February 2023 Minutes
A regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Creighton Community School District No. 13 was held on February 13, 2023, at 12:00 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 Fanta called the meeting to order at 12:00 p.m. He announced that the Open Meeting Laws Act Poster was displayed on the wall at the entrance.
Members present: Greg Kuhlman, Erik Burns, Duane Fanta, Amy Borgmann and Josh Key. Key moved to excuse Hanefeldt. Seconded by Burns. RCV: 5-0. Motion carried.
Others Present: Superintendent Weber, Principal Nilson, Secretary Hoffman, and district patrons.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Kuhlman moved to move the agenda. Seconded by Borgmann. RCV: 5-0. Hanefeldt excused. Motion Carried.
Brandon Gragert and Kelli Hanvey both spoke during public comment.
- Superintendent Weber shared that English teacher interviews would take place this week. Spring parent/teacher conferences will be held on March 2. An Americanism committee will be held before the March meeting. The 4000 series of policies will be reviewed for the March meeting.
- Principal Nilson stated that winter sports are entering post season play. Creighton hosts district speech on March 6. Winter NSCAS testing has been completed and teachers are working on aligning curriculum with state standards.
- President Fanta attended the President’s retreat in January.
- Superintendent Weber, Burns, Kuhlman, and Hanefeldt met to have initial conversations about cooping opportunities with Bloomfield. They reviewed enrollment numbers and the pros and cons of partnering with another school for activities and academics. Girls numbers are consistent for awhile and then increase and boys numbers will continue to increase. Bloomfield meets next week to see if they have any interest in looking into some cooping.
- There was no correspondence.
The consent agenda consisted of the monthly financial report, bills, January minutes, approval of conflict of interest document for board member, KSB policies 3001, 3002, 3003.1, 3003, 304.01, 3004, 3005, 3007, 3008, 3009, 3010, 3012, 3013, 3015, 3016, 3017, 3019, 3020, 3021, 3022, 3023, 3026, 3027, 3028, 3029, 3030, 3031, 3032, 3033, 3035, 3036, 3037, 3039, 3040, 3041, 3042, 3043, 3044, 3045, 3046, 3048, 3049, 3050, 3052, 3053, 3054, 3056, 3057, and 3058. Burns asked to pull out the Burns Lumber bill. Borgmann moved to approve the consent agenda without the Burn’s Lumber bill. Seconded by Key. RCV: 5-0. Hanefeldt excused. Motion carried. Kuhlman moved to approve the Burn’s Lumber bill. Seconded by Key. RCV: 4-0-1 Kuhlman – yes, Borgmann, yes, Burns – abstain, Fanta – yes, and Key – yes. Hanefeldt excused. Motion Carried.
- Burns moved to approve the resignations of Barb Borgmann and Amber Endres effective at the end of the 22-23 school year. Seconded by Borgmann. RCV: 5-0. Hanefeldt excused. Motion Carried.
- The board discussed policy 3014 – Use of School Property. This policy deals with the use of school facilities outside of school hours. The board looked at two different drafts, one requiring staff supervision and the other option allowing parent supervision. The board recommended some changes to draft one including usage times, etc. The item was tabled until the March meeting.
- The next item on the agenda was reviewing regular facility use and general use application forms and waivers. Borgmann moved to table this agenda item until the March meeting. Seconded by Kuhlman. RCV: 5-0. Hanefeldt excused. Motion Carried.
- Contracts have been offered and accepted by Colby Eymann for industrial tech, Carlee Thies for kindergarten and Cassidy Brindisi for elementary music. Burns moved to approve the teaching contracts for Colby Eymann, Carlee Thies, and Cassidy Brindisi for the 23-24 school year. Seconded by Borgmann. RCV: 5-0. Hanefeldt excused. Motion Carried.
- Fanta moved to approve the 4-12 principal contract for Ryon Nilson as presented. Seconded by Key. RCV: 5-0. Hanefeldt excused. Motion Carried.
- Fanta moved to approve the business manager contract for Jennifer Hoffman for 23-24. Seconded by Burns. RCV: 5-0. Hanefeldt excused. Motion Carried.
- The proposed increase for classified staff for 23-24 is $1.50 an hour. This will help us to meet the new minimum wage requirements in a few years. Borgmann moved to approve a $1.50 an hour increase for classified staff for the 23-24 school year. Seconded by Key. RCV: 5-0. Hanefeldt excused. Motion Carried.
- Currently dual credit classes through NECC that are taught by CHS staff receive payment through NECC. Next year NECC will begin offering these dual credit classes free of charge to students. There is extra work involved for teachers instructing the dual credit classes. This is a service we want to continue providing for our students. The CTA had presented an agreement of $75 per credit hour up to eight students, which is similar to the current pay. Key moved to approve the dual credit negotiated agreement side letter as presented. Seconded by Borgmann. RCV: 5-0. Hanefeldt excused. Motion Carried.
- Policy 3051, Opioid Overdose Prevention and Response, allows the school to have Narcan on hand and have staff trained to administer it. Borgmann moved to approve Policy 3051 to be implemented immediately. Seconded by Burns. RCV: 5-0. Hanefeldt excused. Motion Carried.
- Daphne Darter from ESU #1 presented on the licensed mental health position and the social/emotional learning plan that is begin implemented in the elementary. The board reviewed data she shared and asked questions about how the benefits of the program in our school can be measured. Fanta moved to approve the 23-24 ESU 1 special education contract as presented. Seconded by Key. RCV: 5-0. Hanefeldt excused. Motion Carried.
- Kuhlman moved to approve Key for the Legislative Forum in Lincoln and Fanta for the spring conference in March. Seconded by Borgmann. RCV: 5-0. Hanefeldt excused. Motion Carried.
At 1:28 p.m., Fanta adjourned the meeting. The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Monday, March 13, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.
Jennifer Hoffman, Secretary