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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 October 11, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room.  Members present were Mitch Innes, Reo Shultz, Jason Hartman, and Ginger Blaske. Administration present was John Cox, Superintendent 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:  Add 5.a. Transportation; Add 5.b. Drivers Education.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  Board and guests recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

WELCOME GUESTS:  President, Mitch Innes welcomed our guests.

OPEN FORUM: Sandy Zoeller and Tiffany Sedlacek shared their thoughts and concerns about prom being held on a Friday night instead of a Saturday night.  Katie Jones, junior class sponsor, gave an overview of why prom is being held on a Friday night.  

TRANSPORTATION:  Kelly Nelson addressed the board regarding transportation accommodations and overall concerns.  The board stated that they have directed Superintendent John Cox to make decisions that are best for kids.

DRIVERS EDUCATION:  Todd Shelton expressed concerns overs drivers’ education students not completing the course.  The board assured him that the district still had a drivers’ education car, and that administration would follow up with the instructor to see that students could complete the course.

POSITIVE BOARD COMMENTS:

1.      Grandparents Day at McCormick Elementary was a success.

2.     It was great to see military appreciation night in conjunction with homecoming. What a great way to honor those serving in the military.

3.     The soil competition was very organized and went well.

4.     Fire Prevention week was awesome.  Great to get the interaction with the students.

RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS/STAFF:  

a.     Ram Way Students of the Month:  Congratulations to the following students for being recognized for being students of the month.  Each student is chosen based on being resilient, accountable, motivated, and successful.

                        i.         McCormick Eementary School – Gabby Schreiber

                      ii.         Blue Valley Middle School – Tyce Hartman

                     iii.         Blue Valley High School – Breigh Brockman

 b.     Art Department:  Roxanne Klocke and Sara Tarpoff were in attendance to give the board an overview of the happenings in the art department.  There are several big projects coming up. Students will be painting murals in the agriculture education building and in the high school commons area. Students will be painting a dala horse for the Olsburg community.  The 7th and 8th grade students are taking an intro to art class. The board thanked Roxanne and Sara for stepping into the temporary role of art teachers.

 c.     Cross-Country:  The following students were recognized for their success as participants in Cross-Country:  Titus Cobb, Ben Klocke, and Brendan Bralley.  These students worked very hard and made great strides. Mr. Meals thanked the Board for giving them the opportunity.

 SPECIAL REPORTS:

a.     Nurse Grant:  Emily Cassel presented information on the Stay to Learn Grant that she has submitted on behalf of the district.  This will allow students to be tested for CoVid so they can stay in school and will also shorten quarantine time. 

 b.     CTE Report: The FFA contest teams were very successful in September.  Fall mum sales have begun.  The construction has started on the outdoor poultry enclosure.  Upcoming highlights include the Blue Jacket Ceremony, North Central District FFA Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, and the Chilly Hilly Backroadz Half Marathon.  

 PRINCIIPAL REPORTS:

a.     McCormick Elementary School:  Mr. Schreiber gave highlights of his principal report, Mr. Schreiber’s RAMblings. A big highlight was having the Blue Valley High School football team visit the school.  Parent/teacher conferences will be October 21 and October 25.  The Halloween Parade will be held October 29.   

b.     Blue Valley Middle School/High School:  In the absence of Mr. Mazouch, a list of upcoming events was presented by Mr. Cox.  

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT:  Mr. Cox presented CoVid transmission rates.  District open positions are tentative baseball coach, tentative softball coach, full-time art teacher, sub bus drivers, substitute teachers, and evening custodial. District Leadership Team met and discussed ESSER III Funding ideas, CoVid testing protocols, afterschool program, Teachers pay Teachers access and ways to engage parents and the community in education.

CONSENT AGENDA:  The Board approved the consent agenda as follows:

  1. Approved Minutes of September 13, 2021, Regular Board Meeting; September 13, 2021; Revenue Neutral Rate Hearing; September 13, 2021, Budget Hearing

  2. Approved Receipts 

  3. Approve Resignations - None

  4. Approve Hirings  - None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Remote Learning Waiver:  The Board approved to temporarily suspend 40 hours for remote learning.  

Premium Pay Discussion:  CoVid 19 has put a strain on staff working more hours than normal.  Because of the stress, the pandemic has put on staff, staff are leaving to find better paying jobs.  We can’t afford to lose staff.  The Board approved a one-time premium pay incentive payment in the amount of $1,000 to all staff to be paid on the December 15, 2021 pay cycle to compensate staff for the work they have provided above and beyond what is normally expected. 

HVAC in High School Gyms – The board directed Mr. Cox to invite Thermal Comfort Air to the November board meeting to answer questions about the HVAC system.

Softball/Baseball Presentation: Mr. Cox met with the Blue Valley Association to discuss the softball/baseball fields in detail.  There has been interest in the tentative coaching positions.  All of this is positive and moving in the right direction.  This is an ongoing project, and more information will be forthcoming.

NEW BUSINESS:

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

Personnel:  An executive session was not held therefore, no action taken.

Roepke Foundation – The board appointed Reo Shultz to represent the board with the Roepke Foundation.

Scheduled Activities Attendance:  Fall events have been entered and board members can sign up to attend.

Future Agenda Items

a.     HVAC Presentation

b.     OPAA! Discussion

Adjournment:  Meeting adjourned at 9:13 p.m.

Melody Pfaff

Board Cler