Public Meeting Agenda: October 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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October 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

October 9, 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
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. 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.
Action(s):
Motion to approve the consent agenda as presented. Passed with a motion by Sandy Noffsinger and a second by Kevin League.
  • Amy Haines: Absent
  • Craig Kerchal: Absent
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Brad Baney: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Kevin League: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
5.A. 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.B. 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.C. Approval of the minutes
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Attachments:
5.D. Payment of the bills
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the bills as presented in the amount of $459560.84 from the general fund; $2300 from the depreciation fund; $37,125.13 from the activity fund; and $22,256.97 from the nutrition fund. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Attachments:
5.E. Teacher contract amendment
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Rationale: 

The demographics at Stratton Elementary lead me to recommend that we increase the contract of Lacy Caddick from .50 FTE to .75 FTE. We may also add some aid time to serve the students properly. 

Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to amend the contract of Lacy Caddick from .50 FTE to .75 FTE Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
6. Business Meeting
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
6.A. 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.

Action(s):
Motion to approved the financial report as presented. Passed with a motion by Kevin League and a second by Kent Lorens.
  • Amy Haines: Absent
  • Craig Kerchal: Absent
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Brad Baney: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Kevin League: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
6.B. Negotiations
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

The board may need to further discuss negotiations strategies for the upcoming negotiations session with certificated staff. 

6.C. Superintendent evaluation
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

If the board wishes to continue conducting the superintendent evaluation at a meeting separate from the regular board meeting, I would suggest Wednesday, November 29 in the evening. Just a reminder that the superintendent contract is a 2 year rollover contract and a year adds automatically each Dec. 31 unless the board takes action otherwise. The board is required to conduct and approve the evaluation annually. The board may also vote not to extend the contract but if their is not vote taken the contract renews automatically. 

This agenda item is to allow the board to discuss and choose how to proceed with the evaluation. 

Action(s):
Motion to conduct the superintendent evaluation at the regular December board meeting. Passed with a motion by Kent Lorens and a second by Kevin League.
  • Amy Haines: Absent
  • Craig Kerchal: Absent
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Brad Baney: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Kevin League: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6.D. NASB report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale: 

This item is to allow for the reporting of any information from NASB to the board

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
Attachments:
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. Excuse absent member(s)
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Action(s):
Motion to excuse Amy Haines from the meeting. Passed with a motion by Kent Lorens and a second by Brad Baney.
  • Amy Haines: Absent
  • Craig Kerchal: Absent
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Brad Baney: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Kevin League: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
7.G. Board and committee reports
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
7.G.1. Board information
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Attachments:
7.G.2. Finance/Budget/Legislation committee
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
7.G.3. Transportation/Facilities/Grounds committee
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
7.G.4. Curriculum/Activities/Staff Development committee
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
7.G.5. Americanism committee
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
7.G.6. Negotiations committee
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
8. Adjourn
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Action(s):
Motion to adjourn at 6:36. Passed with a motion by Mike Blecha and a second by Kent Lorens.
  • Amy Haines: Absent
  • Craig Kerchal: Absent
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Brad Baney: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Kevin League: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
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