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February 18, 2013 BOE Minutes

February 21, 2013

          At the regular monthly meeting on February 18, 2013 the Nemaha Central Board of Education approved several items including the 2013-14 school calendar and a new licensed staff evaluation system process. The first day of school for students will be Thursday, August 15. The calendar aligns with the current calendar but does allow some flexibility for teacher work days in August and December.

            Supt. Kohlman explained that all districts in the State will be required to adopt a new evaluation tool that meets the criteria set by KSDE in accordance with the waiver that has been received from the U.S. Department of Education. The administrative team has been studying different options and is now recommending McRel. The McRel process will be used to evaluate the superintendent, principals and teachers.  A one-time training will be provided for the Board of Education so that they may evaluate the superintendent.

            Bus transportation requests were approved for the Sacred Heart Parish CYO for the Kelly Youth Rally and for United 4 Youth for a trip to Weston, Missouri. The sale of used library books from St. Benedict Elementary through the B&B high school yearbook staff as a fundraiser was approved.

            Several donations from local businesses were accepted to be used towards the start-up expenses of baseball and softball. Not yet complete, the list includes: Nemaha Valley Community Hospital, Benskin Motors, McDonald’s, Seneca Thriftway, Seneca Chiropractic/Kristina McKinsey, Rainbow Communications, United Bank & Trust, Nemaha Valley Motors, Hammes Trucking, Bruna Brothers Implement and Seneca Wholesale.

            Supplemental contracts were approved for Brandy McFall, assistant NVMS track coach; Angie Bass, assistant softball coach; and Dennis Hermreck, assistant baseball coach.

           Supt. Kohlman informed board members that 106 letters had been sent to landowners in USD 113 for land transfer requests. As of this date, 72 have been returned confirming their request for the transfer.He stated that with the 68% response in favor, now is the time to take the next step with either a formal request from USD 115 or a joint committee meeting. The board authorized Supt. Kohlman to contact USD 113 Supt. Bill Orth as to whether they want another committee meeting or whether they are ready for a formal request from our district.

          As part of the Strategic Plan process, Supt. Kohlman updated the board on several topics that have surfaced the past few months. He informed the board that he had a conversation with Highland Community College officials as to whether they would still be interested in the Baileyville building if it weren’t available in August, 2013. The response was yes, they would still be interested. He asked what they were willing to pay for the building and they responded they were open to negotiations. He also asked if they were still pursuing the former Medical Arts building and they responded that they were and have not ruled out the possibility of using both the Medical Arts building and the Baileyville building as satellite centers. Supt. Kohlman said the administrative team will be meeting with Highland officials on Monday, February 25. Some of the classes that Highland plan to offer at the satellite center(s) are Allied Health, Early Childhood Classes, Basic Maintenance Technology, Engineering Graphics, and a Precision Ag Lab.

          Mr. Kohlman then addressed the outcomes of the community meetings that were held three different nights the previous week. Approximately 300 persons attended the meetings; however, several attended more than one of the meetings. The purpose of the meetings was to seek input on three different options for the future use of the buildings: (1) PreK through 5 at NV Elementary School; 6-8 at B&B High School; 9-12 at NV High School; (2) move all grades to the Nemaha Valley buildings at the end of the current school year; (3) transition all grades gradually to the Nemaha Valley buildings. Mr. Kohlman shared a consolidated list of pros and cons that were developed through the meetings. President Gary Niehues addressed fellow board members and stated that he did not think the board had indicated in earlier meetings that any building would be closed at the end of the current school year. He is not sure where the idea came from but it appeared in several of the comments at the meetings. He was of the understanding that the earliest a building would be closed would be after the 2013-14 school year. In canvassing the other board members, all were in agreement with his statement.

          A special meeting to decide the future use of district facilities was approved by the board for Wednesday, March 20, 2013 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Nemaha Valley Elementary & Middle School gymnasium.

          Other actions included the approval of the summer, 2013 Driver Education class fee at $135 and the approval of a proposal by Karlin & Long, LLC to perform the fiscal year 2013 independent audit.

         The next regular board meeting will be Monday, March 11, 2013 at the central office beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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