EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting
A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on March 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Members present were Mitch Innes, Stephen Corkill, James Peter, Reo Shultz, Ginger Blaske, and Jason Hartman. Administration present was Brady Burton, Superintendent, Marion Mazouch, Middle School/High School Principal, and Melody Pfaff, Board Clerk.
CALL TO ORDER: President, Mitch Innes called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
APPROVE THE AGENDA: The Board approved the Agenda as presented. Motion carried 5-0.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Board and guests recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
WELCOME GUESTS: President, Mitch Innes welcomed our guests.
OPEN FORUM: No one addressed the Board during Open Forum.
1. Stephen Corkill congratulated the basketball players and coaches for a successful season.
2. Ginger Blaske commented that the Open House Committee is progressing with plans.
3. Reo Shultz mentioned that the weight room will be a nice addition and is looking forward to seeing the finished product.
RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS/STAFF: Beth Luhman, FCCLA Advisor, was in attendance to let the board know the success the FCCLA chapter is having at contests. Parliamentary Team will be competing at state. Brianna Gough was elected District G VP of Finance and she has been selected to Financial Fitness Peer Ed Team.
Anthony Meals, FFA Advisor, was in attendance to update the Board on the happenings with the FFA Chapter. Brooke Staten, FFA member, was a district winner and state winner in the equine division at recent contests. She has an ongoing equine business and gave the board an overview of her accomplishments. Grace Roth was slated for a district officer. The chapter has been doing very well at recent contests.
The board congratulated both chapters for their success.
Brooklynn and Breeanna Young were in attendance to observe for a 4H project.
PRINCIPAL REPORTS: These were noted. Brady Burton added that Cat in The Hat week was being celebrated at McCormick Elementary this week. Marion Mazouch informed the board that he had sent a letter to KSHSAA apologizing for the behavior of some Blue Valley fans at the recent regional tournament. He also thanked Alma Wabaunsee for hosting the tournament and apologized to their district for the behavior of some of the Blue Valley fans. This is not how the district should be represented.
SUPERINTENDET REPORT: Superintendent Brady Burton updated the board on the legislature session. There are many proposals for school finance being considered. The state exceeded revenue in tax collection.
Magnets have been purchased for the buses to be used beginning next year. This should help students to get on the correct bus.
Jason Hartman entered the meeting at 7:22 p.m.
BOARD REPORT: Ginger Blaske updated the board about the open house festivities. Invitations are being sent to the class of 1959. Media has been contacted. Katie Larson and art students have designed a logo for the event. Shirts in recognition of the event can be ordered. The order forms are located on the website. There will be 41 adults and students helping with the event.
CONSENT AGENDA: The Board approved the Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Approved Minutes of: February 11, 2019 Regular Board Meeting
B. Approved Activity / Revenue / Expenditure Reports
C. Approved Resignations - None
D. Approved Hirings – Brittaney Warnow as 3rd grade teacher for the 2019-2020 school year
E. Approved Out of State Trip Requests – FFA to Miami, OK April 4-6 for a judging contest
Budget Review: Brady Burton and Melody Pfaff reviewed the Budget Summer of Funds with the board.
Bond Construction Update: A sidewalk has been poured at the agriculture center. Signs were put up on the fitness center building and agriculture education building. At the April board meeting, Dan Knight will be here for the final review of the project.
Approve Warrants/Transfers: The Board approved the warrants/transfers as presented.
Approve General Contractor Bill: The Board approved the General Contractor Bill Application No. 10 as presented.
Technology Proposal: Several DLT members were in attendance to support a proposal to purchase chrome books for the 9-12 students for the 2019-2020 school year. These would replace the iPads that the students currently are using. This change will give the students a better overall educational tool. After discussion, the consensus to purchase chrome books for the 8th grade students will be added to the proposal. The eighth-grade students will be allowed to check them out for use during the school day. The funding to purchase the chrome books will come from the broadband channels that Sprint currently has leased. This income will cover the initial cost and upkeep. After discussion, the board approved the purchase of 82 chrome books for grades 8-12 for the 2019-2020 school year.
Negotiations: The Board held an executive session with Brady Burton and Melody Pfaff for 30 minutes to discuss negotiations. The purpose of the executive session is to protect the district’s right to the confidentiality of its negotiating position and the public interest.
It was noted that no action was taken during the executive session.
Future Agenda Items:
A. Teacher Contracts
C. Dan Knight – Bond Update
D. Shane Good – Thermal Comfort Air
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.