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March 2018

EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting

A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on March 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room.  Members present were James Peter, 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:  President, James Peter called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

APPROVE THE AGENDA:  The Agenda was approved as presented. 

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

WELCOME GUESTS:  President, James Peter welcomed our guests.

OPEN FORUM:  Robert Merrow was in attendance to discuss adding archery to the curriculum.  It could be part of the physical education curriculum.  District insurance would cover the program if it was in the curriculum.  Contests are hosted in Clearwater, Chapman, Dodge City, and Topeka.  A sponsor would also need to be hired by the district.  The board instructed Marion Mazouch to do some checking with the current physical education teacher to see if he is interested in teaching the curriculum.  This item will be placed on the April 9 Agenda as an action item.


  1.  Reo Shultz mentioned it was good to see such a huge turnout for the sub-state basketball tournament.  Great to see excitement in the district.
  2. Congratulations to the meat judging team for placing second at the meats judging contest.
  3. Several students received SAE grants.

RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS/STAFF:  Marion Mazouch informed the Board that Brooklyn Zoeller and Sami Pfaff made all-league basketball second team.  Board congratulated them on their success.

PRINCIPAL REPORTS:  These were noted with no additions.

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT:  Superintendent Brady Burton had several items to inform the board about.  The deadline for the legislature to file a brief regarding the finance court case is April 30.  The court will hear the case on May 22  and will issue a ruling by June 30.  Budget workshops will be held sometime in July.  Negotiations would also be delayed to the late ruling.

Dan Knight was in attendance to give the board an update in regards to the bond.  Bids have been released and the deadline to submit them is April 19 at 3:00 p.m.  Bids will be opened at that time.  The board set a special meeting for  April 23 at 4:30 p.m. to approve the winning bid. 

The Board directed Superintendent Brady Burton to sell the current preschool building, and the appliances that are in the FACS room and preschool.  There also might be other items up for sale as the construction process moves along. 

Pat Collins, Riley County Emergency Management System, met with Dan Knight and Brady Burton to discuss zoning, parking and fire coverage.  A fire hydrant will be placed at the new preschool.  Brenner Excavating will dig the water line at an expense of  $9,707.50.  This will all be done prior to the last day of school. Dan Knight will submit a parking plan to Riley County for approval. 

District windows were tested for lead paint and asbestos.  Asbestos was detected in the putty.  This will have to be removed before new windows can be installed.

Dan Knight reviewed the bidding sheets so the board is aware of the process.

BOARD REPORT:  Nothing to report.

CONSENT AGENDA:  The Board approved the Consent Agenda as follows:

  1.  Approved Minutes of:  February 12, 2018 Regular Board Meeting
  2. Approved Activity/Revenue/Expenditure Repors
  3. Approved Resignation – Katie Jones, third grade teacher at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
  4. Approved Hiring – Adam Kufahl – Middle school girls track coach
  5. Approved Out of State Trip Requests – FFA students to Neosho Missouri on March 21-22 and Miami, Oklahoma on March 30-31.


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

Part-Time Social Worker:  This was a carryover over item from the February 2018 board meeting.  Administration is asking for board approval to hire a part-time social worker for the 2018-2019 school year.  This employee would serve all buildings.  After discussion the board approved for administration to seek and hire a part-time social worker for the 2018-2019 school year.

2018-2019 District Calendar:  Administration presented a new 2018-2019 district calendar to the Board.  The previous calendar did not align spring break with the Board of Regents spring break.  The dates have been changed and administration is asking for approval.  The Board approved the 2018-2019 district calendar presented. 


Approve Warrants/Transfers:  The board  approved the Warrants/Transfers as presented. 

School/Student Safety:  There has been some concerns in the community regarding school/student safety.  The district has a Crisis Plan Handbook that has been in place for several years.  This is reviewed with staff at the beginning of each school year.  The district SRO also speaks to students about how to handle certain situations.  Security cameras will be installed with the new construction and administration needs to utilize what information this will provide for the district.  It was the consensus that the district is taking precautions and will continue to modify these.  Stephen Corkill is attending a safety meeting at Kansas State University.  Administrations was encouraged to also attend.  This item was discussion only.  It will be placed on the April 9 Agenda for further discussion.

Negotiations:  The board held an executive session for ten minutes for the purpose of discussing negotiations.  All six board members in attendance and the superintendent entered the executive session.  The purpose of the executive session is to protect the district’s right to the confidentiality of its negotiating position and the public interest.

Meeting reconvened at 9:00 p.m.  It was noted that no action was taken during the executive session.

Future Agenda Items:

  1.  Archery
  2. Teacher Evaluations
  3. School Safety Update

Adjournment:  Meeting adjourned at 9:04 p.m.

Melody Pfaff

Board Clerk