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February 2018

EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting

A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on February 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room.  Members present were Mitch Innes, Stephen Corkill, Reo Shultz, Tim Innes, and Ginger Blaske. Administration present was Brady Burton, Superintendent, Marion Mazouch, Middle School/High School Principal, and Melody Pfaff, Board Clerk.

CALL TO ORDER:  Vice-President, Mitch Innes called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m

APPROVE THE AGENDA:  Stephen Corkill moved, Reo Shultz seconded to approve the Agenda as presented.  Motion carried 5-0.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  Board and guests recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

WELCOME GUESTS:  No guests in attendance.

OPEN FORUM:  No one addressed the Board during Open Forum.


  1. Stephen Corkill voiced that staff liked the 7 Habits in-service.  It was commented that it was the best in-service ever and money well spent.
  2. Mitch Innes expressed that Star Base for the 5th grade students  is going well.
  3. Regional scholars bowl meet was held at Blue Valley High School was a success.
  4. The girls and boys basketball teams are doing well.
  5. The FFA alumni activity at the Galen Fink residence was well attended.

RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS/STAFF:  No one was in attendance to be recognized.

PRINCIPAL REPORTS:  These were noted.

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT:  Superintendent Brady Burton reported that construction bids will be sent out March 8.  The board will approve the bids at the April 9 board meeting.  Construction will begin May 21.  David Vermitten will return on a no school day and check structural cracks.  Joshua Erb with Associated Insulation will check windows for lead and asbestos.  This has to be done before windows can be replaced.  If there is lead or asbestos found it will have to be removed prior to installation of new windows.  Dan Knight will be meeting with administration and teachers on Wednesday, February 21 to do one last walk through prior to sending bids out to contractors. 

BOARD REPORT:  FFA Alumni is meeting Thursday, February 15.

CONSENT AGENDA:  After discussion the Board approved the Consent Agenda as follows:

  1.   Approved Minutes of:  January 8, 2018 Regular Board Meeting
  2.   Approved Activity / Revenue / Expenditure Reports
  3.   Approved Out of State Trip Request – Senior class to Lake of Ozarks May 6-9.
  4.   Approved Resignation – Dallas Helzer as Spanish teacher/technology/librarian at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
  5.   Approved Hiring – Adam Kufahl – high school assistant boys basketball coach for  the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year  at a salary of $1,500.


Budget Review:  Brady Burton and Melody Pfaff reviewed the Budget Summary of Funds with the Board.


Approve Warrants/Transfers:  After discussion the Board approved  the warrants/transfers as presented.  Motion carried 5-0.

Olsburg Expansion/MES Playground:  The Olsburg expansion project will involve developing Main Street which runs west of the McCormick Elementary playground.  The playground fence will need to be moved 60’.  The city of Olsburg has offered to split the cost of moving the fence.

Personnel:  Burton presented to the Board possibly sharing a Spanish teacher with Riley County Schools.  This is a tough position to fill and offering a full time teaching position versus a part-time teaching position will make it easier to find a qualified teacher.  The district would then need to hire a paraprofessional to fill the technology/librarian position.  This should not cost the district any more than what it is paying now for a Spanish teacher/technology/librarian position.

The Board gave permission to administration to begin searching for a Spanish teacher to share with Riley County Schools. 

The state designates additional money for districts to be used for counseling/social work.  Superintendent Brady Burton recommended that the district consider searching for a part-time social worker.  The Board tabled this item until the March 12 board meeting.

Negotiations:  The Board went  into executive session with Brady Burton and Melody Pfaff for 15 minutes to discuss negotiations.  The purpose of the executive session is to protect the district’s right to the confidentiality of its negotiation position and the public interest. 

Meeting reconvened and it was noted that no action was taken during the execttive session.

Future Agenda Items:

  1. Personnel
  2. Negotiations

Adjournment:  Meeting adjourned at 8:46 p.m.

Melody Pfaff

Board Clerk