Board of Education Regular Meeting

Room 503, West Building, Genoa, NE 68640
Room 503
West Building
Genoa, NE 68640

Monday, December 18, 2017 5:30 PM

 

 

Dave Baxa:

Absent

Joe Beck:

Present

John Nelson:

Present

John Reeg:

Present

Mrs. Jennifer Swantek:

Present

Jason Urkoski:

Present

Dave Baxa: Present at 6:00 p.m. 

1. Meeting Called to Order

1.1. Open Meeting Law

1.2. Meeting Properly Published and Posted

1.3. Rules For Public Participation Stated

2. Roll Call

2.1. Excused/Unexcused Absences

3. Approval of Agenda

Motion to approve agenda Passed with a motion by Jason Urkoski and a second by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek.

Joe Beck: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, John Reeg: Yea, Mrs. Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

4. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings

Motion to approve Minutes of Previous Meetings Passed with a motion by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek and a second by Jason Urkoski.

Joe Beck: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, John Reeg: Yea, Mrs. Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

5. Program Spotlight

Kris Bosak talked about the project based learning (PBL) project that she and Laura Rodriguez did with their classes called "What’s Up in the Sky".  This was about rotation, revolution, phases of the moon, what moves in the sky, what doesn’t move in the sky.  She mentioned the level of learning was high and the teamwork among the students was great and they kept each other on track and bounced ideas off of each other and learned how to disagree politely.  The students had to present to their class and then in another class. The teachers learned that they needed to direct a little more and be more specific and to teach that when you present you don’t turn your back on the audience. The kids thought it was great that there was not a test but the teachers explained that they had learned the material better than if there had been a test.  The project took approximately 3 weeks during the 35-45 minute period.  The kids also learned how to score the groups using the rubric.

6. Treasurer's Financial Report

Motion to approve Treasurer's Financial Report Passed with a motion by Joe Beck and a second by John Reeg.

Joe Beck: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, John Reeg: Yea, Mrs. Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

7. Approval of Claims

Motion to approve Claims Passed with a motion by John Nelson and a second by Joe Beck.

Dave Baxa: Yea, Joe Beck: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, John Reeg: Yea, Mrs. Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

8. Reports of Administrators and Committees

8.1. Visitors

No visitors spoke.

8.2. Principal's Reports

PreK-6 Principal’s Report:
First semester formal evaluations for staff are complete. Teaching staff are working on multicultural reports and filling out forms and turning into principals. There are three days of school left until holiday break which begins at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21st and no school for students December 22nd - January 3rd.  Staff in-service day is Wednesday, January 3rd.  Students report back on Thursday, January 4th.  We participate in the Back Pack Program—Food Bank for the Heartland.  This program helps students in grades PreK-6th at Genoa site and K-6th grade at Silver Creek site, with 24 backpacks of healthy food/drink sent home each Friday.  Meetings and workshops attended include: ELA workshop at ESU7,  Attendance Services Meeting, and  Administrative Cluster at ESU 7- Services Planning and Senator Forum.

High School Principal’s Report:
Recent School Activity - Dec.6th FFA students attended  Plains Career Day, Dec. 18th is JH/HS    Holiday Concert at 7:00p.m. in Genoa. Meetings and workshops attended include: Nov. 21st-ACT Webinar, Dec. 8th - Meeting with Merrick County Attendance Services , Dec.12th - Superintendent/Principal Cluster @ESU7 - Services Planning and Senator Forum.  School Updates: Students in the Spotlight: November Student of the Month is Adam Behrens. Students and teachers prepare for finals and close of first semester. General Business - This month, time and focus spent on staff evaluation, profile of graduate and ACT preparation.

8.3. Activities Report

Winter Sports Update: Wrestling- next meet is December 30th at Newman Grove.  Girls Basketball is 4-1 and Boys Basketball 1-4.  The Holiday Tournament at Scotus is on Dec. 28th and 29th.  JH Girls Basketball and JH Wrestling finished their seasons on Saturday.   Football update: Districts announced for 2018-2019 seasons includes Aquinas, Centennial, David City, North Bend Central, Shelby-Rising City, and Twin River.  Work continues on priority list for non-district games. Mr. Zysset will be meeting with Dr. Weidner after Holiday Break to open up the Head Football Coach position and start taking applications. Mr. Zysset spoke about sports survey results.  Holiday Music Program in Silver Creek Elementary was on Dec. 8th, and Genoa Elementary was on Dec. 14th. JH/HS Program is Dec.18th.  Student Council had their annual Cancer Awareness Week last week.  In preliminary planning stages for a Cancer Awareness Night at home basketball and/or wrestling events in January. NSAA 5 day practice/competition moratorium is December 23rd-27th. Twin River is hosting Conference wrestling on January 27th.

8.4. Superintendent Report

Superintendent Report - Legislative Preview - The main talking point by was the state’s revenue shortfall. The NASB Legislative Session is slated for Sunday, January 21st and Monday, January 22nd. Board members are welcome to attend with Dr. Weidner.   Senators are invited to attend the luncheon on Monday.   The school will be replacing the Smart Boards in four classrooms and installing one in the superintendent’s office. Given the age of the smart boards, parts are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain, particularly projectors. He will be placing the used smart boards on the January agenda to be declared no longer sufficient for school purposes. He recommended selling them to local groups or possibly one of the churches may be interested in picking one up for their use.  Profile of a Graduate Update - Dr. Weidner gave the board members the updated version of PoG which includes feedback from the community session.  He gave recognition to Mr. Metzger and Mr. Heier for their assistance in developing our PoG. He also gave appreciation to Jeff Morris for designing the template. Meeting and Workshop Update: ESU Meeting - Curriculum - He will be meeting with a representative from ESU 7 on December 20th. The conversation during this meeting will focus on how ESU 7 can help  fulfill our goals for our curriculum and implementing the 4 C’s through our curriculum.

8.5. Board of Education Report

No report given.

9. Old Business

10. New Business

10.1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve Sick Day Bank Donation Request

Motion to approve Sick Day Bank Donation Request Passed with a motion by Jason Urkoski and a second by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek.

Dave Baxa: Yea, Joe Beck: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, John Reeg: Yea, Mrs. Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

10.2. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve Bid for Chromebooks

Motion to Reject any and all Bids for Chromebooks Passed with a motion by Dave Baxa and a second by Jason Urkoski.

Dave Baxa: Yea, Joe Beck: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, John Reeg: Yea, Mrs. Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

10.3. Consider and Take Possible Action to Accept Resignation(s)

Motion to accept resignations for Jeff Morris as Cross Country Coach and Katie Shanle as Para Professional Passed with a motion by Jason Urkoski and a second by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek.

Dave Baxa: Yea, Joe Beck: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, John Reeg: Yea, Mrs. Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

10.4. Consider and Take Possible Action to Amend Policy 3012, School Meal Program and Meal Charges

Motion to Amend Policy 3012, School Meal Program and Meal Charges and change to "If a student has no funds available to pay for a meal, the student will be provided and charged for a limited "courtesy meal" option, such as a plain sandwich." Passed with a motion by John Nelson and a second by Dave Baxa.

Mrs. Jennifer Swantek: Nay, Dave Baxa: Yea, Joe Beck: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, John Reeg: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

10.5. Review of Policy 3014, Use of School Property

11. Date, Time, and Location of Next Meeting

Motion to set next regular board meeting for:

Date: January 15, 2018

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Room 503, West Building, Genoa Site

Passed with a motion by Jason Urkoski and a second by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek.

Dave Baxa: Yea, Joe Beck: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, John Reeg: Yea, Mrs. Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

12. Executive Session

I move that the Board of Education go into Closed Session at 6:58 p.m.for a strategy session pertaining to a real estate purchase and to discuss real estate and to discuss negotiations strategy Passed with a motion by Dave Baxa and a second by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek.

Dave Baxa: Yea, Joe Beck: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, John Reeg: Yea, Mrs. Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

Motion to come out of executive session at 7:17 p.m. Passed with a motion by Jason Urkoski and a second by Dave Baxa.

Dave Baxa: Yea, Joe Beck: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, John Reeg: Yea, Mrs. Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

13. Adjournment

Motion to adjourn at 7:18 p.m. Passed with a motion by Joe Beck and a second by Dave Baxa.

Dave Baxa: Yea, Joe Beck: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, John Reeg: Yea, Mrs. Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

 

 

 

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Jamie Held, Board Secretary

 

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John Reeg, Board President