to prepare them for both college and teacher preparation. Sessions were led by professors in the Education Department at UNK. 

Thespian Troupe   Thespian Troupe 918 presented a Zombie Escape Room on Oct 26 & 27. Six out of eighteen teams succeeded in saving the world, and Saturday night was completely sold out. The Art Club assisted in applying zombie face paint.

Art Club    The Art Club painted 32 faces during the Downtown Scottsbluff Association Trick or Treat Street event. The proceeds have been donated to the Riverside Discovery Center.

Mock Trial   District competition for Mock Trial is on Tuesday, Nov 6th.

Ms. Anderson - Health Class - Ms. Anderson's CPR CATS class in the Health Career Academy certified 20 students in CPR/AED/ AND FIRST AID. The Star Herald did a nice article in the paper for the community to know about this awesome accomplishment done here in the high school Health Career Academy.

 ???HOSA - HOSA- future health professionals have started a Fitness Club within HOSA to help maintain good health and fitness for those students not involved in sports. They meet Mon-Thurs for an hour of fitness with Ms. Anderson. They will also be learning about proper nutrition.

Principles of Marketing Class   Principles of Marketing class is currently conducting an Instagram competition for Scottsbluff students. The focus of the campaign is to increase the social media interaction between the Scottsbluff High School student body and the Scottsbluff Public Schools media channels. The contest is in the 2nd of 3 weeks.

 DECA   Scottsbluff DECA members competed at the 16th annual Greater Nebraska Regional DECA Conference at WNCC on Monday, November 5th. Over 100 DECA members from 4 different schools competed.
 

9. New Business
9.a. Reconnect Presentation and Handbook Update
Action(s):
Motion to approve the changes presented to the Reconnect handbook Passed with a motion by Robert Kinsey and a second by Terry Gilliland.
  • Kozal: Yea
  • Kinsey: Yea
  • Snyder: Yea
  • Long: Yea
  • Lang: Yea
  • Gilliland: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Reconnect was created for students that were past their cohort year and to "reconnect" with their education.  Reconnect has also turned into an alternative education as a means of dropout prevention.  So many students want to drop out for various reasons, but this helps get them their high school education.  Reconnect  also assists students that are in transition from treatment or jail, students that have been expelled, suspended, or require alternative learning.  They also service students from other districts.  The current curriculum is both online in person and the District is looking to adding 5 credits worth of Reconnect lessons. 

Wendy Kemling stated that they recently wanted to do a review of the program.  Anthony Parker, Kyle King, Wendy Kemling and SHS administration have met to insure the integrity of the diploma, as there is a difference between graduation requirements at the High School and Reconnect.   One thing that the team noticed was a lack of career development since students were not enrolled in a career academy.   There is also a difference in credits, with 270 for the high school vs 200 credits for Reconnect.  The recommendation that the team would make is to increase the credits to graduate from Reconnect. .

Mr.  Shaddick suggested to increase credits from 200 to 220 with career exploration as the additional classes.  Required career exploration, personal finance, essay on what they need to do to obtain a career.  Career and civic course to help expose them to planning.  We want them to be able to plan on what to do after they graduate. 

Current staffing - 2 student outreach, 2 teachers and 1 secretary.  Would like to add another staff that is driven by attendance issues at SHS.  The program has grown over the years and attendance is a major issue.  Another staff would help with phone calls, home visits, meet with parents transportation and advocacy - correlation between absences and academic achievement.  Help with both the high school and Reconnect.  Would be a truancy officer, teaching certificate with some counseling in their background as well.  

Academic Probation - 34 students in 2020 cohort are on academic probation.  13 did not attend the SHS Freshman Academy (transfers). Of the 28 who were enrolled as sophomores 23 missed more than 15 days of school (includes parent excused absences). 

The changes to the handbook are the graduation requirements and the addition of the career readiness program.   

Paul Snyder asked Mr. Matt Huck about when the school refers students to the County Attorney for truancy.  Mr Huck stated that they refer students at 20 days, however kids that miss periods and not days.  The school requests to file a 3b - uncontrollable youth, rather than truancy since a truancy charge does not carry as much weight anymore.  If the County Attorney investigates the child and juvenile charges can be filed, they then tie truancy onto that.  If not, then they are recommended to diversion.  Danielle Larson is the most recent attorney that we've worked with.  

Mr. Bob Kinsey stated that Reconnect shouldn't be a way to get away from your obligations.  Reonncect should be for those students that have been out of school for a longer period than one day.  Once you leave from Reconnect we should not run down the student for not showing up.  We pay for 2 uniformed officers, they should be the one that is knocking on the door rather than hiring an additional person.  

Truant students are not usually students that just want to sit at home, they are now suicidal, homeless, abused, have families of their own, etc.   Mr. Kinsey responded that Uniformed officers are trained, so they should be handling this. 
Attachments:
9.b. Revision to Board Policies 403.01 (Release of Credit Information), 403.02 (Child Abuse Reporting), 403.06 (Employee Outside Employment), 404.02 (Employee Injury on the Job)
Action(s):
Motion to approve the changes for Board Policies 403.01, 403.02, 403.06 and 404.02 Passed with a motion by Robert Kinsey and a second by Mark Lang.
  • Kinsey: Yea
  • Snyder: Yea
  • Long: Yea
  • Lang: Yea
  • Gilliland: Yea
  • Kozal: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  The revision to these policies is strictly for review and updating language.  There is no major direction change for any of the following policies. 
Attachments:
9.c. Revision to Board Policies 406.01 (Certificated Employee Defined), 406.06 (Certificated Employee Assignment), 406.07 (Certificated Employee Transfers)
Action(s):
Motion to approve the changes to Board Policies 406.01, 406.06 and 406.07. Passed with a motion by Kyle Long and a second by Mark Lang.
  • Snyder: Yea
  • Long: Yea
  • Lang: Yea
  • Gilliland: Yea
  • Kozal: Yea
  • Kinsey: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
9.d. Revision to Board Policies 407.01 (Certificated Employee Salary Schedule), 407.02 (Advancement on Salary Schedule), 407.03 (Certificated Employee Continued Education Credit), 407.04 (Certified Employee Compensation for Extra Duty)
Action(s):
Motion to approve changes to board policies 407.01, 407.02, 407.03 and 407.04. Passed with a motion by Robert Kinsey and a second by Mark Lang.
  • Long: Yea
  • Lang: Yea
  • Gilliland: Yea
  • Kozal: Yea
  • Kinsey: Yea
  • Snyder: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
9.e. Surplus Property Disposal
Action(s):
Motion to declare the listed property, as presented as surplus and to proceed with disposal. Passed with a motion by Robert Kinsey and a second by Mark Lang.
  • Lang: Yea
  • Gilliland: Yea
  • Kozal: Yea
  • Kinsey: Yea
  • Snyder: Yea
  • Long: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  This agenda item was switched to be after the purchase request of the Eight Stack Jungle Gym. 
Attachments:
9.f. Eight Stack Jungle Gym
Action(s):
Motion to award the bid for the Select Edge Eight Stack Jungle Gym to Legend Fitness in the amount of $14,702.49. Passed with a motion by Terry Gilliland and a second by Paul Snyder.
  • Gilliland: Yea
  • Kozal: Yea
  • Kinsey: Yea
  • Snyder: Yea
  • Long: Yea
  • Lang: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
9.g. Portable Ultrasound System
Action(s):
Motion to award bid for an SHS Portable Ultrasound System in the amount of $23,200.00 to EI Medical Imagining. Passed with a motion by Kyle Long and a second by Robert Kinsey.
  • Kozal: Yea
  • Kinsey: Yea
  • Snyder: Yea
  • Long: Yea
  • Lang: Yea
  • Gilliland: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
9.h. Tour De Nebraska
Action(s):
Motion to waive fees for public use of the school facilities for the Tour de Nebraska Tour through Scottsbluff. Passed with a motion by Robert Kinsey and a second by Mark Lang.
  • Kinsey: Yea
  • Snyder: Yea
  • Long: Yea
  • Lang: Yea
  • Gilliland: Yea
  • Kozal: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
9.i. Potential Calendar Change
Action(s):
Motion to change the school calendar as presented. Passed with a motion by Robert Kinsey and a second by Terry Gilliland.
  • Snyder: Yea
  • Long: Yea
  • Lang: Yea
  • Gilliland: Yea
  • Kozal: Yea
  • Kinsey: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  The current plan is to have a small school assembly at 11:00 am on Monday, to allow the school to celebrate and send off the football team. 

The football team will then practice from 1:00-2:15 and then  leave at 3:00 for Kearney.  They will stay Monday night in Kearny and also practice before traveling the rest of the way Tuesday.  Drill Team, Cheer and the band will leave Tuesday and come back the same day. 

Mr. Hoxworth and Mr. Halley explained that we need to cancel school so we have enough drivers.  Two drivers would be required per bus to make sure the drivers haven't gone over hours.  They are also hoping for buses to provide transporation to Lincoln for families, students, etc.  Tentatively the plan would be for para's to work January 7th instead of November 20th.  Any other staff would have to use personal leave, vacation or doc day.  There is also an issue with getting enough substitutes to cover 
Attachments:
10. Reports and Proposals
10.a. Board Members
Discussion:  Kyle Long - no update at this time 
Paul Snyder - no update at this time 
Terry Gilliland - no update at this time 
Mark Lang - no update at this time 
Bob Kinsey - would like to acknowledge the Sportsmanship he has witnessed from our football team and other Scottsbluff sports teams.  The teams both prayed together after the game and the fellowship really made him proud. 
Ruth Kozal - wanted to thank BMS for allowing her to teach about Egypt today in the classroom.   
10.b. Board Committee Reports
10.b.1. Curriculum & Instruction/Americanism Committee - Met on October 25, 2018. Next meeting is on November 16 at 11:30 am at the District Office.
Speaker(s):  Mike Mason
10.b.2. Facility Committee - Met on November 8, 2018. Next meeting is on December 6 at 12:00 pm at the District Office.
Speaker(s):  Lavon Hood
Attachments:
10.b.3. Finance Committee - Met on November 3, 2018. Next meeting is on December 3 at 11:30 am at the District Office.
Speaker(s):  Lavon Hood
Attachments:
10.b.4. Student Services Committee - Met on October 18, 2018. Next meeting is on November 15 11:30 am at the District Office.
Speaker(s):  Wendy Kemling
Attachments:
10.c. From the Administrative Staff:
10.c.1. Chief Financial Officer
Speaker(s):  Lavon Hood
Discussion:  Blue Cross Blue Shield Rates will go up 4.99% for 2019-20 school year.  The deductible will also be increasing. 
ALICAP inspection recently took place and came back with excellent reviews of the buildings that they inspected. 
Dana Cole Audit Review had no negative or concerning issues this year.  
Attachments:
10.c.2. Executive Director of Student Services
Speaker(s):  Wendy Kemling
10.c.3. Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Speaker(s):  Mike Mason
Discussion:  Illustrative Math for grades 6-8.  Full course curriculum that engages teachers and students. Pleased with teacher feedback.  

Wit and wisdom is new to 41 of our teachers.  This is the new English/Language Arts for grades 3 - 8.  Now have reading and writing both together, rather than out on their own.  Received training from a trainer from Michigan.  Every 6 weeks we have a meeting over at district office.  A month ago, Becky Michael would have said there have been 3 student outcomes.  However now, she notices 4 positive student outcomes: thinking, text building (intellectual conversations), writing - now stamina.  Kids are writing longer and better, and reading long books now.  These texts are more engaging and students have been able to have great conversation about what they're learning. 
10.c.4. Superintendent
Speaker(s):  Rick Myles
11. Other School Personnel
12. Future Meetings and Dates to Remember - meeting dates will be published in the Star Herald and/or on the District website
13. Possible move into Closed Session
Action(s):
Motion that the Board of Education go into closed session: 1. Purpose and Subject: a. Information and discussion regarding potential litigation as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the School District; 2. Necessity: a. For the protection of the public interest; and b. For the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual and if such individual has not requested a public meeting. Motion made by Paul Snyder, seconded by Kyle Long that the Board of Education go into closed session to include Superintendent, Richard Myles, Chief Financial Officer, Lavon Hood and Legal Counsel, for the purposes of (1) information and discussion regarding potential litigation as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the School District; (2) for the protection of the public interest; and, (3) for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual and if such individual has not requested a public meeting. Passed with a motion by Paul Snyder and a second by Kyle Long.
  • Long: Yea
  • Lang: Yea
  • Gilliland: Yea
  • Kozal: Yea
  • Kinsey: Yea
  • Snyder: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
14. Adjourn Closed Session and move into Open Session
Action(s):
Motion to adjourn the closed session meeting and reconvene into open session. Passed with a motion by Mark Lang and a second by Paul Snyder.
  • Kozal: Yea
  • Kinsey: Yea
  • Snyder: Yea
  • Long: Yea
  • Lang: Yea
  • Gilliland: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
15. Adjourn
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