ELGIN PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD
Special December Meeting
Distance Learning Room, EPS
December 21, 2011, 7:30 PM
President Waterbury called the special December 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 and Principal Adam Patrick.
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.
Kim Wells motioned and Stan Heithoff second to approve the agenda. Vote 6-0. Motion carried.
In action items, Steve Heithoff motioned and Bob Hoefer second to approve Amendment of Board Policy 501, Student Admissions Requirements. All voted aye, motion carried.
The Board received information from three search firms with proposals to complete the Superintendent Search. After some discussion Ryan Reestman motioned to approve NASB Search Service option 1 for Superintendent search. Stan Heithoff seconded the motion. Voting aye were Stan Heithoff, Steve Heithoff, Reestman, Waterbury, and Wells. Voting no was Hoefer. Motion carried, 5-1.
Hoefer motioned and Steve Heithoff second to adjourn the meeting. All voted aye and meeting adjourned at 8:16 p.m.
The next regular board meeting will be on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM at the EPS Distance Learning Room.
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: December 28, 2011
Forty two Nebraska recipients have been selected to receive $832,303 in grant funding. Funds will be used to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements that will promote energy conservation.
Forty one awarded projects will make energy efficiency improvements and one will install renewable energy flexible fuel systems, a component new to the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) this year. These awarded efficiency projects in Nebraska and nationwide, along with previously announced projects, are expected to lower energy usage by two billion kilowatts and prevent nearly two million metric tons of emissions from being released into the environment.
“These energy dollars will help make needed energy conservation improvements and install new renewable energy systems,” said Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul, USDA Rural Development. “Through these projects, energy consumption will be reduced, thereby making more dollars available to be kept within rural Nebraska there by assisting the state’s rural economy.”
REAP provides opportunities for farmers and rural small business owners to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements, as well explore the feasibility of implementing renewable energy projects. Additional information on REAP may be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/Energy_energy_home.htm
Listed by county are the projects selected from the National Office allocation of funding. This release completes the REAP project awards for fiscal year 2011. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant and loan agreements.
Billings, Ronald –Orchard- $16,733 grant- 2 Diesel irrigation engine conversions with 1 well rebowl.
Dwight Morrison Properties, LLC – Clearwater - $3,758 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.
Knuth, Claus –Royal- $20,000 grant- 4 Diesel irrigation engine conversions and 1 new irrigation well.
Morrison, Frank –Clearwater- $3,997 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.
Mullins, Greg –Pierce- $3,840 grant- Diesel engine conversion.
Rittscher, Jason –Elgin- $11,320 grant- 2 Diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions.
Schultz, Frederick –Clearwater- $3,324 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.
Werkmeister, Neil –Tilden- $5,287 grant- Diesel irrigation engine conversion.
Wildflower Farms, Inc. –Clearwater- $3,954 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.
O’Brien, Tim –Albion- $11,583 grant- 2 Diesel irrigation engine conversions.
Taake, Otto –Tilden- $5,466 grant- Diesel irrigation engine conversion.
Larry Rasmussen and Sons –Albion- $9,355 grant- 2 Diesel irrigation engines to electric motor conversions.
Kaup’s Elkhorn Dairy, Corp –Stuart- $7,498 grant- Irrigation motor conversion.
Kelly, Gilbert –Page- $3,791 grant- Irrigation motor conversion.
Kohle, James –Stuart- $4,186 grant- Irrigation motor conversion.
Thiele, Curt –Clearwater- $10,369 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion with well rebowl.
Thompson, Everett –Page- $18,232 grant- 2 Diesel motor conversions with 1 well rebowl.
Troester, Aaron –O’Neill- $28,334 grant- 6 Irrigation motor conversions.
Oswald, Merlin –Madison- $2,557 grant- Diesel irrigation engine to electric motor conversion.
Elgin Postmaster Sandy Kerkman announced Tuesday that the Elgin Post Office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2.
Also, the post office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2.
Meeting Wednesday night the District #18 Board of Education selected a firm to help conduct a search for a new superintendent.
Earlier this month, Superintendent Steve Dennis resigned, effective at the end of June.
The school board accepted his resignation at the December regular meeting.
At that meeting, they decided to hold a special meeting to better determine what route to take to fill the position.
Meeting for under an hour last week, the board considered three options for the purpose of conducting a superintendent’s search.
They chose to go with the Nebraska Association of School Boards search service.
The NASB search service customizes the search to meet the needs of the board and community. According to information at the meeting, NASB consultants and staff will work alongside the school board to facilitate the process, advise and handle the many details. Among the services they provide will be advertising of the position on the Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB) website, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) website, as well as the National Affiliation of Superintendent Searchesrs (NASS) websites, the Omaha World-Herald (four week print ad and four week online ad), as well as career services including Husker Hire Link and Teach Nebraska. The service fees do not include consultant travel and lodging expenses.
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Two more businesses have donated to The Homestead’s fund drive for a new roof. New donations have been received from Lordemann Insurance and Citizens State Bank. Their donations join previous ones received from Dean’s Market, Jerry’s Feed Service, Huffman-Levander Funeral Home, Tony & Nicole Levander, Elgin Insurance Services, Betty Salber, The Richard Kalvelage Trust, anonymous, Leo & Dorothy Dwyer, Robert Schrage - In Memory of Marie Schrage, match of the first $1,000 by an Elgin business, Sharon Wilkinson - In Memory of Irene Wilkinson, Lyle & Betty Mackel, Brian & Melvina Mack, Connie & Loren Nelson, Joyce & Dave Sullivan and LeAnn & Chuck Eggers. An additional donation was previously received from the Elgin Community Foundation.
A number of businesses have committed to matching funds for the project.
The goal for the fund drive is $25,000.
Due to a low occupancy rate the last few years, money for a new roof is not in the budget for the housing complex.
The Homestead is a non-profit, 8 apartment complex on Highway 14, just south of the library. The Homestead has provided affordable housing for the elderly for over 30 years in Elgin. HUD has recently allowed the designation to change to “Family”, with a maximum of 2 people living in each apartment. Rent is based on income and includes utilities.