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Proceedings — District #18 Board of Education

November 22, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 


Regular September Meeting

Distance Learning Room, EPS

November 10, 2011, 7:30 PM

President Waterbury called the regular November 2011 Meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.  Board members present were Ryan Reestman, Steve Heithoff, Kim Wells, Laurie Waterbury, Stan Heithoff and Bob Hoefer.  Also present were Superintendent Steve Dennis, Principal Adam Patrick, Dennis Morgan, Paula Jensen, Elaine Meyers, and Jeane Johnson.

President Waterbury led the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Waterbury reminded everyone that a copy of the Nebraska Open Meetings Law was posted in the meeting room.

School board meeting notice complied with Meeting Notice Policy #204.07.

Stan Heithoff motioned and Kim Wells second to approve the Consent Agenda: #5- Minutes of Regular and Special Meeting, #6- Adopt the Agenda, #7- Financial Report, #8- Board Bills. Motion carried, vote 6-0.

American Band Access. LLC, Instru Expense, $38.50; Best Western PLUS, Title Expense, $214.22; Blue Raven Tech., Instru Expense, $87.33; Boone Co. Med. Clinic, Transportation, $75.00; Broad Reach, Instru Expense, $140.72; Cash-Wa, Maintenance, $114.64; Cengage, Instru Expense, $239.81; Centurion Holdings, Instru Expense, $524.67; Corner Service & Tire, Transportation, $166.13; CVA, Maintenance, $124.31, Instru Expense, $467.30; Dean’s Market, Maintenance, $26.01, Instru Expense, $59.84, Instru Expense, $1.69; Eakes, Business Expense, $164.17, Instru Expense, $331.90; ESU #8, “$7,955.85 “; Elgin Review, Board Expense, $60.80; Elite Office Products, Business Expense, $210.14; Eldridge, Instru Expense, $220.45; Flenniken Plumbg/Htg, Maintenance, $210.00; Floor Maint. & Supply, Maintenance, $25.10; Follett Library Resources, Library Expense, $939.06; Grand Island Physical Therapy, SpEd Expense, $447.62; Green Thumb Landscaping, Maintenance, “$1,251.78 “; Hadley-Braithwait, Maintenance, $312.60; Island Supply & Welding Co., Instru Expense, $42.78; Johnny Dodge, Transportation, “$1,454.63 “; JW Pepper, Music Expense, $34.19; Krier Technologies, Instru Expense, $330.00; “Loup Valley Lighting, Inc”, Maintenance, $436.04; MSM Enterprises, SpEd Expense, $75.96; Michael Frederick, Library Expense, $21.00; “Michael Pommer, CPA”, Business Expense, “$4,800.00 “; NASB, Board Expense, $880.00; NCSA, Instru Expense, $25.00, SpEd Expense, $75.00; Nebraska Life, Library Expense, $38.00; Onesource, Instru Expense, $16.00; Overland Rehab, SpEd Expense, $227.55, Reimbursement, $748.40; Scholastic, Instru Expense, $25.49; The Station, Transportation, “$1,439.56 “; Volkman Plmbg & Htg, Maintenance, $529.85

Total Board Bills: “$25,609.09 “ October Payroll: “$177,728.88“

Total Board Bills/ Payroll: “$203,337.97 “

President Waterbury recognized visitors and asked if the patrons had any comments.

There were no Correspondence or Standing Committee reports.

Principal Patrick reported on staff Alicap safety training, Veterans Day program, and upcoming activities for One-Act, FFA, and FCCLA.  Winter sports will officially begin practice on Monday.  The Wolfpack is still looking for an assistant basketball coach.

Special Recognition was given to the Wolfpack Football Team & Coaches on being D-1 District 8 Champs and Qualifying for the State D-1 Football Playoffs.  Also to the FFA Jr Livestock Judging Team of Ethan Fischer, Christian Dunn, Trent Bauer & Brett Kinney for Winning District Competition & Qualifying for State in March; Ethan Won the Jr Division, Christian placed 3rd, Trent was 12th & Brett was 33rd.

In action items, Ryan Reestman motioned and Stan Heithoff second to approve revisions of Board Policies sections 100’s thru 300’s.  All voted aye, motion carried.

Steve Heithoff motioned and Bob Hoefer second to approve First Reading of Board Policy 201.02, Board Membership -  Elections and Appointments, Board Policy 201.03, Qualifications, Board Policy 201.04, Oath of Office, Board Policy 201.05, Term of Office, Board Policy 201.07, Board Member Liability, Board Policy 203.01, Board Organizational Meeting, and Board Policy 204.08, Quorum with revisions.  All voted aye, motion carried.

Reestman motioned and Wells second to approve the renewal of the sports cooperative with Pope John.  All voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Steve Heithoff and second by Hoefer to approve a resolution to select CJUMP as the school district’s natural gas provider.  All voted aye, motion carried.

Wells motioned and Stan Heithoff second to approve the school district audit.  All voted aye, motion carried.

Supt. Dennis reported on the safety audit and energy audit conducted this past month.  Reports are not yet available.  Supt. Dennis had attended a Northern Tier Data Retreat and the NSAA District III Mtg.  The NDE Nutrition services also completed a successful review of our food service program.  Supt. Dennis and 3 board members plan to attend the NASB Convention in November.

Discussion was held regarding the quarterly administration report.  MAPS testing results were reviewed.

The school board received their self-evaluation forms and members are asked to complete the forms by the December meeting.  The board reviewed their goals and plan to organize a board retreat in January.

Wells motioned to enter closed session for board discussion on superintendent’s evaluation and contract negotiation to prevent the needless injury to the reputation of an individual, and if the individual has not requested a public meeting.  Stan Heithoff seconded the motion.  President Waterbury repeated the motion and all voted yes.  The board entered closed session at 8:36 p.m.  The board returned to open session at 9:53 p.m.  Hoefer moved to adjourn the meeting and Reestman seconded the motion.  All voted yes, motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 9:54 p.m.

The next regular board meeting will be on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 7:30 PM at the EPS Distance Learning Room.

Respectfully submitted,

Kim Wells, Secretary

Paula Jensen, Recorder

-This is a draft copy and does not become official Elgin Public Board minutes until approved at the next regular or advertised meeting.

Publish: November 23, 2011

Beckman, Grosserode Earn Top 4-H Honors

November 22, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Antelope County 4-H Program celebrated it’s annual 4-H Achievement on Sunday, November 13 at the Neligh American Legion Club. 4-H’ers from the county were honored for their many accomplishments during the 2011 4-H year. The 1:00 p.m. pot-luck meal was enjoyed by those in attendance.

There were several highlights of the 4-H year announced throughout the afternoon. One was the naming of Grant Beckman, son of Scott and Deb Beckman of Elgin; and Brieann Grosserode, daughter of Linda Grosserode, Oakdale as the Outstanding 4-H members for the 2011 4-H year.

Grant has shown exceptional leadership skills during his 4-H career and is always willing to lend a hand to others. He is always seen around the fairgrounds helping move equipment, cleaning stalls, assisting in moving livestock, running errands or doing any extra work that needs to be done. Grant is always an active part of fair set-up and fair clean-up. He has shown well groomed and well cared for sheep and has won the senior showmanship in sheep two years in a row and was the 2010 Large Animal Round Robin Senior Showman winner. Grant exemplifies the qualities of good character that 4-H is all about. He is trustworthy, hard working, caring and giving. He is active in his school, church, community, and 4-H club. He uses his head for clearer thinking, his heart for greater loyalty, and his hands for service to contribute to his club, his community, his country and in turn a better world. Grant is a ten year 4-H member of the Way Out West 4-H Club.

Brieann has been president of Cedar Creek 4-H club for the past two years. She leads meetings with clear authority, but kind encouragement to younger members. Brieann has shown cattle for all 10 years of 4-H. She started showing a bucket calf at 8 years of age. She has cared for her cattle and learned how to groom and show beef in those 10 years. Brieann has received numerous ribbons and awards in photography, sewing, shooting sports, computer, foods, heritage, home environment, poultry as well as other project areas. She is probably most proud of her achievements in showing beef. She received champion bucket calf several years in a row and has placed in beef showmanship. She traveled to Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. to attend the Citizenship Washington Focus group. She has participated in so many different aspects of 4-H. She is always willing to assist younger members and be a positive role model. 4-H has been a very important part of Briann’s life and she has enriched those of us around her because of her active participation.

Another highlight of the evening was the naming of the Mark Hughes Memorial Award winners. This year’s winners were announced as Regan Dierks, Ewing; and Luke Henn, Elgin.

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87th Annual Thanksgiving Bazaar This Week

November 22, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

It’s the event which defines Elgin more than any other. And, now, it’s upon us again.

The 87th annual St. Boniface Parish Thanksgiving Bazaar will be held Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24.

From near and far, families come to feel the warmth of the tradition and to enjoy some of the best cooked food served anywhere.

The menu doesn’t seem to vary from year to year and still they come. Beginning at 11 a.m. and running through 2 p.m., the dinner menu will consist of  turkey & dressing, original special recipe sausage, potatoes and gravy, sauerkraut & ribs, cranberry salad, jello salad, homemade pies & desserts, corn and dinner roll.

Two hours after the dinner line shuts down, the evening buffet will start serving. Evening hours will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The tradition dates back decades. Here’s a brief reflection on those early years.

The first bazaar was held in 1924. Our first clipping, however, was from 1926. Even way back in 1926, they still raffled off prizes. But there were only 14. Some of which were: a ton of harris coal, a pig (weighed about 100 pounds), and a blanket. Dinner started at 11:30 and went straight on until 5:30. There was no admission charge and it was only 50 cents a plate.

Turkey Drawing Winners Announced

November 20, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Drawings were held Friday afternoon for the annual Turkey Giveaway sponsored by the Elgin Community Club.

Businesses encouraged customers to sign up for the annual drawing throughout the week.

On Friday the winners were chosen.

They were:

• Total Image Salon & Spa — K.D. Bennett

• Elgin Insurance — Ken Meis

• Sapp Bros. Petroleum — Leonard Beckman

• Elgin Review — Goldie Poulsen

• Jerry’s Feed — David Baum

• Insurance Mart — LaVern Jochum

• One Stop/Sleepin Inn — Don Skillstad

• Coffeehouse Café — Rick Miller

• Elgin Pharmacy — Barb Ives

• CVA Hardware — Ellis Schrunk

• CVA Grain/Feed — Gayle Zegers

• CVA Agronomy — Diane Schumacher

• Dvorak Construction — Duane Kerkman

• Golden Living Center — Carlie Wells (EHS), Lauren Selting (Pope John) and  (Elgin Community Center)

• Bank of Elgin — Jerry Faust

• Draper Insurance — Barb Stuhr

• Elgin Community Center — Bertha Farris

• Kyle & Deb Warren (at St. Boniface Elementary School) — Skylar Ann Meis

• Town & Country Veterinary Clinic — Andrew Heithoff

• Boone & Antelope Mutual Insurance — Vicki Miller

• Lordemann Insurance — MaryAnn Fangman

• City Limits — Ryan VonBonn

• Martinsen Appraisal — Jim Meis

• The Station — Gerald Moser

• Dean’s Market — Marie Cheatum

• Steel Steed Steakhouse & Saloon — Carolyn Johnson

• Elgin Appliance & More — Arlene Bergman

• Elgin Auto Parts — Cole Haddix

• Precision Repair — Greg Tharnish

• Antelope County Veterinary Clinic — Rick Rech

• Shear Genius Salon — Rita Wagner

• Elgin Veterans/Boone County Health Center — Sonja Polston

• Sandhills Getaway — Marilyn Reilly

• Jonny Dodge — Gary Dinslage

Winners can pick up their free turkeys at Dean’s Market. They have till the end of the month to pick up the free turkeys. Congratulations!

Chase Matthew Anderson

November 16, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Matt and Jen Anderson of Omaha are the parents of their first child, a son, born on Nov. 8, 2011.

Chase Matthew was born at 1:29 p.m. at Methodist Women’s Hospital in Omaha. She weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. and was 20-1/2 in. long.

Grandparents are Brian and Kathy Dinslage of Elgin and Larry and Bonnie Anderson of Omaha.

Great grandparents are Richard and Darlene Stelling of Orchard, NE.

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