September 2018

EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting

A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on September 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Members present were Mitch Innes, Stephen Corkill, Reo Shultz, and Tim Innes. Administration present was Brady Burton, Superintendent, Marion Mazouch, Middle School/High School Principal, and Melody Pfaff, Board Clerk.

CALL TO ORDER: President, Mitch Innes the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

APPROVE THE AGENDA: The Agenda was approved with the following additions: Add 11.E. Out of State Trip Requests, 11.F. Out of District Student Request.

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

WELCOME GUESTS: President Mitch Innes welcomed our guests. Teachers new to the district were in attendance to be recognized - Haley Dreith-3rdGrade teacher, Jessica Davis-Social Worker, Kathy Seyfried-Spanish teacher, Adam Gudenkauf-High School English Teacher, Beth Luhman-FACS Teacher and Nancy Johnston-High School/Middle School Special Ed Teacher. The board welcomed them to the district and wished them a successful year.

OPEN FORUM: Anthony Meals, Agriculture Education Instructor, was in attendance to give the board an update of the happenings in his classroom. Currently he has 96% of the high school students enrolled in an agriculture education class and 99% are active FFA members.


1. Stephen Corkill commented that the Smart Boards are a great addition to the classrooms.

2. Board commended Anthony Meals on his AET report and for having a successful program.

3. Tim Innes mentioned that he has received positive comments regarding the lunch program.

4. Mitch Innes commented that the grounds look nice.


PRINCIPAL REPORTS: These were noted with no additions.

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT: Nothing new to report.

BOARD REPORT: Tim Innes commented that parents have inquired about the district becoming a no homework district. Board suggested that parents do some research and present it at a board meeting in the future.

CONSENT AGENDA: The Board approved pulling item 11.F. Out of District Student Request from the Consent Agenda and moving to 13.D

The Board approved the amended Consent Agenda as follows:

A. Approved Minutes of: August 13, 2017 Regular Board Meeting; August 20, 2017 Special Board Meeting

B. Approved Activity / Revenue / Expenditure Reports

C. Approved Resignation – Jim Smith, McCormick Elementary School Custodian, effective at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

D. Approved Hiring- William Wichman as Assistant High School Football Coach and Assistant High School Boys Basketball Coach for the 2018-2019 school year.

E. Approved Out of State Travel Requests – FFA to Indianapolis, Indiana October 23-27 and FFA to Maryville, Missouri October 4


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

Bond Update:Jeff Hancock with SMH Consultants and Dan Knight with Knight Anderson Architects was in attendance to update the board in regard to the bond construction. The error of prepping the high school parking lot for asphalt was a miscommunication in the original bid and addendum. The additional cost was not budgeted. There is a 5% construction contingency fund that will cover this cost. The preschool floor was coated with a sealant so that the flooring could be laid. The agriculture building will need a sewage lift pump to meet the sewer line. The board acknowledged Dan Knight has been very good to work with and has answered all questions. The board needed answers to present to the patrons.

Parent Communication: This was a carryover item from the last two board meetings. The concern has been that no information or incomplete information has been sent out to the public. The school has contracted with Appetegy to develop an app to send out district information and to manage our district website. This app would be available through the Apple Store or Google Play to download. This app would replace School Messenger and Gabbert as our website developer. Should there be a template that is used to get all information out to the public? This would be very helpful in making sure that the information is complete.


Approve General Contractor Bill: The Board approved to pay installment 4 in the amount of $501,466.80 to AHRS.

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

Roepke Fund Representative: The Board appointed Reo Shultz as the Roepke Fund Representative and to attend the October 24 meeting with other community representatives.

Out of District Student Request: The Board held an executive session for ten minutes with Brady Burton and Marion Mazouch to discuss a student matter. The purpose of the executive session is to protect the privacy rights of a student who is identifiable.

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

The Board did not approve the Out of District Student Request.

Future Agenda Items:

A. Parent Communication

B. Roepke Fund

C. No Homework District

Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Melody Pfaff

Board Clerk