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

West Building Genoa, NE 68640

Monday, April 16, 2018 5:30 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 Joe Beck 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 Minutes of Previous Meetings

Motion to approve Minutes of Previous Meetings Passed with a motion by Joe Beck 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. Program Spotlight - FCCLA

Mrs. Andreasen and her FCCLA members gave a presentation about the program. FCCLA focuses on the multiple roles of family members, wage earner, and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation. This year Twin River had over 24 students participating in Star Events, which stands for Students Taking Action with

Recognition.  Irelynd Pearson shared one of her projects for Star Events. She created a Twin River Life Improvement magazine, which included articles to promote healthy lifestyles in a variety of areas of life including relationships, sports nutrition, and emotional health. Mrs. Andreasen went over awards received at state as a chapter and individually.  Alexis Cherry was


elected as a State Peer Education Officer. Mrs. Andreasen, Alexis Cherry, and the 6 national STAR Event qualifiers for FCCLA will be traveling to Atlanta this summer for the FCCLA National Convention.

  1. Treasurer's Financial Report

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

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

Mrs. Shanle and Mrs. Reardon spoke on behalf of FBLA and shared what the program is about.  Ryan Range is a 4 year FBLA member and he spoke about his experience as an

FBLA member and the opportunities it has provided for him. Ryan shared about his trips to the National Conventions. Mrs. Shanle and FBLA 8 national qualifiers will be traveling to the National convention in Baltimore this summer. Visitors asked for an update on the football program.

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

Mr. Metzger gave report for Mr. Heier, he was attending NDE’s AQuest conference in Kearney. Some of the sessions offered that he planned to attend: A Data-Driven Ecosystem Enhancing Teaching and Learning; Blending State and Federal Resources in School Improvement; The Potential of the Data Dashboard; Discipline Data in ADVISER’s General and Special Education Students; Let’s Do This! Making MTSS Implementation Happen; Bridging Data Sources to Tell Your Story; Visible Learning, Growth Mindset and Continuous Improvement; NSCAS Data and Reporting; DRE Potpourri (NEP, Student Unique ID); FERPA.

Pre-Kindergarten Round-up is Thursday, April 19th with potentially 32 students. Kindergarten Round-up was Thursday, April 12th at the Genoa site. There were 19 students who attended with 25 students on the list. Staff is completing budget books and administration will begin reviewing requests. During Severe Weather Awareness Week Tornado drills were conducted at both the Silver Creek and Genoa sites.

NSCAS (Nebraska-Student-Centered-Assessment-System) Assessments - Students are completing the State ELA and Math Assessments in grades 3-8 as well as the Science Assessment in grades 5 and 8. Title Night was held last Monday evening in Genoa; explanation of Title program at Twin River Genoa Site Elementary (school wide Title I) and DeMoine Adams spoke to parents and students attending. DeMoine Adams, former University of Nebraska standout football player, spoke at three assemblies at Twin River Public Schools on Monday, April 9th. Mr. Adams spoke to the students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade, then grades seventh through twelve about 'speaking up', 'standing up' and 'teaming up' to stop

bullying--including leading everyone in a chant of "NOT IN THIS HOUSE!" (in reference to bullying). The stories of real events in his life and how he overcame many things to get where is


at today grabbed the students' attention and garnered enthusiastic responses. Mr. Adams and his talk had and will continue to have a positive impact on the students. The final assembly Mr.

Adams gave was part of Title I night and included a crowd of parents and students. His message included the power of reading, parents being role models and supportive of their students and the school, and that it takes all three communities that make up Twin River to work with the school in doing what's best for all of our students. Following the assembly Mr. Adams posed for pictures and signed autographs.  Twin River Public Schools would like to thank DeMoine Adams for his time and the messages he delivered to our students, staff and parents. The school would also like to thank the Twin River PTO and Booster Clubs for helping to sponsor Mr.

Adams for the day.

Junior High/High School Report:

Recent School Activity - State FFA - 11 students attended, 15 awards received, 3 - proficiency plaques, 1 - team plaque, 2 - team ribbons, 7 - individual ribbons, and 2 - state degrees. One proficiency application will be sent on to compete at Nationals - State FBLA - 32 students attended, 20 awards received. (1 - 1st, 2 - 2nd, 2 - 3rd, 2 - 4th, 2 - 5th, 7 - Honorable mentions). The Chapter was recognized for Gold Seal of Merit Award, Sweepstakes Award, and contribution to Tally it Up hours, NE FBLA Foundation, March of Dimes and Connect to Business.   State FCCLA - 22 students attended 15 awards received.        Conference Art was on April 11th at West Point (9 students attended, 7 awards received, 2 - 1st place, 1 - 2nd place, and 4 - 3rd place ribbons). On April 16th - 7-12th grade is the Instrumental and Vocal Concert at 7:00 p.m.

Meetings and Workshops - 3/22 - Principal Cluster at ESU7 - 4/3 - ACT Testing at City Hall 7:45-2:00 - 4/4 - Visit to ESU2 Independent School in Fremont - 4/10 - Meeting with Julie Thelen at Behlen regarding Dream It-Do It Program - 4/16 - Meeting with Attendance Services. School Updates - Students in the Spotlight - March Student of the Month - Macie Engstrom 11th grade - ACT testing completed, 100% of Juniors tested - DeMoine Adams anti-bullying presentation was on April 9th. - District Music Contest on April 20th - Spring Play at Genoa on April 21. General Business - This month, Curriculum planning, ACT testing, course scheduling for 18-19, ESL review, NDE Safety Review.

  1. Activities Report

Recent Events:State FFA, FBLA, and FCCLA conventions, DeMoine Adams presentation, Title I Night,  EHC Art Show, Pre-contest, and HS band/choir concert.

Upcoming Events: High school track meet on April 19th in Genoa. District music contest is on April 20th at Columbus (CCC). Spring Play- April 21st, 22nd at Genoa school. FFA banquet- April 24th at Genoa school. FCCLA banquet- April 26th at Genoa School. High School Academic Honors Night - May 1st at Genoa school. JH Conference Track Meet- May 4th at Genoa Track and Field.   High School Athletic Honors Night- May 8th at Genoa school.

Professional development: Administrator Days in Kearney and NCA Summer Multi-Sport Clinic in Lincoln. Mr. Zysset is working to get coaching/sponsor assignments completed before the end of the school year. Track school records were set last week: Boys 4x1 relay: Curtis Miller, Jack Reeg, Mason Prososki, Andrew Nelson: 45.98. Boys 300m hurdles: Mason Prososki: 40.96. JH Boys triple jump: Kadren Miller: 37’ 8.5" . Golf and track seasons have both been affected by weather with cancellations and postponements. JH track has had a strong showing so far- boys and girls both have had multiple top 3 finishes team-wise at meet. NSAA Representative Assembly was on April 6th.  All sports (except track and cross country) will


classify on single gender enrollment, which could lead to separate classes for girls and boys teams (i.e. basketball).  NSAA will not be sanctioning bowling at this time.

  1. Superintendent Report

On March 28th, a representative from NDE visited our campus and performed a safety audit. This is a program that all schools across Nebraska will participate at some point in time. The representative visited with Dr. Weidner, Mr. Heier, teachers, and students from both sites. The State Department is gathering information as to where districts are as regards safety issues. The school is awaiting results for any findings. On April 25th, the Safety person from ESU 7 will present a program to staff about the safety protocol called "I Love You Guys", School districts from around the state are moving to this program. An advantage of this common language across the state is when our students are at another Nebraska district and something happens, they will be aware of the type of situation they may be in because of the common language of the protocol. This protocol employs a much plainer and easier to understand language when we go into lockouts or lockdowns. On April 24th, Dr. Weidner will be visiting with the Superintendent of Fullerton Schools and Ben Blakewell, Nance County Sheriff. They will be discussing safety issues and protocols. The invitations for the cooperative baseball program have been sent to Humphrey, Lakeview and Lindsey Holy Family. On May 2nd, Dr. Weidner and Mr. Metzger and  will be attending a breakfast meeting with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, area school districts, and businesses in the area. They will be focusing on how schools and business can better connect to provide opportunities for our students.

  1. Board of Education Report

Board members spoke about seminars they attended at the National School Board Convention that was held in San Antonio, Texas.

  1. Old Business
  2. New Business
  1. Twin River World Strides group
  2. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve Resolution to Become Partner School District with ESU 7's Educational Behavioral Health Program.

Motion to Approve Resolution to Become Partner School District with ESU 7's Educational Behavioral Health Program Passed with a motion by Joe Beck 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 New Hire for Secondary PE Position Motion to Approve New Hire for Secondary PE Position Passed with a motion by Dave Baxa and a second by John Nelson.

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

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve Unpaid Leave Requests

Motion to Approve Unpaid Leave Requests 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 Approve Extended Contract for FCCLA Sponsor Motion to Approve Extended Contract for FCCLA Sponsor Passed with a motion by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek 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 Expenditure for FBLA's Trip to National Convention

Motion to Approve Expenditure for FBLA's Trip to National Convention 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 to Approve Expenditures for FCCLA's Trip to National Convention.

Motion to Approve Expenditures for FCCLA's Trip to National Convention 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 Complete the Documentation and Purchase the North Half of Lot 4, Block 15, Willard's 2nd Addition to Genoa, Nance County, NE Motion to Complete the Documentation and Purchase the North Half of Lot 4, Block 15,

Willard's 2nd Addition to Genoa, Nance County, NE 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. Consider and Take Possible Action to Accept Resignation(s)

Motion to Take Possible Action to Accept Resignation(s) of Ashleigh Olson and Aimee Adams Passed with a motion by John Nelson 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. Date, Time, and Location of Next Meeting

Motion to Approve Next Board Meeting on May 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 503, West Building, Genoa Site 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. Executive Session
  2. Adjournment


Motion to Adjourn at 7:04 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

Jamie Held, Board Secretary

John Reeg, Board President