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EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting
A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on May 10, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Members present were Mitch Innes, 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: Move 12.a. Drainage Issue at McCormick Elementary to 10.e.; Add 10.f. End of Year Staff Appreciation; Add 12.f. Strategic Plan Report; Move 12.c. Negotiation Information to 13.b.i. Negotiation Team.
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 spotlight that KMAN did on the four senior students was awesome. The kids did a good job representing Blue Valley.
2. The district school grounds look very nice.
3. The FFA Banquet was a success with a full crowd.
RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS/STAFF: Mr. Meals was in attendance to give some highlights of FFA and the happenings of the agriculture education students. Congratulations to the following for recent placings at local contests:
• Nursery/Landscape Contest:
Team - Second Place
Lily Corkill - Third Place
Tessa Hartman – Sixth Place
• Livestock Judging Contest:
Senior Livestock Team – Second Place
Bryce Hoetzel – Second Place
• Greenhand Contest:
Discovery 8th Grade Livestock Team – First Place
Greenhand Livestock Team – Fifth Place
Tuttle Creek Development has been working behind the agriculture education building. They donated all their time and supplies. What a huge thank you to Tuttle Creek Development. The following students have been hired as summer interns: Tessa Hartman, Tennessee Hartman, and Courtney Blackburn.
SPECIAL REPORTS: Ruth Hutson and LuAnn Lund were in attendance to present year four KESA Report. The improvement team has worked very hard, and the goals were all met even with the challenge of CoVid in the district. The Board thanked Ruth and LuAnn for leading the district to success.
Elementary School: Blue Valley Preschool roundup will be held on May 14 all day. This will give parents a chance to pre-enroll their student. The elementary spring concert will be held on May 18. McCormick Elementary School field day/talent show will be on May 21 at BVHS gym and football field. Students will be release at 12:45 on May 25.
Middle School/High School: State Assessments will be completed this week. Prom was a success under the leadership of Ruth Hutson and Tricia Reichert. Thank you to all the parents that helped throughout the evening. Please check the district website for upcoming end of year school activities.
a. Legislation Update - Superintendent John Cox reported that a school finance package, which is a 5.3% increase in school funding, has been approved by legislatures and is ready for the Governor’s approval.
b. Weekly Schedule - A superintendent weekly schedule is being sent to staff.
c. ELA Preschool Curriculum: An ELA curriculum for the preschool has been adopted. The curriculum will cost the district $3,277.17. The curriculum aligns with K-12 ELA curriculum.
d. CoVid Data: Superintendent John Cox shared that the district had 18 positive cases of CoVid during the 2020-2021 school year.
e. Drainage Issue at McCormick Elementary: Blades and Spades will begin work June 1 to fix the drainage issue at McCormick Elementary.
f. End of Year Staff Appreciation: The district will host an end of year staff appreciation event at The Bricks on May 26 from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. A limited menu will be offered.
CONSENT AGENDA: The Board approved the Consent Agenda as follows:
a. Approved Minutes of: April 12, 2021 Regular Board of Education Meeting; April 20, 2021 Special Board of Education Meeting; April 28, 2021 Special Board of Education Meeting.
b. Approved Receipts
c. Approved TLEC Board Report
d. Approved April Budget Review
e. Hirings/Resignations – None
f. Approved out of district students: Staci LeBlanc, Kenidy Lister,Trevor Clark, Maggie Finan, Damian Butler, Isabella Butler, Michael Butler, Tucker Reid, Taylen Reid, Courtney Blackburn, Allison O’Shea, Jaimeson O’Shea, Bailey Cox, Brody Cox, John Llewelyn, William Llewelyn, Gage Williams, and Koy Williams
Splitting the Superintendent/Principal Evaluation - After discussion, this item was tabled and will be placed on the June board meeting agenda to give members more time to review the presented Evaluation tool. No action was taken.
Bus Tracker – Superintendent John Cox presented quotes to install bus tracking on district owned buses. There is a wide range of options that are offered. Board members will reach out to patrons and get input. The board tabled this item and will place it on the June board meeting agenda to discuss further. No Action was taken.
Handbooks – The changes to the middle school/high school handbook were reviewed. The main change was the high school cell phone policy. The Board approved the changes and additions to the middleschool/high school handbook for the 2021-2022 school year. The following will be the high school cell phone policy beginning the 2021-2022 school year:
High School: Our goal as Blue Valley educators is to teach students responsibility and encourage appropriate use of personal devices. Allowing students to carry their cell phone will provide them with guidance on appropriate times and places to utilize them. When given permission, students are allowed to appropriately access their cell phone. Under direct supervision of the teacher, cell phones may be used during the classroom as defined by the teacher in their class syllabus. Students may access their cell phone during passing periods and lunch time. If students access their cell phone without permission during class time the following actions will be taken:
— First Offense: Referral and electronic device returned at the end of the school day.
— Second Offense: One Day of In-School Suspension and parent will be contacted to pick-up the device.
— Third Offense: One Day of In-School Suspension and the electronic device will not be allowed in the school for one week.
— Additional offenses may result in loss of use of the electronic device for the remainder of the school year. The use of cell phones for inappropriate reasons will not be tolerated. Inappropriate uses of the cell phones may include, but not limited to, bullying, sexual harassment, taking videos/pictures without consent, sexting, and cheating.
Strategic Plan Report: The board reviewed the USD 384 Strategic Plan Report. The Board is recommending the following Mission Statement:
“Providing meaningful learning opportunities for all students, helping them realize their fullest potential and preparing them for their individual future success”.
District Leadership Team will meet and discuss the district mission statement. This item will be placed on the June agenda for final implementation.
The Board approved the following district goals:
1. Developing Responsive Culture of Learning
2. Community Engagement
3. Staff Support and Development
4. Physical Plan Aligns with the Vision
Approve Warrants/Transfers: The Board approved the warrants/transfers as presented.
The board took a five-minute break at 8:10 p.m. Meeting reconvened at 8:15 p.m.
Personnel: An executive session was held for 35 minutes 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 at 8:50 p.m. and it was noted that no action was taken during the executive session.
Certified Contracts: The Board approved all certified contracts for the 2020-2021 school year.
Classified Contracts: The Board approved all classified contracts for the 2020-2021 school year.
Supplemental Contracts: The Board approved the 2020-2021 Supplemental Salary Schedule as presented.
Future Agenda Items:
a. Board of Education Going Digital
b. Elementary Handbook
c. Superintendent Evaluation
d. Strategic Planning
e. Ratify Negotiations
f. Bus Tracking
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 8:56 p.m.