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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 September 13, 2021 at 6:00 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 6:00 p.m.
APPROVE THE AGENDA: The Board approved the agenda with the following addition: Add
8.H. Bus Transportation.
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:
McCormick Elementary School looks great with all of the improvements done. Very appreciated.
2. Preschool and middle school open houses were great.
3. Good to see football team helping at the Olsburg Festival.
RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS/STAFF: The following students were recognized for being students of the month:
Jasper Spillman – Blue Valley High School
Reid Schreiber – Blue Valley Middle School
Claire Deetjen – Olsubrg Elementary School
Students will receive a plaque and a $10 gift certificate to The Bricks. Great job and congratulations for being great leaders!
Blue Valley Student Leadership Retreat: Morgan Spangler. STUCO President, spoke about the Student Leadership Retreat and what a great opportunity for students. Twenty students attended the retreat. Ty Vogt, STUCO Treasurer, talked about the upcoming events that are being planned. Exciting things happening at Blue Valley High School.
National Convention Presentation: Joey Hillocks presented an overview of the upcoming FCCLA National Fall Conference in Washington DC November 4-8. This is a great opportunitfor the chapter. Anthony Meals presented information about the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis October 26-30.
CTE Team report: Students participated in the Take AIM Conference held in Manhattan. The Farmer’s Market is averaging four to five vendors per month with over fifty market goers per market. The BPA will be officially moving towards FBLA. This will align the program with what schools similar in our size and within our league are aligned to. The Greenhand Conference will be hosted by Clay Center. Blue Valley will be hosting NCK kick-off Judging Contest this year. The Animal Partnership was renewed with T. Russell Rietz Animal Shelter in Manhattan.
Softball/Baseball Presentation: Shawna Hartman, member of the Blue Valley Foundation, was in attendance to ask for support from the district to begin construction on school property to develop softball/baseball fields that can allow our students to form a team and compete. The Foundation would like to enter into a partnership with the district that states the purpose and objectives of what the fields will be used for. Fundraisers will be held to develop the fields. Timeframe will be based on funding. The Board thanked her for the information and stated that this is a great opportunity for our students.
McCormick Elementary School: Matt Schreiber was in attendance to give the board an update of the happenings at McCormick Elementary School. He thanked the Board of Education for the opportunity to be the leader of 86 students. Grandparents Day will be held outside on Friday, September 17. Tables have been ordered for students to use at lunch and provide the social distancing guidelines. McCormick Elementary is a great place and is where it all begins for our students.
Blue Valley High School/Blue Valley Middle School: Marion Mazouch was in attendance to give an update. There are 73 students enrolled at the high school and 68 students enrolled at the middle. Enrollment numbers for both budlings have increased by 13. The number of students enrolled in college classes is growing. Several students will be earning credit hours towards college. There is an opening for a football game announcer. It has been a good start to the school year and thanks to Mr. Cox for his assistance.
Roofing update – project has been hampered by rain and poor drainage.
Update on CoVid transmission rates
Three water fountains will be installed at the high school. ESSER III funds will be used
to cover the cost.
Emily Cassel will be moved to a full time 40 hour a week district nurse. She is doing a tremendous job. She is working on details regarding Covid testing protocols and immunization records.
The Art Position is still posted
ESSER III Funding Ideas - New desks and chairs district wide, windows at high school
and middle school, air conditioning in high school gyms, programs for academics and
childcare, new lockers at the middle school.
Ideas needed to implement ways to engage parents and community in the district.
Consent Agenda: The Board approved the Consent Agenda as follows:
Approved August 9, 2021, Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes
Resignations - None
Approved Hirings: Kim Vass – Bus Driver; Robert Cowan-Middle School Boys
Head Basketball Coach
Approved Out of District Student – Adreanne Miller
Approved FFA National Convention Trip - Indianapolis October 26-30; Approved FCCLA Trip to Washington D.C.
Approved FFA Reward Ski Trip - December 29 – 31
District Goals – The board reviewed Goal # 4 – Physical Plant Aligns with Vision. The preventative maintenance items were discussed touching on long term goals. Technology plan was discussed. Mr. Cox will develop a chart showing progress on items.
Board Policy Updates: The Board Policy Updates were distributed at the August 9 meeting for the members to review. Tim Innes moved, Reo Shultz seconded to approve the Board Policy Updates as presented. Motion carried 7-0.
Premium Pay: The board discussed possible premium pay for staff. This item will be placed on a future agenda for further discussion and possible action.
COVID Leave Policy: Mr. Cox updated the board on current CoVid leave policy. Staff will need to use sick leave for any CoVid related leave.
Warrants and Transfers: The Board approved the warrants/transfers as presented. The board took a five-minute break at 8:16 p.m.
Personnel: The Board held an executive session for 30 minutes with John Cox, Marion Mazouch, and Melody Pfaff to discuss personnel. The purpose of the executive session is to protect the privacy interests of an identifiable individual.
HB 2134: The board discussed remote learning and reporting absences for students who are quarantined or home with CoVid related sickness.
Softball/Baseball Presentation: Marion Mazouch gave a presentation on costs to adopt softball/baseball for the 2021-2022 school year. The board directed administrators to keep moving forward.
Huddle Camera System: The expense to use the Huddle Camera System is $8,000 a year. Due to the high cost, the district will continue to use staff or students to video and stream activities.
Scheduled Activities Attendance: John Cox reminded the Board to continue to sign up to attend district activities.
Bus Transportation: The board discussed current bus transportation policies. The Board directed John Cox to continue to be consistent with bus policies. It is nice for the district to be accommodating when possible but, CoVid guidelines makes that tougher to do.
Future Agenda Items:
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 10:08 p.m.
Melody Pfaff Board Clerk