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Minutes- April 8, 2019

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


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 at the entrance.


Members present: Kay Morrill, Greg Kuhlman, Matt Fritz and Dixie Hanefeldt.  Duane Fanta and Amy Borgmann arrived at 7:04.


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


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Kuhlman moved to approve the agenda.  Seconded by Hanefeldt. RCV: 4-0. Fanta and Borgmann excused.  Motion Carried.


There was no public comment.     


Kuhlman moved to approve the consent agenda consisting of monthly financial reports, March minutes, approval of summer Title one staff, and driver’s education staff.  Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.


Hannah Sucha was present with two of her students, Braxton Eggerling and Ian Crockett.  Under her direction, the fourth through sixth grade students had researched a great American and prepared a presentation about that person to present at a wax museum.  At the wax museum, each student would “come alive” and give their presentation.  Braxton and Ian presented their pieces to the board. 



  1. Superintendent Thompson attended the NCRSA spring conference and shared information he had learned on school finance, Title IX, and legal issues.  He shared a list of activity assignments for the 2019-2020 school year.  The format for the updated school website has not been sent to us for approval yet.  He shared the number of hours that students need to have in order to meet Rule 10 requirements.  The external review visit for school improvement will be held October 7-9.      
  2. Principal Nilson shared information about recent activities, including grandparent’s day, the wax museum, and district music contest.  Students have begun NSCAS testing.  Teachers continue to review APL strategies at their monthly in-services.  Teachers are working on aligning curriculum for school improvement.  Each teacher also has to integrate technology into their teaching throughout the semester. 
  3. Board President Morrill shared the monthly NASB update.  She also shared information from the sessions that she had attended at the NRCSA conference.  She attended session on school planning, communication, and Legislative issues.  Committees need to look at their lists to see what needs to be completed next.
  4. Duane Fanta stated that the building committee had discussed summer projects that need to be completed including painting, brick work, and soffit repairs.  The roof was discussed later in the meeting.  Hanefeldt reported that the policy committee cross referenced the elementary student handbook with the policy book.  She noted a few minor changes.  Morrill reported that the Planning and Development had met to begin looking at direction for strategic planning and school board goals.
  5. There was no correspondence.


Discussion/Action Items:


  1. Teacher contracts for 2019-20 were offered and returned (list attached).  Hanefeldt moved to ratify the teaching contracts for 2019-20.  Seconded by Fritz.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.
  2. Kuhlman reported that the finance committee had met with Superintendent Thompson and recommend a three percent increase to classified staff.  Fanta moved to raise classified staff wages by three percent for 2019-20.  Seconded by Borgmann.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.
  3. Superintendent Thompson has been in contact with Brad Kissler from CMBA Architects.  Mr. Kissler looked at the junior high roof and sent a proposal of his recommendations. His services would include design specs, advertising and opening bids.  Superintendent Thompson has worked with this gentleman/company in the past and highly recommended them.  Fanta moved to hire CMBA Architects of Grand Island to create a proposal for the roof.  Seconded by Kuhlman.  RCV: 6-0.  Motion Carried.
  4. The original documents from the McDowell trust were reviewed and suggested amendments were made by the committee for board approval. Amendments included application deadline, increased payback period and an increase to annual loan amount.  Work will continue to be done on this.  Kuhlman moved to amend the McDowell trust rules of administration as presented.  Seconded by Fritz.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  Fritz moved to approve the list of applicants for the 2019-2020 school year (list attached), with current graduates eligible for up to $2,000 and past graduates eligible for up to $3,000 annually.  Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:   6-0.  Motion Carried.
  5. The board discussed purchasing Sparqs E-meeting software.  Discussion occurred about which tier to purchase.  Hanefeldt moved to purchase tier 1 of the e-meeting software. Seconded by Fanta.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.
  6. Upcoming board training opportunities from NASB and NRCSA were reviewed.  Hanefeldt moved to approve Morrill’s registration for the Legislative luncheon on April 25 in Lincoln.  Seconded by Fritz.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.


The following bills were paid:


At 8:43 p.m., Fanta moved to adjourn the meeting.  Seconded by Hanefeldt. RCV 6-0. Motion carried.  The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jennifer Hoffman, Secretary