EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting

A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on April 12, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room.  Members present were Mitch Innes, Stephen Corkill, Reo Shultz, Tim Innes, Jason Hartman, Ginger Blaske, and Amy Cassel. Administration present was John Cox, 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 6:00 p.m.

APPROVE THE AGENDA:  The Board approved the Agenda with the following additions:  Add 11.i. FCCLA Nationals Trip; 12.h. Sound Board.  

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

WELCOME GUESTS: President, Mitch Innes welcomed our guests.

OPEN FORUM:  Caitlin Larson, Art Teacher, wanted to recognize the following students for placing at the TVL Arts Festival which was hosted by Blue Valley:

 1st place: 

Lily Corkill, Mixed Media, “Mini Field Journal”

Lily Corkill, Scratch Art, “Lion’s Face”

Clara Sedlacek, Scratch Art, “Flamingo”

2nd place:

Courtney Blackburn, Cardboard Sculpture, “Picture This”

Shianne Shelton, Graphic Design, “Chris Lewis”

Jacob Rowe, Mixed Media, “Australian Sheppard”

Cami Sedlacek, Scratch Art, “The Mask”

Morgan Spangler, Scratch Art, “Cow Composition”

Lily Corkill, Scratch Art, “Matterhorn”

Grace Johnson, Photography, “On the Stage”

3rd place:

Courtney Blackburn, Graphic Design, “Self Love”

Chance Penner, Scratch Art, “Scratch Art Elk”

John Smith, Scratch Art, “The Gray Fox”

Cami Sedlacek, Scratch Art, “Hot Air Balloons”

Brock Burgman, Scratch Art, “Roan Ambition”

Brock Burgman, Sculpture, “Shadow’s Head”

Ceiling Tile On-site competition - 2nd place (Lily Corkill, Tessa Hartman, Courtney Blackburn, Clara Sedlacek and Cami Sedlacek)

Blue Valley placed 3rd place overall.  What an accomplishment for our students. 


1.     Boots and Bling virtual auction was a success.  Thank you to all that purchased items.

2.     Megan Larson has done an excellent job with the trap team.

3.     Congratulations to the students who placed at the art festival.

4.     Congratulations to the greenhand horse judging team for placing first overall. 

5.     Congratulations to Bailey Cox for placing 7th as an individual and the team placing 3rd overall at the dairy foods judging contest.

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


a.     Anthony Meals-Student’s Ag Ed Update:  Anthony Meals gave an agriculture education update.  Plant sales will be starting the week of April 12-16.  Thank you to the staff for allowing students to participate in the contests. Lee Buchanan has been volunteering in the shop.  Brock Burgman and A.J. Cassel presented a proposal to add a part-time shop instructor.  Mr. Buchanan has helped the students with welding skills.  The addition of a part time shop instructor would be a tremendous benefit to the students.  Funding for the position could be funded by the enrollment of students in an MATC course that is offered.  For each student enrolled the district would receive $432.  The approximate cost of adding a part-time shop instructor would be $20,000 for four hours of work each day throughout the school year.  Bryce Hoeltzel was in attendance to present a plan to expand the animal facility.  This plan would be constructed over a four-year period.  This would allow the students access to a wide variety of animals.  This project would be a combined effort of agriculture education students and FFA Alumni members.  The board thanked the students and Mr. Meals for the presentations.

b.     Middle School Washington D.C. Trip:  Amber Ellis and Nate Holmes were in attendance to present a proposal from World Classrooms to allow our middle school students to travel to Washington D.C.  This is an opportunity to make education fun for our students.  This is not a school sponsored event and students would hold fundraisers to raise the funding they need.  Sponsors would travel with the students.  The Board agreed that this is a great opportunity for our students.

c.     Sound Board:  Ruth Hutson presented a quote from MSM in the amount of $11,374.45 to purchase a new sound board.  The current sound board was purchased in 1991 and parts are no longer available to repair it.  This would upgrade the system currently used.  The sound board is used for many events throughout the year.  The Board thanked Mrs. Hutson for getting a quote. 

d.     FCCLA TRIP:  The FCCLA State STAR Events were virtual this year.  Several FCCLA members competed.  One student, Lexi Vogt, qualified for Nationals.  Beth Luhman was in attendance to request travel to Nashville Tennessee and to approve the $500 funding contribution per board policy.  This is a great opportunity.  The Board congratulated Lexi and thanked Ms. Luhman for her leadership.

Principal Reports:  State Assessments in reading and math begin the week of April 19 for third and fourth grade students.  Kindergarten drive-thru roundup will be May 4.  McCormick Elementary staff are making plans for the end of year celebrations. Prom will be at Blue Vista on April 17.  Students at the middle school and high school are currently taking state assessments.

 Superintendent Report:

a.     Bids will be presented tonight to repair the drainage issue at McCormick Elementary

b.     Vans will be delivered within the next couple of weeks.

c.     The strategic plan survey has been sent out and results will be delivered to KASB.

d.     Handbook updates will be on the May agenda.

e.     All board members are invited to attend prom.

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

a.     Approved Minutes of March 8, 2021

b.     Approved Receipts

c.     Approved TLEC Board Report

d.     Approved KASB Memberships/LAF

e.     Approved March Budget Summary of Funds

f.      Approved the Presentation of Legislative updates

g.     Approved the OPAA! Contract for 2021-2022 school year.

h.     Approved the following hirings for the 2021-2022 school year

·       Kylie Hutfles-First Grade Teacher

·       Paige Claycamp-Second Grade Teacher

·       Andrea McNeive – Fifth Grade Teacher

i.      Approved FCCLA Trip to Nashville Tennessee and the $500 board contribution to the trip per board policy


a.      Drainage Issue at McCormick Elementary School – Stephen Corkill moved, Reo Shultz seconded to accept the bid from Blades and Spades in the amount of $8,450 to repair the drainage issue.  Motion carried 6-1.

b.     Strategic Staffing Needs/Plan – The board reviewed the plan that was presented last month.  Numbers need to increase in elective classes.  There will be no changes made for 21-22.  The board will continue to discuss this plan.

c.     Splitting the Superintendent/Principal Evaluation - The board directed Mr. Cox to develop an evaluation and to present it at the May 10 board meeting.

d.     Negotiations:  The first negotiations meeting has taken place.  The next meeting will be May 10.

e.     Board of Education Self Evaluation – Evaluations need to be returned by Wednesday, April 21.  Another survey will be sent out late summer. 

f.      Preschool Changes – The Board held an executive session with John Cox, Jessica Cook, and Melody Pfaff for 20 minutes to discuss personnel.  The purpose of the executive session is to protect the privacy interests of an identifiable individual.  

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

g.      Bus Tracker – Board directed Mr. Cox to move forward and get more information and prices.  The consensus of the board was that cameras could solve a lot of issues.

h.     Sound Board – The Board approved the purchase of a sound board in the amount of $11,374.45.  


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

b.     Personnel – The Board held an executive session with John Cox and Marion Mazouch for 15 minutes to discuss personnel.  The purpose of the executive session is to protect the privacy interests of an identifiable individual.  

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

c.     Action on Personnel – No action was taken

d.      End of year Schedule for Board of Education Presence:  The following board members will be attending the following events:

·       April 17 Promenade – Amy Cassel

·       April 17 Prom – John Cox and Marion Mazouch

·       May 3-May 7 Teacher Appreciation Week – Mitch Innes, Reo Shultz, Jason Hartman

·       May 12 Senior Awards Night – Amy Cassel

·       May 15 Graduation – Jason Hartman and Amy Cassel

·       May 19 Grades 9-11 Awards – Ginger Blaske

·       May 25 Grades 5-7 Awards – Mitch Innes

·       May 25 8th Grade Promotion – Mitch Innes, Jason Hartman, Stephen Corkill, and Reo Shultz

Future Agenda Items:

a.     Student Handbooks

b.     Negotiations

c.     Half-time Agriculture Teacher

Adjournment:  Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.