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

West Building Genoa, NE 68640

Monday, February 12, 2018 7:30 PM

Dave Baxa:        Present

Joe Beck:        Absent

John Nelson:        Absent

John Reeg:                Present Mrs. Jennifer Swantek: Present Jason Urkoski:        Present Joe Beck will be late.

Joe Beck: Present at 7:38 p.m.

  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 John Nelson Passed with a motion by Jason Urkoski and a second by Dave Baxa.

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

  1. Approval of Agenda

Motion to approve agenda with the amendment of agenda and remove agenda item 10.5. Consider and Take Possible Action to Create A.D./Asst. Principal Position and agenda item10.6. Consider and Take Possible Action to Add a Full-Time Teaching Position Passed with a motion by Dave Baxa and a second by Jason Urkoski.

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

  1. Program Spotlight - Mindi Reardon

Mindi Reardon did a project with her business class where students researched important life skills that employers search for, developed group and solo resumes, answering interview


questions, performed a Gallery Walk to provide positive critiques and feedback, practiced interviewing, and interviewed with an adult they are not related to.

  1. Treasurer's Financial Report

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

  1. Reports of Administrators and Committees
  1. Superintendent Report

Administration will be meeting with the ESU staff to prepare for programs during the next school year. Some of the topics for discussion will be the math curriculum, training to enhance the educational use of technology, whether it be smartboards or laptops and further development in other educational areas. Our district has qualified to participate in the Summer Food Program through NDE. This is a terrific program for our students as meals are provided throughout the summer months. Dr. Weidner and Sue Anderson will be attending an informational meeting on March 7 in York. 501 Building update- demolition continues at the 501 building. They are working on the north side of the building. This is where the weights will be moved to once the room and locker rooms are complete.

  1. Visitors

A visitor addressed the Board about their decision made to return a gifted three acres previously used by FFA.

A TREA member spoke on behalf of TREA asking for clarification on a few agenda items. Certified staff members spoke to the board regarding classified employee benefits.

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

Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) Update: staff are creating and using Testwiz as formative assessment for NSCAS curricular areas and test preparation.

NSCAS Assessment Window (March 19th -May 4th window)—ACT April 3rd. Grades K-6th attended an assembly presentation with American Heart Association—Jump Rope for Heart. At the Principal Cluster Amy Slama spoke about transition services; summer career academy; students 18-21 with special needs assessment and training. Round Table Topics: MAP scores, late assignments, HS ELA course offerings. Assessment update given on NSCAS and ACT.  Special Education discussion on EBHP (Educational Behavioral Health

Program). Financial Literacy Fair- FBLA students presented to grades 3rd-6th over topics including savings/checking accounts and counting money/change.

High School Principal's Report: Recent School Activities:

-1/31-ENTC Career Day at Norfolk

-1/31-State FFA Advisor visited Ag Classes at Genoa

-2/7-Spelling Bee at Fullerton, 8 students attended


-2/7-FFA State Degree interviews at Albion, 2 students attended

-2/8-FBLA Financial Literacy Fair with Genoa Elementary students grades 3rd-6th Meetings and Workshops

-1/30- Data Team Meeting

-1/30- Business and Industry meeting at Columbus Chamber of Commerce

-1/31-Administration team meeting

-2/5 and 2/7- Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:00-7:00

-2/8- Principal Cluster at ESU7 8:00-12:00 School Updates:

-Students in the Spotlight-January Student of the Month-Marissa Morris

-FFA Week is Feb.19th-Feb.23rd

-ELPA21 Testing Feb.21-March 2 General Business:

-This month, time and focus spent on staff evaluation, profile of graduate development, preparation of student pre-registration for 2018-2019

  1. Activities Report Sports updates:

Wrestling qualified freshman Jaxson Jones and senior Jayden Schroder for the state meet in Omaha. Girls basketball: 13-9, #1 seed in sub-districts (play Tuesday @ Aquinas-

6:00pm). Boys basketball: 7-12, 1 regular season game left (Friday 2-16 vs. St. Francis- Parent’s Night). JH boys basketball: last game on Thursday vs. Madison. Conference wrestling tournament went very well and ran smoothly. Mr. Zysset thanked Tanner Kuhn for running the TrackWrestling program, as well as everyone who helped with the computers and tables. He was very grateful to High Plains for letting us borrow a mat and their 3 score clocks. Football schedules will be released Tuesday, then will begin scheduling officials. Preparing for spring sports season- practice starts February 26th for track and golf. Conference AD meeting was held on January 21st. They discussed scheduling activities to protect instructional time (leave school early and get home early, or miss less school and get home later and be tired the next day). They also spoke about several schools pitching in money to purchase a fully automatic timing system for use in track and cross country. Starting this year, in order to host district track, you must use FAT system. Revised coach evaluation form is being looked over by school attorney, and will present it to board when it is approved.  rSchool is working and can be used right now, but will be rolled out in full force for 2018-2019 so we can do informal "training" on how to use it for everyone. Mr. Zysset is working with coaches and sponsors to fine-tune weights program and develop plan for increasing participation.

  1. Board of Education Report No report given.
  1. Old Business
  2. New Business
  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve Membership in Title I Consortium Thru ESU 7


motion to approve membership in Title I Consortium thru ESU 7 Passed with a motion by Jason Urkoski and a second by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek.

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

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approval Renewal Contract for Sparq Meeting Subscription

Motion to take approve renewal contract for Sparq Meeting subscription Passed with a motion by Joe Beck and a second by Dave Baxa.

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

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve Service Agreement with the Buck Institute for PBL Training

Motion to approve Service Agreement with Buck Institute for PBL Training Passed with a motion by Dave Baxa and a second by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek.

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

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve Teacher's Request for Unpaid Leave Motion to approve Teacher's Request for Unpaid Leave Passed with a motion by Jason Urkoski and a second by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek.

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

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Create A.D./Asst. Principal Position Agenda item 10.5 was approved to be removed under Approval of Agenda.
  2. Consider and Take Possible Action to Add a Full-Time Teaching Position Agenda item 10.6 was approved to be removed under Approval of Agenda.
  3. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve the Negotiated Agreement for the 2018 - 2019 School Year

Motion to Approve the Negotiated Agreement for the 2018 - 2019 School Year Passed with a motion by Joe Beck and a second by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek.

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

  1. Date, Time, and Location of Next Meeting

Motion to approve the Date, Time, and Location of next Board Meeting Passed with a motion by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek and a second by Joe Beck.

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

Date: March 19, 2018

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Room 503, West Building, Genoa Site

  1. Executive Session
  2. Adjournment

Motion to adjourn at 8:39 p.m. Passed with a motion by John Reeg and a second by Dave Baxa.


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

Jamie Held, Board Secretary

John Reeg, Board President