All posted Board of Education minutes are unofficial until approved at the succeeding regular BOE meeting.
EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on March 8, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Members that were present: Mitch Innes, Reo Shultz, Stephen Corkill, Tim Innes, Jason Hartman, and Amy Cassel. Administration present was John Cox, Superintendent, Marion Mazouch, Middle School/High School Principal, and Melody Pfaff, Board Clerk.
CALL TO ORDER: Vice-President, Reo Shultz called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
APPROVE THE AGENDA: The Board approved the Agenda with the following addition 10.e. Budget Summary.
Stephen Corkill entered the meeting at 6:05 p.m.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Board and guests recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
WELCOME GUESTS: Vice-President, Reo Shultz welcomed our guests.
OPEN FORUM – No one addressed the Board during Open Forum.
Mitch Innes entered the meeting at 6:07 p.m.
POSITIVE BOARD COMMENTS:
1. Thank you to the FFA for having the elementary students participate in ag day at the shop in recognition of FFA week. It was a very successful and fun day!
2. High School boys’ and girls’ basketball season has ended. The girls made it to the second round of sub-state finals. Good season for all.
3. Great to see all of the participation in the food drive at the middle school and high school buildings. It has been very successful with lots of items collected to benefit the food basket.
RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS/STAFF: Thank you to Kerry Mazouch for setting up the schedule for Dr. Seuss week. It was an awesome week for both students and staff. The board thanked LuAnn Lund for her years at Blue Valley and wished her luck in her retirement.
a. Ag Ed Update – Mr. Meals was in attendance to give the board ag ed highlights. Eight students each received an SAE grant in the amount of $1,000. It was a very successful year for Blue Valley in the SAE Grant Program. Blue Valley is ranked third chapter in the nation based on the number of grant recipients. Little Rascals grooming business has a full schedule of appointments. The first annual Blue Valley FFA Ag Photo Contest was a success. Horticulture students are working on spring landscaping projects.
b. Preschool – Jessica Cook was in attendance to propose possible changes to the preschool. Feedback from a parent survey that was sent out was very positive. The preschool would serve all Blue Valley three- and four-year-old children. The cost would be $14 per day. Transportation would be provided to and from school for those attending. The morning session would include the three-year-old children and the afternoon session would include the four-year-old children. The Board thanked Jessica for the research and proposals she presented.
c. ELA Curriculum – LuAnn Lund was in attendance to give the board an overview of the K-12 ELA Curriculums that teachers were looking at for the 2021-2022 school year. Their choices were narrowed down to three. She reviewed the positives from each curriculum. The teachers will be meeting on Friday, March 12 to make a decision. The Administration will present the final one at the April Board meeting for approval. The Board thanked LuAnn for taking the time to present.
PRINCIPAL REPORTS -
a. Elementary School - Dr Suess week was celebrated March 1-5. Students will have the opportunity to earn golden tickets by reading books and will use those tickets to purchase items in the Reading Counts store. The State Assessment Testing window is April 1 – May 18. Plans are being made for kindergarten roundup.
b. Middle School and High School – Basketball season went very well. Thank you to Coach Schreiber and Coach Fronce for providing excitement to basketball games at BVHS. Track practice begins after March 22. BVHS will host the TVL Art Festival on Thursday, March 25.
a. State Testing Window - April 1st through May 18th – No remote testing for kids.
b. Drainage issue at McCormick Elementary - Blades and Spades submitted a bid in the amount of $8.054 to correct the drainage issue that has washed out the ball field. Amy Cassel said that a neighboring house is also having issues due to a drainage problem at McCormick Elementary. Mr. Cox will look into this.
c. Heaters in High School – The new gym heater has been fixed.
d. Vans – Vans are on track to be delivered in April.
CONSENT AGENDA: The Board approved the Consent Agenda as follows:
a. Approved Minutes of February 8 Regular Board Meeting; February 15 Special Board Meeting; February 23 Special Board Meeting
b. Approved Receipts
c. Approved Out of state Trips
i. Senior Trip to Lake of the Ozarks
ii. Ag Trip to Oklahoma – this replaces the trip to Missouri
d. TLEC Board Report
e. Approved Letter of Agreement with UNI
f. Approved Resignation – Ashley Buessing- 4th grade teacher effective the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
Approve Hiring-Alex Wulfkuhle- Assistant Track Coach for 2020-2021 school year.
a. Staff Needs/Strategic Plan – Mr. Cox gave the board a brief update. Interviews are taking place this week for the current openings. The tech director job description will be posted. No action taken.
b. Administrative Strategic Plan – Mr. Cox gave the board a brief update. No action taken.
c. Coaching Strategic Plan – Mr. Cox and Mr. Mazouch will be meeting after spring break to discuss coaching. No action taken.
d. Splitting the Superintendent and Principal Evaluation Discussion – This item was tabled until the April 12 board meeting. This gives the board more time to review the options. No action taken
e. Negotiation Items – The board will review the information Mr. Cox has given them. No action taken
f. Board of Education Self-Evaluation – The board reviewed the results of the board self-evaluation. Mr. Cox will send out a document to the board members to approve questions for a patron survey. Mr. Cox will then send out a board survey to the patrons. No action taken.
g. Preschool Changes: The Board approved transitioning the preschool to a Blue Valley three-and-four-year-old preschool for the 2021-2022 school year. More information will be released as it becomes available.
h. ELA Adoption Committee - Wonders K-6 -1-year, Wonders K-6 – 6 years, Study/Sync 6-12 are all curriculum plans being reviewed by teachers. A decision will be made and presented to the Board at the April 12 board meeting for approval.
i. KASB –The board set April 6 and April 20 as special board meetings for KASB leadership workshops. KASB will return in June to facilitate the results from the workshops.
a. Approve Warrants/Transfers – The Board approved the warrants/transfers as presented.
b. Executive Session to discuss Personnel Matters for Non-Elected Personnel and/or Employer/Employee Negotiations – The Board held an executive session at 8:00 p.m. with the right to call John Cox into the executive session and returned to open session at 9:00 p.m. The purpose of the executive session is to protect the privacy rights of an identifiable individual. No action was taken during the executive session.
The Board held an executive session at 9:01 p.m. with John Cox and returned to open session at 9:06 p.m. The purpose of the executive session is to protect the privacy rights of an identifiable individual. No action was taken during the executive session.
i. Superintendent Contract Review – No action taken.
c. Action on Personnel – No action taken.
d. Bus Tracker – Mr. Cox will research bus trackers and stop arm cameras and present more information at a future board meeting. No action taken.
FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS:
b. ELA Curriculum
c. Splitting the Superintendent and Principal Evaluation
d. Student Handbooks
ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.