EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting 

A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on October 12, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Members present were Mitch Innes, Stephen Corkill, Reo Shultz, 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 as presented.  

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

Jason Hartman entered the meeting at 7:05 p.m. 

WELCOME GUESTS:  President, Mitch Innes welcomed our guest.

OPEN FORUM:  Kelli Nelson, a concerned parent, was in attendance to address the board regarding bus drivers and safety of students.  She handed out a list of bussing concerns. Transporting students safely to school is one of the most important jobs at the district.  Increase in pay would entice more applicants.  The board thanked her for her input.

POSITIVE BOARD COMMENTS:

1.  Still educating students in person!

2.  The Greenhand Conference was hosted by the Blue Valley FFA at the Agricultural Education Center.  The FFA officer team and Mr. Meals did a fabulous job making it a very successful event.

3.  A hunter’s safety class was held at Blue Valley.  Mr. Meals did a fantastic job of hosting.  The class was full! 

RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS/STAFF:  Mr. Cox, Superintendent, recognized the entire district staff for doing a phenomenal job educating students in spite of all of the challenges.  

SPECIAL REPORTS: None

PRINCIPAL REPORTS:  These were noted.  Mr. Mazouch, 5-12 principal, added that scholars bowl competition is still being discussed at the state level on how to proceed. TVL volleyball was moved to Washington County.  A make-up middle school football game date is going to be scheduled with the Manhattan Chiefs.                          

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT:  Mr. Cox, Superintendent reviewed the following with the board:

a.  The week of October 12-16 is National School Lunch Week.  Be sure to thank our school lunch staff for all they do.

b.  Students have no school on the 16th. Teachers have ½ day for grades. 

c.  TLEC Board Meeting October 14th.

d.  National School Bus Safety Week is October 19-23

e.  Bus Evacuation drills are to be completed by each driver this week.  

f.  Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held October 24 and 26 4:00-8:00 each day. Appointments will be scheduled with parents and conferences will be done by Zoom.

g.  October 30th is comp day for conferences due to parent/teacher conferences being held two evenings

 BOARD REPORT: Mr. Cox discussed the Twin Lakes Educational Cooperative (TLEC) Board Report with the board.  Mandt training for the TLEC staff is scheduled for October 16.  TLEC hired a second paraprofessional at McCormick Elementary.  The next TLEC board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14.

CONSENT AGENDA:  The Board approved the Consent Agenda as follows:

a.     Approved Minutes September 14, 2020 Special Board Meeting and Regular Board Meeting; September 28, 2020 Special Board Meeting

b.     Approved Receipts

c.     Out of District Students Approval – None

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Roepke Fund Representative – The Roepke Fund approved $3,600 be awarded to the Blue Valley School District.  These funds will be used for outside classrooms at both the Blue Valley High School and the Blue Valley Middle School.  The agriculture education students will build picnic tables and benches for these spaces and Brittany Pfaff is working with k12itc to get Wi-Fi ports installed.  These spaces would allow students to go outside, social distance, and learn while getting fresh air and maybe a mask break.  The Randolph community will also benefit from use of these locations.  The district will fund installing a Wi-Fi port at McCormick Elementary.

BUS DRIVERS SALARY AND INCENTIVES:   Blue Valley School District is one of the lowest hourly paying districts for bus drivers.  At the September board meeting the board directed Mr. Cox to present numbers to support the hourly increase.  The board reviewed the spreadsheets presented by Mr. Cox.  After discussion, Jason Hartman moved, Reo Shultz seconded to increase the bus driver’s hourly activity pay from $9.00 per hour to $12.00 per hour.  Motion carried 6-0.  Mr. Cox is gathering information to create a classified salary schedule which could allow for the bus drivers to receive an increase in salary pay.  This item will be placed on a future agenda for discussion.

NEW BUSINESS:

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

School Bus vs 10 Passenger transport vans –Mr. Cox presented information to the board on purchasing ten passenger vans instead of a bus.  This would allow for more flexibility in transporting students to and from activities.  This was a discussion item only.  Mr. Cox will continue to do research and present more information at a later date.

Executive Session to discuss Personnel Matters for Non-Elected Personnel and/or Employer/Employee Negotiations:  The Board held an executive session for 30 minutes with Mr. Cox 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.

Action on Personnel:  The Board accepted Brian Turner’s resignation effective immediately.   

FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS:

a.  Superintendent Evaluation

b.  Outdoor Sports Club

ADJOURNMENT:  Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Melody Pfaff 

Board Clerk