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May 2018


EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting

A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on May 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room.  Members present were James Peter, Stephen Corkill, Reo Shultz, and Ginger Blaske. 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 7:06 p.m.

APPROVE THE AGENDA:  The Board approves the Agenda as presented.  

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.

Stephan Corkill arrived at 7:10 p.m.

Mitch Innes left meeting at 7:10 p.m.


  1. Ginger Blaske mentioned that the blood drive on May 3 held at the high school was a success.  There was enough blood collected to offer a $350 scholarship to students.
  2. Reo Shultz metioned that there were 90 students participating in summer baseball/softball.
  3. Brady Burton commented that high school graduation was a success.

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

PRINCIPAL REPORTS:  These were noted with no additions.

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT:  Superintendent Brady Burton presented four mower bids, two bids from Hustler and two bids from John Deere.  The current district owned mower will be traded in.   John Deer offers a great service plan.  Tim Pfaff was in attendance to answer any questions that the board might have.  After discussion, the board approved the John Deere bid of $11,250 for a John Deere Z970R Commercial ZTrak with possibly adding a mulching feature if it is available and affordable.  This item will be purchased with Capital Outlay funds.

A bond pre-construction meeting was held last week, and things are moving very fast. Construction will begin Monday, May 21. Smart Boards, classroom projectors, and laptops will be ordered this week.  Bids are being taken for the playground equipment at McCormick Elementary School.  The board discussed having volunteers install the playground equipment or have the company install it.  The board approved to have the playground equipment installed by the company.  

Board member Jason Anderson submitted a letter of resignation effective immediately.  An ad to fill the vacancy will be placed in the Riley Countian.  

BOARD REPORT:  Nothing to report at this time.

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

  1. Approved Minutes of:  April 9, 2018 Regular Board Meeting; April 23, 2018 Special Board Meeting
  2. Approved Activity / Revenue / Expenditure Reports
  3. Approved Resignations – Joe Zimmer, high school math teacher effective at the end of the 2017-2018 school year; Jason Anderson, board member effective immediately.
  4. Approved Hirings – Jessica Davis, social worker position shared with Riley County High School for the 2018-2019 school year; Kerry Mazouch as library aide for the 2018-2019 school year.
  5. Approved Out of District Student Requests – Tucker Bylkas, Brock Burgman, Dalton Clark, Trevor Clark, Maggie Finan, John Llewelyn, Breigh Brockman, Bryson Brockman, Ben Wichman, Wilson Wichman, Gillian Reed, and Bri Holle
  6. Approved Out of State Trip Requests – FFA leadership retreat to Omaha, Nebraska on August 7-10.


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

Blue Valley High School Sewer Line/Roof Drain - Blue Valley High School sewer line/roof drains were inspected by Ryan Smith with Smith Plumbing and Kansas Nu Drain.  The high school has some settling in the science room and it was discovered that the bottom of the pipe is missing, and water is infiltrating under the floor which is causing the settling.  A bid from Smith Plumbing and Kansas Nu Drain in the amount of $13,500 was presented to install a liner in the pipe to alleviate this problem and to prevent any further settling.  Instillation will take place over the summer.  The Board approved to move forward with installation of the liner by Smith Plumbing and Kansas Nu Drain and to coordinate this with Critchfield and the AHRS foreman.  

School Safety and Security – Marion Mazouch is going to attend a National Threat Assessment Center Presentation on school safety.  Brian Swearingen, SRO Officer will be meeting with Cliff Williams, Superintendent at Riley County and Brady Burton, Superintendent of Blue Valley to review crisis plans and to coordinate together since the districts share an SRO officer. An active shooter drill will be held on June 27 at the Manhattan High School West Campus, if interested in attending, contact Brian Swearingen.

Bond -  A construction trailer will be located behind the new gym by May 21.  The press box will be torn down on May 21.  The preschool concrete work will begin next week. Jacob Brenner will be trenching a ditch area for installation of the fire hydrant by the preschool as required by county building regulations.

The staff has been working to clean out the preschool and press box.  Home Ec room will be cleaned out at the end of the week.  Buildings should be ready by the end of the day on Friday, May 18.


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

Approve General Contractor Bill– This item will be place on the monthly board agenda for approval.  This month the general contractor did not submit a bill. No action taken.

Personnel– The Board went into executive session at 8:15 p.m. with Brady Burton and Marion Mazouch to discuss personnel and returned to open session at 8:30 p.m.   It was noted that no action was taken during executive session.

2018-2019 Supplemental Positions– The Board approved the 2018-2019 supplemental positions as presented.  

2018-2019 Classified/Bus Driver Positions– The Board approved the 2018-2019 classified/bus driver positions as presented.  

Negotiations– There has been no changes to the finance bill so no need to discuss.

Future Agenda Items:

  1.  Para on shuttle bus
  2. Valedictorian/Salutatorian Handbook Policy
  3. Test Scores
  4. Supt. House Contract
  5. Negotiations

Adjournment – Meeting adjourned at 8:42 p.m.