EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting

A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on August 10, 2020 at 7:00 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, and Melody Pfaff, Board Clerk.

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

 BUDGET HEARING:  The board discussed the 2020-2021 budget.  No one was in attendance to address the board.  The Board approved the 2020-2021 Budget.  

 ADJOURNMENT:  Meeting adjourned at 7:24 p.m.

 CALL TO ORDER:  President Mitch Innes called the meeting to order at 7:25 p.m.

 APPROVE THE AGENDA:  The Board approved the Agenda with the following change:  Moved 11.E. Hiring to 13.D. Hiring - executive session.  

 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.

 POSITIVE BOARD COMMENTS:

1.     The Board commended the time DLT spent drawing up the document to re-open school.  Incredible amount of work in a short amount of time.

2.     Amy Cassel mentioned that the FFA officer team attended a retreat in Russell.  Lots accomplished during this time.

3.     Amy Cassel congratulated the fishing club on placing to attend state competition.

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

 PRINCIPAL REPORTS:  No reports submitted.

 SUPERINTENDENT REPORT:  Superintendent John Cox met with DLT members several times to compile the return to school document.  Spark funds has been secured with both Riley County and Pottawatomie County. Masks will be required to be worn by students and staff at all times.  It has been a whirlwind of a month but, very proud of all the hard work of the staff coming together to benefit out students.  

 BOARD REPORT:    Board member Reo Shultz mentioned that he is getting some feedback from the 20-59 order. At this time the local boards cannot override this order.  The districts can go above and beyond the order but, cannot do less than the order states.

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

a.     Approved Minutes of July 13, 2020 Regular Board Meeting; July 22, 2020 Special Board Meeting; July 30, 2020 Special Board Meeting.

b.     Approved Receipts

c.     Approved Calendar Changes

d.     No Resignations/Retirements

e.     Hiring – moved to 13. D.

f.      Approved Out of District Request – Jacie LeBlanc

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

District House Updates - Flooring bids for the district house have been received.  Two staff members are painting the inside of the district house.  The house should be ready to rent in a couple of weeks.

District Goals:  Superintendent John Cox presented an updated document of goals to the board.  At this time the focus will be on these three top goals: Positive Culture/Pride in School/Athletic Pride/Unify Staff, Build Effective Leadership in all Buildings, All Students will Succeed.  As the year progresses there will be measurement of these goals presented to the Board. Consistency with discipline and communication is very important.  The goals will be on the November board agenda for a progress update.  The board will receive weekly updates on the RAM Updates sent out every Friday.  This board goal document will continue to grow. 

Reopening Plan:  This document was compiled by administration and the DLT.  The board reviewed the document and discussed communication with the patrons being a key to the success of the plan.  A survey has been sent to parents for them to indicate in-person learning or remote learning for their student.  Parents and students need to be aware that in person learning will mean in person extra-curricular activities. Remote learning will include attendance and accountability in order to receive funding for the student.  The district will follow the guidelines that Riley County as set since the board office is located in Riley County.  Hybrid learning will take place if directed by Riley County Commissioners due to high risk.  The Board approved the reopening plan document. 

NEW BUSINESS:

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

Board Policy Updates:  The KASB Board Policy Updates recommendations were distributed to the board members in July for the members to review and take action in August.  The Board approved the KASB Board Policy Updates as presented.  

Set Annual Tour of Buildings and Grounds:  The board set September 14, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. as the date and time for the board tour of building and grounds.  The tour will begin at McCormick Elementary School at 5:00 p.m.  Board members needing a ride to McCormick Elementary please be at the middle school by 4:45 p.m.   

Hiring:  The Board held an executive session with John Cox and Melody Pfaff for 30 minutes to discuss personnel.  The purpose of the executive session is to protect the privacy interest of an identifiable individual.  

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

The Board approved hiring Arlie Diederich as a bus driver for the 2020-2021 school year with a plan of action that administration will draw up.

Future Agenda Items:

a.  Bus driver incentive and recruitment

Adjournment:  Meeting adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

 Melody Pfaff

Board Clerk