ESU 7
June 19, 2017 5:30 PM
Regular Board of Directors Meeting
1. Call the meeting to order
Don Ellison or Designee
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LEADERSHIP  •  SERVICE  •  SUPPORT  -  ESU 7 Mission Statement


Notice of this meeting was given in advance according to State Law 84-1411, by giving notice of the meeting to the public on ESU 7 website www.esu7.org and posted at location of meeting.  Notice of this meeting was also given in advance to all members of the Board of Directors.  Availability of the agenda and purpose of the hearing was communicated in the advance notice of the meeting and in the notice to the members of this hearing. All proceedings of the Board of Directors were taken while the convened hearing was open to the attendance of the public.


1.1. Notification of Open Meetings Law
Don Ellison or Designee
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This meeting has been preceded by advance notice and is hereby declared to be in open session.  A copy of the Open Meetings Act is posted in the meeting room.

 

 

1.2. Roll Call
Don Ellison or Designee
1.2.1. Board Absences
Don Ellison or Designee
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Marni Danhauer will be absent due to family travel.

Staff Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take action to approve the Board member absences.

 

 




Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve absent Board members passed with a motion by Jennifer Miller and a second by Jack Young.

1.3. Pledge of Allegiance
Don Ellison or Designee
2. Public Forum
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2.1. Welcome Visitors
Don Ellison or Designee
2.2. Public Comment
Don Ellison or Designee
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The Board has the discretion to limit the amount of time set aside for public participation. 


Citizens wishing to address the Board on a certain agenda item must notify the Educational Service Unit Administrator prior to the board meeting.  Citizens wishing to present petitions to the Board may do so at this time.  However, the Board will only receive the petitions and not act upon them or their contents.

Public Participation in Board Meetings Policy 1.02.02

3. Approval of Agenda
Don Ellison or Designee
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The sequence of agenda topics is subject to change at the discretion of the Board. 

Order of Business, Regular Meetings Policy 1.02.01

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any necessary action to approve agenda.

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Agenda as presented passed with a motion by Joyce Baumert and a second by Jennifer Miller.

4. Approval of the Consent Agenda
Don Ellison or designee
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Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.

If any Board Member wishes to discuss an item, it must be removed from the consent agenda at which time remaining items will be acted on:

Consent Agenda Includes:

  • Minutes from the previous meeting
  • Treasurers Report
  • Presentation of the Bills
  • Certificated/Classified Hire(s)/Reassignments/Resignation(s)
  • Other Routine Agenda Items

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take necessary action to approve the consent agenda as presented.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Discuss, consider and take necessary action to approve the consent agenda as presented passed with a motion by Doug Kluth and a second by Terry Fusco.

4.1. Approval of Minutes
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Meeting Minutes from the previous month's Board Meeting are attached for your review.

Attachments
4.2. Treasurer's Report
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The Treasurer's Report is attached for review.

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4.3. Presentation of Bills: total $810,287.71 - Bills #65395 through #65582
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The summary of bills for the current month total: $810,287.71 - Bills #65395 through #65582

Inservice bills total:$367.70

Excess Lodging: Isaura Baretto - NADSME - $5.82

SPED Arrears:$ 0

TECH Arrears: Columbus Christian $12.50, High Plains $369.99, Palmer $142.50, St. Ed $62.50

Below are some bills you may have questions about:

Check # Amount Vendor Description
65395 $20,899.00 Husker Auto Group Car for traveling to schools
65402 $9,810.62 Amazon SPED/Perkins/Tech/Title III supplies
65410 $15,784.00 Apple Computer SPED computers
65415 $21,457.57 Boone Central Schools Perkins/Title I Reimbursements
65423 $12,485.05 Capital One Various Dept. travel and dues
65428 $47,479.00 Central CIty Perkins/Title I Reimbursements
65436 $8,604.26 Cross Co. School Perkins/Title I Reimbursements
65448 $9,671.00 Eakes Office Copier Maintenance/PD office equip.
65462 $9,793.48 ESU 6 AV Repair Contracted Service
65463 $26,482.00 ESUCC SRS District fees
65470 $9,826.78 High Plains School Perkins/Title I Reimbursements
65474 $13,479.00 Howells-Dodge Perkins/Title I Reimbursements
65486 $56,309.00 John Baylor Prep Online ACT Prep (flow through for Districts)
65501 $14,657.86 Lakeview Perkins/Title I Reimbursements
65536 $7,411.35 Osceola Public School Perkins/Title I Reimbursements
65553 $3,993.99 Rockler Woodworking Perkins Supplies
65565 $4,778.20 DAS State Accounting Network Service Charges
65570 $5,925.00 Teachingbooks.net Renew DVD/media service thru 7/31/18



 

 

Attachments
4.4. Classified/Non-Certificated 2017-2018 Contracts for Administration, Technology, Production, Professional Development, and Special Education
Don Ellison or Designee
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Classified/Non-Certificated contracts for 2017-2018 for Debbie Adams, Chris Chvala, Janet Ciboron, Cody Nelson, Joan Hassebrook, Kerri Jo Krivohlavek, Katy McNeil, Nathan Pfeifer, Michele Sells, Karen Kuhr, Linda Shefcyk, Nancy Smith, Cindy Wieser, Carolyn Koch, Paulette Wieser, Angie Arndt, Kris Johnson, Megan Kassing, Kaise Recek, Christine Barber, Angela Beckman, Catherine Cole, Jeri Glenn, Brock Hoover, Michelle Konwinski, Julianne Wilke, Becky Luchsinger, Traci Weverka, Lindsay Thomson and Cen7ter Tech (x1)

Recommendation:  Discuss, consider and take action to approve Classified/Non-Certificated contracts for 2017-2018 for Debbie Adams, Chris Chvala, Janet Ciboron, Cody Nelson, Joan Hassebrook, Kerri Jo Krivohlavek, Katy McNeil, Nathan Pfeifer, Michele Sells, Karen Kuhr, Linda Shefcyk, Nancy Smith, Cindy Wieser, Carolyn Koch, Paulette Wieser, Angie Arndt, Kris Johnson, Megan Kassing, Kaise Recek, Christine Barber, Angela Beckman, Catherine Cole, Jeri Glenn, Brock Hoover, Michelle Konwinski, Julianne Wilke, Becky Luchsinger, Traci Weverka, Lindsay Thomson and Cen7ter Tech (x1).

4.5. Grant Contracts for Migrant Education Program, Assistive Technology Partnerships and Early Learning Connection
Darus Mettler or Designee
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Employee contracts for Cynthia Alarcon Migrant Education Grant Coordinator, Danielle Waite Program Analyst, Ana Santos Migrant Education Recruiter, Isaura Barreto Migrant Recruiter, TBD Migrant Services Providers (2), Darlene Rodriguez Migrant Education Recruiter, Melinda Velecela Migrant Liason, Magaly Vasquez Diaz Migrant Services Provider, Mayra Vargas Migrant Secretary, TBD Migrant Tutors for Columbus Public Elementary, Lynette Sprunk, Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP) grant, Angel Mayberry, Early Learning Connection (ELC) Grant.

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take action to  approve the employee contracts for Cynthia Alarcon Migrant Education Grant Coordinator, Danielle Waite Program Analyst, Ana Santos Migrant Education Recruiter, Isaura Barreto Migrant Recruiter, TBD Migrant Services Providers (2), Darlene Rodriguez Migrant Education Recruiter, Melinda Velecela Migrant Liason, Magaly Vasquez Diaz Migrant Services Provider, Mayra Vargas Migrant Secretary, TBD Migrant Tutors for Columbus Public Elementary, Lynette Sprunk, Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP) grant, Angel Mayberry, Early Learning Connection (ELC) Grant.

 

 

Attachments
4.6. SPED Contracts for Cen7ter Teacher and Speech Language Pathologist
Darus Mettler
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Katherine (Katie) Bosak

Katie will join ESU 7 as a Speech-Language Pathologist.  Katie received her Masters in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  She worked in Schumaker Elementary in Tucson, Arizona for 1 year prior to moving to Nebraska.  Katie has been employed by Boone County Health Center in Albion for the past 5 years.  She has a real desire to work with children and she is excited to be providing support for Fullerton and St. Edward.

Julie Lazarchic

Julie will join ESU 7 as a Cen7ter Teacher.  Julie received a secondary Education Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia College.  She went on to receive a Master’s Degree from University of Iowa.  She has completed psychology courses and is in the process of receiving a Special Education Endorsement.  Julie had worked for 17 years in Chicago, IL and Seymour, IN prior to moving to Nebraska.  Julie has been substitute teaching for Seward, Milford, Centennial, and Lincoln Public schools for the past 5 years.  Julie will be a great addition to our Cen7ter teaching staff.

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any action necessary to approve the contracts

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4.7. Authorization of Administrator to Sign for Federal/State Funds
Larianne Polk
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Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any necessary action to authorize ESU 7 Administrator, Larianne Polk as the official signature for all federal and state program funds from July 15, 2017-July 31, 2018.

5. Action Items
Don Ellison or Designee
5.1. Reading of Policy 1.02.01 Order of Business, Regular Meetings
Don Ellison or Designee
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Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take all necessary action to approve Policy 1.02.01 Order of Business, Regular Meetings as presented.

 

Attachments
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Policy 1.02.01 Order of Business, Regular Meetings as presented passed with a motion by Terry Fusco and a second by Doug Pauley.

5.2. Policy 3.03 Health Insurance
Larianne Polk or designee
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Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any action necessary to approve Policy 3.03 as presented.

Attachments
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Policy 3.03 as presented passed with a motion by Terry Fusco and a second by Jack Young.

5.3. Special Education Director Contract Amendment
Larianne Polk
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This amended contract reflects a salary adjustment after changes in duties.

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any action necessary to approve the amendment to Darus Mettler's 2017-2018 Special Education Director contract.

Attachments
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Darus Mettler's 2017-2018 Special Education Director contract amendment passed with a motion by Richard Stephens and a second by Doug Pauley.

5.4. Authorization of the Administrator to Pay July Bills in absence of July Board Meeting
Larianne Polk or designee
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The ESU 7 Board of Directors will not meet in July, 2017. This Board action gives authority to the Administrator to pay July bills.  The ESU 7 Board will approve these expenses in the next possible Board Meeting.

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any action to approve the Administrator's payment of bills in July 2017.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Authorization of the Administrator to Pay July Bills passed with a motion by Doug Pauley and a second by Joyce Baumert.

5.5. NNNC Budget
Larianne Polk or designee
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Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any action necessary to approve the 2017-2018 NNNC Operating Budget as presented.

Attachments
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  2017-2018 NNNC Operating Budget as presented passed with a motion by Dan Hoesly and a second by Terry Fusco.

5.6. Budgeting for additional 1% Budget Authority
Larianne Polk or designee
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Nebraska Statute allows an additional 1% in budgeted property tax asking requiring an affirmative vote of 75% of the governing body for approval.  These additional budget authority dollars remain critical as we continue to operate with the one and a half cent levy, no state aid funding for 2017-2018, and spending restrictions for the upcoming years.  In the event valuations change or additional funding becomes available, this action will allow ESU 7 additional budget authority to access those dollars.

Recommendation:  Discuss, consider and take any necessary action to approve the additional 1% in budgeted tax asking.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Budgeting for additional 1% passed with a motion by Doug Kluth and a second by Joyce Baumert.

5.7. Budget Hearing and Budget Summary - September 14 at 5:15 p.m. in the ESU 7 Oak Room
Larianne Polk
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Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any action necessary to approve the date for the 2017-2018 ESU 7 Budget Hearing and Budget Summary on September 14th, 5:15 p.m. ESU 7 Oak Conference Room.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  2017-2018 ESU 7 Budget Hearing and Budget Summary on September 14th, 5:15 p.m. ESU 7 Oak Conference Room passed with a motion by Jack Young and a second by Doug Pauley.

5.8. Final Tax Request Hearing - September 14 at 5:25 p.m. in the ESU 7 Oak Room
Larianne Polk
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Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any action necessary to set the 2017-2018 ESU 7 Final Tax Request Hearing on September 14th, 5:25 p.m. ESU 7 Oak Conference Room.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  2017-2018 ESU 7 Final Tax Request Hearing on September 14th, 5:25 p.m. ESU 7 Oak Conference Room passed with a motion by Terry Fusco and a second by Dan Hoesly.

5.9. Intent to Participate in Nebraska Technology Cooperative for 2017-2018
Dan Ellsworth or Designee
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Intent of ESU 7 to participate in the Nebraska Technology Cooperative with other governmental units in a joint project to be financed with bonding and operated by at least two or more qualified public agencies for the purchase and use of any item of hardware or software used in providing for the delivery of information, including the purchasing of upgrades or related improvements to information technology for the operation of school districts, educational service units, and community colleges under and pursuant to Public Facilities Construction and Finance Act (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 72-2301 to 72-2308), and other laws, which joint project
would provide for the issuance of general obligation bonds of such school district in an amount not to exceed $100,000, upon such terms and conditions, and for a period to be determined in any final bond issuance resolution, which if deemed appropriate by the Board of ESU 7, would be considered at an upcoming meeting; and in the event the Board of ESU 7 determines to participate in the joint project, furtherance of such intent, does hereby approve of the following to serve as consultants for the project:

1. Bond counsel, Kutak Rock, LLP, of Omaha, Nebraska, to draft the necessary documents for creation of the cooperative and the issuance of such bonds as soon as practicable to allow final consideration of such bond issuance and the terms thereof at an upcoming meeting.

2. Underwriter, D.A. Davidson & Co., of Omaha, Nebraska, to solicit purchasers for such bonds as soon as practicable to allow final consideration of such bond issuance and the terms thereof at an upcoming meeting.

3. General counsel Perry, Guthery, Haase & Gessford, P.C., L.L.O., of Lincoln, Nebraska to develop the origination and operation of the Nebraska Technology Cooperative Program, and provide advice, direction, and assistance to school district administration, bond counsel, and underwriter to allow final consideration of such bond issuance and the terms thereof at an upcoming meeting.

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any action necessary to approve the Intent to Participate in Nebraska Technology Cooperative Technology Bond as presented.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Intent to Participate in Nebraska Technology Cooperative Technology Bond as presented passed with a motion by Jennifer Miller and a second by Doug Pauley.

6. Discussion Items
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6.1. Budget Committee Update
Chairman Terry Fusco
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Budget committee met to continue discussions regarding budgeting process for 2017-2018 Chairman Fusco will review the summary with the Board.  The committee will meet again August 21st at 4:30pm in the Walnut Room.

6.2. Board Visit Updates - Central City, Schuyler Community Schools, Cross County and Humphrey Public Schools
Larianne Polk or designee
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Marni Danhauer and Darus Mettler attended the May 15, 2017 at the Central City Board Meeting.

Joyce Baumert, Darus Mettler and Mark Brady attended the Schuyler Board Meeting on June 12th.

Terry Fusco and Brooke Kavan attended the Cross County Board meeting on June 12th.

Gary Wieseler and Brooke Koliha attended the Humphrey Board Meeting on June 12th.

Twin River and Shelby Board Visits are tentatively scheduled for July 10th (Board Meeting dates for July have not been scheduled).

6.3. Needs for Special Education Facility Improvements (South Building) and Planning for Mental/Behavioral Health Facility
Larianne Polk or designee
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Administrator Polk will discuss needs in the current special education facility (South Building) and planning for Mental/Behavioral Health Facility.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Entrance into closed session to discuss needs for Special Education Facility Improvements (South Building) and Planning for the protection of the public's interest at 6:24pm passed with a motion by Terry Fusco and a second by Doug Kluth.

6.4. Board Retreat Dates
Larianne Polk or designee
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Discuss potential dates, locations and topics for a Board Retreat in the fall.

6.5. Administrator's Report
Larianne Polk
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Facilities Update

  •  Chiller

New Board Meeting Software - SPARQ

ELLC Update

  •  Attached for your Review

Administrator's Goals

  •  Attached for your Review

Quarterly Report and Scorecard

  • Attached quarterly for your review

Upcoming Events:

Open Meetings Workshop

  • Lincoln - July 18
  • Norfolk - July 20

NASB Orientation

  • Lincoln - July 19

Labor Relations Conference 

  • Lincoln -September 6-7

AESA Conference - November 29-December 2, 2017 - San Antonio Texas - Registering in August

 

Attachments
7. Adjournment
Don Ellison or Designee