Dundy County Stratton Schools
February 13, 2017 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)
2. 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 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
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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 removing items _______

Actions Taken

Motion Passed:  Motion to approve the consent agenda as presented. passed with a motion by Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger 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. Craig Kerchal Absent
Mr. Kevin League Yes
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
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
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5.D. Payment of the bills
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Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the bills as presented in the amount of 451,126.86 from the general fund; $14,524.24 from the activity fund; and $29,470.09 from the nutrition fund.

5.E. Recognition of official bargaining unit
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This is part of the annual series of steps we go through with the DCSEA leading up to next winters negotiations sessions. NSEA would like this done far earlier, but we (the board and DCSEA) have agreed to do it upon conclusion of each years negotiations. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

Motion to recognize the Dundy County Stratton Education Association as the official bargaining agent for the certificate staff of Dundy County Stratton Public Schools District #117 for the 2018-2019 contract year

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

Attachments
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 Yes
Mr. Jason Frederick Yes
Mrs. Amy Haines Yes
Mr. Craig Kerchal Absent
Mr. Kevin League Yes
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes
6.B. School calendar 2017-2018
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We can talk about the calendar if you wish. We are not ready to present it to the board at this meeting. 

6.C. Legislative update
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Item to allow for discussion of the current legislative session.

 

6.D. Staffing 2017-2018
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This item is to allow for the board to discuss and take all necessary action regarding instructional staffing for the 2017-18 school year. At this point there are no resignations of instructional staff for next year. However, should we receive any we can take action. 

6.E. District goals
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Committees have met and discussed the goals. This item is intended to allow for discussion, presentation, next steps or approval of goals. 

You will also find some documents attached which I think may add to the community outreach process.

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

Motion Passed:  Motion to adjourn at 7:40. passed with a motion by Mr. Mike Blecha 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. Craig Kerchal Absent
Mr. Kevin League Yes
Mr. Kent Lorens Yes
Mrs. Sandy Noffsinger Yes
Mr. Shad Stamm Yes