March 2017

EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting

A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on March 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room.  Members present were James Peter, Mitch Innes, Angie Pfizenmaier, Bruce Kaump, A.G. McLean, 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 with the following addition:  Add 13.D. Personnel-executive session. 

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.  A.G. Mclean congratulated the band students and Kerri Butler for receiving all one ratings at league music.
  2. The Board congratulated the BPA and FCCLA students for their recent success.
  3. Ruth Hutson received the Shell grant which will be around $3,000 and will be used to purchase science materials.  The board thanked her for her hard work in submitting the grant.

Mitch Innes arrived at 7:08 p.m.

RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS/STAFF:  The scholars bowl team and sponsor, Ruth Hutson, were in attendance to be recognized for placing third at the state scholars meet.  The team has qualified seven years in a row to participate at the state level.  The board congratulated them on their success. 

Katie Hutson was in attendance and informed the board that she has been elected as the FCCLA state president for the 2017-2018 school year.  That is quite an honor!  She also mentioned that Michaela Blockolsky, Kacie Duncan, and Katlyn Budenbender were elected to serve on the state peer education team for the 2017-2018.

Caitlin McLean, FFA President, let the board know that the Range team qualified to attend nationals in Oklahoma in May.  The meats team placed 4th as a team at a recent meet.  They will compete at Crowder College Aggie Days.

Great to see Blue Valley students being successful at the state level as well as district level. 

PRINCIPAL REPORTS:  These were noted.

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT:  Nothing new to report.

BOARD REPORT:  Nothing to report.

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

  1.  Approved Minutes of February 13, 2017 Regular Board Meeting
  2. Approved Activity/Revenue/Expenditure Reports
  3. Approved Resignation – Jon Nelson-McCormick Elementary School Custodian effective May 26, 2017.
  4. Approved Hirings – Jim Smith-McCormick Elementary School Custodian beginning June 1, 2017; Jim Nelson-part-time district custodian.
  5. Approved Out of State Trip Requests – FFA to Crowder College Aggie Days in Neosho, MO on March 22 and March 23; FFA to National Range Contest in Oklahoma on May 2 and May 4.


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

Bond Project:  Jeff Hancock with SMH Consultants, Mike Carson, Architect, and Mike Blaske were in attendance to update the board.  SMH Consultants did a more thorough inspection of the Blue Valley High School parking lot and presented the Board with a lower estimate to correct the drainage issue.  This estimate will be considered for the future bond election.  An estimate from MANKO Window Systems, Inc was also presented.  This estimate includes all doors and windows in the district that need to be replaced to help with energy efficiency.  It did not include skylights which should also be considered for replacement.  This estimate will be considered for the future bond election.  Brady Burton handed out estimates from Piper Jaffrey as what the mill levy increase will cost the residential homeowner.  This was information only.  Once the Board is closer to the bond election a more final cost will be brought to the board.

District Culture Committee:  Stephen Corkill was not able to get a meeting set up prior to the Board meeting.  No information to present at this time.


Approve Warrants/Transfers:  Mitch Innes moved, Angie Pfizenmaier seconded to approve the warrants/transfers as presented.  Motion carried 7-0.

Land Proposal:  Larry Schoof was in attendance to present the board with a possible land swap/purchase.  His goal is to make the land useful to all parties involved.  He is interested in getting a right away so he can access his land from the street.  The Board asked him to return to a future meeting with a more definite layout and figures to his proposal.

Negotiations:  An executive session was held with Brady Burton.  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 and it was noted that no action was taken during the executive session.

Personnel:  An executive session was held with Brady Burton, Marion Mazouch, and Melody Pfaff with the right to call in Jeanne Dowell. The purpose of the executive session is to protect the privacy interests of an identifiable individual

Meting reconvened and it was noted that no action was taken during the executive session.

Future Agenda Items:

  1.  Teacher Evaluations

Adjournment:  Meeting adjourned at 10:20 p.m.

Melody Pfaff

Board Clerk