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Minutes- December 19, 2019



The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Creighton Community School District No. 13 was held on December 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.

Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the Knox County 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, Dixie Hanefeldt, Matt Fritz, and Amy Borgmann. Others Present: Superintendent Thompson, Principal Nilson, and Secretary Hoffman.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Kuhlman moved to approve the agenda, seconded by Fritz. RCV: 6-0. Motion Carried.

During public comment, Mark Wilmes questioned how low do participation numbers in an activity need to be before other options are considered.


  1. Superintendent Thompson updated the board on the roof project. The architect is finishing up the specs and

    contractor bids will be requested. The Building Committee will meet January 9 to consider bids. The elementary teachers are visiting area schools to evaluate a couple math series that they are considering. Superintendent Thompson also shared information from the NASB conference he attended in November.

  2. Principal Nilson stated that formal evaluations are ongoing. District One Act Play was held in Newcastle on Dec. 3 and the coaches indicated the team performed well at districts and received fifth place. The School Improvement index of education quality score was 328.5. The average score from all accredited institutions in the past five years was 278.34. He shared the final report with the board.

  3. Upcoming workshop dates were shared by Board President Morrill. She also attended the NASB State Conference and shared a short recap of the sessions she attended.

  4. Kuhlman stated that the negotiations committee had met with the teachers and will continue until an agreed upon settlement can be brought to the board for approval.

  5. There was no correspondence.

Fanta moved to approve the consent agenda of monthly financial reports and the November minutes. Seconded by Borgmann. RCV: 6-0. Motion Carried.

Discussion/Action Items:
A. The McDowell land bids were opened. There were two bids submitted by the due date and time. The high bid of $33,000 (218.54 per acre) was submitted by JD Kuhlman. Fanta moved to accept the high bid for the McDowell land from JD Kuhlman. Seconded by Hanefeldt. RCV: 6-0. Motion Carried.
B. Junior high football for next year was discussed. Superintendent Thompson shared enrollment numbers and estimated that we will have thirteen boys out in junior high next year. This year we sent one coach over to Plainview to practice every day and played one game in Creighton. The administrations from the two schools are discussing arrangements for next year. The board will discuss this further in January.
C. Superintendent Thompson handed out the audit report for the board to review before the next meeting.
D. Principal Nilson shared with the board the results of the School Improvement Evaluation.

E. President Morrill shared a summary of the superintendent evaluation, with each of the six major segments receiving a percentage ranking. Goals for the next year will be developed for board approval at the next meeting. Kuhlman shared that the committee had met and was proposing a $4,000 increase for the Superintendent contract and extending it through June 2022. Fanta moved to extend Superintendent Thompson’s contract through 2022 and to a $4,000 salary increase to $129,000. Seconded by Hanefeldt. RCV: 6-0. Motion Carried.

F. The NASB Budget and Finance meeting will be in Norfolk on January 29. Fritz moved to approve the registration of Kuhlman, Morrill, and Fanta for the Budget and Finance meeting. Seconded by Borgmann. RCV: 6-0. Motion Carried.
The following bills were paid:

At 8:05 p.m., Kuhlman moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Fritz. RCV: 6-0. Motion carried. The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.

Jennifer Hoffman, Secretary