November 2016

EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting

A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on November 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room.  Members present were James Peter, Mitch Innes, Angie Pfizenmaier, Bruce Kaump, Jason Anderson, and Stephen Corkill. 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 Board approved the Agenda as presented. 

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

WELCOME GUESTS:  President, James Peter welcomed our guests.

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


  1. Jason Anderson commented that the fence at McCormick Elementary looks very nice.
  2.  Stephen Corkill commended the band for their performance at the Veterans Day Parade.
  3.  Bruce Kaump said the play was very enjoyable.
  4.  James Peter expressed that the students who sang at the last home football game sounded good.
  5. Mitch Innes happy that a middle school boys basketball coach was found.

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

PRINCIPAL REPORTS:  These were noted.

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT:  Superintendent Brady Burton informed the Board that a new dishwasher had been ordered for the high school kitchen to replace the old one.  It is a chemical based dishwasher costing $5,552.00.  It will be installed over Christmas break.

BOARD REPORT:  Nothing to report.

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

  1. Approved Minutes of:  October 16, 2016
  2. Approved Activity/Revenue/Expenditure Reports
  3. Approved Hiring:  Robert Cowan as middle school boys head basketball coach for the 2016-2017 school year.


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

Audit Report:  Derek Bruna, Bruna Accounting Services, was in attendance to review the 2015-2016 CPA audit with the Board.  Good clean audit.

Bond Election:  Mitch Innes gave a progress report from the bond committee.  The committee held their last meeting and compiled a very preliminary cost estimate, which was presented to the Board.  The next step of the bond election process is for the Board to interview possible architect candidates.  The architect will be able to put together a more accurate estimate. Based on preliminary estimates the Board is confident that they will be able to keep the current mill levy flat. Mike Blaske and Mitch Innes did a good job putting all of this information together.  The Board consensus is to keep moving forward.


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

Staff Appreciation Holiday Activity:  The Board approved January 13 at 6:00 p.m. as the date and time for the staff appreciation holiday meal.  Ricky’s of Hanover will cater the meal and Blue Valley High School choir will provide the entertainment. 

McCormick Elementary Property:  Superintendent Brady Burton presented information in regards to the McCormick Elementary School property lines.  The fence that was installed infringes on the main street of Olsburg city property.  This was unknown at the time of the installation.  The fence will remain in place until the city wants to develop that area.

Executive Session:  An executive session with Brady Burton was held at 8:06 p.m. for 20 minutes to discuss personnel.  The purpose of the executive session is to protect the privacy interests of an identifiable individual. 

Meeting reconvened at 8:26 p.m.  It was noted that no action was taken during the executive session.

Future Agenda Items:

  1. Bond Election
  2. Superintendent Evaluation Forms

Adjournment:  Jason Anderson moved, Stephen Corkill seconded to adjourn.  Motion carried 6-0,

Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Melody Pfaff

Board Clerk