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May 23, 2014 Special BOE Meeting

The Nemaha Central Board of Education met for a special meeting on Friday, May 23, 2014 beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Supt. Kohlman updated the board on the progress of meeting the projected deficit of over $800,000 at the end of the four-year consolidation freeze of the budget. Personnel changes and the closing of the B&B building will account for all of the deficit except for approximately $100,000. Supt. Kohlman feels confident that the remainder will be attainable through the reduction of transfers to other funds and other budget cuts.

Further information on the technology purchases that were presented at the May 12 regular meeting were once again reviewed and discussed. The total cost for the iPads and MacBook Air Laptops is $337,501.82 which includes a 2-year care plan for the iPads and a 3-year care plan for the laptops. In addition to the devices, cases, software, training, and increased server storage will cost an additional $80,842.30. Supt. Kohlman recommended that funds from Capital Outlay be used to purchase the devices and Supplemental General funds be used for the other items.

Primary discussion was whether to purchase all the devices at one time or over an extended period of time. By purchasing the equipment out-right instead of on a four-year payment plan, the district would save slightly over $14,000 in interest costs. Supt. Kohlman stated that a budget plan could include transferring what would be the amount of the annual payment for four years from the general fund to the capital outlay fund. This would be around $90,000 for each of the four years. Information Technology (IT) director, Clint Heideman, responded to several questions from the members.

Owen Zinke moved to approve the purchase of all devices plus the additional required items for a total of $418,344.12 and that funding come from the funds as recommended. Dave Clements seconded the motion; motion carried, 6 voting aye and 1 voting nay. Roger Hermesch cast the opposing vote.

Following two executive sessions, the board approved the tentative agreement for the 2014-15 Negotiated Agreement with the Nemaha Central Education Association.

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