Minutes- August 13, 2018
The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Creighton Community School District No. 13 was held on August 13, 2018 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: Tim Gragert, Kay Morrill, Colleen Farnik, Dixie Hanefeldt, Greg Kuhlman, and Duane Fanta.
Others Present: Superintendent Thompson, Principal Nilson, Secretary Hoffman, and district patrons.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Kuhlman moved to approve the agenda, seconded by Hanefeldt. RCV: 6-0. Motion Carried.
Gragert moved to approve the consent agenda of monthly financials, July minutes, KSB School Law as legal counsel for 18-19, and Dana F. Cole as school auditor for 18-19. Seconded by Fanta. RCV: 6-0. Motion Carried.
Superintendent Thompson reported that Laura Hintz will come in and do the school safety audit this year. State statute is working on aligning all school safety plans so the same protocol is used at all schools. He shared a handout listing the state and federal notices that the school is required to follow during the year and the place to find them in school policy or the handbooks. He is still trying to contact Tremco to get the roof work completed. The school lawyer gave him two options; either send a letter threatening a lawsuit or get bids from other companies and possibly get Tremco to pay a settlement. Each option comes with different costs and legwork for the school. Current enrollment is 283, preschool through 12th grade. Discussion occurred on facility use by the community. He would like the policy to be reviewed. He informed the board that we received approximately $20,000 from insurance for hail damage to vehicles and $81,000 for the building. Another $50,000 for the building would be available after the repairs are completed.
Board President Morrill shared the NASB monthly update. She also polled the board on the latest NASB survey question about training teachers to conceal/carry in order to report back to NASB. NASB will take a stance on this issue once they receive feedback from the school boards in the state. The 2018-19 annual board calendar was distributed and reviewed.
Fanta reported on the building committee meeting. He shared information on the sprinklers, cement work, and transportation with further discussion at each of the respective items on the Discussion/Action Items section of the agenda. He said the committee is working on prioritizing building needs for next year. The committee feels the roof is a top priority, while work on the track is further down the list. Another project they are looking at is putting air conditioning in the kitchen, multipurpose room, and elementary gym. They also discussed how the insurance money should be used. The finance committee met with Robert Crockett to get some clarifications on the policy. Hanefeldt reported for the Americanism Committee and stated she had contacted Principal Nilson and that by looking at teacher lesson plans they can see that we are teaching what the statute requires.
There was no correspondence. Discussion/Action Items:
A. The Americanism committee shared information during the committee reports. They will create a written report to share at the next board meeting. Americanism committee members are Colleen Farnik, Tim Gragert and Dixie Hanefeldt and have been appointed according to state statute 79-724.
B. Superintendent Thompson received the resignation from Head Cook Jackie Kruse effective July 31, 2018. Fanta moved to accept the resignation of Jackie Kruse as head cook. Seconded by Hanefeldt. RCV: 6-0. Motion Carried.
C. Superintendent Thompson shared that Tammy Thompson, his wife, had been selected to fill the head cook position. Thompson was not involved in the interview or selection process due to his wife applying. Thompson delegated supervision of the Head Cook position to Principal Nilson., and Nilson will be supervisor to avoid any sort of conflicts of interest. Tammy has
prior experience in operating a deli and catering business. Hanefeldt moved to hire Tammy Thompson as the new head cook. Seconded by Fanta. RCV: 6-0. Motion Carried.
D. Fanta reported that the board has received two bids on underground sprinklers for the football field. The first bid was around $22,000 from Superior Turf and the second was for $8,742 from Schilowsky Lawn. Superintendent Thompson did reference checks on the companies. The committee has talked to Schilowsky and he would be willing to let them purchase the materials this fiscal year with work and labor being completed in the next fiscal year in the spring once the track season is over. Schilowsky would keep the bid the same. Fanta moved to accept the bid from Luke Schilowsky for $8,742, with the materials to be purchased for $4,942 this fiscal year, and the work to be completed for the remaining bid cost of $3,800 after the track season is finished with funds coming from the 18-19 budget. Gragert seconded the motion. RCV: 6-0. Motion Carried.
E. Fanta also reported for the building and grounds committee that they had received two bids to replace some of the concrete in front of the school to fix the drainage problem and reduce the safety issue of broken up concrete. The concrete will be cut out and sloped so that the water will run to the south. Dirt work will be completed on the south end so the water has somewhere to go. This will be paid out of the 2017-18 budget. After reviewing the two bids, the committee decided to recommend the low bid from Macke Construction. Kuhlman moved to hire Macke Construction to replace the concrete in front of school at a cost of $29,395. Seconded by Hanefeldt. RCV: 6-0. Motion Carried.
F. The transportation committee and Superintendent Thompson have also been working with Borgmann Bus Service on routes for this year. Jim only has two licensed bus drivers this year, which has caused routes to be altered. At this time, there are two bus routes and a supplemental route with a school vehicle. Route drivers on a designated route must hold a special license and the NDE has granted us an emergency purpose clause that gives up two months to get a level one licensed driver. Superintendent Thompson would prefer to see three routes. The board discussed the possibility of using some of the insurance money to purchase another expedition or similar vehicle to run the supplemental routes. Gragert moved to accept the committee’s recommendation of an eight cent per mile increase to $2.63 for the 2018-19 school year with two bus routes, and a supplemental route with school vehicle and driver. Seconded by Fanta. RCV: 6-0. Motion Carried.
G. Superintendent Thompson stated that Connie Bloomquist had been selected as the recommended hire for school nurse with the interlocal agreement with Wausa. She will work two days at Creighton and two days at Wausa each week. Fanta moved to approve the interlocal agreement with Wausa and the hire of Connie Bloomquist for two days a week at Creighton and two days a week at Wausa. Seconded by Kuhlman. RCV: 6-0. Motion Carried.
H. The board discussed joining Nebraska Rural Communities School Association (NRCSA).
The fee is $850 annually and the group is a non-profit that specifically lobbies for rural school districts and holds an annual conference for member schools in Kearney each year.. Gragert moved to join NRSCA for one year, seconded by Hanefeldt. RCV: 6-0. Motion Carried.
I. Special Meetings for the budget process have been scheduled. The budget workshop will be held on August 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library and the budget hearing will be held on September 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.
J. Hanefeldt moved to approve Morrill’s and Fanta’s attendance at the NASB Labor Relations Conference in Lincoln on September 6. Seconded by Gragert. RCV: 6-0. Motion Carried.
The following bills were paid:
At 8:43 p.m., President Morrill adjourned the meeting. The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Monday, September 10, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.
Jennifer Hoffman, Secretary