Dundy County Stratton Board of Education

 

 

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BOARD OF EDUCATION

DUNDY COUNTY STRATTON PUBLIC SCHOOL

BENKELMAN NE 69021

 The Dundy County Stratton Board of Education met in regular session on April 11, 2016 at the Dundy County Stratton High School. The following members were present: Brad Baney, Jason Frederick, Amy Haines, Kevin League, Kent Lorens, Mike Lutz, and Sandy Noffsinger.    Also present were Principal Mike Rotherham, Principal Adam Fette, Superintendent Jim Kent, and recording secretary Stacey Waters. Visitor Ron L. Jones arrived late.   Board members Mike Blecha and Shad Stamm were absent.

 Vice President Lorens called the meeting to order at 6:10 P.M.

 Motion by League, second by Lutz to excuse board members Blecha and Stamm from the meeting.  Yes:  Baney, Frederick, Haines, League, Lorens, Lutz, and Noffsinger.  No:  None.  Absent:  Blecha and Stamm.  Motion carried.

 Vice President Lorens stated that the board follows the Open Meetings Act Guidelines which are located in the meeting room.  The Board of Education may enter closed session during the meeting when it determines that doing so is appropriate and is authorized by the provisions of the Open Meeting Act.

 March successes reported for the high school are:

·         Mrs. Fette would like to congratulate the Inter-High Day competitors on their excellent performance this year.

o   The team received a first place finish at North Platte with the following students placing in the top three for their categories

§  Nicole Kent 1st in Mathematics

§  Natalie Boyd 1st in Business Communications

§  DJ Hardwick 2nd in Word Processing

§  Fayelee Sanford 3rd in Music Theory

§  Rylee Smith 3rd in Business Communications

o   The team received a second place finish at McCook with the following students placing in the top three of their categories

§  Paul Calvert-1st in American Government/History

§  Payton Zarkowski-2nd in Accounting Principles I

§  Aubrey Frederick-2nd in Athletic Training/Coaching

§  Madison Lambley- 2nd in Chemistry and 3rd in Athletic Training/Coaching

§  Sheina Reagan-3rd in Music Vocal

§  Rylee Smith-3rd in Theater Acting

§  JD Powell-3rd in Fire Science/EMS

§  Caitlyn Bailey-3rd in MCC Facts

·         Mrs. Fette and the 20 Job Shadow Day participants would like to thank everyone at the hospital for hosting such a spectacular day. Every student had a great experience.

·         Ms. Lutz had a very shy and introverted junior high student complete and submit a piece of poetry to a literary journal for her peers to read. This student has always been too shy and reserved to do anything of this nature up till now.

·         Mrs. Woods has begun preparations for the Spanish trip in 2018 and she already has more interested students than the last trip.

·         Mrs. Fox has two more students receive certifications in Microsoft applications.

o   Adalene Krustinger certified in Microsoft Word

o   Dominique Shipman certified in Microsoft Excel

  • Mr. Killingsworth reported that several students had completed projects related to their interests this semester. One of the most notable successes included the completion of two hog huts several feet in diameter by Mark Petersen and he is currently working on a third.

 March successes for the elementary schools are: 

  • Mrs. Marin’s classes created power points on tornadoes.
  • Mrs. Behlke’s & Mrs. Stamm’s classes are working together to hatch chickens and ducks.   Chicken eggs were donated by JoLen Stamm and duck eggs were donated by Jerry Latta.  Students are learning characteristics of living things and the embryonic development.  Mrs. Behlke welcomed Mr. Behlke’s high school students into the classroom to inject food coloring into the eggs that would allow tracking of groups of chickens and their habits once they hatch.  The chickens should start hatching after April 18.    

 There was no public comment.

 Motion by Lutz, second by League to approve the consent agenda as presented with the exception of removing the approval of the March 2016 meeting minutes.  Yes:  Baney, Frederick, Haines, League, Lorens, Lutz, and Noffsinger.  No: None.  Absent:  Blecha and Stamm.  Motion carried.

 Motion by Lutz, second by Baney to approve the minutes from the March 14, 2016 regular meeting as presented.  Yes:  Baney, League, Lorens, Lutz, and Noffsinger.  No:  Frederick and Haines.    Absent:  Blecha and Stamm.  Motion carried.

 Ron L. Jones arrived at 6:28 p.m.

The financial reports of the district were presented with details provided by Superintendent Kent.  A spreadsheet was presented to the board illustrating the fact that since the merger in 2007, expenses have grown 6.75% which is less than 3/4% per year.  He reminded the board that expenses fluctuate from month to month depending on the timing of purchases, but should be lower for the rest of the year.  The fact that raises are usually 2-3% per year demonstrates that spending has not increased.  Revenue for the current year-to-date still lags behind projections.  We have received 51% of the revenue requested and 75% of the budget year passed. 

Motion by Haines, second by League to approve the financial report.  Yes:  Baney, Frederick, Haines, League, Lorens, Lutz, and Noffsinger.  No: None.  Absent:  Blecha and Stamm.  Motion carried.

The Board discussed activity assignments.  Motion by Lutz to approve Allie Behlke as head volleyball coach for 2016-17.    Motion died due to lack of second so no vote was taken. 

Motion by League, second by Haines to accept the resignation of Lisa Faimon and thank her for her 3 years of service.  Yes:  Baney, Frederick, Haines, League, Lorens, Lutz, and Noffsinger.  No: None.  Absent:  Blecha and Stamm.  Motion carried.

Motion by League, second by Haines to approve the contract offer to Nathaniel Parker for the 2016-17 school year.  Yes:  Baney, Frederick, Haines, League, Lorens, Lutz, and Noffsinger.  No: None.  Absent:  Blecha and Stamm.  Motion carried.

Motion by Noffsinger, second by Baney to approve the contract offer to Karla Fruedenburg for the 2016-17 school year.  Yes:  Baney, Frederick, League, Lorens, Lutz, and Noffsinger.  No:  Haines.  Absent:  Blecha and Stamm.  Motion carried.

Motion by Noffsinger, second by Haines to approve the contract offer to Brittney Firley for the 2016-17 school year.  Yes:  Baney, Frederick, Haines, League, Lorens, Lutz, and Noffsinger.  No: None.  Absent:  Blecha and Stamm.  Motion carried.

Parent teacher conferences were added to the 2016-2017 calendar on October 20, 2016.  Motion by Noffsinger, second by Haines to approve the 16-17 calendar amendment.  Yes:  Baney, Frederick, Haines, League, Lorens, Lutz, and Noffsinger.  No: None.  Absent:  Blecha and Stamm.  Motion carried.

The purchase of an SUV-type vehicle was discussed.

 Motion by League, second by Noffsinger to approve the following summer projects:

 1. Repair the plumbing at Stratton Elementary. This will include installing two tank-less water heaters in the building at a cost of $199.99 per unit.

2. Replace the fascia around Benkelman Elementary with an engineered wood plank. The materials estimate of approximately $5000 does not include anything with the soffit or changing the lighting above the soffit. Total estimate for the project is $7-8,000. 

3. Replace the single pane windows and exhaust fans at the high school with more efficient windows with shades and larger fans with variable speed. Cost is about $600 per window and installation will be completed by our maintenance staff. 

4.  Build cover sheds at the bus barn with tin removed from the old roof and purchasing poles and lumber. 

Yes:  Baney, Frederick, Haines, League, Lorens, Lutz, and Noffsinger.  No: None.  Absent:  Blecha and Stamm.  Motion carried.

 The board discussed classified staff pay and the Affordable Care Act.

 Mr. Rotherham and Mr. Fette’s principal reports were present in written form along with the transportation report, Mr. Kent’s superintendent report and board information report. 

 Motion by League, second by Lutz to adjourn at 8:29 P.M.  Yes:  Baney, Frederick, Haines, League, Lorens, Lutz, and Noffsinger.  No: None.  Absent:  Blecha and Stamm.  Motion carried.

 

 

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                                                                                     Sandy Noffsinger, Secretary