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Minutes November 15, 2016


The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Creighton Community School District No. 13 was held on November 15, 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.
D. Morrill announced that the Open Meeting Laws Act Poster was displayed on the wall.

Members present: Dan Morrill, Kay Morrill, Colleen Farnik, Dixie Hanefeldt, and Gene Suhr. Suhr moved to excuse Tim Gragert due to military service. Seconded by Farnik. RCV: 5-0. Motion Carried.

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

The Pledge of Allegiance was said.

K. Morrill moved to approve the agenda, seconded by Hanefeldt. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.

Kortney Sayers, Technology Integrationist, presented on different ways technology is being used in the classrooms. Several apps and programs that students and staff are using were shared. A management program was shared on the usage of technology within the school. The information shared will be used with the School Improvement process.

Public comment: Visitors were welcomed and public comment paragraph was read. There was no public comment.

1. Reports:

Superintendent Petersen updated the board on the safety buckets and safety procedures that are located in every room. The preschool playground is near completion, a fence will be installed and sidewalk repairs will be done soon. With the completion of this work we will be in compliance with the Nebraska preschool requirements. The HVAC construction project manager met with the administration and custodians to discuss the

first steps of the project. ESU 1 and ESU 8 superintendents are working together to address legislative issues and will meet with the State Senators and aides in January.

Principal Nilson discussed interventions for students who are failing or near failing in classes. An after school study hall has been set up for any student who wants to come. He reviewed the process we will use to help prepare students for the ACT exam in April. He is working with staff members to obtain grants in technology and radio.

President Morrill congratulated the fall sports teams and other activity groups for their successful seasons.

2. Board Committees:

K. Morrill reported that she attended a meeting in Norfolk, and stated that the Nebraska Assoc. of School Boards is very aware that taxing for education is creating a problem in the state and that they are trying to be proactive in coming up with ideas to counter taxing.

There was no correspondence.

Hanefeldt moved to approve the consent agenda except for item C (Certificated/Classified Hires/Reassignments/Resignations). Seconded by K. Morrill. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.

LeAnn Pierce has submitted her resignation effective December 21st. K. Morrill moved to accept LeAnn Pierce’s resignation, with regrets. Seconded by Suhr. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.

A motion was made by K. Morrill to hire Joe Pfanstiel as the second semester Business Education teacher. Seconded by Hanefeldt. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.

Shannon Dobias has been hired as a part time para professional. Discussion/Action Items:

A. Superintendent Petersen is meeting with the Fire Marshal on November 28th to do a walk through of the building. She will have an update for the board in December.

B. The Finance Committee presented a proposal to the Board to meet the new Overtime and Compensatory Time law that goes into effect on December 1st.

K. Morrill moved to pay the salaried certified staff with everyone receiving an hourly wage and time and a half for overtime based on the December 1st labor law, with wage and time and a half being equal to their current salaries. Seconded by Hanefeldt.

RCV: Suhr – no, Farnik – no, D. Morrill – no, Hanefeldt – yes, K. Morrill – yes. RCV: three no, two yes. Gragert excused. Motion Failed.

D. Morrill moved to act on the proposal for overtime and compensatory time as recommended by the Finance Committee, seconded by Suhr. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.

C. The Depreciation schedule that was submitted with the 16-17 budget came back with a clerical error. Our statement said $660,000 and it should be $650,000. This change does not change the tax asking. Farnik moved to correct the Budget Statement and Certification (page 2) Tax Depreciation schedule from $660,000 to $650,000. Seconded by Hanefeldt. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.

D. Discussion on the Board meeting starting time was tabled until the new board members are seated in January.

E. The Superintendent evaluation was handed out to board members. The form should be returned to the board president by December 2nd.

F. Discuss December Board Meeting: The December meeting date and time need to be changed due to the Elementary and High School Christmas programs that evening. Farnik moved to have the December Board Meeting on December 14th at 7:00 p.m. Seconded by K. Morrill. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.

The following bills were paid:

At 8:21 p.m., President D. Morrill adjourned the meeting. The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school library.

Jennifer Hoffman, Secretary