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April 2023 Minutes

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Creighton Community School District No. 13 was held on April 10, 2023, 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 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: Greg Kuhlman, Erik Burns, Duane Fanta, Amy Borgmann, Josh Key and Dixie Hanefeldt. 


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


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Borgmann moved to move the agenda.  Seconded by Burns.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried. 


Dorothy Renter, Taylor Nilson and Kari Nilson spoke during public comment.



  1. Superintendent Weber updated the board on the current legislative session.  Pillen’s plan, LB 583, has moved to select file and would increase special education reimbursement and create more foundation aid for public schools. He attended the NRCSA spring conference and will participate in an industry tour next week to see how schools and industries are working together to provide students with more opportunities.  The 6000 series of policies will be reviewed in May. 
  2. Principal Nilson stated that the juniors took the ACT and NSCAS testing has begun for grades 3-8.  He is looking into a grant to purchase vape detectors for the school.  Spring activities are in full swing. 
  3. There was no president’s report.
  4. The policy committee met and reviewed the 5000 series last week.  The McDowell trust met prior to the meeting to discuss this year’s applicants.  A committee met with Bloomfield to discuss potential opportunities ranging from academics to professional development, to athletics.  There was no talk of consolidation. 
  5. There was no correspondence.


The consent agenda consisted of the monthly financial report, bills, March minutes, and KSB policies 5001, 5002, 5002.1, 5003, 5005, 5006, 5007, 5008, 5009, 5010, 5011, 5012, 5014, 5015, 5016, 5017, 5018, 5019, 5020,5023, 5024, 5025, 5028, 5030, 5031, 5032, 5033, 5034, 5035, 5036, 5039, 5040, 5041, 5042, 5043, 5044, 5045, 5046, 5048, 5049, 5050, 5052, 5054, 5055, 5056, 5057, 5059, 5062, 5063, 5064, 5065, 5066, and 5067 to be implemented at a later date.

Burns asked to pull out the Burns Lumber bill.  Kuhlman moved to approve the consent agenda without the Burn’s Lumber.  Seconded by Key.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion carried.  Borgmann moved to approve the Burn’s Lumber bill.  Seconded by Kuhlman.  RCV:  5-0-1 Kuhlman – yes, Borgmann, yes, Burns – abstain, Fanta – yes, Hanefeldt – yes and Key – yes.  Motion Carried.


Discussion/Action Items:   

  1. The policy committee recommended full board review on policy 5022.  They chose to go with the option that allows law enforcement to question students at school for incidents that occur at school with certain restrictions.  Borgmann moved to approve policy 5022, Investigations, Arrests and Other Student Contact by Law Enforcement and HHS.  Seconded by Hanefeldt.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried. 
  2. The McDowell trust met prior to the meeting to discuss this year’s applicants.  Burns moved to loan current graduates $2,000 (payable over two semesters) and past graduates $3,000, (payable in one payment).  Key seconded the motion.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.
  3. The safety audit was conducted on March 23.  We have not received the official report back yet but received a lot of positive feedback when the review took place.
  4. Creighton was awarded an ECF grant for $123,000 for chromebooks and Ipads.  The grant will reimburse CDW-G directly for the chromebooks.  We will have to pay for the ipads and then receive reimbursement from the grant.  Borgmann moved to approve the purchase of Ipads through Apple in the amount of $86,400.  Seconded by Kuhlman.  RCV:  6-0.  Motion Carried.
  5. Dates for future board member conferences were shared.


At 7:47 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, May 8, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.



                                                                                                                        Jennifer Hoffman, Secretary