Public Meeting Agenda: November 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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November 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

November 13, 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:  Procedural Item
1.B. Roll Call
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
2. Open meetings law
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural 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 Recognition
Agenda Item Type:  Information 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 Mike Blecha and a second by Jason Frederick.
  • Brad Baney: Absent
  • Craig Kerchal: Absent
  • Kevin League: Absent
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Amy Haines: Yea
  • Kent Lorens: 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 payment of the bills as presented in the amount of $481,597.51 from the general fund; $5773.74 from the depreciation fund; $12,807.91 from the activity fund; and 13,175.17 from the nutrition fund. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Attachments:
6. Business Meeting
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural 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 approve the financial report as presented. Passed with a motion by Sandy Noffsinger and a second by Mike Blecha.
  • Craig Kerchal: Absent
  • Kevin League: Absent
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Brad Baney: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Amy Haines: Yea
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments:
6.B. NSAA proposals
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale: 

We will review the NSAA legislative proposals presented for consideration at the November District V meeting. At this point in the legislative process each district votes only on the proposals presented in that district. In January we vote on any proposal from any district that passed that district. 

Attachments:
6.C. Enrollments and classifications 2018-2019
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale: 

The enrollment figures for next years classifications have been released. The chance exists that we will be C2 in some activities and D2 in others. 

Attachments:
6.D. NASB voting delegate
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

The board should select a voting delegate for the NASB State Education Conference

6.E. Election certification
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale: 

Every two years we receive a letter asking us to certify to the County Clerk the number of directors to be placed on the ballot at the primary election. The form is attached. We will have 5 positions up for election this year. 

6.F. In service and school improvement report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale: 

The staff and administration will report on our in-service days and progress in preparing for this spring's external team visit.

6.G. Farm to Fork update
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale: 

The majority of this update will take place at the Foundation meeting. However, I placed this on the board agenda in the event something else needs to be addressed by the Board of Education regarding the Farm to Fork program. 

6.H. Stratton internet
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale: 

After ten years of talking to Great Plains and them saying it would cost us $20,000 to run fiber into the building in Stratton for wired internet and cost us another $20,000 per year for the connection fees, the tune has changed. Now, they have told Patrick that they alrerady have fiber in the ground and we could connect from the high school (where all of our internet runs) to Stratton via their fiber for 48 months at a cost of $2,532 ($52.75 per month) for a 100 Mbps connection. I think we can e-rate that and have the price further reduced.

Currently we use four radio transmitters: Stratton Elementary to water tower then water tower to the high school.  If we had to replace the two big radios that transmit data from Stratton to Benkelman it would cost more than $2500. 

This item is for your discussion and information.

6.I. Substitute teacher pay
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

Other schools in our area are paying more than we currently are. Last summer we raised the price to $105. We have subs who will not work here when they can drive to other schools for more money. We will be recommending a raise in sub pay. 

Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to raise substitute teacher pay to $140 effective with all days worked on or after November 1, 2017 Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion leave the sub daily rate at $105 and to offer them a meal effective with all days worked on or after November 1, 2017 Passed with a motion by Kent Lorens and a second by Amy Haines.
  • Craig Kerchal: Absent
  • Kevin League: Absent
  • Brad Baney: Nay
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Amy Haines: Yea
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Nay
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6.J. Early Separation Incentive application approval
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

We have two requests for the Early Separation Incentive program for next year. These teachers would like to retire at the end of this year and collect the incentive money. 

Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the Early Incentive Separation application and resignation from _________ and to thank him/her for his/her ____ years of service Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Recommended Motion(s) #2:  Motion to approve the Early Incentive Separation application and resignation from _________ and to thank him/her for his/her ____ years of service Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to approve the Early Incentive Separation application and resignation from Julie Burrell and to thank him/her for his/her 33 years of service Passed with a motion by Amy Haines and a second by Sandy Noffsinger.
  • Craig Kerchal: Absent
  • Kevin League: Absent
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Amy Haines: Yea
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Brad Baney: Yea
Motion to approve the Early Incentive Separation application and resignation from Gregg Loghry and to thank him/her for his/her 33 years of service Passed with a motion by Amy Haines and a second by Sandy Noffsinger.
  • Craig Kerchal: Absent
  • Kevin League: Absent
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Amy Haines: Yea
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Brad Baney: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6.K. Negotiations
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale: 

Action or discussion on negotiations may be necessary.

President statement after motion passes:

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 certified staff negotiations for the upcoming negotiations meetings.

 

President declares board out of executive session at 

President statement: The board is now exiting closed session. The board's discussion during closed session was limited to certified staff negotiations. 

 

Motion and vote

Recommended Motion(s):  Motion for the board to enter closed session at ____ 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.
Recommended Motion(s) #2:  Motion to come out of closed session at ____. 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 at 7:39 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 Amy Haines.
  • Craig Kerchal: Absent
  • Kevin League: Absent
  • Amy Haines: Yea
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Brad Baney: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
Motion to enter into open session. Passed with a motion by Sandy Noffsinger and a second by Amy Haines.
  • Craig Kerchal: Absent
  • Kevin League: Absent
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Brad Baney: 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
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. Board and committee reports
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
7.F.1. Board information
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Attachments:
7.F.2. NASB Report
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
8. Excuse absent member(s)
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to excuse ___________ from the November 13, 2013 regular board meeting Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to excuse Kevin League from the November 13, 2017 regular board meeting Passed with a motion by Kent Lorens and a second by Sandy Noffsinger.
  • Craig Kerchal: Absent
  • Kevin League: Absent
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Brad Baney: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Amy Haines: Yea
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
9. Adjournment
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to adjourn Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to adjourn at 8:38 PM Passed with a motion by Mike Blecha and a second by Amy Haines.
  • Craig Kerchal: Absent
  • Kevin League: Absent
  • Shad Stamm: Yea
  • Brad Baney: Yea
  • Mike Blecha: Yea
  • Jason Frederick: Yea
  • Amy Haines: Yea
  • Kent Lorens: Yea
  • Sandy Noffsinger: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
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