Dundy County Stratton Schools
March 14, 2016 6:00 PM
Board of Education Regular Meeting
1. Opening Procedures
1.A. Call to order
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The president or ranking officer calls the meeting to order

1.B. Roll Call
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The recording secretary calls the roll

1.C. Open meetings law
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  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 taken during open session.
 

1.D. Excusing a board members absent from this meeting
Rationale

Unexcused absences from 3 consecutive meetings automatically removes a person from the board. The board generally excuses members absent for good reason who call to let the president of the board or the superintendent of schools know they will be absent and the circumstances surrounding that absence.

 

Recommended Motion


Motion to excuse from the meeting

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:   Motion to excuse Mike Blecha and Kevin League from the meeting passed with a motion by Mr. Kent Lorens and a second by Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger.

Member Votes
Mr. Brad Baney Yes
Mr. Mike Blecha Absent
Mr. Jason Frederick Yes
Mrs. Amy Haines Yes
Mr. Kevin League Absent
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
2. Awards and recognitions
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During this item, the board president or superintendent may share information regarding the accomplishments of our school district, its students and/or staff during this item. Students and/or staff may present on special topics during this agenda item.

 

3. Public comment
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This item is to allow members of the public to address the board regarding matters. The time on this topic is limited to 30 minutes total and a maximum of 5 minutes per speaker. Speakers may only address the board once.

 

4. Consent Agenda
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The board makes use of a consent agenda to streamline the meeting and avoid unnecessary extension of the meeting on items regarding simple and routine matters which may come before the board.

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve consent agenda as presented

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve consent agenda and remove approval of minutes 4c. passed with a motion by Mrs. Amy Haines and a second by Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger.

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

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to verify that the meeting was published and notice was given in accordance with the usual method

4.B. Adopt Agenda
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Adopt the agenda of this meeting. The Board reserves the right to change the order of items within the agenda.

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to adopt the agenda of the March 14, 2016 regular meeting

4.C. Payment of bills
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the payment of the bills as presented

4.D. Calendar 2016-2017
Rationale

Attached is the proposed 2016-2017 Calendar. It is very similar to last year. We have 180 student days and 186 total contract days for staff. 

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the 2016-2017 School Calendar as presented

4.E. Negotiations Recognition for the 2017-2018 contract year
Rationale

Statutorily this is not required until later, but everyone seems to be happy with taking this action after we have completed the current (2016-2017) round of negotiations. The board has received the formal request for recognition from the DCSEA and the recognition should be approved.

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to recognize the Dundy County Stratton Education Association as the official bargaining agent for the certificated teaching staff for the 2017-2018 contract year

4.F. Winter coaching assignment renewal
Rationale

As with the fall coaches the board needs to decide whether to retain the coaches in wrestling, girls basketball and boys basketball. Mr. Fette has discussed renewal with the activities committee. 

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to retain Dan Fox, Head Wrestling, Nathan Behlke, Head Girls Basketball and Kris Freeland, Head Boys Basketball as head coaches for the 2016-2017 school year.

5. Business Meeting
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Discuss, consider and take all necessary action regarding:

 

5.A. Approval of Minutes
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Approve minutes of previous meeting(s) on Feb. 8, 2016.

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the minutes of the February 8, 2016 regular meeting

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve the minutes of the February 8, 2016 regular meeting passed with a motion by Mr. Mike Lutz and a second by Mr. Brad Baney.

Member Votes
Mr. Brad Baney Yes
Mr. Mike Blecha Absent
Mr. Jason Frederick Yes
Mrs. Amy Haines No
Mr. Kevin League Absent
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
5.B. Financial Report
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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

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve passed with a motion by Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger and a second by Mr. Mike Lutz.

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

We discussed the purhase of a mower last month. The Transportation/Facilities committee has reviewed the options  and has a recommendation.

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to purchase a new BRAND MODEL mower from DEALER for AMOUNT

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve purchase recommended by Grounds Committee of a new Grasshopper 725DT rear discharge mower from Yost Farm Supply in St. Francis for $14,000.00 passed with a motion by Mrs. Amy Haines and a second by Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger.

Member Votes
Mr. Brad Baney Yes
Mr. Mike Blecha Absent
Mr. Jason Frederick Yes
Mrs. Amy Haines Yes
Mr. Kevin League Absent
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
5.D. Resignation of classified staff
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5.D.1. Accept retirement of Lana Wiese
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Lana Wiese has submitted her resignation and retirement letter to Mr. Rotherham. Lana has worked for the district in a variety of capacities over the course of many years. We wish her well on her retirement. We are discussing replacement, timeline and training.

Recommended Motion

Motion to accept the resignation and retirement of Lana Wiese and thank her for her ___ years of service to the District.

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to accept the resignation and retirement of Lana Wiese and thank her for her ___ years of service to the District. passed with a motion by Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger and a second by Mrs. Amy Haines.

Member Votes
Mr. Brad Baney Yes
Mr. Mike Blecha Absent
Mr. Jason Frederick Yes
Mrs. Amy Haines Yes
Mr. Kevin League Absent
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
5.E. Resignation of certificated staff
5.E.1. Accept resignation of Bill Polson
Rationale

Action should be taken to accept the resignation of Bill Polson

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to accept the resignation of Bill Polson and thank him for his 18 years of service to the district

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to accept the resignation of Bill Polson and thank him for his 18 years of service to the district passed with a motion by Mr. Kent Lorens 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 Absent
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
5.E.2. Accept resignation of Taylor Lutz
Rationale

Action should be taken to accept the resignation of Taylor Lutz.

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to accept the resignation of Taylor Lutz and thank her for her service to the district

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to accept the resignation of Taylor Lutz and thank her for her service to the district passed with a motion by Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger and a second by Mrs. Amy Haines.

Member Votes
Mr. Brad Baney Yes
Mr. Mike Blecha Absent
Mr. Jason Frederick Yes
Mrs. Amy Haines Yes
Mr. Kevin League Absent
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
5.F. Certificated staff hiring recommendation(s) for 2016-2017
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We have at least one teacher contract offer for the board to approve.

 

5.F.1. Matthew Thomas Physical Education
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We would like to recommend that the contract offer for the 2016-2017 school year to Matthew Thomas be approved.

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the contract offer to Matthew Thomas for the 2016-2017 school year

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve the contract offer to Matthew Thomas for the 2016-2017 school year passed with a motion by Mrs. Amy Haines and a second by Mr. Mike Lutz.

Member Votes
Mr. Brad Baney Yes
Mr. Mike Blecha Absent
Mr. Jason Frederick Yes
Mrs. Amy Haines Yes
Mr. Kevin League Absent
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
5.F.2. Elementary Special Education
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We would like to recommend that the contract offer for the 2016-2017 school year to _____be approved.

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the contract offer to _____ for the 2016-2017 school year

5.F.3. 7-12 Math
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We would like to recommend that the contract offer for the 2016-2017 school year to _______ be approved.

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the contract offer to _______ for the 2016-2017 school year

5.F.4. 7-12 English
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We would like to recommend that the contract offer for the 2016-2017 school year to ______be approved.

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the contract offer to ______ for the 2016-2017 school year

5.G. Approval of new teacher contract document
Rationale

Attached you will find a copy of our current teacher contract document. In the bottom left corner it indicates that it was recommended by State Department of Education 11/9/82. It is time to  update. 

You will also find two versions of teacher contracts suggested by legal counsel, in this case KSB. The first is similar to the one we use but with some statutorily updated items. The second is more aggressive. The board and teachers need to agree if we are to change. Mrs. Hinojosa has both copies and hopefully they will agree to at least the first one. 

We can leave it alone, statute will always take precedence anyway, we can try to change to a more current version. Maybe we con't have time to change right now. Maybe it needs to be part of negotiations. But it is something we need to work on. 

5.H. Teacher contract renewal
Rationale

By statute these renew automatically every year unless action is take by the board otherwise. It is on the agenda for you to know that it is happening. The administration does not, at this time, have any staff that are not being recommended for renewal. Any action taken by the board on this matter can create legal issues for the board at a later and more important time. The board should only take action on the initial contract approval of a new teacher and any administratively recommended non-renewal of a teachers contract. 

 

Recommended Motion

none recommended

5.I. Sale of lots in Stratton
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We have been approached about selling the lots south across the street from the school in Stratton. The board should discuss this topic. Do we want to sell? How do you want to handle the sale? As a public entity we must advertise and accept bids in some fashion.

 

5.J. Summer projects
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I would like to recommend the following as major summer projects, in addition to the usual painting, floor finishing, cleaning, etc. 

1. Repair the plumbing at Stratton Elementary. This will include installing tankless water heaters in the building.

2. Replace the fascia around Benkelman Elementary. We plan to replace it with an engineered wood plank. 

3. Replace the high school commons floor. The plan would be to remove the existing tile and either polish and stain the concrete or use an epoxy finish.

4. Replace the single pane windows and exhaust fans at the high school. More efficient windows with shades and larger fans with variable speed

The order they are listed is the priority I think they should be done in and if we run out of time or it gets to be more money than we want to spend we will stop. I am thinking about $30,000 total for these projects.

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the major summer projects as presented

5.K. Board goals
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I  would recommend four goals to the board. 

  1. The District will continue to re-build the cash balance so that at a minumum we always have 3 months operating expenses in the MMSA
  2. The District will continue to build the balances in the special building fund, Qualified Capital Purpose Undertaking Fund (QCPUF) and the Depreciation Fund to guard against future building, infrastructure and repair needs.
  3. The District will continue the addition of technology with the goal of having a device for every student K-12.
  4. The District will implement programs and curriculum with the goal of improving NeSA test scores in Reading and Writing K-12

 

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to adopt board goals as presented. passed with a motion by Mrs. Amy Haines and a second by Mr. Mike Blecha.

Member Votes
Mr. Brad Baney Yes
Mr. Mike Blecha Yes
Mr. Jason Frederick Yes
Mrs. Amy Haines Yes
Mr. Kevin League Absent
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
6. Reports
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Reports are for the dissemination of information to the board and are written in nature. Any questions should be directed to the individual making the report prior to or after the meeting. 

 

6.A. Technology report
6.B. Elementary principal report
6.C. Secondary principal report
6.D. Transportation report
6.E. Superintendent report
6.F. Board and committee reports
6.F.1. Board information
6.F.2. Finance/Budget/Legislation Committee Report
Rationale

Needs to schedule a meeting to begin looking at 2016-2017 budget numbers.

 

6.F.3. Transportation/Facilities/Grounds Committee Report
Rationale

This committee will meet prior to the board meeting to discuss mower proposals and bids.

 

6.F.4. Curriculum/Activities/Staff Development Committee Report
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nothing to report

 

6.F.5. Americanism committee
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nothing to report

 

6.F.6. Negotiations committee
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Nothing to report

 

7. Adjournment
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to adjourn at 8:08. passed with a motion by Mr. Mike Blecha and a second by Mr. Mike Lutz.

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