ZEELAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA

February 17, 2020

Zeeland West High School Cafeteria

3390 100th Avenue

6:00 PM

 

PRESENT:           Board of Education:  Linda Bush, Rick Dernberger, Tom DenHerder, April DeWitt, Ron Scott

                            Administrators:  Cal De Kuiper, Brandi-Lyn Mendham, Lynn VanKampen, Jon Voss

ABSENT:             Board of Education: Todd Brennan, Mark Snyder

GUESTS:             Al Dannenberg - County Commissioner-will introduce Robyn Afrik, Diversity Director for Ottawa County

 

I.                CALL TO ORDER:   6:00PM                                        Tom DenHerder

A.   PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:                                                          Cal De Kuiper

B.   RECOGNITION: High School Performing Arts Solo and Ensemble performed a piece they did at the MSBOA competition.  

C.   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF VISITORS: Bobbi Kearns, ZPS teacher

          

 

II.              SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS

        None are anticipated at this time

 

III.           AGENDA MODIFICATIONS

        None are anticipated at this time

 

IV.           CONSENT AGENDA

A.          Minutes of the January 20, 2020 organization and regular board meetings were approved.  

 

B.           Approved bills and ACH transfers paid as of January 2020.  Checks #130841-131086

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:              $   994,832.13

PAYROLL:                                    $3,858,323.80

TOTAL:                                      $4,853,155.93

 

C,        Approved Leaves of Absence for Rachel Bulthuis (Resource at ZE) and Lacy Erismann (ELA at ZE).     Reviewed in Curriculum.

D.        Field Trip approved for the Dance Team to travel to Florida/Walt Disney World to perform in January 2021.   Reviewed in Curriculum.

E.        Approved registration expense for Allyson Apsey to attend and present at the 2020 National Association of Secondary School Principals Conference in Indianapolis the summer of 2020.   Reviewed in Curriculum.

F.          Approved out of state conference attendance for ZPS team attending Solution Tree’s PLC At Work conference in Lincolnshire, IL Aug 3-5, 2020. Several staff attended this conference in Detroit last summer and Solution Tree isn’t offering a Michigan conference this year. Lincolnshire is the closest in proximity to continue this learning with another team of ZPS staff.   Reviewed in Agenda Planning due to time constraints of the next Curriculum Committee opportunity.

Rick Dernberger moved and Ron Scott supported the motion to accept the Consent Agenda as presented.

 

VOTE: All Yes (5)

 

 

V.             DISCUSSION

  1.   District Goals & Focus Areas, 2014 - 2019                                 Cal DeKuiper

The Board of Education and administrative staff  have been part of goal development throughout the process.  These are often part of committee conversations.  It is important that it is also part of the public record so our community is as informed as they wish.   I will keep comments very brief, providing an update only where there is interest.  

VI.           ACTION

 

VII.          SUPERINTENDENT & REPORTS

A.          OASBA General Meeting Reminder   

B.        Evaluation of the Superintendent timeline - due in six weeks

C         Team 85 BOB - reveal is February 24, 7 PM, ZWHS- postponed until next month.

VIII.        CLOSED SESSIONS  

Ron Scott moved and April DeWitt supported the motion for the Board of Education to go into closed session per Open Meetings Act - Section 8(d) to discuss the purchase of property and Section 8(c) Collective Bargaining to discuss negotiation strategies.

There will be two closed sessions, both for very specific functions as permitted by the Open Meetings Act.  Jon Voss, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resource and Lynn VanKampen, Chief Financial Officer,  will attend the closed sessions.  The first will be to discuss negotiations  with the ZEA.  Our current contract expires July 31, 2020.  The teams have met twice to date.   A second closed session, back to back,  is to discuss the potential purchase of property.   For media purposes, no decisions will be made following either closed session.

        VOTE:        All Yes (5)

 

 

 

The Board returned to open session and adjourned at 6:24p.m.