Board of Education Regular Meeting

Twin River Public School Room 503

West Building Genoa, NE 68640

Monday, September 18, 2017 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

All members present.

  1. Excused/Unexcused Absences
  1. Approval of Agenda

Motion to approve agenda 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. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings

Motion to approve Minutes of Previous Meetings 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

  1. Program Spotlight No program spotlight.
  2. Treasurer's Financial Report

Motion to approve Treasurer's Financial Report 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. Approval of Claims

Motion to approve claims 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. Reports of Administrators and Committees
  1. Visitors

No visitors spoke.

  1. Principal's Reports

PreK-6 Principal’s Report given by Mr. Heier. Student numbers are at 248 down 6 from last year. The Solar Eclipse Event was a unique, educational experience for students and staff. Dibels Scores (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) report was given. Parent Teacher Conferences were successful, with 100 percent turnout at Genoa site, and 98 percent at Silver Creek site. Twin River ACT results from State-Wide Assessment of all Juniors from April 2017. He also shared that the ACT scores were higher than average for the 23 juniors that took them last year scoring an average of 19.5. Twin River had a student score a 32.  NeSA results from Spring 2017 will not be released until September 20th, and report will be given at the October board meeting. Mr. Heier told the board about his Project Base Learning experience in California at American Canyon High School. He spoke about pre-conference workshop, Project Slice- which demonstrated what it is like to be a student learner in a PBL classroom, and PBL Leadership and their Vision. PBL puts an emphasis on the 4 C's of 21st Century skills: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication.

7th -12th grade Principal's Report given by Mr. Metzger.  Open House was successful.  NWEA MAPS testing was completed Aug. 31. Parent/Teacher Conferences on Sept. 12 -13th (49% of the students were represented overall, 70% of 7th grade, 41% of 8th, 58% of 9th, 46% of 10th, 40% of 11th, and 39% of 12th). Workshops that Mr. Metzger has attended, 8-28 -

Danielson Workshop @ ESU7, 8-31- Frontline Webinar, 9-7-EdLeader21 Webinar, and McREL Meeting with Kent Davis regarding Principal Evaluation.  School updates: ESL - Working with Mark Brady and ESU7 Title III consortium to move our ESL program into compliance with with Rule 15. NDE approved new science standards on September 8th. They will continue to teach under legacy standards this year and begin the transition next year.

  1. Activities Report

Update was given on activities. Volleyball has a record of 4-4, softball 12-7, and football 0-3 as of Sept.13th. Twin River is hosting district softball October 5th and 6th- homecoming week.

Dan Parry is interim head coach for football, will begin process of hiring a new head coach, and Brett Pearson is a volunteer coach. The process of working on schedules and contracts for next year has begun , and will begin scheduling officials before end of September. Football schedule will be released in late January/early February.  Possible discussions about co-oping with another school for baseball may take place.


  1. Superintendent Report

Dr. Weidner gave report on Solar Eclipse - This took place shortly after the August meeting. The entire student and adult staff members were transported to Central City to witness a great wonder of nature. The students were very well behaved. Much appreciation has been expressed for allowing our students to attend the special program sponsored by the Central City school   district.  The admin team worked with Dr. Kent Davis of McREL last week. The focus of his visit was twofold: providing training for the principal evaluation form and a review of our curriculum. In looking for the written curriculum, Dr. Weidner discovered no such document exists. This is not that uncommon in a district. This Friday the admin team will be meeting to develop a process to create a guaranteed and viable curriculum.  A guaranteed curriculum is often described as a mechanism through which all students have an equal opportunity to learn rigorous content. Although we may not have a written curriculum in place, the district has completed work in the areas of aligning the standards to what was being taught, we provide support for students who may struggle at times during their academic venture, and teachers are provided opportunities for further professional learning. He provided the board with a template to show them what it will look like and mentioned this process may take four years to write curriculum for the four core subject areas of English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science.  Update on insects at the 501 building - These are not fleas, they are skip tails. They are mistakenly referred to as fleas. In visiting with both a local and national pest exterminator, we learned they are a nuisance bug and, like a cricket or box elder bug, very difficult to eradicate. We are trying some remedies to lessen the likelihood of their unwanted visits, but as I said before, the exterminators both said there just isn’t much one can do.

The auditor will be on campus to review our books from the previous school year of September 27.

  1. Board of Education Report

Jennifer Swantek shared about hearing UNL speaker, Beth Doll, that had talked about student resiliency and that it was a good presentation.

  1. Old Business
  2. New Business
  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Ratify Budget for 2017 - 2018 School Year Motion to take Action to Ratify Budget for 2017-2018 School Year Passed with a motion by Jason Urkoski 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 Approve Final Tax Request

Motion to Approve Final Tax Request Passed with a motion by John Nelson 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 pertaining to the Claire Jones property which was conditionally gifted to the Twin River School District for purposes of promoting agricultural education and agricultural programs in the School District.

Motion to Take Action pertaining to the Claire Jone's Property which was conditionally gifted to the Twin River School District for purposes of promoting agricultural education and agricultural programs in the School District 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

  1. Consideration and Take Possible Action to Recognize Twin River Education Association as Sole Bargaining Unit

I move that we recognize the Twin River Education Association as the sole bargaining agent for the 2019 - 2020 school year 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 Accept Resignation

Motion to Take Action to Accept Resignation of Amy Jenkinson, who has been serving the District as an aide, for Pre-K 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

Amy Jenkinson, who has been serving the district as an aide for our pre-school program, has tendered her resignation.

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve College Credits for Horizontal Movement on Salary Schedule

Motion to Approve Emily Houdersheldt, Annette Swantek, and Jeanne Czarnick whom have attained the required college course hours to movement horizontally on the salary schedule 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

Emily Houdersheldt, Annette Swantek and Jeanne Czarnick have attained the required college course hours to movement horizontally on the salary schedule. The transcripts of their completed coursework has been received by the Central Office.

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve Plan to Update Greenhouse  Motion to Table Action to Approve Plan to Update Greenhouse until Special Meeting on

Monday, September 25th, 2017 at 7:30 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

  1. Date, Time, and Location of Next Meeting Date: October 16, 2017

Time: 8:00 P.M.

Location: Room 503, West Building, Genoa School Site


  1. Executive Session No Executive Session.
  2. Adjourment

Motion to adjourn at 8:30 p.m. Passed with a motion by John Reeg 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

Jamie Held, Board Secretary

John Reeg, Board President