Proceedings — District #18 Board of Education


Regular January Meeting

Distance Learning Room, EPS

January 12, 2012, 7:30 PM

President Waterbury called the regular January 2012 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, Carlie Wells, Amy Selting, Jeane Johnson, Julie Dwyer, Ray Payne, Peggy Payne, Tina Thiele-Blecher, and Deb Beckman.

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.

The meeting was turned over to Supt. Dennis, who called for a reorganization of the board.  Steve Heithoff nominated Laurie Waterbury for President, Stan Heithoff seconded the motion.  Ryan Reestman motioned that nominations cease and Kim Wells seconded.  Vote all ayes, motion carried.

President Waterbury then took over the meeting and asked for nominations for Vice President.  Wells nominated Steve Heithoff, Bob Hoefer seconded.  Stan made a motion that all nominations cease and Reestman seconded the motion.  Vote 6-0.  Motion carried.  Kim Wells was nominated for Secretary by Reestman and seconded by Steve Heithoff.  Stan Heithoff motioned to cease nominations and Hoefer seconded.  Vote 6-0, motion carried.  Hoefer then nominated Stan Heithoff as Treasurer and Reestman seconded.  Steve Heithoff motioned that all nominations cease and Kim Wells seconded.  Vote 6-0, motion carried.

Steve Heithoff then motioned and Ryan Reestman seconded to designate the Official Depository of Funds as the Bank of Elgin, the Legal Newspaper as the Elgin Review, the Bus Inspector as Jonny Dodge, and the Superintendent as the Official to Apply for and Receive Federal Funds and the District’s Non-discrimination Compliance Coordinator.  All voting aye, motion carried.

Stan Heithoff motioned and Ryan Reestman second to approve the Consent Agenda: #5- Minutes of Regular Meeting, #6- Adopt the Agenda, #7- Financial Report, #8- Board Bills. Motion carried, vote 6-0., Instru Expense, $369.00; AMH, Transportation, $90.00; Bigger Faster Stronger, Instru Expense, $24.95; CVA, Instru Expense, $45.78, Maintenance, $76.54, Business Expense, $3.59; CenturyLink, Instru Expense, “$4,688.09“; City of Elgin, Operation Plant, $520.50, Maintenance, $57.88; Contemporary Drama Serv., Extra-curricular, $50.18; Corner Service & Tire, Transportation, $71.63; Dean’s Market, Maintenance, $24.29, Instru Expense, $38.04, SpEd Expense, $24.11; Dramatic Publishing, Extra-curricular, $40.96; Eakes, Instru Expense, $541.97, Maintenance, $61.76; EBSCO, Instru Expense, $793.91; ESU #8, “$16,820.52“; Elgin One Stop, Transportation, “$2,272.30“, Instru Expense, $39.96; Elgin Review, Board Expense, $108.61, Business Expense, $443.14; Elite Office Products, Business Expense, $175.45, Instru Expense, $379.00; Floor Maint. & Supply, Maintenance, $86.25; Grand Island Physical Therapy, SpEd Expense, $523.28; Green Thumb Landscape, Maintenance, “$1,265.87“; Hadley-Braithwait, Maintenance, $290.65; Hampton Inn Kearney, Instru Expense, $169.90; Harding & Schultz, Board Expense, $555.38; Henn Electrical Serv., Maintenance, $116.00; Hiatt School Safety, Maintenance, $240.00; Hire Right, Transportation, $27.15; Hoefer Irrigation, Maintenance, $250.00; Island Supply & Welding Co., Instru Expense, $42.78; Midamerica Books, Instru Expense, $347.66; Mid-America Research Co., Maintenance, $146.50; Midwest Floor Specialists, Maintenance, $348.90; MSM Enterprises, SpEd Expense, $314.00; Natl. FFA, Extra-curricular, $100.00; NCSA, Principal Expense, $200.00; Onesource, Business Expense, $32.00; Pioneer Drama, Extra-curricular, $46.75; Protex, Operation Plant, $765.25, Reimbursement, $646.17; The Station, Transportation, $314.57; The Thompson Co., Maintenance, $183.68; Verizon Business, Business Expense, $152.55; Volkman Plumbing & Heating, Maintenance, “$1,264.25“; Wells Fargo, Supt. Expense, $32.93; Principal Expense, $259.95; Winners Circle, Extracurric. Expense, $15.80

Total Board Bills: “$36,500.38“

January Payroll: “$177,465.28“

Total Board Bills/ Payroll: “$213,965.66“

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

There were no Correspondence or Standing Committee reports.

Principal Patrick reported on the close of the 1st semester and that 54% of students in grades 7-12 were on an honor roll for 2nd quarter and semester.  He will be attending upcoming workshops on MAPS testing and Northern Tier MAPS Training.

Special Recognition was given to UNK Festival Choir:  Juliana Dunn & Ashlyn DeWald; UNK Women’s Choir:  Madison Voborny; NSAA Academic All-State:  Volleyball – Ashley Bode;  Football – Nicklaus Heithoff; Play Production – Ivy Prater & Hunter Thramer.

In action items, Reestman motioned and Wells seconded to recognize the Elgin Education Association as Exclusive Bargaining Agent for All Certificated Employees Whose Primary Function is to Teach as That Term is Defined in Section 79-101 (12) of the Nebraska Statutes and Excluding Persons Whose Employment Does Not Require a Teaching Certificate Issued by the Nebraska Department of Education such as, but not Limited to, Technical Coordinators, Speech Pathologists, School Psychologists, and Nurses for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 Contract Years.  All voted aye, motion carried.

Steve Heithoff motioned to approve Amendment to Board Policy 603.2.1, Curriculum Coordination Council Policy.  Hoefer seconded the motion.  Vote 6-0, motion carried.

Discussion was held on purchasing or leasing computers.  Since the information needed was in a later agenda item, the purchase action item was tabled until later in the meeting.

A presentation by staff members, Amy Selting and Jeane Johnson, provided information regarding 1:1 computer Initiative.  It outlined information on purchasing vs. leasing, estimated infrastructure expenses, and opportunities for the students involved in the initiative.  The board reviewed the information, asked questions, and asked the group to obtain more information.

The board revisited Action Item #14 for further discussion.  Reestman motioned and Stan Heithoff seconded the purchase of 12 laptop computers from Lenovo for the amount of $10,620.00.  Vote 6-0, motion carried.

Staff members, Tina Thiele-Blecher and Deb Beckman, presented a powerpoint regarding the need to offer Summer School for elementary students.  Possible schedules, data that supports the proposal, and estimates of expenses were presented.  The board requested that the group survey parents and get back to the board with the results.

Supt. Dennis gave the quarterly administrative report.  He reported on 1 to 1 Initiative and MAPS testing.  He reminded board members of upcoming deadlines to file for re-election and upcoming Board workshops.

Action item #19 was tabled until the board has a chance to compare the new Supt. & Board evaluation forms with the previous ones.  Board members are reminded to review the 2012 Board Goals.  The Board retreat was cancelled since the work was completed at their meeting with NASB on January 9th.

The Policy Committee presented the 400 Policy section with needed corrections or changes.  The policies will be presented with revisions at the February regular meeting.

Board members will discuss selection of interview questions for the Supt. candidates during the meeting with NASB representative on January 26, 2012.

Motion by Reestman, second by Hoefer to adjourn the meeting.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 9:34 p.m.

The next meeting with NASB representatives will be January 26, 2012 at 5:45 p.m. at the EPS Distance Learning Room.  The following meeting with NASB will be February 8, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. with the regular board meeting at 8:00 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: January 25, 2012