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Minutes - May 15, 2017

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Creighton Community School District No. 13 was held on May 15, 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 7:00 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, Tim Gragert, and Duane Fanta.


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


The Pledge of Allegiance was said.


Fanta moved to approve the agenda, seconded by Gragert.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.


Gragert moved to approve the consent agenda consisting of monthly financial reports, April minutes, and the second reading of policies 509.03, 607.09, 804.01, and 804.01R1.  Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.


Mike Murray from Foundation for Educational Services presented on his company’s services of school and/or community promotion and branding.  He works with individuals, groups, and businesses in the community to develop a brand, where you are promising an experience and selling yourself.  He presented case studies that he has completed at Beatrice and Weeping Water.  The city will be discussing this in the future.  Murray stated preliminary costs could be $10,000 to $30,000.  The board held a brief conversation on the pros and cons and will continue to discuss this after the city council has met in June. 


  1. Reports: 

Superintendent Petersen reported that the fall coaching assignments will be:  Football – Gene Suhr, Assistants – Zac Kliment, Kyle Kibbie, and Chase Maier; JH Football – Zac Kliment and Kyle Kibbie; Volleyball – Tracy Tyler, Assistant – Danielle Wagner; JH Volleyball – Justine Kibbie; Cross Country – Jay Fuchtman; One Act – Deb VanMetre and Kacie Maier.  Next year’s kindergarten class will have twenty-four students and will be divided into two classrooms.  The last day of school is May 24th with the 25th and 26th serving as teacher workdays. 


Principal Nilson stated that 17-18 schedules will be handed out to students this week.  NeSA testing is completed and only a few students need to complete their MAP tests.  The ACT test for juniors went well.  Spring sports will finish up within the next couple of weeks.  CHS had several athletes qualify for state in both track and golf. 


            The Building and Grounds committee reported that the HVAC project is currently ahead of schedule. 


A thank you was received from Colten Adams for the Erwin McDowell Trust.


Discussion/Action Items:


  1. Hanefeldt moved to accept the McDowell applicants for the 2017-2018 school year.  Seconded by Kuhlman.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.
  2. The Personnel and Finance Committee recommends continuing the interlocal agreement with Wausa for nursing services with Sue Doerr.  The contract will be adjusted accordingly as Bloomfield has dropped out of the agreement.  Gragert moved to accept the inter-local agreement for Sue Doerr for the 2017-2018 school year.  Seconded by Farnik.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  The committee also recommended a three percent raise for all classified staff, which is the same as the administration and certified staff.  Hanefeldt moved to offer the 2017-2018 classified staff, including the business manager and custodians, a three percent increase.  Seconded by Fanta.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.
  3. The transportation committee reported that they had researched what other schools spent on transportation under three options: contracting to a bus service, owning your own buses, or paying parents mileage.  They recommend continuing with Creighton Bus Service.  Fanta moved to contract with Creighton Bus Service for the 2017-2018 school year with a ten cent per mile increase.  Gragert seconded the motion.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried. 
  4. The policy committee has reviewed several policies and recommends some changes.  The full policies with changes can be found attached to the official minutes. They would recommend changes to policy 203.02 (President) and 203.03 (Vice President) to add that the president and vice president shall sign off on all meeting minutes prior to publication.  Gragert moved to change 203.02 and 203.03 to add the highlighted wordage to the policies.  Seconded by Fanta.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  Changes to policy 203.04 (Secretary) would correct a typo in the spelling of beginning and , add or the board secretary’s designee…The treasurer and secretary shall do one of the following within ten days after elections to the positions:  1.  Give bond in an amount set by the board of not less than $500 and not more than double the amount of money to come in to his/her hands as treasurer at any one time.  2.  Give evidence of an equal amount of insurance coverage by the district.  The cost of the bond or insurance coverage will be paid by the school district. Hanefeldt moved to make the bolded changes to policy 203.04.  Seconded by Gragert.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  Policy 203.05 (Treasurer) will now include …or the treasurer’s designee…and to coordinate with the business manager…meet with the board secretary quarterly to ensure.  Gragert moved to make the highlighted adjustments to policy 203.05.  Seconded by Fanta.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  Board Committees, policy 203.06, will be updated to list the seven committees (Americanism, Curriculum and Instruction; Personnel, Finance and Negotiations (including McDowell); Building, Grounds and Transportation (including Safety); Technology, Policy, Community Outreach, and Planning and Development) we have and lists a definition of each committee.  Fanta moved to accept policy 203.06 with bolded print included in the policy itself.  Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  Policy 301.03, Succession of Authority to the Superintendent, would be updated by changing athletic to activities director and designated teacher to guidance counselor.  Fanta moved to accept 301.03 with changes as written.  Seconded by Gragert.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  Gragert moved to add the Nebraska Department of Education approved superintendent and administrator evaluation tools to policies 302.05 (Superintendent Evaluation) and 303.06 (Administrator Evaluation).  Seconded by Fanta.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  The handbooks will be updated to match.
  5. The board discussed upcoming NASB workshops.


The following bills were paid:


At 8:45 p.m., President Morrill adjourned the meeting.  The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school library. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jennifer Hoffman, Secretary