Minutes - March 13, 2017
The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Creighton Community School District No. 13 was held on March 13, 2017 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 Morrill called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.
Morrill announced that the Open Meeting Laws Act Poster was displayed on the wall.
Members present: Kay Morrill, Colleen Farnik, Greg Kuhlman, Dixie Hanefeldt, and Duane Fanta.
Others Present: Superintendent Petersen, Principal Nilson, Secretary Hoffman, and district patrons.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Hanefeldt moved to approve the agenda, seconded by Fanta. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.
Public comment: Visitors were welcomed. There was no public comment.
Farnik asked to pull the financial reports out of the consent agenda. She then moved to approve the consent agenda of the minutes of the February 16th and 23rd meetings, the correction of the February 13th minutes to correct the spelling of Bonita Lederer, excuse Tim Gragert due to military leave, and the McDowell report. Seconded by Kuhlman. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried. Farnik asked to review the KSB School Law bill, with concerns over why it was so high. Hanefeldt moved to approve the March financial report, seconded by Fanta. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.
Superintendent Petersen reported that the new Chromebooks are a great addition to the middle school. She reminded the board of the public complaints policy, and that anyone with issues needs to follow the chain of command. She attended a safety and security workshop with Principal Nilson. They are working on completing the safety self assessment for the district. We will start a Bulldog Connection program, which for this year will pair juniors who would like to participate with K-3 students in a mentoring program.
Principal Nilson gave a brief review of the NeSA testing schedule and stated that the new Chromebooks will allow the middle school students to test in their rooms, which will free up computer labs for testing of other grades. MAPS testing will be done once NeSA testing is completed. The juniors are still taking test prep classes for the April 19th ACT. Preregistration for next year will take place in the next few weeks.
Secretary Hoffman reported on the NAEP conference she attended. Farnik and Morrill both reported on the President’s Retreat. Both explained that the policies are very important to have and to follow. Each reviewed other highlights of the meeting.
The buildings and grounds committee met and discussed the HVAC process and schedule. The front glass of the high school office may be replaced as the glass could shatter easily. Some concrete work will be done this summer. The summer project list was reviewed.
The personnel committee met and reviewed the principal contract, with a recommendation of a three percent raise and a 210 day contract. The committee discussed salaries for non-certificated salaried and non-salaried staff. Bloomfield would like to get out of the cooperative agreement nursing agreement next year. The certificated teacher list for next year was reviewed, and discussion occurred about possibly moving the .75 FTE teachers to full time.
A thank you was received from Plainview Public Schools for our school’s support at the Will Gunning benefit held in February.
- President Morrill read a resignation letter from Mark and Ellen Brogie. Farnik moved to accept the resignations of Mark and Ellen Brogie, regretfully. Seconded by Fanta. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.
- An increase in the number of special education students has prompted the need to increase Teresa Kuhl’s contract from .75 FTE to 1.0 FTE for the fourth quarter. She will also lead the “I Love U Guys” safety program. Kuhlman moved to amend Teresa Kuhl’s contract to full time beginning in the fourth quarter. Seconded by Hanefeldt. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.
- Superintendent Petersen shared a list of recommended teacher contracts and FTE’s for next year. Superintendent Petersen recommended moving Justine Kibbie to 1.0 FTE to help with the third grade and in the middle school next year. Fanta moved to accept the list of full time equivalent teacher recommendations with the exception of the Brogies. Seconded by Hanefeldt. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.
- The personnel committee had met and discussed a three percent increase and a 210 day contract for Principal Nilson. Morrill would like the contract reformatted similar to the superintendent contract. Hanefeldt moved to approve Ryon Nilson’s contract with the salary and number of days included. Seconded by Fanta. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.
- Incoming Superintendent Robby Thompson accepted the initial offer from the board. Hanefeldt moved to accept the contract for Robby Thompson for Superintendent. Seconded by Kuhlman. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.
- In order to provide a little cushion in the required hours of education needed, Superintendent Petersen suggested a full day of school on April 7th instead of a 2:00 out. Fanta moved to have a full day of school on April 7th instead of a 2:00 out. Seconded by Hanefeldt. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.
- Both administrators will be gone on April 10 to the AQUEST conference. They would like the board meeting moved so they can attend. President Morrill would like to move the April, May, and June meetings to the third Monday of the month so that Robby Thompson can attend them. Fanta moved to change the monthly board meeting to the third Monday of the month for the April, May, and June board meetings starting at 7:00 p.m. Seconded by Kuhlman. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.
- The community outreach committee has arranged for Bonita Lederer to come and discuss the Nebraska Beef in Schools program. Schools in ESU 1 and ESU 8 were invited to attend. Hanefeldt moved to host a Beef informational meeting on March 21st here at the school for anyone in ESU 1 or 8. Seconded by Fanta. RCV: 5-0. Gragert excused. Motion Carried.
- The board was to review the 100 and 200 policies. If any board members have policies that they feel need to be reviewed, they should send the list to the policy committee.
- The policy committee will meet at 4:30 on March 30th. The community outreach committee will follow at 5:30 on that day. The finance committee will meet at noon on April 12th.
The following bills were paid:
At 8:22 p.m., President Morrill adjourned the meeting. The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school library.