Board of Education Regular Meeting Room 503, West Building, Genoa, NE 68640 Room 503

West Building Genoa, NE 68640

Monday, March 19, 2018 7:30 PM

Dave Baxa:        Present

Joe Beck:        Present

John Nelson:        Present

John Reeg:        Present Mrs. Jennifer Swantek: Present Jason Urkoski:        Present

  1. Meeting Called to Order
  1. Open Meeting Law
  2. Meeting Properly Published and Posted
  3. Rules For Public Participation Stated
  1. Roll Call
  1. Excused/Unexcused Absences
  1. Approval of Agenda

Motion to Approve Agenda Passed with a motion by Dave Baxa 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

  1. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings

Motion to Approve Minutes of Previous Meetings 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

  1. Program Spotlight - FFA Members - Greenhouse

Blaine Jacobi and Dalton Gembica spoke on behalf of FFA and gave an update on their progress with the greenhouse. Currently they have 1350 plants and plan to start selling at the end of April or beginning of May.  The FFA students will have both flowers and vegetables for sale. Mrs.

Wetovick and the students visited the greenhouse in Central City to view and get ideas from surrounding areas on how other schools operate their greenhouse and price plants. At the end of the presentation the students gave a tour of the greenhouse.

  1. Treasurer's Financial Report

Motion to Approve Treasurer's Financial Report 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

  1. Approval of Claims

Motion to Approve Claims 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

  1. Reports of Administrators and Committees
  1. Visitors

No visitor's spoke.

  1. Principal's Reports PreK-6 Principal’s Report:

NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) was adopted by State Board of

Education. NSCAS (Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System) will be assessed in Spring of 2021.  The implementation of NGSS in grades K, 3, 6 & 9 will take place next school

year. Science texts and resources are being reviewed. ESU Staff will be working with teachers this summer. Members of the boys’ and girls’ basketball team hosted a Blood Drive on March 13th. It was very successful and they were able to receive 68 vials of blood. The Red Cross will make scholarships available to Twin River students. Round-up dates for Kindergarten is on April 12th and Prekindergarten will be on April 5th.

Curriculum Discussions: NSCAS (Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System) - ELA/Math/Science staff continue to prepare students—Test Wiz and on-line practice tests. Title Night will be on Monday, April 9th at 6:00 p.m. at Genoa HS gym. Twin River Genoa K-6 school is classified as a school-wide Title I school. DeMoine Adams will be speaking to students and parents on importance of reading. During the school day DeMoine will speak to elementary and 7-12 students on bullying.

7-12 Principal's Report: Recent School Activity:

Feb. 12th - Feb.16th-FCCLA Week - Penny Wars Competition raised $1,780.00 and the money was donated to a local family. For Valentine's Day FCCLA student's promoted healthy dating, and had candy and flower sales. On Jan.19th, 26 FCCLA members attended District 5 STAR Competition, and 11 members advanced to the State Competition in April. Categories going to State include Career Investigation, Chapter Service Project Display, Food Innovations, National Programs in Action, and Sports Nutrition. Feb.19th-23rd students celebrated FFA Week. One of the days included Tractor to School Day which FFA students had the opportunity to bring their tractor to school and spoke to elememtary students on tractor safety. On March 13th, Ag Classes visited the Central City Greenhouse. The Informational Technology (IT) classes went to Columbus to tour Cargill and CCC to look at Mechatronics Lab, Welding, Ag, and Machine Shops. The Anatomy Class went to UNK Anatomy Lab on March 14th.

Meetings and Workshops:

Feb.14th-ZOOM meeting with McRel regarding curriculum.  Mrs. Kuntz and Mrs.

Strain attended ESU 7 for a School Improvement Work Day. ESU7 had their planning meeting for 2018-19 via ZOOM.  Feb.28th was an early dismissal and certified staff had an on-site


Professional Development Day with administration reviewing Profile of a Graduate (PoG), School Calendar, Data (Winter MAPS), Assessment, and Kagan. March 1st there was a Curriculum Planning Meeting

@ ESU 7. A Curriculum TRAK Meeting via ZOOM was on March 5th along with an Attendance Services Meeting.

School Updates:

Students in the Spotlight - February Student of the Month was Victoria Cornwell -7th

grade. Prom will be held on March 24th at Genoa HS in the gym. ACT Testing for all Juniors is on April 3rd. ELPA21 Testing is completed.

General Business - This month, time and focus spent on staff evaluation, Curriculum planning, preparation for ACT testing, course scheduling for 2018-2019.

  1. Activities Report

Recent events: Boys basketball season wrapped up on February 20th in a close loss to Nebraska Christian. Band Night was March 5th with 5th-12th grade band members performing. Speech Districts were on March 13th- the team was district runner-up. Individual state speech qualifiers were Ryan Range- Persuasive and Extemp, Catherine Laska-Persuasive, Korie Rosno-

Serious.  14 out of 18 entries at districts qualified for finals (only top 6 from prelims go to finals). First track meet was March 16th at Doane College. York JH Honor Band was March 17th (rescheduled from February snow-out)

Upcoming events: State Speech- March 23rd at UNK. JH Band- March 24th at East Butler. Golf- first competition- March 26th- Norfolk (dual with LHNE). EHC Art Show- April 11th at West Point. Twin River Track Invite- April 19th at Genoa. District Music Contest- April 20th at Columbus (CCC). EHC JH Conference Platte Division- May 4th- Genoa Professional development. Mr. Zysset spoke about how he was a Sportsmanship Evaluator at Boys State Basketball.

Participation update: Spring sports are in full force. Mr. Zysset is getting 2018-2019 schedules finalized and officials scheduled. He plans to start contacting sponsors in April and print posters and pocket schedules before the end of school year. They are starting to line up workers and volunteers to help with home track meets on April 19th (HS invite) and May 4th (JH conference).

  1. Superintendent Report

Student Walk-Out Day - There were 31 students who participated in the walk-out. After discussing this with the Administration Team and reviewing the options that were suggested by attorneys, they chose to let the students participate and tried to make it a learning experience.

Administration supervised the event, and the students conducted themselves in a very respectful manner.

Softball Co-op - The Fullerton School District contacted Dr. Weidner about the possibility of co-oping softball next year. Dr. Weidner visited with their superintendent about the possibility. They said they could have 5 to 6 girls interested in playing. He visited with Mrs.Van Driel and she was not opposed to the idea. Mr. Zysset informed Dr. Weidner the District has until June 1st to take care of the particulars and submit the co-op paperwork to the NSAA for the upcoming softball season. The administration team will be visiting with ESU 7 personnel to finalize the professional development programs for next school year and to set up dates to work on the math


curriculum. Dr. Weidner will be meeting with the Building and Grounds Committee to determine what what will be done with the north section of the 501 building.

  1. Board of Education Report

No report given.

  1. Old Business
  2. New Business
  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve Profile of a Graduate

Motion to Approve Profile of a Graduate Passed with a motion by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek 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

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve 2018 - 2019 School Calendar

Motion to Approve 2018-2019 School Calendar Passed with a motion by Jason Urkoski 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

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve Unpaid Leave Request by Teacher

Motion to Approve Unpaid Leave Request for Melissa Ellingson 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

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Rescind Policy 5057, Parental Involvement in the Title I Program

Motion to to Rescind Policy 5057, Parental Involvement in the Title I Program 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

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve the Reading of Policy 5057, Combined District and School Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy

Motion to approve the Reading of Policy 5057, Combined District and School Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy Passed with a motion by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek 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

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Accept Resignatioins

Motion to Approve the Resignation of Josh Majerus and Nichole Pearson Passed with a motion by Dave Baxa and a second by John Nelson.

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

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Purchase Tables and Benches in Cafeteria.

Motion to Approve the Purchase of Tables and Benches for the Cafeteria Passed with a motion by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek 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

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Direct Superintendent to Initiate the Process to Create a Co-op Agreement for a Baseball Program

Motion to Approve the Superintendent to Initiate the Process to Create a Co-op Agreement for a Baseball Program 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

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve Extended Contracts

Motion to Approve Extended Contracts 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

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve Special Education Contract with ESU 7 Motion to Approve Special Education Contract with ESU 7 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

  1. Date, Time, and Location of Next Meeting

Motion to Approve the next Board Meeting: Date: April 16, 2018 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Room 503, West Building at Genoa Site 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

Date: April 16, 2018

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Room 503, West Building at Genoa Site

  1. Executive Session No Executive Session
  2. Adjournment

Motion to Adjourn at 8:33 p.m. Passed with a motion by Joe Beck 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

 Jamie Held, Board Secretary

John Reeg, Board President