Public Meeting Agenda: September 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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September 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

September 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting
1. Opening Procedures
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Rationale: 
 
1.A. Call to order
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
1.B. Roll Call
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
1.C. Excuse absent member(s)
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Action(s):
Motion to excuse Brad Baney, Craig Kerchal, and Sandy Noffsinger from the meeting. Passed with a motion by Kent Lorens and a second by Kevin League.
  • Brad Baney: Absent
  • Craig Kerchal: Absent
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Absent
  • Kevin League: Yea
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Amy Haines: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
2. Open meetings law
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 
  1. The Board of Education reserves the right to enter into Closed/Executive Session for 1) the protection of public interest or 2) the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual, and the individual has not requested a public meeting. When making a motion to enter into Closed/Executive Session, the member making such a request should be as specific as possible keeping the previously listed stipulation in consideration. 
  2. If the Board is in agreement, a motion maybe to enter into Closed/Executive Session to 1) discuss a personnel matter, or 2) for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of the individual, or 3) to discuss litigation and for the protection of the public interest.
  3. Action concerning matters discussed in Closed/Executive Session will be acted upon in open session
3. Awards and Recognitions
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
4. Public comment
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale: 

Welcome to the Dundy County Stratton Public Schools Board of Education Meeting.  The Board welcomes citizens to attend board meetings to become acquainted with the programs and operations of the district.  Members of the public are also encouraged to share their ideas and opinions with the Board during the agenda item labeled “Public Items”.  Comments or questions from the audience at any other time during the meeting except for the agenda item “Public Items” will out of necessity be declared out of order.

The Nebraska Open Meetings Act prevents the board from speaking to a matter that is not on the agenda.  Please understand that the board may be unable to address your issue during the meeting.  It is not permissible for the board to comment on items not listed for the protection of the public’s right to know and participate in the discussion of items that do come before the board and stated appropriately in the meeting agenda.  

During this agenda item “Public Items” we ask that you abide by the following rules:

Public Comment Protocol and Procedures

  1. Anyone wishing to speak to the board on specific agenda items or on other topics relevant to board business must complete a Public Comment Request Card and submit it to the Board President prior to the opening of the meeting.   The public will only be recognized and their comments heard at Item “Public Items” on the board agenda.  The total time allotted for the public comment will not exceed thirty minutes and each member of the public will be allotted not more than five minutes to address the Board.  If a group wishes to speak, please designate one spokesperson for the group.

  2. Please state your name and the topic you are addressing before you begin.  

  3. Speakers are asked to direct their questions and comments to the chair.  A member of the Board of Education or the Superintendent may direct clarifying questions to the chair, but the board will not under any circumstance enter into a debate with any the member of the public.

  4. Speakers may offer objective criticism of district operations and programs, but the Board would encourage members of the public to address complaints concerning individual district personnel through the proper chain of command.  The chair may direct the member of the public to the appropriate means to address concerns brought before the Board; however, the board will not respond with action but will take comments under advisement and direct the comments to the appropriate staff member to address outside of the board meeting.

  5. Please remember that is a public meeting for the conduct of business of the Dundy County Stratton Public School District. Offensive language, personal attacks and hostile conduct will not be tolerated. You should further be advised that there is no legal protection for any comments that are made. 

  6. As stated in NEB. REV. STAT. § 79-570 Class I, II, III, IV, or VI school district; president; meetings; maintenance of order.  

    If any district meeting of a Class I, II, III, IV, or VI school district any person conducts himself or herself in a disorderly manner and persists in such conduct after notice by the president or person presiding, the president or person presiding may order such person to withdraw from the meeting and, if the person refuses, may order any person or persons to take such person into custody until the meeting is adjourned.

  7. As stated in NEB. REV. STAT. § 79-571 Class I, II, III, IV, or VI school district; meetings; disorderly conduct; penalty. 

Any person who refuses to withdraw from such meeting on being so ordered as provided in section 79-570 or who willfully disturbs such meeting shall be guilty of a Class V misdemeanor. 

5. Business Meeting
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
5.A. Consent Agenda
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Agenda
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the consent agenda as presented with the exception of removing items _______ Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
5.A.1. Verification of publication and notice
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Rationale:  To verify that notice of the meeting was given by publication in the Benkelman Post, a legal newspaper for Dundy County Stratton and by written notice to each member of the board, the designated method of giving notice
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to verify the publication and notice of the meeting was properly given Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
5.A.2. Adoption of the agenda
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Rationale:  To adopt the agenda of this meeting. The board reserves the right to change the order of items within the agenda.
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to adopt the agenda Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
5.A.3. Approval of the minutes
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the minutes of the August 14 regular meeting, the August 29 budget hearing and the August 29 special meeting Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Attachments:
5.A.4. Payment of the bills
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the bills as presented in the amount of $528,822.01 from the general fund; $14,972.96 from the activity fund; and $11,385.68 from the lunch fund. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Attachments:
5.A.5. Set pre-school lunch prices
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Rationale: 

The administration and food service manager recommend changing the lunch cost for a pre-school student to $2.00

Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to set lunch price for pre-school students at $2.00 Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
5.B. Financial Report
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

Presentation of the financial status of the district, balances in various funds, recent/impending activity therein, anticipated expenses and planning for future considerations.

Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the financial report as presented Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to approve the financial report as presented Passed with a motion by Mike Blecha and a second by Sandy Noffsinger.
  • Brad Baney: Absent
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Amy Haines: Yea
  • Craig Kerchal: Yea
  • Kevin League: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5.C. Adoption of 2017-2018 Budget
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

Approval of 2017-2018 budget

Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the 2017-2018 budget as presented Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to approve the 2017-2018 budget as presented. Passed with a motion by Craig Kerchal and a second by Kevin League.
  • Brad Baney: Absent
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Amy Haines: Yea
  • Craig Kerchal: Yea
  • Kevin League: Yea
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5.D. Approval of tax request resolution
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

The adoption of the budget in the previous item leads to approval of the district tax request. We are approving a dollar amount for the tax request, not the levy amount. The attached resolution is what you are being asked to approve. 

Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the tax request for the 2017-2018 budget as stated in the attached motion Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to approve the tax request for the 2017-2018 budget as stated in the attached motion. Passed with a motion by Jason Frederick and a second by Mike Blecha.
  • Brad Baney: Absent
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Amy Haines: Yea
  • Craig Kerchal: Yea
  • Kevin League: Yea
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5.E. Approval of bus routes
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

The board annually approves bus routes. We approve them at the September meeting to try to iron out the kinks before approval. It went much smoother this year with Robert here. 

Action(s):
Motion to approve the bus routes as presented. Passed with a motion by Mike Blecha and a second by Amy Haines.
  • Brad Baney: Absent
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Amy Haines: Yea
  • Craig Kerchal: Yea
  • Kevin League: Yea
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
5.F. District enrollment
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale: 

The administration will present enrollment numbers to the board.

Attachments:
5.G. Senator Kolowski letter
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

Senator Kolowski represents District 44 and is the vice-chair of the Education Committee. He is seeking input from school regarding the types things we would like to be part of or removed from the state aid formula. Bring thoughts for discussion. His letter is attached. 

Attachments:
5.H. Negotiations for 2018-2019 contract year
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

The board needs to select it's negotiations team for this year. This can be accomplished via motion and vote or presidential appointment. Last year's Negotiation team was: 

Chair: Jason Frederick

Past Chair: Sandy Noffsinger

Committee: Amy Haines, Kent Lorens

If you are interested in serving on this committee please contact Shad or myself.

5.H.1. Negotiations Strategy
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

The statutory timeline for negotiation is:

  • September 1 Bargaining agent must request recognition
  • October 1 Governing board must respond to request
  • November 1 negotiations must begin
  • February 8 If no agreement parties must submit to resolution officer

The board may want to consider entering executive session to discuss strategy for this negotiations season.

5.H.1.a. Enter closed session
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

The board should enter closed session to discuss negotiations strategies.

After the motion the president states:

The board has adopted a motion to enter closed session to discuss the negotiations strategy because it is in the school district’s best interest and the public’s best interest to discuss this in closed session. The board will limit its discussion to this issue.

Recommended Motion(s):  Motion for the board to enter closed session to discuss negotiations strategy because it is in the school district's interest and the public's best interest to discuss this in closed session. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion for the board to enter closed session to discuss negotiations strategy because it is in the school district's interest and the public's best interest to discuss this in closed session. Passed with a motion by Jason Frederick and a second by Kevin League.
  • Brad Baney: Absent
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Amy Haines: Yea
  • Craig Kerchal: Yea
  • Kevin League: Yea
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
5.H.1.b. Exit closed session
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

The board exits executive session when the president declares the session over or when an individual board member feels the board is no longer discussing the material matter of the motion to enter executive session. 

After the declaration and motion to exit executive session has passed the president states:

The board entered closed session to discuss the negotiations strategy because it is in the school district’s best interest and the public’s best interest to discuss this in closed session. The board limited its discussion to that issue.

Recommended Motion(s):  Motion for the board to exit closed session Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
President Stamm declared the meeting out of executive session at 7:07. President Stamm noted the only item of discussion was negotiations strategy Motion for the board to enter back into open session. Passed with a motion by Jason Frederick and a second by Amy Haines.
  • Brad Baney: Absent
  • Amy Haines: Yea
  • Craig Kerchal: Yea
  • Kevin League: Yea
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
5.H.2. Select negotiations team
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

The board needs to select it's negotiations team for this year. This can be accomplished via motion and vote or presidential appointment. Last year's Negotiation team was: 

Chair: Jason Frederick

Past Chair: Sandy Noffsinger

Committee: Amy Haines, Kent Lorens

If you are interested in serving on this committee please contact Shad or myself.

5.I. NASB Report
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

Sandy may have information from the NASB to report

6. Approval of substitute teacher list
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Rationale: 

The board annually approves the current list of potential substitute teachers. 

Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the presented substitute teacher list Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to approve the presented substitute teacher list. Passed with a motion by Amy Haines and a second by Kevin League.
  • Brad Baney: Absent
  • Craig Kerchal: Yea
  • Kevin League: Yea
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Amy Haines: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
7. Reports
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
7.A. Technology report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
7.B. Elementary principal report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
7.C. Secondary principal report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Attachments:
7.D. Transportation report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Attachments:
7.E. Superintendent report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Attachments:
7.F. Board and committee reports
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
7.F.1. Board information
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Attachments:
8. Adjournment
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to adjourn the meeting at Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:19. Passed with a motion by Mike Blecha and a second by Kevin League.
  • Brad Baney: Absent
  • Kevin League: Yea
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Amy Haines: Yea
  • Craig Kerchal: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
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