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Minutes- October 8, 2018

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Creighton Community School District No. 13 was held on October 8, 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.


Vice President Fanta 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, Dixie Hanefeldt, Greg Kuhlman, and Duane Fanta.  Gragert moved to excuse Colleen Farnik and Kay Morrill.  Seconded by Kuhlman.  RCV: 4-0.  Motion Carried. 


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 Hanefeldt.  RCV:  4-0.  Morrill and Farnik excused.  Motion Carried.


There was no public comment.



  1. Reports:  

Superintendent Thompson will be organizing a safety meeting with area first responders to visit about drills and to review the school layout.  A Tremco representative was here on September 27.  They agreed to fix the north side of the gym roof but he doesn’t feel that they will fix anything else.  He received a new set of job descriptions from the school lawyer and will do non-certificated evaluations this year.  School board policies are currently being updated on line.   He is going to list various items from the shop for sale online and in the paper. 


Principal Nilson reported that the regular season for fall activities is staring to wind down.  The band has started to compete in marching competitions again and has received high ratings.  MAPS testing is complete and formal evalutions are in progress.  The school improvement team attended an AdvancED workshop in September in preparation for our review next Fall.  The district is going to begin researching iPad schools versus Chromebooks schools during the course of the year. 


Vice President Fanta read President Morrills monthly report.  He shared some information about the area membership meeting held in Norfolk on October 3rd.  The 100th annual state conference will be held in November.  Upcoming committee work was outlined.  The NASB monthly update was shared.


Hanefeldt shared that the Planning and Development Committee is planning on having one last community meeting to wrap up what has been completed and to answer any questions the group may have. 


A McDowell thank you was received from James Johnson.


Hanefeldt moved to approve the consent agenda of monthly financials, and minutes from the September 10 board meeting.  Seconded by Kuhlman.  RCV:  4-0.  Morrill and Farnik excused.    Motion Carried. 



Discussion/Action Items:


  1. Superintendent Thompson explained the new concrete out front should be sealed in order to minimize damage to it from salt.  Gary Macke bid $500 to powerwash and seal the new cement.  Kuhlman moved to accept the bid from Gary Macke for $500 to put sealant on the new concrete.  Seconded by Gragert.  RCV:  4-0.  Morrill and Farnik excused.  Motion Carried.
  2. The Building Committee has looked in to purchasing a StopSaw for the shop.  A StopSaw blade will stop immediately when it detects any sort of heat when it is spinning.  Superintendent Thompson feels that this would be a good purchase for student safety and for liability purposes.  Gragert moved to purchase the StopSaw for $4,456.  Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  4-0.  Farnik and Morrill excused.  Motion Carried.
  3. The soffit and gutters by the junior high entrance are rotting.  This has caused the bricks on the outside to deteriorate and the wall is starting to leak inside.  Vented aluminum will be used to replace the wood.  Gragert moved to accept the bid for $2,100 from McDart Construction for soffit and gutter repairs.  Seconded by Kuhlman.  RCV:  4-0.  Morrill and Farnik excused.  Motion Carried.
  4. Superintendent Thompson shared that this year there were ten boys out for junior high football.  There will be a total of thirteen boys in the junior high next year, and only four of them will be in eighth grade.  He has sent feelers out to area schools about their thoughts of sharing a junior high football program.  Plainview sounds like they would be interested but practices etc, would probably all be in Plainview.  Osmond said they would possibly be interested in doing something as well.  In two years we will have twenty-one boys in junior high and thirty the year after that.  The concern is for next year.  Discussion occurred about looking into something for just a year or two versus looking into something that would be long term.  General consensus was that it doesn’t hurt to talk with other schools at this time.   
  5.  There were no NASB conferences to register for at this time.


The following bills were paid:


At 7:39 p.m., Vice President Fanta adjourned the meeting.  The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Monday, November 12, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jennifer Hoffman, Secretary