Elgin Public School Board Proceedings


Regular June Meeting

Distance Learning Room, EPS

June 9, 2011, 7:30 PM

President Laurie Waterbury called the Regular June Board Meeting to order at 7:31 PM.  Board members present were Laurie Waterbury, Kim Wells, Stan Heithoff, Ryan Reestman, and Bob Hoefer.  Also present were Superintendent Steve Dennis, Principal Jimmy Feeney, Paula Jensen, Dennis Morgan, Barb Bode, Amy Selting, and Adam Patrick.  Steve Heithoff arrived at 8:29 p.m.

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 Ryan Reestman 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 5-0.

Allied Ins., Board Expense, $100.00; AMH, Transportation, $90.00; Boone Co. Health Center, Transportation, $75.00; Elgin One Stop, Transportation, “$2,270.30“, SpEd Expense, $180.08, Instru Expense, $38.93; Embassy Suites, Title IID, $269.00; Gov. Connection, Title IID, $618.64; Grand Island Physical Therapy, SpEd Expense, $792.53; Haddock, Title IID, “$3,799.00“; Hadley-Braithwait, Maintenance, $54.95; Hank’s Front End Serv., Transportation, $114.95; Hillyard, Maintenance, $373.70; Island Supply & Welding Co., Instru Expense, $248.55; Jerry’s Feed, Maintenance, $13.00; “Mahnke, Gale”, Transportation, $7.50; Midwest Floor Spec., Maintenance, $679.30; NASB, Board Expense, $125.00; Neligh Flower Shop, Instru Expense, $70.50; Reimbursement, “$1,836.52“; School mate, Instru Expense, $712.80; Schumacher, Operation Plant, $72.50; Source Gas, Maintenance, $701.09; The Station, Transportation , $679.90; The Thompson Co., Maintenance, $21.82; Wanek Pharmacy, Health Expense, $242.76; Winner’s Circle, Instru Expense, $34.00

Total Board Bills: “$14,222.32“

June Payroll: “$178,694.07“

Total Board Bills/ Payroll: “$192,916.39“President Waterbury recognized visitors and asked if the patrons had any comments.

No board correspondence or committee reports were given.

In the principal’s report, Mr. Feeney gave a wrap-up of the spring activities and graduation.  Nine girls have been selected for the Wolfpack cheer squad.  The Wolfpack account has a positive balance at this time before supplies are purchased for the coming year.  A tailgate fundraiser has been planned for Aug. 26 to support the wolfpack account.  An upcoming event will be the alumni banquet in June.

Mr. Feeney gave a wrap-up of the teacher inservices regarding the book “A Framework for Understanding Poverty”.  He described the results the teachers and administration will receive from the MAPS testing and how that will help in instructional strategies.

Special Recognition goes to Wolfpack State Track Qualifier:  Madison Voborny

Wolfpack Golf Team State Qualifiers:  Andrew Heithoff & Nick Heithoff; 1st at Neligh/Oakdale Inv; 2nd Place Finishes – Ewing Tour, Ewing Inv, Plainview Inv, NVC Tour, West Holt Inv & Niobrara Inv.

In action items, an increase in lunch prices was discussed.  It was motioned by Kim Wells and second by Bob Hoefer to increase .05 on each student lunch price for grades K-12.  Vote 5-0, motion carried.  The lunch price for PreK-grade 6 will be $1.90 and the lunch price for grades 7-12 will be $2.15 for the 2011-12 school year.

Discussion was held on classified staff salaries for the 2011-12 school year.  Reestman motioned and Stan Heithoff second to table this item until next month.  All voted aye, motion carried.

Reestman motioned to go into closed session to discuss the Supt. evaluation for prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual, and if the individual has not requested a public meeting.  Wells second the motion.  President Waterbury restated the motion and the board all voted aye.  Motion carried.  The board went into closed session at 7:57 p.m.

The board returned to open session at 8:23 p.m.  Hoefer moved to table the salary of administration at this time.  Wells second.  Vote 5-0, motion carried.

Stan Heithoff motioned to approve the 3-year contract for district auditor to Michael J. Pommer, CPA in the amount of $4800 for the 1st year, $5000 for the 2nd year, and $5200 for the 3rd year.  Reestman second.  All present voting aye, motion carried.

Steve Heithoff arrived at 8:29 p.m.

Reestman motioned and Wells second to approve the transportation report.  Vote was 5 ayes, 0 nays, and Steve Heithoff abstained since he arrived in the middle of the discussion.  Motion carried.

Steve Heithoff motioned and Hoefer second to approve disposal of excess supplies/equipment.  Vote 6-0, motion carried.  Supt. Dennis will run an ad in the newspaper to see if there is interest in purchasing these items.

Supt. Dennis reported on the Northern Tier mtg. that he had attended.  They discussed the amount of instructional time that was lost due to testing and preparing to test.  Some calendar dates were rearranged but the total days and hours were not affected.  A new calendar will be presented to the board at a later time.

Elgin Public School lunch program is on the list for a review this fall and the food program will once again participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program at the Elementary level.

Supt. Dennis recommended that the school participate in the Check 4 Learning (C4L) offered by the NDE.  This will enable teachers to assess students on the state standards at point in instruction and see how they are progressing in their mastery of the standards.  Adjustments in instruction can be made at the time before the summative NeSA tests are given in the spring.

Title 1 Schoolwide Plan Self-Review was submitted and no additional information is needed.  A portion of the parent survey results were distributed and members were reminded about the upcoming school finance workshop with Neligh being a receiving site for the workshop.

An invitation from the Goldenrod Conference was received and a summer maintenance update was given.  A budget preliminary review will be available as we get closer to the end of the fiscal year.

Wells motion and Reestman second to enter closed session to discuss staff negotiations and for the protection of the public interest.  President Waterbury restated the motion and the board all voted aye.  Motion carried.  The board went into closed session at 8:56 p.m.  The board returned to open session at 10:15 p.m. and Hoefer motioned and Stan Heithoff second to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried, vote 6-0.  Meeting adjourned at   10:16 p.m.

The next regular meeting will be July 14, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the 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: June 22, 2011