May 2017

EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting

A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on May 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room.  Members present were James Peter, Mitch Innes, A.G. McLean, 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:  A.G. McLean moved, Mitch Innes seconded to approve the Agenda with the following changes:  Move 13.B. District Technology Position to 12.A.1 Motion carried 4-0.

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.  Stephen Corkill mentioned the success of the elementary school program and retirement reception.
  2. A.G. McLean congratulated the Band on their success at state band.
  3. A.G. McLean commended the FFA Horticulture Team for attending National Range Management.  What an experience for the students.
  4. A.G. McLean congratulate Caitlin McLean on receiving the Presidential Scholarship.
  5. Mitch Innes commented that the grounds look good.
  6. A.G. McLean mentioned that the Worlds of Fun Trip was successful for the physics and band students.

RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS/STAFF:  Kelli Francis along with Landon Schreiber and Lexi Vogt were in attendance to demonstrate the robots that were purchased through the Toshiba America grant.  The students have been working on learning how to program them.  It has been a fun learning experience and plans are to expand it in the years coming.

PRINCIPAL REPORTS:  These were noted.

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT:  Superintendent Brady Burton reminded the board that June 1 is the deadline to file for the open board positions.  As of today, no one has filed.  Legislature has been in week two after breaking.  It could be the middle of July before a school finance formula is in place.  Social Studies curriculum will be updated for the 2017-2018 school year.  An estimate of $10,400 has been given for four classes to update social studies curriculum.

BOARD REPORT:  Nothing to report.

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

  1. Approved Minutes of April 10, 2017 Regular Board Meeting
  2. Approved Activity/Revenue/Expenditure Reports
  3. Approved Resignations – effective at the end of the current school year:
    • Megan Larson-Preschool Paraprofessional
    • Melissa Holle-6-8 Language Arts Teacher
    • Michael Lee-5-8 Science Teacher
  4. Approved Hirings for the 2017-2018 School Year: 
    • Dawn Ayers-BVHS FACS Teacher/FCCLA Sponsor
    • Tammi Budenbender-McCormick Elementary Kindergarten Paraprofessional
    •  Joan Johnson-McCormick Elementary Paraprofessional
    • Teresa Whearty-Preschool Paraprofessional
    • Hannah Ridder-McCormick Elementary Paraprofessional
  5. Approved Out of State Trip Request:  FCCLA National Trip July 1-7 to Nashville.  The board will pay $500 towards expenses.
  6. Approved Out of District Student Requests for the 2017-2018 school year:
    • Bryson Brockman
    • Alexis and Gillian Reed
    • Jeremiah Parker
    • Benjamin Wichman
    • Axyl and Alaric Zimmer
    • John Llewelyn
  7.  Approved McCormick Elementary School Handbook Additions as presented.


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

District Technology Position:  Jake Napper with k12itc, Inc. was in attendance to present the services that k12itc, Inc. offers.  They are a company that only handles K-12 technology and was recommended by KASB as a solution to filling the district’s vacant technology director position.  They offer the Albert Solution which encompasses the technology infrastructure.  They will install all new hardware equipment and will maintain and monitor the system.  The Board approved signing a contract with k12itc Inc for five years at a yearly cost of $29,720 and a one-time set up fee of $5,950.

Bond Information:  Mike Carson and Mike Blaske were in attendance to present updated numbers for the potential bond election.  These numbers are as accurate as they can be until the board is ready to certify the bond.  The Board will have a special board meeting to discuss the bond in detail and decide how to proceed with the bond election.  Optional dates for a special meeting will be emailed to members.  A contract for services from Mike Carson was presented.  If the bond is passed then $248,000 will be included in the bond and if not then $35,000 will be the charge for his services.  The contract will be sent to KASB for review. No action was taken.

Land Acquisition:  No discussion took place.


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

Personnel:  The Board held an executive session with Brady Burton and Marion Mazouch for 15 minutes.  The purpose of the executive session is to protect the privacy interests of an identifiable individual.

Meeting reconvened and it was noted that no action took place during the executive session.

2017-2018 Supplemental Positions:  The Board approved the 2017-2018 supplemental position list as presented. 

2017-2018 Classified/Bus Driver Contracts:  The Board  rnewed all current classified/bus driver contracts for 2017-2018 school year. 

KPERS Penalty:  Brady Burton asked the board to begin paying his 24.03% KPERS Penalty for the 2017-2018 school year. The district currently pays for all other retired employees penalty. It was the consensus of the board that a board policy needs to be in place and be consistent district wide.  The Board directed Brady Burton to write a policy with the assistance of KASB that all KPERS penalties be paid by the district and that the board will be informed when a retired employee is hired.  This policy will be presented at the June 12 board meeting for approval. 

Negotiations:   The legislature needs to present a school funding formula for approval prior to finalizing negotiations. No action was taken.

Adjournment:  Meeting adjourned at 9:46 p.m.


Melody Pfaff

Board Clerk