November 9, 2020

EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting

A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on November 9, 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, Marion Mazouch, Middle School/High School Principal, and Melody Pfaff, Board Clerk.

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

APPROVE THE AGENDA: The Board approved the Agenda with the following addition: Add 12.D. Hirings.

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.

BUS CONCERNS-KELLI NELSON: No one addressed the board – no action taken.

POSITIVE BOARD COMMENTS:

1. District is open and in person learning is taking place.

2. The high school participated in the McCormick Elementary Halloween Celebration. Nice to get older students involved with the younger students.

3. Parent/Teacher Conferences went well via Zoom.

4. Mr. Meals is helping students with SAE Grants. This is a great opportunity for the students

5. The communication from administration with regards to the security concern was handled very well.

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

SPECIAL REPORTS: Nothing

PRINCIPAL REPORTS: The staff at McCormick Elementary School put in a lot of hard work to make the Halloween Celebration a success. The donations from the community businesses were well appreciated. Kim Ross has taken over the role of Stucco sponsor and the student representatives have been elected. They plan to do a long tern community service project. Tickets for home and away basketball games will be issued. The first middle school basketball game has been cancelled due to CoVid.

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT:

a. Conferences were held via Zoom on October 22nd and 26th.

b. Parent Teacher Conference Participation by School:

i. McCormick 96.2%

ii. MS - 5th grade 90%

iii. MS 40%

iv. HS 44%

c. Fall athletes and coaching staff accomplishments-Good job coaches and students for completing a successful season in spite of all of the challenges with CoVid.

d. Staff T-shirts – The district purchased t-shirts for all of the staff to help in building a positive culture

e. New ELA Curriculum Adoption – the DLT team will be viewing virtual presentations to help decide which ELA curriculum to adopt.

f. Succession planning - administration is looking at schedules and possibly realigning some staff. Can we combine some classes to use our resources wisely.

g. Class sizes and planning for the future – this is all part of the succession planning

h. Developing programs for students – administration is looking at additional programs that could be added for the benefit of our students.

CONSENT AGENDA: The Board approved the Consent as follows:

a. Approved Minutes of October 12, 2020 Regular Board Meeting

b. Approved Receipts

c. Out of District Students Approval – None

d. Approved the following hirings: Kash Farney-school bus driver; Beth Luhman-middle school girls head basketball coach; Marcus Willis-middle school assistant boys basketball coach.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Skeet Shooting Club – This is a continuation of a discussion item at the October board meeting. Mr. Cox presented more information to support the addition of a skeet shooting club for grades 6-12. Megan Larson has agreed to oversee this club for the spring season. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students. More information will be forth coming to students and parents. This opportunity will allow students to compete as an individual representing Blue Valley. Amy Cassel thanked Mr. Cox for allowing this opportunity to happen for our students. The board is very supportive of forming a skeet shooting club at Blue Valley.

Archery PE Class/Club – The district insurance will cover the addition of Archery to the 6-12 Physical Education curriculum and to form a club for 6-12 grade students to participate competitively. Blake Fronce will become certified to be an instructor. There is a grant through the Kansas Department of Wildlife to support the expense of a kit for the certification. The Board directed administration to move forward with adding this to the curriculum and to form a club.

It was suggested that Mr. Cox reach out to the current fishing club coach to find out more information about continuing this opportunity for our students.

Posting Open Positions – The district is signed up with Handshake through Kansas State University to assist with job postings. This will reach applicants in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. The district posts job openings in KEEB, the district website, Facebook and Twitter.

NEW BUSINESS:

Approve Warrants/Transfers: The Board approved Warrants/Transfers as presented.

Recreation League Basketball in School Gyms: The board discussed a proposal for the gyms to be used for the younger kids’ basketball practices. The concerns are the sanitation of the gyms following practices. In order to keep exposure down it was determined that the gyms could not be open for basketball practices. No change to the current policy. Gyms will remain closed for public use.

Snow Days vs Remote Learning Opportunities: Mr. Cox is proposing that snow days are not remote learning days. If there is a shortage of days and the district is unable to meet the 1,116 hours, then administration will re-evaluate at a later date.

Personnel: The Board held an executive session 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.

Future Agenda Items:

a. CoVid Planning

Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 10:28 p.m.

Melody Pfaff

Board Clerk