Dundy County Stratton Schools
August 10, 2015 6:00 PM
Board of Education Regular Meeting
I. Call to Order and Notice of Open Meetings Act
Rationale

  1. The Board of Education reserves the right to enter into Closed/Executive Session for 1) the protection of the 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 may be 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 Executive Session will be acted on in open session

 

II. Roll Call
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III. Public Items of Discussion
IV. Consent Agenda
Rationale

Consent agenda items are those routine and regulatory items which should require little or no discussion. Please look consent agenda items over closely prior to the meeting and call the superintendent with questions. Should  you wish to have an item moved to the regular agenda, please do with a request and motion at the meeting. The purpose of the consent agenda is to speed up the meeting and allow us to focus time and energy on those matters which require discussion, explanation and deliberation. 

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve consent agenda as presented

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve consent agenda as presented passed with a motion by Mr. Jason Frederick and a second by Mr. Brad Baney.

Member Votes
Mr. Brad Baney Yes
Mr. Mike Blecha Absent
Mr. Jason Frederick Yes
Mrs. Amy Haines Yes
Mr. Kevin League Yes
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Absent
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
IV.A. Verification of publication and notice
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 electronic notice to each member of the board, the designated method of giving notice.

Recommended Motion

Motion to verify that notice of the meeting was given by publication in the Benkelman Post, a legal newspaper for Dundy County Stratton and by electronic notice to each member of the board, the designated method of giving notice.

IV.B. Approval of Agenda
Rationale

Approve the agenda of this meeting. The Board reserves the right to change the order of items within the agenda.

 

IV.C. Approval of Minutes
Rationale

Approve minutes of previous meeting(s)

 

Recommended Motion

Approve minutes of July 13, 2015 In-service, Student Fees Hearing, Parent Involvement Hearing and Regular Meeting

IV.D. Excusing a board members absent from this meeting
Recommended Motion

Motion to excuse Mike Lutz from this meeting.

IV.E. Payment of bills
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Recommended Motion

Motion to approve payment of the bills

IV.F. AHERA compliance officer
Rationale

Annual item of business to appoint the superintendent as compliance officer for hazardous materials in the district. 

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve Jim Kent as compliance officer for AHERA

V. Business Meeting
Rationale

Discuss, consider and take all necessary action regarding:

V.A. Financial Report
Rationale

Presentation of the financial status of the district, balances in the various funds, recent/impending activity therein, anticipated expenses and planning for future considerations.

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the financial report as presented

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve the financial report as presented passed with a motion by Mr. Kevin League and a second by Mr. Kent Lorens.

Member Votes
Mr. Brad Baney Yes
Mr. Mike Blecha Absent
Mr. Jason Frederick Yes
Mrs. Amy Haines Yes
Mr. Kevin League Yes
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Absent
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
V.B. Additional activity and extra duty assignments
Rationale

We anticipate filling the remaining activity and extra duty assignments at this time.

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the presented activity and extra duty assignments

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve the presented activity and extra duty assignments passed with a motion by Mr. Jason Frederick and a second by Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger.

Member Votes
Mr. Brad Baney Yes
Mr. Mike Blecha Yes
Mr. Jason Frederick Yes
Mrs. Amy Haines Yes
Mr. Kevin League Yes
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Absent
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
V.C. Student Handbooks
Rationale

There will be a link for you to access this handbook. Please review at your convenience. 

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the student handbook as presented

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve the student handbook as presented passed with a motion by Mr. Kevin League and a second by Mrs. Amy Haines.

Member Votes
Mr. Brad Baney Yes
Mr. Mike Blecha Yes
Mr. Jason Frederick Yes
Mrs. Amy Haines Yes
Mr. Kevin League Yes
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Absent
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
V.D. Student schedules
Rationale

You annually approve the student schedule for grades 7-12. 

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the 7-12 student schedule as presented

Actions Taken

Motion Withdrawn:  Motion to approve the 7-12 student schedule as presented was withdrawn by Mr. Kevin League.

V.E. Teacher handbooks
Rationale

There will be a link for you to access this handbook. Please review at your convenience.

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the teacher handbook as presented

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve the teacher handbooks for the 2015-2016 school year as presented. passed with a motion by Mr. Jason Frederick and a second by Mr. Kevin League.

Member Votes
Mr. Brad Baney Yes
Mr. Mike Blecha Yes
Mr. Jason Frederick Yes
Mrs. Amy Haines Yes
Mr. Kevin League Yes
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Absent
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
V.F. Student laptop checkout
Rationale

The curriculum/activities/transportation committee will have met prior to the meeting (Friday at 5) and have recommendations for the administration to present to the board on this topic. 

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the procedures for the student laptop initiative

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve the procedures for the student laptop initiative for grades 9-12. passed with a motion by Mrs. Amy Haines and a second by Mr. Kevin League.

Member Votes
Mr. Brad Baney Yes
Mr. Mike Blecha Yes
Mr. Jason Frederick Yes
Mrs. Amy Haines Yes
Mr. Kevin League Yes
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Absent
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
V.G. RTI
Rationale

A portion of the staff attended a workshop on this on August 6 and 7. Mr. Rotherham represented the administration and will summarize at the meeting. 

VI. Reports and discussion items
VI.A. Technology report
VI.B. Elementary principal report
VI.C. Secondary principal report
VI.D. Transportation report
VI.E. Superintendent report
VI.E.1. Classified staff hiring
Rationale

Just to report we have hired:

Nurse: Ellen Potthoff

Cafeteria: Brenda Shill

Teacher Aid: ____________ and ____________

Custodial: _____________

 

VI.E.2. NRCSA
Rationale

NRCSA has not ramped up its legislative arm yet. There are some nice initiatives and opportunities being piloted which should eventually be available statewide.

The TEEOSA meeting with the other school organizations went nicely. 

The focus of the meeting was property tax relief, that was a difficult task to stay on.

VI.E.3. NDE/Administrator Days
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Adam, Mike and I will discuss the Commissioners Day and Administrator Days.

 

VI.E.4. Teacher workdays
Rationale

When we changed to the early out on Fridays (and other last day of the week) a few  years ago part of the tradeoff was that we would have in-service on fridays. If we don't schedule those then they have a tendency not to happen. The following days are currently scheduled:

August 21

September 4

October 2

November 20

December 18

January 8

February 26

April 8

April 22

May 13

The principals in conjunction with staff, ESU and myself will set the agenda and topics for these days.

VI.E.5. ESU 15/16 annual board member workshop
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This event is set for January 27th in North Platte. If you have anything you would like to have be part of the program please let me know. The planning starts soon.

 

VI.E.6. HVAC Progress
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The boilers are not smaller, but are here. They will be more efficient. The primary push of Rome Services is to reattach all the pipes so we can attempt to cool the building soon. 

 

VI.E.7. Track Progress
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The track is installed. I have some issues with the finish of the surface and contacted W design as well as Fisher Tracks. The paint crew has not arrived yet. 

 

VI.E.8. AQuESTT
Rationale

We need to review the new AQuESST rating system for state accountability. 

VI.F. Board items
VI.F.1. NASB Quicks
Rationale

I believe you all get these but this is the link.

 

http://members.nasbonline.org/NewsandResources/SchoolLeadersBullentin/Board%20Quicks/Board%20Quicks%20-%20Aug%2015.pdf

VI.F.2. NASB Area Meeting
Rationale

Please plan to attend either August 27 in Kearney or September 30 in North Platte.

 

VI.F.3. State Education Conference
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Online registration begins on September 16, the conference begins on November 18 in Omaha. Please sign up. You must be signed up to get rooms in the block and rooms are always an issue.

 

VI.F.4. NASB awards
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Congratulations to: 

Level I: Brad Baney, Jason Frederick

Level III: Amy Haines, Mike Lutz

Level IV: Kent Lorens

Level V: Sandy Noffsinger

VI.F.5. Finance Committee report and budget discussion
Rationale

This item is to allow the finance committee the opportunity to report both their discussion and recommendations made to the superintendent, to the entire board, as well as to allow the entire board to discuss the budget and tax request associated with it.

We will receive the valuations from the assessors by August 20. We must publish all the required notices in the paper prior to the meeting. Labor Day weekend always seems to create issues with the timing here. We also have to have stuff submitted to the state by September 20. 

VII. Adjournment
Recommended Motion

Motion to adjourn the meeting

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:58P.M> passed with a motion by Mr. Mike Blecha and a second by Mr. Kent Lorens.

Member Votes
Mr. Brad Baney Yes
Mr. Mike Blecha Yes
Mr. Jason Frederick Yes
Mrs. Amy Haines Yes
Mr. Kevin League Yes
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Absent
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes