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March 10, 2014 BOE Meeting

The Nemaha Central Board of Education approved the final resolution in the process to close the B&B Junior/Senior High School building at the March 10, 2014 regular monthly meeting. Following publication of the legal notice for the public hearing on February 20, 2014 at the B&B main gymnasium, the board approved the formal resolution to close the building at the end of the current school year.Supt. Darrel Kohlman stated that the sale of the building to Highland Community College is moving along as planned.


Members approved a proposal from Rainbow Communications for local phone, long distance and internet services for all buildings beginning July 1, 2014. The district will apply for e-rate funding for the services which for next fiscal year, is a 56% discount. The phone service will be substantially less than what the district now pays.


Mr. Kohlman then presented the internet proposal from Rainbow Communications. Currently the district is paying $2,380.59 for internet service and filtering for the three buildings. Rainbow offered three speed/fiber bandwith options ranging from a cost of $1,400 to $3,000 per month. Discounts were available for contract periods past two years. The internet service will be eligible for the e-rate discount; however, the filtering is not. The options and contract period were discussed. The board approved a two-year contract for the 100x50 fiber at a cost of $3,000 per month for the two school buildings in Seneca and 10x3 service for the district office at a cost of $85 per month. As with the phone service, the district will apply for the 56% e-rate discount.


One sealed bid for the conversion of the computer lab at the elementary school into two classrooms was opened. The bid, from AHRS Construction, in the amount of $27,659 was approved. Due to computer mobile stations, computers can be moved between classrooms eliminating the need for a computer lab.


The lumber from the bleachers that will be replaced at the high school will be advertised on PurpleWave.com. Members also approved a contract for athletic trainer services for next school year with Nemaha Valley Community Hospital. The district will save $1,000 by having all students receiving services in one location.


Several personnel positions were approved. A contract was approved for Ms. Vaughn Gibson as paraprofessional at NVHS to fill an open position created by a resignation last month. Supplemental contracts were approved for the 2014-15 KAY head and assistant sponsors. Sharon Meyer and Jeanne Jacobson will fill those two positions.Driver education instructors approved were Mark Friese and Garry Smith. Other summer school teachers approved were: Katelyn Deters, Carla Meyer, Betty Peterson, Shelly Schmelzle and Darcel Stallbaumer.


Members approved a request from Sacred Heart Parish for the use of a bus to transport students to the Kelly Youth Rally in August. Also approved was placing an ad for summer maintenance help.


Members approved two resolutions which will be sent to Representative Randy Garber and Senator Dennis Pyle. The first resolution states that the board is in favor of full funding for all day kindergarten and the second supports the current school board member election process and timing.


Supt. Kohlman and the board members discussed the mileage and age of the bus fleet. Mr. Kohlman stated that the transportation director, Kenny Sudbeck recommends that we do not need to replace any of the buses at this time.


Mr. Kohlman presented several pieces of information relating to the additional funding the district has received due to the freeze of the general fund as a result of consolidation. The final fiscal year for the freeze will be next year, 2014-15. Current calculations show the district has gained $878,712 the current fiscal year compared to what both districts would have received without the freeze. Cost cutting measures to date were also presented. Staff changes plus the closure of St. Benedict Elementary and the pending closure of B&B Junior/Senior High building will save approximately $690,000 in general fund expenditures.


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