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Minutes- August 12, 2019



The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Creighton Community School District No. 13 was held on August 12, 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, Duane Fanta, Greg Kuhlman, Matt Fritz, Amy Borgmann, and Dixie Hanefeldt.  Others Present:  Superintendent Thompson, Principal Nilson, and Secretary Hoffman.   


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


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


There was no public comment.     



  1. Superintendent Thompson reported that the architect should be getting back to him on revamping the drainage system on the roof.  Thompson hoped to have the Sparqs e-meetings software implemented by the October meeting.  There are a few homeschool students attending classes at the Jr. High and High School level for this school year.  At this time, there is only one high school student out for cross country, so there may not be cross country this school year.
  2. Principal Nilson reported that teachers will receive training on Canvas later this week.  Canvas will replace e-backpack as the classroom management tool in the high school.  The school improvement team met a couple of days last week to prepare for the upcoming visit.  Safety drills will be reviewed with teachers during teacher workdays. 
  3. President Morrill reported on a meeting she attended in O’Neill where NASB heard concerns from board members/administrators and Senator Gragert was in attendance also. He too was interested in concerns and shared some of his ideas on current and possible legislative bills.  She also reminded members about upcoming conference dates and committee work.  There is a property tax reform meeting in Norfolk on August 20.  The NASB monthly update was shared. 
  4. Fanta reported that the transportation committee met with Jim Borgmann to work on bus routes and to look at the contract.  The committee has proposed that Creighton Bus Service drive two routes and the school supplement service for two small routes.  The committee will monitor the route situation and plans to meet in February to discuss next year’s busing contract.  The building committee met and talked about purchasing a pressure tank and looked at the roof.  The policy committee is continuing to review the policy book and received an update from NASB on the policies missing from the table of contents.  The Americanism committee met prior to the meeting with the administration.  They reviewed a spreadsheet showing that the requirements for State Statute 79-724 for the 2018-19 school year have been met.
  5. There was no correspondence.


Fritz asked to have Item C pulled (Approval of KSB School Law as Legal Counsel for 2019-20) from the consent agenda for further discussion.  Fanta moved to approve the remaining consent agenda items consisting of the July financial reports, July minutes,  Dana F. Cole and Company for school auditor and annual audit 2019-20, Americanism Statue 79-724 requirements met, Payment of NRSCA annual membership dues, re-adoption of current  board policy manual, and staff handbook,  seconded by Borgmann.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried. 


Fritz stated that he questions if one of the KSB lawyers is always keeping the best interests of the school and our students in mind.  Discussion ensued.  Kuhlman moved to approve KSB School Law as legal counsel for the 2019-20 school year, seconded by Fanta.  RCV:  5-1, Borgmann – yes, Fritz – no, Morrill – yes, Hanefeldt – yes, Kuhlman – yes, Fanta – yes.  Motion Carried


Discussion/Action Items:               

  1. Fanta moved to approve the bus contract with a 2.5% increase ($2.70 per mile) and the bus routes as presented, seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried. (Contract  and Routes Attached)
  2. Fritz moved to purchase a fourteen passenger bus from Dakota Bus Sales.  Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried (Purchase Agreement Attached)
  3. The sprinkler system on the football field needs a pressure tank to ensure that the pressure is constant.  The tank would be kept out in the shed by the track.  Fritz moved to purchase the pressure tank for $3,500.  Seconded by Kuhlman.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried. (Bid Attached)
  4. Superintendent Thompson suggested that we continue the interlocal agreement with Wausa for nursing services for the 2019-20 school year.  The nurse is at each school two days a week.  Fanta moved to approve the interlocal agreement with Wausa for nursing for the 2019-20 school years, seconded by Borgmann.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried. (Interlocal Agreement Attached)
  5. The Board will hold a budget workshop on August 22 at 7:00 p.m.  The tentative date for the tax request hearing is September 4th at 7:00 p.m. 
  6. Further discussion took place on the use of school vans for summer activities.  NSAA bylaws indicate that school vehicles may be utilized during the summer activities period with prior approval by the school board, but NSAA catastrophic insurance does not cover during the summer activities period.  Board approval therefore places the liability on the school. This topic will be revisited in May of each year.
  7. President Morrill asked board members to check their calendars if they are interested in attending any of the upcoming NASB conferences.  Registrations will be due in September. 


The following bills were paid:


At 8:27 p.m., Kuhlman moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Borgmann. RCV:  6-0. Motion carried.  The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Monday, September 9, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jennifer Hoffman, Secretary