Public Meeting Agenda: April 9, 2018 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

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April 9, 2018 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda

April 9, 2018 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 move _____________ from the consent agenda to the business agenda Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Recommended Motion(s) #2:  Motion to approve the (remainder of) the consent agenda as presented 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 Jason Frederick.
  • Baney: Absent
  • Kerchal: Absent
  • League: Absent
  • Frederick: Yea
  • Haines: Nay
  • Lorens: Yea
  • Noffsinger: Yea
  • Stamm: Yea
  • Blecha: 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 $458,672.09 from the general fund; $7,725.48 from the activity fund; and $9,667.78 from the lunch fund. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Attachments:
5.E. Teacher resignations
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
5.E.1. Morgan Gockley resignation
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Rationale:  Mrs. Gockley has submitted her resignation for the next school year. She has accepted a position in the Chase County school system.
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the resignation of Morgan Gockley and thank her for her year of service to the district. Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
5.E.2. Brittney Gauthier resignation
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Rationale:  Mrs. Gauthier has submitted her resignation effective at the end of the school  year. She and her husband have accepted positions closer to family. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the resignation of Brittney Gauthier and thank her for her 2 years of service to the district. 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.
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.
Attachments:
Action(s):
Motion to approve the financial report as presented. Passed with a motion by Jason Frederick and a second by Mike Blecha.
  • Baney: Absent
  • Kerchal: Absent
  • League: Absent
  • Haines: Yea
  • Lorens: Yea
  • Noffsinger: Yea
  • Stamm: Yea
  • Blecha: Yea
  • Frederick: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6.B. NRCSA Closing the Gap Award
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale:  Mr. Fette and Mr. Rotherham will present briefly on the NRCSA Closing the Gap Award the district received for changes in math scores.
6.C. Admission prices and passes
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale:  The RPAC voted as a conference to change admission prices for their events to $5 for adults and $4 for students next year at conference events (Volleyball, Basketball and Track). Wrestling was set at $6 and $4 last year and will remain at that price. 

At the last executive committee meeting at least 5 schools indicated that they would be raising their local prices as well. The SPVA schools as well as Southern Valley have been at the higher rate for a couple of years. I would recommend that we follow suit. 

Typically we set prices for admission, season passes, meal per diem and other items during the summer months. When you choose to act and what you chose to do is up to you. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to change admission prices to $5 for adults and $4 for students beginning with the 2018-2019 school year Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
6.D. Staffing 2018-2019
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale:  During this agenda item we will discuss how our staffing for next year is evolving and look a little farther forward as well. 
6.E. Teacher contracts
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale:  We have offered contracts to replace some of the teachers who resigned. 
6.E.1. Vocational Agriculture
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale:  We have offered Christen Williamson a contract to teach VoAg next year. Christen is from Arapahoe and is a graduate of UNL. We are pleased to welcome her to the district. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the teaching contract of Cristen Williamson beginning with the 2018-2019 school year Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to approve the teaching contract of Christen Williamson beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. Passed with a motion by Craig Kerchal and a second by Sandy Noffsinger.
  • Baney: Absent
  • League: Absent
  • Kerchal: Yea
  • Lorens: Yea
  • Noffsinger: Yea
  • Stamm: Yea
  • Blecha: Yea
  • Frederick: Yea
  • Haines: Yea
Motion to approve the teaching contract of Christen Williamson beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. Passed with a motion by Craig Kerchal and a second by Sandy Noffsinger.
  • Baney: Absent
  • League: Absent
  • Kerchal: Yea
  • Lorens: Yea
  • Noffsinger: Yea
  • Stamm: Yea
  • Blecha: Yea
  • Frederick: Yea
  • Haines: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6.E.2. Elementary education
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale:  We interviewed several candidates and offered a contract to Tanisha Fahrenholtz. At this time Ms. Fahrenholtz will be teaching second grade at Benkelman Elementary. We welcome her to the district. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to approve the teaching contract of Tanisha Fahrenholtz beginning with the 2018-2019 school year Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to approve the teaching contract of Tanisha Fahrenholtz beginning with the 2018-2019 school year Passed with a motion by Mike Blecha and a second by Jason Frederick.
  • Baney: Absent
  • League: Absent
  • Noffsinger: Yea
  • Stamm: Yea
  • Blecha: Yea
  • Frederick: Yea
  • Haines: Nay
  • Kerchal: Yea
  • Lorens: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6.E.3. Elementary education
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale:  The current plan is to use Lacy Caddick to fill the position left by the resignation of Brittney Gauthier from Stratton Elementary. This will also cause some shuffling of assignments over there. We would ask to change Mrs. Caddick's contract from .75 to 1.0 for next year. 
Recommended Motion(s):  Motion to change the contract of Lacy Caddick from .75 to 1.0 FTE for the 2018-2019 school year Passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
Motion to change the contract of Lacy Caddick from .75 to 1.0 FTE for the 2018-2019 school year Passed with a motion by Kent Lorens and a second by Sandy Noffsinger.
  • Baney: Absent
  • League: Absent
  • Stamm: Yea
  • Blecha: Yea
  • Frederick: Yea
  • Haines: Yea
  • Kerchal: Yea
  • Lorens: Yea
  • Noffsinger: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
6.F. Days and hours
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale:  Last month we talked about the length of the teacher workday, the early friday dismissals and the leave situation around Fridays. I discussed each of these items at the fireside chats and from my perspective they went well. 

The official teacher workday will be 7:45 AM to 4:00 PM on regular days and until 2:00 PM on short days. Most of our teachers put in far more time than this but their presence in the buildings for work with students and for parent contact at set times of the day is very important. 

They had no real ideas for improving or changes to the Friday/early out/in-service schedule. There is some concern with the gap between school and sports practice for high school kids on in-service days and staff were on both sides of the aisle about keeping them. For now I would recommend that they stay as is.

We will change administratively the handling of leave docking for early dismissal days. From now on a day is a day and when you are gone you will be docked for that day, no matter the length. Substitute teachers will also be paid for a full day. 
6.G. Planning service
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale:  There are various ways to work through planning and goal setting as a district. One of them is to look at hiring someone from outside to come in and facilitate the process. We can also continue on the road we are on. 
6.H. District goals
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale:  We can discuss the district goals we are working on during this agenda item. 

Goal areas include:
1. Extended learning opportunities in cooperation with area businesses, colleges and trade schools as well as with other area school districts;
2. paperless classrooms
3. improvements and expansion of existing facilities and grounds
4.  improvement of test scores
5. boardsmanship/board expectations. We will be bringing more information forward on these topics as we develop board and district goals.
6.I. NASB Information
Agenda Item Type:  Action 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. Finance/Budget/Legislation committee
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
7.F.3. Transportation/Facilities/Grounds committee
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
7.F.4. Curriculum/Activities/Staff Development committee
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
7.F.5. Americanism committee
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
7.F.6. Negotiations committee
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
8. Excuse absent member(s)
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Action(s):
Motion to excuse Brad Baney and Kevin League from the meeting. Passed with a motion by Kent Lorens and a second by Mike Blecha.
  • Baney: Absent
  • League: Absent
  • Blecha: Yea
  • Frederick: Yea
  • Haines: Yea
  • Kerchal: Yea
  • Lorens: Yea
  • Noffsinger: Yea
  • Stamm: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
9. Adjourn
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Action(s):
Motion to adjourn at 7:48. Passed with a motion by Mike Blecha and a second by Kent Lorens.
  • Baney: Absent
  • League: Absent
  • Frederick: Yea
  • Haines: Yea
  • Kerchal: Yea
  • Lorens: Yea
  • Noffsinger: Yea
  • Stamm: Yea
  • Blecha: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
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