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Minutes February 8, 2016

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Creighton Community School District No. 13 was held on February 8, 2016 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 7:00 p.m.


Members present:   Dan Morrill, Colleen Farnik, Tim Gragert, Kay Morrill, and Dixie Hanefeldt.  Gene Suhr 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 January 11, 2016 Meeting:  Farnik moved to approve the January board minutes as presented, seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  5-0.  Suhr excused.  


The Financial Reports were reviewed.  District expenses:  $358,811.92  K. Morrill moved to approve the bills and treasurer’s report, seconded by Gragert.  RCV:  5-0.  Suhr excused.  Motion Carried.


Old Business:


1.         McDowell Update:  The report was reviewed.


New Business:


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


2.         Correspondence:  There was none.


3.         Superintendent Report:  Superintendent Petersen reported on the SAVE (Surviving A Violent Encounter) workshop that she attended with Principal Dredge.  They would like to have the group present for Creighton staff next year.   The proposed calendar for next year has been handed out to staff for input.  She is keeping track of classroom hours to make sure we meet all requirements as a result of weather cancellations.    


4.         Principal Report:  Principal Dredge reported that all of the statewide writing tests have been completed and that reading, math, and science testing will begin in March.  A career fair will be held on March 18th for grades 7-12.    


5.         Board of Education Report:  D. Morrill said that our school has been nominated to possibly win a Monsanto grant.  K.  Morrill and Farnik reported on the Legislative Issues conference they attended on February 1st.  K. Morrill also discussed the budget session she attended while Farnik explained the advocacy session she attended.  Both felt that the conference was very interesting.  


6.         Discuss Legislative Bills:  Superintendent Petersen shared the Education in our Hands handout that superintendents in ESU 1 and ESU 8 are completing for their districts. The schools in these ESU’s would then like to present these handouts to our senators to promote public schools.  She also presented four bills to watch this legislative session: LB826, LB918, LB958, and LB959. 


7.         Discuss Board of Education Code of Ethics from workshop:  The board will work on the first two ethics on the list, which are to keep responsibility and respect in mind when doing business.   


8.         Discuss Board Committees:  A couple of board committees were combined in order to cut down on some committee meetings.  The new committees and members are:

                    Buildings and Grounds: D. Morrill, Suhr, Gragert

                    Curriculum and Policy:  Gragert, K. Morrill, and Farnik

                    Negotiations:  D. Morrill, Suhr, and Gragert

                    Personnel and Finance:  D. Morrill, Suhr, and Farnik

                    Community Outreach:  D. Morrill, K. Morrill, and Hanefeldt

                    McDowell/Safety:  Gragert, Farnik, Suhr

                    Transportation/Americanism:  K. Morrill, Hanefeldt, and D. Morrill


9.         Hear a Report from Community Outreach Committee:  The community outreach committee shared information on the upcoming meeting on February 17.  The meeting will address achievements and accountability.  The board will need to decide what direction they want to proceed concerning a community survey, etc. after the community meetings are over.       


10.       Hear a Report from the Buildings and Grounds Committee:  On Friday, the three bids that we had received for the elementary roof project were opened.  The lowest bid was received from Great Plains Roofing of Harrisburg, SD in the amount of $204,200.  Volkman’s will need to come move the heating/AC units off before the job begins and then put them back when the roof job is finished.  This summer’s to do list includes a different water fountain, new lights in the multi and elementary gym, replacing the hot water heaters, and new cupboards in the band room.  We received seven RFP’s back on the technology update project.  Brent Pickrel from ESU 8 has been helping with the project.  Heartland Communication’s was accepted as the installer, pending erate approval.  If we receive erate funding, the total projects should cost approximately $20,000. 


11.       Discuss and Act on Personnel (If necessary):  The administration will be interviewing two candidates for the math position.  Board policy allows the Superintendent to offer a contract with board approval at the next meeting.    



12.       Discuss and Act on Superintendent Contract:  The finance committee has met with Superintendent Petersen about the superintendent and principal contracts.  Since the superintendent contract was not posted on the website prior to the board meeting, it will be acted on at the March meeting.


13.       Discuss and Act on Principal Contract:  Gragert moved to approve the contract renewal of Principal Dredge at a 3.61% increase ($3,000).  Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  5-0.  Suhr excused.  Motion Carried.   


14.       Act on ESU 8 and ESU 1 Contracts for 2016-2017:  Superintendent Petersen has received the ESU 8 contract for next year.  It is about $40,000 less as one student will age out of the program there.  The ESU 1 contact has not yet been received; however it will be higher due to an increase in early childhood services.  Hanefeldt moved to approve the ESU 1 and ESU 8 contracts for the 2016-2017 school year.  Seconded by Farnik.  RCV:  5-0.  Suhr excused.  Motion Carried.   


15.       Act on Bid Roof Recommendation:  Gragert moved to approve the elementary roof bid of $204,200 by Great Plains Roofing of Harrisburg, SD.  Seconded by Farnik.  RCV:  5-0.  Suhr excused.  Motion Carried.


16.       Act on Tech Bid Recommendation:  K. Morrill moved to approve the technology bid from Heartland Communications of David City, pending erate approval.  Seconded by Gragert.  RCV:  5-0.  Suhr excused.  Motion Carried. 


The following bills were paid:


At 8:27 p.m., K. Morrill moved to adjourn the meeting.  Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  5-0.  Suhr excused.  Motion carried.  The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school library. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jennifer Hoffman, Secretary