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Minutes- January 14, 2019

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Creighton Community School District No. 13 was held on January 14, 2019 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 posted 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.


The meeting was called to order by Superintendent Robby Thompson at 7:00 p.m.; Thompson announced that the Open Meeting Laws Act Poster was displayed on the wall.


Members present: Kay Morrill, Duane Fanta, Dixie Hanefeldt, Greg Kuhlman, Amy Borgmann, and Matt Fritz.

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


The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Superintendent Thompson, and then Thompson administered the oath of office to board members.


Thompson initiated the election of President of the Board.  Fanta nominated Kay Morrill for president, seconded by Fritz.  Kuhlman moved to cease nominations, seconded by Fanta.  Morrill was elected president and assumed the duties of chairmanship from Superintendent Thompson.  Nominations continued for the position of vice president. Morrill nominated Kuhlman for vice president, seconded by Hanefeldt, and Kuhlman nominated Fanta, seconded by Hanefeldt.  Morrill moved nominations cease, seconded by Hanefeldt.  Ballot vote was taken:  Fanta, Fanta, Kuhlman, Fanta, Kuhlman, Fanta.  4-2. Fanta was elected vice president.  Hanefeldt nominated Kuhlman for treasurer, seconded by Borgmann.  Fanta moved to cease nominations, seconded by Fritz.  Kuhlman was elected treasurer.  Morrill moved to appoint Jennifer Hoffman as secretary, seconded by Kuhlman.  RCV:  6-0. Hoffman was appointed secretary.


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


There was no public comment.


Fanta moved to approve the consent agenda of monthly financials, December 12th board meeting minutes, appointment of Superintendent Thompson as district’s non-discrimination compliance coordinator, and regular board meetings set as the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m., seconded by Fritz.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried. 


  1. Reports:  

Superintendent Thompson shared that twenty-two additional students have enrolled since August.  There are new signs in the multi-purpose room listing state qualifiers in several activities.  Tremco representatives repaired two locations on the roof in December and plan to repair several other spots in the spring, as a part of the warranty.  Ron Wagner was hired for the custodial position. Thompson then shared the proposed ESU 1’s service contract for the 2019-20 school year. 


Principal Nilson shared that the program “Trout in the Classroom” will begin next week.  Sophomores and juniors will begin ACT prep in the next few weeks. The SQ3R strategy for reading (survey, question, read, recite, and review) has been implemented in the junior high and high school.  The school improvement team will meet with ESU 1 personnel again in January.  The crisis team will be attending John Dudley training in Norfolk later this year. 


President Morrill shared the NASB monthly newsletter, upcoming conferences and committee work for February meeting was reviewed.  She shared updated the board goal progress with the year in review.  The planning and development committee will review and begin putting together a proposal for board goals in 2019 before the February meeting. Board members were encouraged to share proposed ides with the committee.


Hanefeldt reported that the policy committee is working on aligning the handbooks with board policy.  They have also been clarifying the recording of approved, reviewed and revised policies in the policy manual.  Kuhlman reported that the negotiations committee met with the teachers last week with time spent reviewing and updating the extra duty schedule.  They will meet with the CTA on Wednesday, Jan. 16.


There was no correspondence. 


Discussion/Action Items:


  1. Superintendent Thompson’s contract was proposed at the December meeting and posted on the school website prior to the January meeting.  Fanta moved to approve Superintendent Thompson’s contract as proposed at the December board meeting (increase salary to $125,000 and contract to extend a two year contract for July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021).  Seconded by Kuhlman.  RCV:  Borgmann -yes, Hanefeldt – yes, Fritz – abstain, Morrill – yes, Kuhlman – yes, Fanta – yes.  Motion Carried.
  2. Kortney Sayers and Barb Borgmann gave a presentation on the usage of the Chromebook and the mac/iPad technologies and answered board members questions. Morrill thanked the ladies for their presentations. 
  3. Superintendent Thompson shared the information on the Nebraska Education Profile (NEP), formerly known as the State of the Schools Report.  Schools receive ratings of excellent, great, good, or needs improvement. These ratings are based on a collection of information based on the following six tenants: positive partnerships, relationships and success; transitions; educational opportunities and access; college, career, and civic readiness; assessment; and educator effectiveness.  Creighton high school received a “Great” ranking and the elementary received a “Good” ranking. Discussion ensued on the meaning of the rankings and the take away information from the rankings. Principal Nilson indicated that the MAPS testing is also utilized for evaluating the effectiveness of our curricular areas.
  4. Upcoming opportunities for Board training and education include: Legislative Issues Conference, Budget and Finance Workshop, President’s Retreat NRCSA Spring Conference and NAEP State Convention.  Kuhlman moved to approve Morrill and Fanta for the NASB Legislative Issues Conference on January 27 and 28.  Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  Kuhlman moved to approve Fritz and Fanta for the Budget and Finance Workshop February 13 in LaVista or February 20 at North Platte.  Seconded by Morrill.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  Kuhlman moved to approve Fanta and Morrill for the President’s Retreat February 17-18 in Kearney or February 24-25 in Lincoln.  Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried. Morrill instructed Hoffman to make reservations for hotel rooms for the possible attendance at the NRCSA Spring Conference due to the difficulty finding rooms during that time period with approval of members’ attendance at the February meeting.


The following bills were paid:


At 9:11 p.m., President Morrill adjourned the meeting.  The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jennifer Hoffman, Secretary