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November 9, 2015 Minutes

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Creighton Community School District No. 13 was held on November 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.


Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the Creighton News, as shown by the Affidavit of Publication attached to the minutes.  Notice was also hung at the City Offices, front door of the high school, and front door of the elementary.


Notice of the meeting was simultaneously sent to all the members and a copy of their acknowledgment and receipt of notice and agenda is attached to these minutes.  Availability of the agenda was communicated in the advance notice as was the notice to the members of this meeting.  All proceedings hereafter shown were taken while the convened meeting was opened to the attendance of the public.  The agenda for the meeting is attached and incorporated into these minutes.


President D. Morrill called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.


Members present:   Dan Morrill, Colleen Farnik, Tim Gragert, Kay Morrill, and Gene Suhr.  Dixie Hanefeldt was excused.


Others Present:  Superintendent Petersen, Principal Dredge, Secretary Hoffman, and district patrons.


D. Morrill announced that the Open Meeting Laws Act Poster was displayed on the wall. 


Minutes of the October 12, 2015 Meeting:  D. Morrill reviewed how to make changes to the minutes by using motions.  Gragert moved to approve the original minutes of the September meeting as they were written.  Seconded by Farnik.  RCV:  4-1 D. Morrill – yes, Suhr – yes, Farnik – yes, Gragert – yes, K. Morrill – no.  Hanefeldt excused.  Farnik moved to accept the October 12 minutes, seconded by Suhr.  RCV: 5-0.  Hanefeldt excused.


The Financial Reports were reviewed.  District expenses:  $368,539.98.  Suhr moved to approve the bills, seconded by Gragert.  RCV:  5-0.  Hanefeldt excused.  Motion Carried.


Old Business:


1.         McDowell Update:  We received the land rent.


2.         Piano and Meat Slicer Bids:  D. Morrill opened the bids for the piano and meat slicer.  K. Morrill moved to accept Neva Doerr’s bid on the piano of $100.  Seconded by Farnik.  RCV:  5-0.  Hanefeldt excused.  Motion Carried.  Farnik moved to accept the bid of $350 from Rick Ebel for the meat slicer.  Seconded by Gragert.  RCV:  4-0.  K. Morrill abstained.  Hanefeldt excused.  Motion Carried.   


New Business:


1.         Welcome the Patrons & Visitors:  Visitors were welcomed.  There was no public comment. 


2.         Correspondence:  Superintendent Petersen handed out an article dealing with transgender students.  The board acknowledged a letter from the softball association and no action was taken.


3.         Presentation by Rhonda Jindra, ESU 1- AQuESTT:  Rhonda Jindra from ESU shared a powerpoint with information on the new AQuESTT school accountability system.  The system focuses on continuous improvement for schools using six key tenets: (1) positive partnerships, relationships, and student success (2) transitions (3) educational opportunities and access (4) college and career ready (5) assessment and (6) educator effectiveness.  Using information obtained in these areas, schools will be ranked in one of four performance levels: excellent, great, good and needs improvement.     


4.         Superintendent Report:  Superintendent Petersen would like to hold a board retreat with Dr. Daniel Hoesing to develop board goals.  He has led several retreats before.  The board agreed to meet at Prenger’s at 6:00 on January 6th.     


5.         Principal Report:  Principal Dredge reported that the 11th/12th team won the Lewis & Clark quiz bowl competition and the 9th/10th team made it to the second round.  A few students will be going to UNL math day. The administration will begin formal evaluations this week.


6.         Discuss State of the Schools Report from NDE:  Superintendent Petersen and Principal Dredge shared the information that can be found on the state of the schools report, such as NeSA scores, membership, staff with masters, average ACT scores, etc.  The report can be accessed at www.education.ne.gov.  AYP (annual yearly progress) was also discussed.  In order to meet NCLB, all students must reach one hundred percent proficiency.  Only a small percentage of Nebraska schools met this and the NE Department of Education continues to work with the federal government to update AYP requirements.


7.         Discuss Plainview Meeting:  Committee members met with a committee from Plainview to discuss future plans.  Minutes from the committee meeting were shared.  Specifically discussed was cooping junior high athletics next year.  Both schools want to have plans put in place for students for the long term.  Discussion was held on doing what will benefit all students.  The conversation then moved in to the community survey meeting.  K. Morrill brought up doing a survey first and D. Morrill said that the board needs to have a push from the public about what direction to take.         


8.         Discuss Community Survey Committee Meeting:  D. Morrill, K. Morrill, and Hanefeldt met and came up with four topic areas to formulate survey questions on: demographics, consolidation, cooping, and programs/courses of study.  Board members should send any suggestions they have to the committee as soon as possible so work can continue on this.  


9.         Discuss and Set Dates for Committees – Building:  Superintendent Petersen will contact the committee with possible dates.  A few engineers have been here about the HVAC.


10.       Discuss/Act on 2016-2017 Certified Staff Negotiations:  The committee met with the CTA prior to the board meeting and another meeting will be planned.   


11.       Discuss and Hand Out Superintendent Evaluation Document:  The evaluation documents and the handbook that it makes reference to were distributed to board members.  They need to complete the documents and return them to D. Morrill for compiling by December 1st so it can be shared at the next board meeting.


12.       Discuss Policies 1160 to 3010:  Hanefeldt had called prior to the meeting with comments on policies dealing with advisory committees, tuition, and allowing all staff to fill out anonymous superintendent evaluations.  The board will review policy 2015 to make sure it follows Rule 10 and will begin listing the date of changes on policies.    


13.       Discuss NASB State Education Conference Nov. 18th – 20th:  Farnik, K. Morrill, D. Morrill, and Superintendent Petersen will attend next week.


14.       Discuss Personnel:  Nothing at this time.


15.       Discuss Student Option Enrollment:  Nothing at this time. 


16.       Act on Option Enrollment:  Nothing at the time.


17.       Act on Creighton Teacher’s Association to be Recognized as the Exclusive Bargaining Agent for the District’s Non-Supervisory Certificated Staff for 2017-2018 Contract Year:  K. Morrill moved to recognize the CTA as the exclusive bargaining agent for the 2017-2018 contract year.  RCV:  5-0.  Hanefeldt excused.  Motion Carried.


18.       Act on Investigating Cooping with One or More Schools:  Suhr moved to investigate cooping with one or more schools.  Seconded by Farnik.  RCV:  5-0.  Hanefeldt excused.  Motion Carried.      


The following bills were paid:


At 8:42 p.m., Gragert moved to adjourn the meeting.  Seconded by K. Morrill.  RCV:  5-0.  Hanefeldt excused.  Motion carried.  The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Monday, December 14, 2015, in the high school library at noon. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jennifer Hoffman, Secretary