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Minutes March 14, 2016

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Creighton Community School District No. 13 was held on March 14, 2016 at 6:30 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 6:30 p.m.


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


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 February 8, 2016 Meeting:  Farnik moved to approve the February board minutes as presented, seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.    


The Financial Reports were reviewed.  District expenses:  $530,430.53, which included a $200,000 transfer to the depreciation fund.  K. Morrill moved to approve the bills and treasurer’s report, seconded by Suhr.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.


Old Business:


1.         McDowell Update:  Scholarship applications are due by April 1.


New Business:


1.         Welcome the Patrons & Visitors:  Visitors were welcomed.  Jim Fuchtman shared an article from the Plainview paper on cooping and made the board aware of the NASB Budget and Finance Workshop to be held in March.   


2.         Correspondence:  K. Morrill stated that she had received an email from Sandy Scroth with more information about the Monsanto award process.


3.         Presentation by 360 Energy Engineers:  360 Energy Engineers are a turn key independent engineer and construction management firm.  After giving a brief history, the representatives presented information on four systems they had analyzed for us. 


4.         Superintendent Report:  Superintendent Petersen reported that Plainview had called about cooping junior high boys sports next year.  Plainview will have lower numbers next years in those areas.  Our numbers are still okay, but in the future we may need help.  Mr. Kliment has gotten the impression that they will bring their students over here everyday for the activities.  The administration and athletic directors will continue to communicate and bring info back to the board.  She shared that there is a lunch RFP meeting on Wednesday.  Superintendent Petersen also handed out an informative sheet listing district highlights for the board to review.


5.         Principal Report:  Principal Dredge asked Chris Baldwin to share information on the upcoming Career Fair and Career Academies.  Mrs. Baldwin stated that almost forty presenters, mostly Creighton grads, will be sharing information about their occupations.  Next year NECC will be offering some classes for seniors where they do most of the work at their own school and then travel to Norfolk on Friday mornings for class there.  There are a limited number of classes and spaces available in these classes.  Principal Dredge stated that NeSA testing will begin next week and that an impaired and distracted driving presentation will take place in April. 


6.         Board of Education Report:  D. Morrill and K. Morrill reported on the President’s retreat they attended.  K. Morrill also shared a handout from co.knox.ne.us/content/levy and said that rural taxpayers need to be kept in mind when setting levies.  She also shared info about the Education Forum she attended.


7.         Discuss Memorial Policy:  The crisis team has put together a memorial policy for review.  It is very similar to other school’s policies.  The policy would give the board the right to grant or deny any requests of the family on a situation by situation basis.  The board would like to review the policy further. 


8.         Committee Reports:  The community outreach committee discussed survey plans with the board.  The board talked about sending out a survey to get public input, but also discussed that the survey questions may still need some work.  It was shared, if we would receive a lot of surveys back, this information could be helpful for future planning.  Meetings will be set for the following committees in the next month: safety, buildings and grounds, and transportation.       


9.         Discuss and Act on Option Enrollments:  We have one student optioning in from Plainview and two from the Orchard/Clearwater district.  Gragert moved to accept the option enrollment requests for these three students, seconded by Farnik.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.


10.       Discuss and Act on NASB Membership for 2016-2017:  The board discussed some benefits of the NASB such as workshops and legal advice.  D. Morrill reminded the board that policy #1150 states that board members must get prior approval before registering for workshops.  Farnik moved to approve the NASB membership for 2016-2017.  Seconded by K. Morrill.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.    


11.       Discuss and Act on 2016-2017 School Master Calendar:  Superintendent Petersen stated that the calendar that she sent out needs to be changed to have May 30th and May 31st as potential make up days and the starting date for football practice should be August 8th and the starting date for the other fall sports is August 15th.  K. Morrill moved to approve the 2016-2017 master calendar with the changed made to the 30th and 31st of May for snow days and for the fall sports practice starting date changes.   Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.    


12.       Discuss and Act on Teaching Contracts:  Superintendent Petersen gave all board members a list of teachers for contract renewal for 2016-2017.  Gragert moved to approve teacher contracts as presented.  Seconded by Farnik.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.   


13.       Discuss and Act on Math Contract:  The administration interviewed math applicants and offered a 7-12 math contract to Danielle Wagner.  K. Morrill moved to offer the math contract for Danielle Wagner, seconded by Gragert.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried. 


14.       Discuss and Act on 2016-2017 Superintendent Salary:  Hanefeldt moved to accept the 2.5% increase ($3,000) and to renew the three year contract for Superintendent Petersen.  Seconded by Suhr.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.   


15.       Discuss and Act on Certificated Staff Resignation(s) (if necessary):  D. Morrill asked to move item this item into closed session to prevent the needless injury to the reputation of an individual.  K. Morrill moved to enter closed session at 8:25 p.m. to prevent the needless injury to the reputation of an individual.  Seconded by Suhr.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  The board came out of closed session at 8:41 p.m.  Gragert moved to approve the resignation request of Michelle Zuhlke with regrets, seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.    



The following bills were paid:


At 8:47 p.m., K. Morrill moved to adjourn the meeting.  Seconded by Farnik.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion carried.  The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school library. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jennifer Hoffman, Secretary