October 2018

EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting

A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on August 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Members present were Mitch Innes, Stephen Corkill, James Peter, Reo Shultz, Tim Innes, 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.

APROVE 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: No one addressed the Board during Open Forum.


  1. Stephen Corkill commented that Grandparents Day at McCormick Elementary School was successful.
  2. Jason Hartman mentioned that the kids at McCormick Elementary School were enjoying the new playground equipment.
  3. Mitch Innes stated that he had heard good comments on the sound panels at McCormick Elementary School stating that it was easier to hear the kids at Grandparents Day.
  4. Reo Shultz thanked the administration for getting the change in homecoming plans to the patrons.
  5. Stephen Corkill commended Mr. Meals on hosting a successful range management/soils contest.

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: Nothing to report at this time.

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

  1. Approved Minutes of: August 10, 2018
  2. Approved Activity/Revenue/Expenditure Reports
  3. Approved Out of State Travel Request: FCCLA to National Cluster Meeting in Phoenix on November 16-18.
  4. Approved Resignations – None at this time.
  5. Approve Hirings – None at this time.


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

Parent Communication: Administration met with Apptegy via Zoom on October 2 to view website design templates and a phone app design. A website design was chosen. In order to create a phone app, the district needs to get permission from Apple. Google Play does not require any special permission. This will be an ongoing project and updates will be given monthly. The Board wants to see that communication is accurate and that teachers will be encouraged to use the new app.

Roepke Fund Project: Reo Shultz, Roepke Fund Representative, will be meeting with the other community representatives on October 24. After discussion, the Board directed Superintendent Brady Burton to get estimates for sewer repairs for the baseball field and cost of purchasing new aluminum bleachers for the baseball field. Once the estimates are gathered, a budget to present to the Ropeke Fund will be put together.

Bond Update: Superintendent Brady Burton updated the Board on the progress of the bond construction. Playground equipment has been installed at McCormick Elementary School. ABC Creative issued a $500 credit on the bill due to the installers leaving quite a mess behind. FFA students worked on raking and cleaning up the mud/mess that was left on the playground. PTO had input on which pieces of playground equipment was purchased. The high school roof materials have been delivered, but rainy weather has delayed the project. The agriculture building walls are up. Door access with access cards have been installed and will be up and running by the end of the week.

There was discussion about holding an Open House once the construction is finished. The board discussed what the fee would be for a weight room key. These items will be placed on the November board agenda for further discussion.


Approve General Contractor Bill: The Board approved the General Contractor Bill payment five in the amount of $365,377.47.

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

Homework: The Board discussed issuing a statement of philosophy in regard to homework. This will be discussed more at the November meeting.

2019-2020 Calendar Committee: The Board appointed Mitch Innes and Jason Hartman to serve as board representatives on the 2019-2020 Calendar Committee.

Supplemental Positions: Marion Mazouch gave an update on the middle school basketball coaching positions and high school track coaching position. These positions have not been filled. The district will advertise.

Future Agenda Items:

  1. Open House Planning Committee
  2. Weight room usage fee/deposit
  3. Homework

Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 8:41 p.m.

Melody Pfaff

Board Clerk