ESU 7
July 20, 2015 7:00 PM
Regular Board of Directors Meeting
I. Call the meeting to order
Don Ellison or Designee
Rationale

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
Don Ellison or Designee
Rationale

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
Don Ellison or Designee
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:   passed with a motion by Donald Ellison and a second by Terry Fusco.

I.C. Pledge of Allegiance
Don Ellison or Designee
II. Public Forum
II.A. Welcome Visitors
Don Ellison or Designee
II.B. Public Comment
Don Ellison or Designee
Rationale

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

III. Approval of Agenda
Don Ellison or Designee
Rationale

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.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Agenda as presented passed with a motion by Dan Hoesly and a second by Terry Fusco.

IV. Approval of Minutes
Don Ellison or Designee
Rationale



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

Attachments
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Minutes as presented passed with a motion by Bob Norvell and a second by Dan Hoesly.

V. Action Items
Don Ellison or Designee
V.A. Board Absences
Rationale

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

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Board absences were approved and passed with a motion by Bob Norvell and a second by Dan Hoesly.

V.B. Treasurer's Report
Don Ellison or Designee
Rationale



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 Terry Fusco and a second by Dan Hoesly.

V.C. Presentation of Bills
Don Ellison or Designee
Rationale

The summary of bills for the current month total:$725,739.72 - Bill #61597 through #61793

Tech Arrears: Boone Central $603.00, Cross Co.$567.50, Fullerton $426.25, High Plains $847.50, Humphrey $1,590.00, Lakeview $822.50, Leigh $91.25, Palmer $70.00, Schuyler $1,488.90, St. Edward $100.00, Twin River $2,278.75.

SPED Arrears: None


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 Jennifer Miller and a second by Richard Stephens.

V.D. Grant Contracts
Darus Mettler/Dee Condon
Rationale

Employee contracts offered to Sonja Chatfield-Peetz, Autism Spectrum Disorders Grant Coordinator, Cynthia Alarcon, Migrant Education Grant Coordinator, Danielle Waite, Program Analyst, Gricelda Brabec, Migrant Education Recruiter, Isaura Barreto, Migrant Education Recruiter, Diana Garcia, Migrant Education Recruiter, Darlene Rodriguez, Migrant Education Recruiter, Vanessa Gascon-Guarcas, Migrant Education PAC, Melinda Velecela, Migrant Service Provider, Migrant Tutors for Columbus Public Elementary.

 

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take action to  approve the employee contracts for Sonja Chatfield-Peetz, Autism Spectrum Disorders Grant Coordinator, Cynthia Alarcon, Migrant Education Grant Coordinator, Danielle Waite, Program Analyst, Gricelda Brabec, Migrant Education Recruiter, Isaura Barreto, Migrant Education Recruiter, Diana Garcia, Migrant Education Recruiter, Darlene Rodriguez, Migrant Education Recruiter, Vanessa Gascon-Guarcas, Migrant Education PAC, Melinda Velecela, Migrant Service Provider, Migrant Tutors for Columbus Public Elementary.

 

 

Attachments
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Employee contracts for Sonja Chatfield-Peetz, Autism Spectrum Disorders Grant Coordinator, Cynthia Alarcon, Migrant Education Grant Coordinator, Danielle Waite, Program Analyst, Gricelda Brabec, Migrant Education Recruiter, Isaura Barreto, Migrant Education Recruiter, Diana Garcia, Migrant Education Recruiter, Darlene Rodriguez, Migrant Education Recruiter, Vanessa Gascon-Guarcas, Migrant Education PAC, Melinda Velecela, Migrant Service Provider, Migrant Tutors for Columbus Public Elementary passed with a motion by Joyce Baumert and a second by Jack Young.

V.E. PST Contract Amendment
Larianne Polk
Rationale

Due to changing personal responsibilities, Barb Friesth, Professional Development Coordinator is requesting her 2015-2016 contract to decrease from 245 (1.0 FTE) days to 200 (.82 FTE) days.

 

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take all necessary action to approve the amendment to Barb Friesth's, Professional Development Coordinator contract.

Attachments
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  The amendment to Barb Friesth's, Professional Development Coordinator contract passed with a motion by Richard Stephens and a second by Terry Fusco.

V.F. SPED Resignation
Darus Mettler
Rationale

Joette Post,  Speech Language Pathologist, has submitted her letter of resignation effective immediately. Letter of resignation and associated agreement is attached.

 

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

Attachments
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  The resignation of Joette Post,Speech Language Pathologist passed with a motion by Dan Hoesly and a second by Joyce Baumert.

V.G. Budget Hearing
Larianne Polk
Rationale

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any action necessary to approve the date for the 2015-2016 ESU 7 budget to be set as September 17th, 6:45 p.m. ESU 7 Oak Conference Room as the date, time, and location for the public hearing.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Budget Hearing date of September 17th, 6:45 p.m. ESU 7 Oak Conference Room passed with a motion by Bob Norvell and a second by Doug Kluth.

V.H. Tax Asking Hearing
Larianne Polk
Rationale

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any action necessary to set September 17th, 6:55 p.m. ESU 7 Oak Conference Room as the date, time, and location for the public hearing for 2015-2016 ESU 7 Tax Asking Request.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  September 17th, 6:55 p.m. ESU 7 Oak Conference Room as the date, time, and location for the public hearing for 2015-2016 ESU 7 Tax Asking Request passed with a motion by Terry Fusco and a second by Joyce Baumert.

V.I. Budgeting for Additional 1%
Larianne Polk
Rationale

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 2015-2016, and spending restrictions for the upcoming years.  The main impact for ESU 7 from this action would be to increase budget authority to potentially be used in the future a valuations might increase or additional state aid dollars become available.

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 Dan Hoesly and a second by Jack Young.

V.J. NRCSA
Larianne Polk
Rationale

The NRCSA Membership Dues for 2015-2016 are $700 due September 1st.  

 

Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take any necessary action to approve/disapprove the NRCSA Membership for 2015-2016

Attachments
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  NRCSA Membership for 2015-2016 passed with a motion by Joyce Baumert and a second by Jennifer Miller.

V.K. Authorization of Administrator to Sign for Federal/State Funds
Larianne Polk
Rationale

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, 2015 to July 31, 2016.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Authorization of Administrator to Sign for Federal/State Funds passed with a motion by Bob Norvell and a second by Richard Stephens.

V.L. First Reading of Policy 1.0 Official Board Policy
Don Ellison or Designee
Rationale



Recommendation: Discuss, consider and take all necessary action to approve the first reading of Policy 1.0 Official Board Policy as presented and advance it to the next meeting for second reading.

Attachments
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  First reading of Policy 1.0 Official Board Policy and its advancement to the August meeting passed with a motion by Doug Kluth and a second by Dan Hoesly.

VI. Discussion Items
VI.A. Budget Committee Update
Chairman Terry Fusco
Rationale

Budget committee met to discuss in detail the budget worksheets for each department completed to date. Chairman Fusco will review the summary with the board.  The committee will meet again August 17th, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. Walnut Room.

VI.B. Negotiations
Negotiations Commiittee
Rationale

The Board Negotiations Chair and ESUEA Members met on June 16th at 3 p.m. and discussed preliminary expectations of the 2015-2016 negotiations season 

VI.C. Administrator's Report
Larianne Polk
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Facilities Update
Statewide Update
Administrator's Goals

Association of Educational Service Agencies - AESA (December 2nd-5th)

State Conference (November 18th-20th)

Regional Nebraska Association of School Boards - NASB Membership Meeting

Check on Attendance in August and September Board Meetings

Board Retreat Information

 

Attachments
VII. Adjournment
Don Ellison or Designee
Rationale



Recommendation:
 Motion to adjourn.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Adjournment of meeting at 8:06 pm passed with a motion by Joyce Baumert and a second by Jennifer Miller.