Dundy County Stratton Schools
August 08, 2016 6:00 PM
Board of Education Regular Meeting
1. Opening Procedures
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1.A. Call to order
1.B. Roll Call
1.C. Excuse absent member(s)
Recommended Motion

Motion to excuse Sandy Noffsinger and Mike Blecha from this meeting

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to excuse Sandy Noffsinger and Mike Blecha from this meeting passed with a motion by Mr. Kevin League 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 Yes
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Absent
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
2. Open meetings law
Rationale

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

3. Awards and Recognitions
4. Public comment
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Welcome to the Dundy County Stratton Public Schools Board of Education Meeting.  The Board welcomes citizens to attend board meetings to become acquainted with the programs and operations of the district.  Members of the public are also encouraged to share their ideas and opinions with the Board during the agenda item labeled “Public Items”.  Comments or questions from the audience at any other time during the meeting except for the agenda item “Public Items” will out of necessity be declared out of order.

The Nebraska Open Meetings Act prevents the board from speaking to a matter that is not on the agenda.  Please understand that the board may be unable to address your issue during the meeting.  It is not permissible for the board to comment on items not listed for the protection of the public’s right to know and participate in the discussion of items that do come before the board and stated appropriately in the meeting agenda.  

During this agenda item “Public Items” we ask that you abide by the following rules:

Public Comment Protocol and Procedures

  1. Anyone wishing to speak to the board on specific agenda items or on other topics relevant to board business must complete a Public Comment Request Card and submit it to the Board President prior to the opening of the meeting.   The public will only be recognized and their comments heard at Item “Public Items” on the board agenda.  The total time allotted for the public comment will not exceed thirty minutes and each member of the public will be allotted not more than five minutes to address the Board.  If a group wishes to speak, please designate one spokesperson for the group.

  2. Please state your name and the topic you are addressing before you begin.  

  3. Speakers are asked to direct their questions and comments to the chair.  A member of the Board of Education or the Superintendent may direct clarifying questions to the chair, but the board will not under any circumstance enter into a debate with any the member of the public.

  4. Speakers may offer objective criticism of district operations and programs, but the Board would encourage members of the public to address complaints concerning individual district personnel through the proper chain of command.  The chair may direct the member of the public to the appropriate means to address concerns brought before the Board; however, the board will not respond with action but will take comments under advisement and direct the comments to the appropriate staff member to address outside of the board meeting.

  5. Please remember that is a public meeting for the conduct of business of the Dundy County Stratton Public School District. Offensive language, personal attacks and hostile conduct will not be tolerated. You should further be advised that there is no legal protection for any comments that are made. 

  6. As stated in NEB. REV. STAT. § 79-570 Class I, II, III, IV, or VI school district; president; meetings; maintenance of order.  

    If any district meeting of a Class I, II, III, IV, or VI school district any person conducts himself or herself in a disorderly manner and persists in such conduct after notice by the president or person presiding, the president or person presiding may order such person to withdraw from the meeting and, if the person refuses, may order any person or persons to take such person into custody until the meeting is adjourned.

  7. As stated in NEB. REV. STAT. § 79-571 Class I, II, III, IV, or VI school district; meetings; disorderly conduct; penalty. 

Any person who refuses to withdraw from such meeting on being so ordered as provided in section 79-570 or who willfully disturbs such meeting shall be guilty of a Class V misdemeanor. 

5. Consent Agenda
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the consent agenda as presented with the exception of moving item 5.H Student handbook approval to the business agenda

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve the consent agenda as presented with the exception of moving item 5.H Student handbook approval to the business agenda and Staff Handbook. 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 Yes
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Absent
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
5.A. Verification of publication and notice
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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 the publication and notice of the meeting was properly given

5.B. Adoption of the agenda
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To 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

5.C. Approval of the minutes
Attachments
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the minutes of the July 11 regular board meeting

5.D. Payment of the bills
Attachments
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the bills as presented

5.E. Final activity assignments
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Mike, Mike and Adam should have activity assignments finalized. These should be approved during the consent agenda. The policy will be forthcoming to make these assignments an administrative function.

 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the additional activity assignments as presented.

5.F. Classified staff handbook approval
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This document has not been updated in some time. I made some revisions and changed the format a little. It is somewhat modeled after Crete Public Schools using our information.

Attachments
Recommended Motion

Motin to approve the classified staff handbook as presented

6. Business Meeting
6.A. Staff handbook approval
Attachments
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the staff handbook for 2016-2017

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve the staff handbook for 2016-2017 passed with a motion by Mr. Jason Frederick 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 Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Absent
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
6.B. Student handbook approval
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The handbooks have been updated and are ready for your approval

 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the 2016-2017 student handbook as presented

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve the 2016-2017 student handbook 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 Absent
Mr. Jason Frederick Yes
Mrs. Amy Haines Yes
Mr. Kevin League Yes
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Absent
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
6.C. Financial Report
Attachments
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the financial report

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve the financial report as presented passed with a motion by Mr. Jason Frederick 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 Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Absent
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
6.D. Board budget discussion
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This agenda item for the purpose of discussing the budeget for the 2016-2017 school year as well as the potential tax request for 2017. 

 

Recommended Motion

none

6.E. Approval of teaching contract
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We have found a certificated teacher to replace Cindy McVicker in Title I. We would like to recommend Chris Watt for this position. Mr. Watt is a graduate of Stratton High and was most recently employed by Holdrege Schools. He has endorsements in Social Studies, Coaching, Drivers Education and Counseling as well as Elementary Education.

This means Tracy Lambley will stay in Special Education for now and Courtney Nix will be her aide. Courtney will continue working towards her degree in Elementary Special Education. 

 

Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the teaching contract for Chris Watt for the 2016-2017 school year

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve the teaching contract for Chris Watt for the 2016-2017 school year passed with a motion by Mr. Kevin League 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 Yes
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mr. Mike Lutz Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Absent
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
6.F. NASB Area meetings
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The NASB area meetings are coming up soon, plan to sign up. Th first meeting is in Kearney on september 1 in Kearney, the second is in North Platte on Sept. 28. Registration begins at 3:30MT at both sites. Let Crissy, Stacey or myself know if you need to be signed up. There is a $20 cancellation fee. Mike B., Amy, Jason and Kevin should be receiving awards this year. 

 

Attachments
6.G. 2017-2018 Negotiations committee
Rationale

The board should select their negotiatiors. The committee for 2016-2017 negotiations was Sandy Noffsinger, Chair, Amy Haines - Past Chair, Kent Lorens and Jason Frederick. The president may appoint the committee or it may be done via a motion. 

 

7. Reports
7.A. Technology report
7.B. Elementary principal report
7.C. Secondary principal report
7.D. Transportation report
Attachments
7.E. Superintendent report
Attachments
7.F. Board and committee reports
7.F.1. Board information
Attachments
7.F.2. Finance/Budget/Legislation committee
7.F.3. Transportation/Facilities/Grounds committee
7.F.4. Curriculum/Activities/Staff Development committee
7.F.5. Americanism committee
7.F.6. Negotiations committee
8. Adjourn
Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  at 8:43 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 Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Absent
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes