ESU 7
March 16, 2015 7:00 PM
Regular Board of Directors Meeting
I. Call the meeting to order
Richard Stephens
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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.


I.A. Notification of Open Meetings Law
Richard Stephens
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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.

I.B. Roll Call
Richard Stephens
I.C. Pledge of Allegiance
Richard Stephens
II. Public Forum
II.A. Welcome Visitors
Richard Stephens
II.B. 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

Attachments
III. Sequence of Agenda
Richard Stephens
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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

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III.A. AdvancED Update
Professional Services Team
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Professional Services Team will report on progress of the goals as identified from AdvancED recommendations and Strategic Planning. 

IV. Action Items
IV.A. Board Absences
Richard Stephens
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Don Ellison, Jennifer Miller, Richard Luebbe Absent



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

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve absent board directors passed with a motion by Doug Kluth and a second by Joyce Baumert.

IV.B. Approval of Minutes
Richard Stephens
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Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take all necessary action to approve the minutes as presented.

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Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Minutes as presented with Maple Room noted as correction as to location of meeting passed with a motion by Terry Fusco and a second by Doug Pauley.

IV.C. Treasurer's Report
Richard Stephens
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Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take all necessary action to approve Treasurer's Report as presented.

Attachments
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Treasurer's Report as presented passed with a motion by Wendy Rahtz and a second by Bob Norvell.

IV.D. Presentation of Bills
Richard Stephens
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The summary of bills for the current month total: $718,801.11 - Bills #60917 through 61065.
Inservice bills total: $20.00
Excess lodging total:  Doris Younes, Midwest Behavior Symposium, KC $73.12
Other bills exceeding $5,000.00 are attached.

SPED Arrears:Clarkson $3043.15,  CPS $8542.01, ESU 6 $3445.02, Elk Horn $230.85, Grand Island $498.29,  O’Neill $108.21, Palmer $122.85
TECH Arrears:Clarkson $105.00, Immanuel Lutheran $12.50, Twin River $3,965.85, Humphrey $25.00, Schuyler $342.50


Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take all necessary action to approve bills as presented.

Attachments
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Bills as presented passed with a motion by Jack Young and a second by Doug Pauley.

IV.E. Authorization of Purchase Exceeding $5,000
Dee Condon
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Migrant Education is planning on sending 11 high school students and one adult to Washington D.C. for Close-Up in June of 2015. The payment will be the final payment for this year. According to Policy 2.03 Payment for Supplies and Bidding, prior Board authorization is required. 


Recommendation: Approve the Close-Up bill for $18,360.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Approval of $18,360 bill for Close-Up passed with a motion by Doug Pauley and a second by Dan Hoesly.

IV.F. Approval of Professional Services Coordinator Contract
Larianne Polk
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Mickey Carlson comes to ESU 7 from West Point Public Schools. She is the District Curriculum Director and currently coordinates and delivers professional development. She has taught a variety of courses from Freshman English to Senior Advanced Writing, and has gained experience in an alternative school setting.  Mickey's expertise, partnered with her engaging and energetic style, will be an asset to our ESU and the districts we support.


Recommendation:  Discuss consider and take any necessary action to approve the Professional Services Coordinator Contract for Michaele Lynne Carlson.

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Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Professional Services Coordinator Contract for Michaele Lynne Carlson passed with a motion by Joyce Baumert and a second by Wendy Rahtz.

IV.G. Speech Language Pathologist Resignation
Darus Mettler
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Tara Grosch, Speech Language Pathologist, has submitted her letter of resignation effective at the conclusion of her contract.

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any necessary action to approve Tara Grosch's resignation.

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Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Tara Grosch's resignation passed with a motion by Terry Fusco and a second by Bob Norvell.

IV.H. Vision/OM Specialist Resignation
Darus Mettler
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Janet Reick, Vision/Orientation Mobility Specialist, has submitted her letter of resignation effective May 20, 2015.

Recommendation:  Discuss, consider and take any necessary action to approve the resignation of Janet Rieck.

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Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Janet Reick's resignation passed with a motion by Doug Kluth and a second by Dan Hoesly.

IV.I. Secretary/Receptionist Resignation
Larianne Polk
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Mary Lou Hilger has submitted her letter of resignation effective at the end of her 2014-2015 contract year.


Recommendation:  Discuss, consider and take any necessary action to approve the resignation of Mary Lou Hilger.

Attachments
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  With regret, Mary Lou Hilger's resignation passed with a motion by Wendy Rahtz and a second by Joyce Baumert.

IV.J. Coordinating Agency for ESU 7 Special Ed Cooperative
Darus Mettler
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ESU 7 continues to serve as the coordinating agency for the ESU 7 Special Education Cooperative for 2015-2016.


Recommendation:  ESU to continue to serve as the coordinating agency for 2015-2016.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  ESU 7 to serve as Special Education Cooperative for 2015-2016 passed with a motion by Jack Young and a second by Bob Norvell.

IV.K. Professional Employment Contracts
Larianne Polk
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Recommendation: Offer employment contracts for 2015-2016 to the following: Dan Ellsworth 245 days, Barb Friesth 245 days, Marci Ostmeyer 245 days, Beth Kabes 245 days, Otis Pierce 245 days, Darus Mettler 245 days for Educational Service Unit 7 employment.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Employment contracts for 2015-2016 for the following: Dan Ellsworth 245 days, Barb Friesth 245 days, Marci Ostmeyer 245 days, Beth Kabes 245 days, Otis Pierce 245 days, Darus Mettler 245 days passed with a motion by Doug Pauley and a second by Joyce Baumert.

IV.L. Second Reading of Policy 2.03 Payment for Supplies and Bidding
Don Ellison or Designee
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LB 431 introduced by Senator Baker would increase the amount a school district may spend without formal formal bidding process from $40,000 to $100,000 and allow the State Board of Education to adjust the dollar amount every fifth year based on a formula in the bill. Although ESU's are not specifically mentioned this bill requires close consideration. Nebraska §73-106 currently defines the spending limit to be $40,000.


Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take all necessary action to table the second reading of Policy 2.03 Payment for Supplies and Bidding as presented until Nebraska Legislature comes to a decision on LB 431.

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Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Until LB431 is resolved, the tabling of Policy 2.03 Payment for Supplies and Bidding passed with a motion by Doug Kluth and a second by Jack Young.

IV.M. First Reading of Policy 3.10 Expenses Related to Educational Service Unit 7 Employees
Don Ellison or Designee
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Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take all necessary action to approve the first reading of Policy 3.10 Expenses Related to Educational Service Unit 7 Employees as presented and advance it to the next meeting for second reading.

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Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  First reading of Policy 3.10 Expenses Related to Educational Service Unit 7 Employees and its advancement to the April meeting passed with a motion by Terry Fusco and a second by Wendy Rahtz.

IV.N. Negotiations
Negotiations Commiittee
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IV.N.1. Professional Services Team Compensation for 2015-2016 Term
Negotiations Commiittee
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Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any necessary action to approve the total compensation for PST for 2015-2016 term. 

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  2015-2016 total compensation package of 4.08% increase for Professional Services Team passed with a motion by Doug Kluth and a second by Doug Pauley.

IV.N.2. Classified Staff Compensation for 2015-2016 term
Negotiations Commiittee
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Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any necessary action to approve the total compensation for classified staff for the 2015-2016 term.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  2015-2016 total compensation package of 4.46% increase for classified staff passed with a motion by Doug Kluth and a second by Wendy Rahtz.

IV.N.3. Special Education Para Educator compensation for 2015-2016 Term
Negotiations Commiittee
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Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any necessary action to approve the total compensation for special education para educators for the 2015-2016 term.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  2015-2016 total compensation package of 10.15% increase for special education para educators passed with a motion by Doug Kluth and a second by Terry Fusco.

IV.N.4. Special Ed Specialty Educator Compensation for 2015-2016
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Discuss, consider and take any necessary action to approve the total compensation for Special Ed Grant Educators for 2015-2016 term.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  2015-2016 total compensation package of 3.2575% for Special Ed Grant Educators passed with a motion by Doug Kluth and a second by Jack Young.

IV.N.5. ESU Administrator Compensation for 2015-2016 Term
Negotiations Commiittee
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Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any necessary action to approve the total compensation for ESU Administrator for the 2015-2016 term.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  2015-2016 total compensation package of 10% increase for ESU Administrator with an additional 2% increase if the administrator enrolls in an EdD Program passed with a motion by Doug Kluth and a second by Terry Fusco.

IV.O. ESU 7 Administrator Contract Amendment
Larianne Polk
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Recommendation:  Discuss, consider and take any necessary action to approve amended ESU 7 Administrator Contract.

Attachments
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Amended ESU 7 Administrator Contract for 2015-2016 passed with a motion by Joyce Baumert and a second by Doug Pauley.

V. Discussion Items
V.A. BrightBytes Clarity
Otis Pierce
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An update on the CASE for Service Agencies: BrightBytes Research Institute and Professional Learning Day for ESU7 schools using Clarity.

V.B. Spotlight School
Professional Services Team
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The board will be updated as to the Leadership, Services, and Support of a member school district.

V.C. Administrator's Report
Larianne Polk
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Recognition Dinner
Americorps
Facilities Update
Statewide Update
Administrator's Goals Update

VI. Adjournment
Don Ellison or Designee
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Recommendation:
 Motion to adjourn.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Adjournment of meeting at 9:25 pm passed with a motion by Dan Hoesly and a second by Bob Norvell.