All posted Board of Education minutes are unofficial until approved at the succeeding regular BOE meeting.
A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on March 9, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Members present were Mitch Innes, Jason Hartman, Reo Shultz, Amy Cassel, and Melissa Geisle.. 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 change: Move 12e. Hirings to 14c1.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Board and Guests recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
WELCOME GUESTS: President, Mitch Innes welcomed our guests.
POSITIVE BOARD COMMENTS:
1. Good to see career day at McCormick Elementary School.
2. Congratulations to the basketball teams for a successful season.
SPECIAL REPORTS: None
RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS/STAFF: None
RAM WAY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: The March students of the month will be recognized at the April board meeting.
a. McCormick Elementary School –Dr. Seuss’s Birthday was celebrated, Career Day was held, and March Madness reading counts challenge are just a few of the happenings at McCormick Elementary School. Thank you to Carla Schroller, Judy Shultz, and Charlotte Olson for volunteering their time and artistic talents once again.
b. Blue Valley High School/Blue Valley Middle School: Congratulations to the basketball teams. Track and baseball have begun. Blue Valley will be hosting the TVL music festival on Tuesday March 22. High school will not be in session on March 22 to accommodate this event.
SUPERINTENDENT REPORT: Superintendent John Cox gave a report to the board on the following:
· ESSER III – No new information. This is still in the review process.
· KESA – The KESA team has been working very hard to get this report ready for the OVT team to review.
· DLT – Discussion was held regarding the parent engagement event(s). Maybe a baseball-themed event. More information will be released as it becomes available.
· ARPA Funds: No new information.
· District Staff Meal – The district is hosting a staff meal at the North County on March 11.
· Food Chain Disruption – The district received a grant through KSDE in the amount of $8,885 to help offset the cost of food supply chain disruptions.
· Micro Buses – Inventory for 14 passenger micro buses is very low. The district needs to move forward on the purchase of one or two.
· Additional Security Cameras – Additional cameras are needed to improve camera coverage on all campuses. The high school needs nine cameras in vulnerable areas for a cost of $5,939.82. At the middle school, the recorder needs replaced along with seven additional cameras between the middle school and preschool at a cost of $6,449.85. McCormick Elementary needs the recorder replaced and five cameras added at a cost of $4,799.90. The ESSER III funds will be used for these projects once it is approved. This will be placed on a future agenda for board approval.
· Communication Plan – Administration has been working on a communication plan that describes the strategy used, the channel of communication, the purpose, the timeline, and the person responsible for communication. It is still in draft form and will be presented at a future meeting.
OPEN FORUM: Matt Schreiber publicly thannked Jada Burgman for taking photos at games and capturing some great memories for the students.
CONSENT AGENDA: The Board approved the consent agenda as follows:
a. Approved Minutes of February 14, 2022, Regular Board of Education Meeting.
b. Approved Receipts
c. Approved Resignation – Kelli Francis effective at the end of the 2021-2022 school year,
d. Approved Out of District Student Requests for the 2022-2023 School Year: Hayes Hall, Ethan Kirby, and Nathaniel Irvine.
Remote Learning Waiver – No waiver needed.
OPAA! Food Service Feedback - The salad bar at the buildings is receiving some positive feedback. Staff expressed that the quality of the fruits and vegetables needs to be better. Processed foods are still an issue. Administration will continue to guide OPAA! food service staff in making needed adjustments.
ARPA Funds – Nothing new to discuss
Key Card Access – Administration reached out to neighboring districts as to policy regarding board members being issued a key card to enter the buildings. The consensus of the districts that responded was that board members are not employees of the district and therefore are treated as any member of the public. After discussion, the board approved school board members will not be allowed key card access.
Approve Warrants/Transfers – The Board approved the warrants/transfers as presented.
The board took a five-minute break at 7:29 p.m.
Personnel – The Board held an executive session with John Cox and Melody Pfaff 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.
The Board approved the hiring of Quinton Cravens as high school athletic director for the 2022-2023 school year.
Communication Director Discussion – The district will continue to streamline thrillshare, email and local newspaper to communicate. No action taken.
Negotiation Team – Mitch Innes, Tim Innes, John Cox, will serve on the negotiating team. Reo Shultz will be the alternate.
Micro Bus Purchase - Administration presented information on the difference of purchasing versus leasing a micro bus. After discussion, the Board approved to purchase one 14 passenger micro bus and to lease one 14 passenger micro bus for the 2022-2023 school year.
Scheduled Activities Attendance – The spring activities schedule is posted. Board members can sign up for activities to attend.
Future Agenda Items:
a. Superintendent’s Evaluation
c. Teacher Evaluations
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.