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Minutes- May 10, 2021


The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Creighton Community School District No. 13 was held on May 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.


Notice of the meeting was given in advance there of 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 Fanta called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  He announced that the Open Meeting Laws Act Poster was displayed on the wall at the entrance.


Members present: Duane Fanta, Matt Fritz, Greg Kuhlman, Amy Borgmann, Toni Tauber and Dixie Hanefeldt.  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: 6-0.  Motion Carried.


Amber Fritz addressed the board during public comment.



  1. Superintendent Thompson shared that classified contracts have been offered, summer school will be taught by Mrs. Lemke and Mrs. Kuhl, and that summer custodial help is in place.  The district will receive approximately $135,000 in ESSERS II money.  He shared the current bills in the legislature.  He reviewed the complaint process with the board. 
  2. Principal Nilson reported that track and golf districts will be held during the next week.  The elementary concert and field day will also take place.  NSCAS testing is completed. 
  3. President Fanta shared committee work for May and wished everyone an enjoyable summer.
  4. A McDowell thank you was received from Tyler Stubben.  Lori Wingert sent a thank you for the teacher appreciation week recognition.  A thank you was sent from the Creighton Ministerial Association for use of the school gym for baccaluerate. 


Fritz asked to pull out the KSB School Law bills.  Fritz moved to approve the consent agenda consisting of the monthly financials, excluding the KSB bills, and the April board minutes.  Seconded by Borgmann.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  Tauber stated that the KSB Law bill has been very high for a few months and she feels the district is not being fiscally responsible.  After some discussion, Superintendent Thompson stated that legal counsel is used to answer complaints filed against the district.  Kuhlman moved to approve the KSB School Law bills.  Seconded by fanta.  RCV:  5-0.  Kuhlman – yes, Tauber – yes, Borgmann – yes, Fanta – yes, Fritz – abstain, Hanefeldt – yes.  Motion Carried.


Discussion/Action Items:               

  1. Superintendent Thompson shared that the school purchases student insurance each year for approximately $750.  Tauber moved to purchase the student insurance, seconded by Borgmann.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried. 
  2. Students and staff did a good job wearing masks this year.  It was decided by administration that masks would be recommended, not required, at graduation.  Changes in quarantine guidelines and communication with the health department all contributed to the change.  Some board members expressed concern about getting rid of the masks with just a few days of school left, wished that there would have been better communication to the board about masks not being required, and others said that we originally said we would get rid of them when the risk dial had moved to green.  The administration decided to meet after the meeting to determine if masks would move to being recommended, not mandatory, for the rest of the year.
  3. There was no interest in the next NASB meeting.
  4. The sidewalk and curb on the south side of the school needs to be replaced.  After talking to three local cement contractors, one bid was received from Ripp Construction.  Tauber moved to accept the bid from Mark Ripp Construction for $8,700 for removal and construction of the sidewalk.  Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.   
  5. Superintendent Thompson explained that the old bathrooms by the football field needs to be torn out.  Mr. Eymann’s industrial tech classes could work on the construction of new bathrooms and storage in that same area.  Electrical and plumbing would have to be outsourced.  Mark Ripp construction submitted a bid of $5,000 to tear down the old concession stand building.  Tauber moved to approve the bid of $5,000 from Ripp Construction if it includes tearing down and disposal of the materials.  Seconded by Borgmann.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.  


The following bills were paid.


At 8:09 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, June 14, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


                                                                                                                                                                                    Jennifer Hoffman, Secretary