Board of Education Regular Meeting Room 503, West Building, Genoa, NE 68640 816 Willard Avenue

Genoa, NE 68640

Monday, December 17, 2018 5:00 PM

David Baxa:        Present

Joe Beck:        Absent

John Nelson:        Present

John Reeg:        Absent 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

Motion to Excuse the Absence of Joe Beck and John Reeg Passed with a motion by Jason Urkoski and a second by David Baxa.

David Baxa: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

  1. Approval of Agenda

Motion to Approve Agenda with the Removal of Item 5 (Program Spotlight) Passed with a motion by David Baxa and a second by Jason Urkoski.

David Baxa: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, 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 Jason Urkoski and a second by David Baxa.

David Baxa: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

  1. Program Spotlight
  2. Treasurer's Financial Report

Motion to Approve Treasurer's Financial Report Passed with a motion by David Baxa and a second by Jennifer Swantek.

David Baxa: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

  1. Approval of Claims

Motion to Approve Claims Passed with a motion by David Baxa and a second by Jennifer Swantek.


David Baxa: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

  1. Reports of Administrators and Committees
  1. Visitors

No visitors spoke.

  1. Principal's Reports Pre-K-6 Principal Report

Formal staff evaluations are complete for first semester. Teaching staff continue to fill out forms for multicultural reports and turn into principals. Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) release is Thursday the 21st. The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) second round of testing is complete K-6. DIBELS Math testing has been completed. Preschool Early Literacy Indicators (PELI) testing is also complete. Data is used to help place students in reading/math groups; for placing students into MTSS groups; for making instructional and program decisions. Twin River continues to participate in the Back Pack Program —Food Bank for the Heartland for students in PreK-6 Genoa site and K-6 Silver Creek site. They fill 25-30 backpacks with healthy food/drink sent home each Friday.

 Meetings/ Workshops/Events: Elementary Staff Meeting-Wednesday PBL time, Administrative Cluster at ESU 7- Planning, Senator forum, Administration Meeting on Thursday, Elementary Holiday Programs- Silver Creek on the 7th, Genoa on the 13th.

7-12 Principal Report:

Recent School Activity: November Student of the Month is Hannah Yrkoski. 12/12 - Drama class to Omaha to visit Orpheum Theater - 12/17 - HS Music Concert 7:00.

Meetings and Workshops: 11/27 - Administration Meeting - 12/11 - Superintendent/Principal Meeting at ESU7 - 12/13 - Administration Meeting.

School Updates - 11/26 - Mr. Koziol was awarded the Counseling Award of Excellence from the Nebraska State College System. Representatives from Wayne State College presented the award during school assembly- Semester finals are scheduled for Dec. 18 and 19 with the semester ending on Dec. 21. - Completing 1st semester evaluations - finalized.

  1. Activities Report

Mr. Zysset is working with Anderson Ladd to have someone look at the gym floors. Football helmets are being reconditioned. Getting fall and winter schedules for 2019-2020

finalized. Helping prepare for external accreditation visit. Upcoming Events and Meetings: NSAA moratorium (no practices or competitions- Dec. 22-26), Basketball Holiday Tournament at Lakeview on Dec. 27-28. Wrestling at Newman Grove on Dec. 29, ESU 7 Principal cluster on Jan. 9.

Meetings and Professional Development: Nov. 27 Administration meeting, Dec. 13 Administration meeting.

Activity updates: JH Girls Basketball and Wrestling have finished their seasons.

HS Wrestling: went 4-6 at Nebraska Duals (best Twin River record), Nathan Held 11-3, Jaxson Jones 10-4, Jackson Strain 8-6, Tucker Alexander 10-5. Girls Basketball: 3-2 record (pending Fullerton result). Boys Basketball: 2-3 record (pending Fullerton result). Speech practicing in preparation for 1st competition January 12th.

  1. Superintendent Report

Dr. Weidner attended the NCSA Legislative Preview last Wednesday. A few of the state senators spoke about their perceptions of the upcoming session. Senator Kolterman, who currently sits as


Chairman of the Retirement Committee, conjectured on bills that may impact NPERs. The biggest concern is the practice of coming back into the system after claiming to retire. This is getting concerns raised by the Internal Revenue Service, so the Retirement Committee is focusing their attention on getting that resolved. This could also have a major impact on substitute teachers as it may impact their retirement program. No, it is not going away, but some adjustments may need to be made in order to comply with the IRS. John Hansen of the Nebraskans United Coalition presented the take of property tax relief through LB 1084. Renee Fry from OpenSky gave a presentation about the State’s financial status. They are still expecting a shortfall. April’s Forecasting Board is very important as to how things could shake out for the remainder of the legislative session. Dr. Matt Blomstedt, Nebraska’s Commissioner of Education, will be on campus Thursday afternoon. He will be joined by K.C. Belitz who is the executive director of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Larianne Polk, director of ESU 7. Their topic of discussion will be Rule 10. Rule 10 is what every Nebraska school district follows to stay accredited.

  1. Board of Education Report
  1. Recognition of Jason Urkoski and Joe Beck for service to the Twin River School District
  1. Old Business
  2. New Business
  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve Changes to 2018 - 2019 School Calendar Motion to Approve Changes to 2018 - 2019 School Calendar and use the days of January 3rd and 4th as Teacher Workdays Passed with a motion by Jennifer Swantek and a second by David Baxa.

David Baxa: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve 403(b) Plan

Motion to Approve 403(b) Plan Passed with a motion by Jason Urkoski and a second by Jennifer Swantek.

David Baxa: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

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

Motion to Accept Resignation(s) Passed with a motion by Jennifer Swantek and a second by David Baxa.

David Baxa: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

  1. Date, Time, and Location of Next Meeting

Date: January 21, 2019

Time: 7:30 P.M.

Location: Room 503, West Building, Genoa Site

  1. Executive Session

I move that the Board of Education go into Closed Session at 5:34 p.m.for the purpose of discussing negotiation strategies Passed with a motion by Jason Urkoski and a second by David Baxa.

David Baxa: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea


Motion to come out of Executive Session at 6:26 p.m. Passed with a motion by Jason Urkoski and a second by Jennifer Swantek.

David Baxa: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

  1. Adjournment

Motion to Adjourn at 6:26 p.m. Passed with a motion by Jason Urkoski and a second by Jennifer Swantek.

David Baxa: Yea, John Nelson: Yea, Jennifer Swantek: Yea, Jason Urkoski: Yea

Jamie Held, Board Secretary

John Reeg, Board President