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March 20, 2013 Special Board Meeting

March 22, 2013

At a special meeting on Wednesday, March 20, the USD 115 Board of Education decided the future configuration of classes in the district and which buildings will be used to support that configuration. Three options became two when, at the February meeting, the board unanimously agreed to let the Baileyville building open for the 2013-14 school year. Option 1 had grades PreK through 5 and 9 through 12 attending school in the Seneca buildings and grades 6 through 8 attending the Baileyville building. The second option was for all students to attend school in Seneca.

All seven members made comments regarding the future of the present buildings, primarily option one, the use of the Baileyville building for a stand-alone middle school housing all sixth through eighth graders. Supt. Kohlman concluded the comment session by recommending all sixth through eighth grade students attend school in Baileyville beginning the 2014-15 school year.

Roger Hermesch moved to accept option (2), closing the Baileyville building at the end of the 2013-14 school year with all students attending school in Seneca beginning the 2014-15 school year. Ilene Enneking seconded the motion; the motion carried 5-2. Casting the opposing votes were Jean Placke and Dave Clements.

Following this action, members unanimously authorized President Gary Niehues to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with Highland Community College. The MOU states that  USD 115, along with four other school districts in the area, supports Highland’s efforts in providing accessible technical education for high school and postsecondary students.

Board members accepted the retirement notice from Jeanne Jacobson, FACS instructor at Nemaha Valley High School at the end of the school year. Also accepted was the resignation of Amy Mueting, Special Education teacher.

A resolution of Intent to Non-Renew non-tenured staff contracts for Julie Kohake and Lisa Baumgartner, effective the end of the school was approved.


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