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November 2018

EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting

A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on November 12, 2018 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.

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

WELCOME GUESTS: President, Mitch Innes welcomed our guests.

OPEN FORUM: Anthony Meals, Agriculture Education Instructor, was in attendance to update the Board on the FFA activities. He distributed the 2017-2018 Annual Report of the Blue Valley Agricultural Education Program. There will be an open meeting with CTE branches on January 7. All are welcome to attend.

POSITIVE BOARD COMMENTS:

  1. Stephen Corkill mentioned that the high school play was good.
  2. Stephen Corkill thanked Jim Smith and Kelly Jefferson for their service to our country.
  3. Stephen Corkill mentioned that parent/teacher conferences were well attended.
  4. Mitch Innes congratulated Elizabeth Wright for being recognized as a KU Honors Scholar.

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

PRINCIPAL REPORTS: These were noted with no additions.

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT: Nothing new to report at this time.

BOARD REPORT: Reo Shultz informed the board that the Roepke Fund awarded $3,800 to Blue Valley Schools to be used for ballpark improvements.

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

  1. Approved Minutes of: October 8, 2018 Regular Board Meeting
  2. Approved Activity / Revenue / Expenditure Reports
  3. Resignations – None
  4. Approved Hirings: Matt Prather-middle school boys head basketball coach for the 2018-2019 school year; Levi Peter-middle school boys assistant basketball coach for the 2018-2019 school year; Marion Mazouch-middle school girls head basketball coach for the 2018-2019 school year; Amber Ellis-middle school girls assistant basketball coach for the 2018-2019 school year.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

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

Homework: This was a carryover item from the October meeting. Ginger Blaske compiled information for the board to review. Brady Burton presented a philosophy statement for the board to review. Both items had very good information. The board would like to have something added to the student and teacher handbooks as soon as possible. The Board decided to compile the items and present a final one at the December 2018 meeting.

Bond Update: Brady Burton updated the board on the bond construction. Work has begun inside the new agriculture education building. Items have been ordered to furnish the new building. Once the Fire Marshall has given permission to occupy the new building staff will begin moving items in early December. Tables and racks will have to be built.

NEW BUSINESS:

Approve General Contractor Bill: The Board approved the general contractor bill be paid in the amount of $335,479.68.

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

Steve Joonas TLEC Director: Steve Joonas, TLEC Director was in attendance to give an overview of how TLEC works and where funding comes from. TLEC is housed in the district office in Clay Center and the budget is part USD 379 budget Code 78. One of the biggest challenges the cooperative faces is hiring certified and classified staff. Currently, several employees are working under the transition to teaching program. This allows paraprofessionals to get certified and in exchange the employee guarantees to work at least three years for the cooperative. The Board thanked Steve for his information.

ACT 2018 Results: Principal Marion Mazouch reviewed the 2017-2018 ACT results with the Board. There were ten students that took the ACT last school year. The ACT prep class that students are taking has been a benefit to increasing the scores. English, Reading, Science and Composite are all meeting or above the state average. Math is below the state average.

District Open House: The board discussed setting up a committee to plan an Open House once the construction is completed. The board appointed Ginger Blaske as chairperson of the committee and Tim Innes as a board representative to serve on the committee. Stephen Corkill will contact PTO and Brady Burton will contact Booster Club to ask for volunteers to serve on the committee.

Weight Room Key Card Deposit/Monthly Usage Fee: The board discussed a monthly fee and/or deposit for patrons to use the fitness center once completed. The board agreed that staff will not be required to pay to use the facility. The board will vote on the amount to be charged for a deposit and monthly usage fee at the December monthly meeting.

Staff Appreciation Holiday Activity: The Board set Friday, January 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. as the annual staff appreciation holiday activity and to host this event at the Blue Valley High School old gym and have Ricky’s of Hanover cater the meal. Brady Burton will check with Kerri Butler on entertainment for the event.

Future Agenda Items:

  1. Weight Room Key Card
  2. Homework
  3. Open House Committee
  4. Annual CPA Audit
  5. Review Bus Dropoff Policy

Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 9:26 p.m.

Melody Pfaff

Board Clerk