ESU Coordinating Council
May 05, 2015 8:30 AM
Finance, Audit, and Budget Committee Meeting
1. Call to Order
Rationale

Notice to visitors:  To be heard at this meeting, the "Request to be Heard" form, must be completed and submitted to the Secretary to the Executive Director of ESUCC.  The President of the Board of ESUCC will call upon visitors wishing to address the Board in the order they were submitted or by subject.

Pursuant to Section 84-1411 of the Nebraska Statutes, notice of this meeting was given by advertisement on the ESUCC website, NE Public Meeting site, and host site.

Open Meetings Law
: Pursuant to Section 84 - 1412 of the Nebraska Statutes, the public is hereby informed that a current copy of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act is posted in this meeting room. 

2. Roll Call
Discussion

Call to order at 8:38 AM. Staff: David Ludwig, Deb Hericks, Priscilla Quintana

3. Agenda Item
Chair of Committee
3.A. Monthly Staff Budget Meeting
Committee Chair - Dennis Radford
Attachments
Discussion

Reviewed the budget reports from the monthly staff meetings.

3.B. Approve Claims, Financials Statements, and Assets for Month of March
Chair of Committee
Rationale

 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

Approve Claims, Financials Statements, and Assets for Month of March

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Approve Claims, Financials Statements, and Assets for Month of March passed with a motion by Tedesco ESU 11 and a second by Standish ESU 18.

Discussion

Committee chair reviewed the budget reports. SRS tier invoices were sent out last week. Discussion around LMS contracts going through the Coop procurement system. Executive Director/Technology Director will get notification out to schools regarding LMS.

3.C. Approval of April Expenses
Committee Chair - Dennis Radford
Attachments
Recommended Motion

Recommend motion to approve April expenses

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Recommend motion to approve April expenses passed with a motion by West ESU 13 and a second by Calvert ESU 15.

Discussion

Committee Chair reviewed the expenses for the month.

3.D. Approval of June, July, August Claims as approved by Executive Director
Rationale

Approval of June, July, August Claims as approved by Executive Director.

Recommended Motion

Approval of June, July, August Claims as approved by Executive Director

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Approval of June, July, August Claims as approved by Executive Director passed with a motion by Schnoes ESU 03 and a second by Gegg ESU 05.

Discussion

Approval of June, July, August Claims as approved by Executive Director.

3.E. Approval of Staff Salaries
Executive Director
Recommended Motion

Recommend a ___ increase for personnel deemed necessary by the Executive Director after financial review

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Recommend a 2-4% total package with exception of Technology Director increase for personnel deemed necessary by the Executive Director after financial review passed with a motion by Standish ESU 18 and a second by West ESU 13.

Discussion

Committee Chair discussed past practices of staff salaries. Range of 3-5% for staff with the exception of Technology Director, increase 8% to get his salary for next 3-4 years to get salary comparable to other directors. Discussion held regarding use of staff cell phones.

4. Next Meeting Agenda Items
5. Executive Session
Rationale

The ESU Coordinating Council is authorized by state statute to enter into executive session. Executive session may be held when clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual. Reasons that meet this standard include but are not limited to: (a) strategy sessions with respect to collective bargaining, real estate matters, pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body; (b) discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices; (c) investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct; (d) evaluation of the job performance of a person when necessary to prevent needless injury to the reputation of a person and if such person has not requested a public meeting; and (e) legal advice.

Explanation

At this point, it is appropriate for the Board to meet in closed session for one of the stated matters and/or any other permissible closed session matters in compliance with the law.

PROPOSAL:

That the Board hold a closed session:

1. For strategy session with respect to negotiations/collective bargaining clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

2. For strategy session with respect to property/real estate matters clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

3. For strategy session with respect to pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

4. For discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

5. For investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

6. For personnel and the evaluation of job performance clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

7. For discussions of the legal consequences of specific action and legal advice clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

6. Adjournment
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to adjourn meeting 9:05 AM passed with a motion by Mowinkel ESU 08 and a second by Gegg ESU 05.