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April 8, 2013 BOE Meeting

April 10, 2013

The USD 115 Board of Education held the regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 8, 2013.Board members approved an early graduation plan from Caitlyn Kohake, currently a sophomore at B&B, to graduate with the class of 2014.

Also approved were the following: (1) bus transportation requests from the Meadowlark Extension District #7 and a local 7th and 8th grade group to the Kansas City airport; (2) golf at B&B High School; (3) bid requests for the replacement of two school vehicles; (4) 2013-14 membership with the Kansas Association of School Boards and the KASB Legal Assistance fund; (5) internet filtering/bandwidth control contract with Nex-Tech; and (6) donations for the baseball/softball programs.

In personnel matters, contracts were approved for Katelyn Deters, B&B JH/SH English teacher for the 2013-14 year; Jessica Deters, Speech-Language Pathologist for the 2013-14 first semester; and Brooke Strathman, Speech-Language Pathologist for the 2013-14 second semester.  Summer school teaching contracts were approved for Carla Meyer and Betty Peterson. A resignation from Carissa Williams, paraprofessional, was approved effective the end of the current school year. A formal resolution for the non-renewal of teaching contracts for Lisa Baumgartner and Julie Kohake was approved.

Mr. Kohlman updated the board on several aspects of the Strategic Plan. In communications with Highland Community College representatives, there has been discussion of using the interactive distance learning classroom at Nemaha Valley High School next year for Certified Nurses Aide classes. Mr. Kohlman said that he has been invited to attend the HCC Board of Directors meeting on April 24.

Next Supt. Kohlman addressed the land transfer requests from patrons in the USD 113 Prairie Hills district. Representatives from the two districts met on Tuesday, April 2 and the USD 113 members are presenting the information to their board of education this evening.

The next item for discussion was the establishment of a committee to present a plan as to how a new name, colors and mascot should be chosen for the district. It was the consensus of the board members that the name of the school should be the same as the name of the district – Nemaha Central. Lengthy discussion ensued as to the expectations of the committee; whether the committee should decide the process or if the board should direct the committee as to how it should be done. At the end of discussion, it was decided by the members that the committee will be responsible only for bringing suggested mascots to the board of education. The board will decide the colors after the mascot is selected. The administrative team will nominate a total of five students from each middle school/high school – one student from each grade, 7 through 11 (10 students total). Five staff members from each campus will also be selected to serve on the committee (10 staff members total).

Mr. Kohlman addressed “preservation of the past” and possible ways this could happen. The board directed Mr. Kohlman and the other administrators to draft a proposal for this plan. 

Executive sessions were held to discuss non-elected personnel and employer-employee negotiations. The meeting was adjourned at 9:46.


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