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Minutes June 13, 2016

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Creighton Community School District No. 13 was held on June 13, 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, Tim Gragert, Kay Morrill, Colleen Farnik, 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 May 9, 2016 Meeting:  K. Morrill moved to approve the board minutes as written, seconded by Suhr.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.    


The Financial Reports were reviewed.  District expenses:  $324,545.84.  The McDowell report was reviewed.  Gragert moved to approve the consent agenda, seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.




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


2.         Correspondence:  A thank you was received from Garret Zimmerer for the Erwin McDowell Trust.


3.         Superintendent Report:  Superintendent Petersen shared an annual calendar with the board, gave an update on summer school, and mentioned that she will be attending some budget workshops this summer.  CCPS has received a Certificate of Accreditation for the 2016-2017 school year from the Nebraska Department of Education.  Fran Hornback and Kathy Rice have resigned.  Superintendent Petersen thanked Principal Dredge for all of her work this school year.  


4.         Principal Report:  Principal Dredge shared that the teacher workdays at the end of the year were spent focusing on SPED and technology.  Activities were also done with the six tenants of AQuest.  She thanked the board for her time here.   


5.         Board of Education Report:  The new elementary roof project started today.


Old Business:


6.         Discuss and Act on Annual Bullying Policy #0504.20:  The bullying policy was reviewed.  Gragert moved to approve the bullying policy #0504.20 and to waive the second reading.  Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.


7.         Discuss and Act on Parental Involvement Policy #1005.03:  The parental involvement hearing was held prior to the meeting.  Hanefeldt moved to approve the parental involvement policy #1005.03 and to waive the second reading.  Seconded by K. Morrill.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.


8.         Hear a Report on Multi-Cultural Teaching:  The board reviewed the multi-cultural lessons from the past year. 


9.         Discuss and Act on Elementary and H.S. Handbook Changes:  Handbook changes were reviewed.  The cell phone policy was updated to say that parents will be notified the first time their child’s phone is taken away.  Elementary parents will have to sign a document if they disagree with teacher’s recommendations to retain their child.  In order to be a student manager a student must at least be in seventh grade or is the coach’s child.  The high school policy for cell phones and electronic devices was also updated about notifying parents and the about the proper use of the ipads.  The work release policy will remain in the handbook.  Hanefeldt moved to approve the changes to the handbooks, with the cell phone policies being updated to say that, on the first offense, the cell phone will be taken, the student can pick up the device at the end of the day, and their parents will be notified.  The work release policy will remain in the handbook.  K. Morrill seconded the motion.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  


10.       Committee Reports:  Community Outreach – The community outreach committee shared a PowerPoint on the survey results.  Fifty-seven percent of the surveys were returned.  Survey results show that the public had the most interest in the board looking at cooping or unification.  The results are further broken down by which town to look towards on the survey.  The survey also lists different areas that the public would like to see more classes offered in.  The survey will be available online via a link on the school’s webpage at www.creightonpublicschools.org soon and a copy will be available to look at at the public library or high school office.  K. Morrill shared information from the School Law workshop she attended.  Information covered included the affordable care act, new legislative bills, Title Nine, student exploitation, and service animals.  The personnel and finance committee meeting were set up to discuss the affordable care act with the board on July 1st and 6th.  The buildings and grounds committee will meet on June 29th.  RFQ’s for the furnace will be opened June 20th.  The custodians have been working hard and making great process.  The curriculum and policy committee will set up another meeting with Jim Luebbe.  When the new policy packets arrive they will be distributed to the board.


11.       Discuss and Act on Personnel:  Gragert moved to ratify the contract for Bev Munter for the head cook position for 2016-2017.  Seconded by Farnik.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried. 


12.       Discuss and Act to set the August board meeting as a time to make a decision concerning cooping junior high sports with Plainview for the 2017-2018 school year.:  The board discussed junior high cooping.  They would like more input from the coaches and the AD’s.  The board members will all try to review all the surveys before July.  More information is needed about specifics such as bussing logistics, etc.  The topic was tabled until the July meeting. 


13.       Act on Activity Prices for 2016-2017:  Activity prices will remain the same for next year.  Gragert moved to set the prices for activities passes at $150 for a family, $70 for a single, and people 65 and older can receive a free pass to get in to the game.  Seconded by K. Morrill.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried. 


14.       Superintendent Evaluation:  The board reviewed the superintendent’s evaluation.  K. Morrill expressed concern that some parts of the evaluation are hard to complete and it would be nice if we could have the staff evaluate the superintendent as well.  The evaluation tool is approved through the state and any changes would have to be made by getting the evaluation form reapproved.  K. Morrill moved to enter closed session at 8:58 p.m. to discuss the Superintendent’s evaluation.  Seconded by Gragert.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  The board exited executive session at 9:24 p.m.  K. Morrill moved to accept the Superintendent’s evaluation with stated goals of finances, communication, and technology.  Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried. 


The following bills were paid:


At 9:27 p.m., Gragert moved to adjourn the meeting.  Seconded by K. Morrill.  RCV:  6-0.  K. Morrill excused.  Motion carried.  The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Monday, July 11, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school library. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jennifer Hoffman, Secretary