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Minutes- September 10,2018



The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Creighton Community School District No. 13 was held on September 10, 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.


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


Kuhlman moved to approve the consent agenda of monthly financials, and minutes of the August 29 Budget Workshop, September 5 Budget Hearing, and September 5 Tax Request Hearing.  Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried. 


  1. Reports:  

Superintendent Thompson stated that Laura Hintz will be conducting the safety audit this year.  A representative from Tremco was here August 27.  We should hear back from the Tremco representative in the next few weeks. Mr. Thompson will run the updated budget and tax levy in the paper this week.  He stated that there will be early outs on September 21 (2:00 p.m.), September 28 (noon), and October 4 (2:00).  He also gave a brief overview of the Labor Relations conference he attended September 6. 


Principal Nilson shared the fall sport activity numbers.  MAPS testing is underway and should be completed later this week.  The school improvement team will be attending an AdvanceED workshop in the near future and is preparing for the school visit in the fall of 2019. 


Board President Morrill shared the NASB monthly update.  She also gave an overview of the Labor Relations Conference.  She stated that the negotiations committee needs to meet with the CTA prior to November 1.   


Kuhlman reported that the McDowell committee had met and discussed a request for early funds for a student.  The committee will review the current guidelines at their next meeting.  The Finance committee also met, where Superintendent Thompson shared the information to be analyzed and recommendations made for the budget workshop


Fanta reported that the Building and Grounds committee met briefly on August 27 and discussed replacing some more concrete on the southwest side of the school to reduce the incline and promote better drainage. The committee recommended amending the original bid to include this extra work.


The policy committee is reviewing student to ensure alignment with board policy, according to Chairperson Hanefeldt.  They will also be  reviewing the food procurement and facility usage policies.


There was no correspondence.


Discussion/Action Items:


  1. Superintendent Thompson shared the budget request with the board, which then reflected  a one cent drop in levy.  Gragert moved to approve the 18-19 budget as presented.  Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  Superintendent Thompson will publish the new budget in this week’s paper.
  2. The tax request for 18-19 is $3,787,878.75 for the general fund and $20,202.02 for the qualified capital purpose fund.  Fanta moved to approve the tax request of $0.750699 for the general fund and $0.004 for the QCPF.  Seconded by Kuhlman.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.
  3. The policy committee has reviewed the food procurement policy received from NASB and recommended the board adopt the reviewed policy.  Gragert moved to accept policy 802.07, School Food Procurement, and to waive the second reading.  Seconded by Fanta.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.
  4. Fanta moved to accept the Creighton Teachers’ Association as the exclusive bargaining unit for the 2020-2021 school year.  Seconded by Kuhlman.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.
  5. Superintendent Thompson stated that he would like to recommend the football field sprinkler bid be amended to include six-inch sprinkler heads instead of the original bid of four-inch sprinklers.  If we switch from four inch to six-inch sprinkler heads, they will provide better coverage and recess further into the ground.  Fanta moved to update the sprinkler bid by $301.35 to update to six-inch sprinkler heads.  Seconded by Gragert.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.
  6. Superintendent Thompson explained that Gary Macke had approached him about taking out some additional concrete in order to decrease the incline into the south parking lot and bring about better drainage.  Superintendent Thompson also recommended that two additional sections on the north side of the project area be removed to reduce the incline and promote better drainage as well.  Gragert moved to amend the approved bid by $8,292.50 for an additional 3,040 feet of concrete work.  Seconded by Kuhlman.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.
  7. The high school computer lab needs to be updated.  Mrs. Borgmann has a bid for 22 new computers for $26,400.  The computers in that lab would be moved down to the elementary lab. Reap Grant funds of $18,211 would be utilized to purchase a portion of the project.  Fanta moved to purchase 22 new iMac computers for $26,400 and to use $18,211 of REAP funding to purchase them with the remainder to come from the General Fund.  Seconded by Gragert.  RCV: 6-0.  Motion Carried.
  8. Gragert moved to allow Fanta, Hanefeldt, and Morrill to attend the area membership meeting on October 3 in Norfolk.  Seconded by Kuhlman.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  Fanta moved to approve Farnik and Morrill’s registrations for the NASB state conference preconference and conference on November 14-16. Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  Morrill will serve as our delegate assembly representative. 


The following bills were paid:


At 7:52 p.m., President Morrill adjourned the meeting.  The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Monday, October 8, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jennifer Hoffman, Secretary