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

West Building Genoa, NE 68640

Monday, May 21, 2018 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
  1. Excused/Unexcused Absences
  1. Approval of Agenda

Motion to approve agenda 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 Minutes of Previous Meetings

Motion to approve Minutes of Previous Meetings 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. FFA Horticulture Group - Greenhouse Sales

Kelsey Wetovick and her Ag students spoke about their green house experience and plant sales they had at the end of the school year. Overall they had a successful season. All plants were sold, and there are left over supplies that will cut down the cost for next year. The Ag students really enjoyed this experience and learned a lot from planting, fertilizing, maintaining a greenhouse, advertising, and selling to the public. They used this first year as a learning experience, and know some changes to be made for next year.

  1. 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 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. Reports of Administrators and Committees
  1. Visitors
  2. Principal's Reports PreK-6 Principal’s Report:

Nebraska Student Centered Assessment System (NSCAS)—ACT is Complete. Initial ACT scores received, NSCAS in September. NWEA/MAPS Testing completed 3rd round K-11th grade. Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) scores: 91% K-6 students at benchmark (compared to 92%/90%/89%/85% past three years). Pre-Early Literacy Indicators (PELI), Alphabet Knowledge: 38% - 69% - 83%, Phonological Awareness: 100% - 100% -

100%, Vocabulary/Oral Language: 100% - 100% - 88%, Comprehension: 94% - 100% - 100%. Continuing Education- There are certified staff members registered for KAGAN training this summer, with 20 staff members being trained in MANDT this

summer.  Elementary/JH/HS Science teachers are working with Laura Plas from ESU 7 over PBL 101 and Year 2 training. Title I-Schoolwide Program was approved by Nebraska Dept. of Education. Twin River was the only school in ESU 7 who were approved on the first draft. Mr. Heier gave recognition to Title I Coordinator Brenda Cuba. End of Year Items- PreK-6 staff will meet and discuss EBA survey for NDE as a part of their AQuESTT data. Grades/Budget Books/Inventories have been completed and staff checked out last Friday.

High School Principal’s Report:

Recent School Activity - 4/24 FFA Banquet 6:30 pm - 4/26 FCCLA Banquet 6:00 pm - 5/1 Academic Honors Night 7:00 pm - 5/8 Athletic Honors Night 7:00 pm - 5/12 Graduation 2:00 pm - 5/15 Last Day K-8 - 5/16 Last Day 9-11.

Meetings and Workshops:

4/18 - 20 - NETA Conference in Omaha (Technology related) - 5/2 - Business and Industry at Columbus Chamber of Commerce

School Updates - Students in the Spotlight - May Students of the Month - Gunner Fink (8th) and Hannah Yrkoski (7th) - TR will be represented by six student athletes in 8 events at State Track in Omaha this weekend - Breanna Schroder, Blake Booth, Jack Reeg, Curtis Miller, Mason Prososki and Chris Sempek.

Teacher in the Spotlight - Mr. Gabe Stalder has been named the 2018 Nebraska American Legion High School Teacher of the Year. Mr. Metzger gave a special Thank you to Mr. John Buhl and our local American Legion Post#144 for his nomination and a congratulations to Mr. Stalder.

General Business - This month, End of Year procedures, Course scheduling with Mr. Koziol, Title III program review, NSCAS testing, NWEA MAPS testing, Graduation, Final grades, Classroom Budgets.


  1. Activities Report Activities Report:

Recent events: Athletic Honors Night- May 8th, District golf- May 15 at Oakland, and State track- May 18-19 in Omaha.

Upcoming events: Youth basketball camps- May 22-24, Genoa Alumni Banquet- May 26th- Genoa, High school basketball camps- May 29- June 1, Volleyball camps- June 11-13 Meetings, professional development, Conference AD meeting- May 8th, NCA Summer Multi-Sport Clinic- July 24-26- Lincoln, Administrator Days- July 25-27- Kearney General information, Hosted JH Conference Track meet on May 4th, Mr. Zysset was very appreciative to everyone who helped  put this event on. Getting ready for next year- Budget requests from coaches, coach/sponsor assignments, schedules. For text messages about activity updates, you can sign up for one or both of the following- this is in addition to the School Messenger calls that go out.

High School: text the message @trsportshs to the number 81010.  Junior High: text the message

@trsportsjh to the number 81010.

  1. Superintendent Report Superintendent’s Report:

Columbus Chamber of Commerce Meeting - Dr. Weidner and Mr. Metzger met with the Columbus Chamber in early May. Many businesses were in attendance as was the Commissioner of Education, Matt Blomstedt. This meeting was more about introductions and thoughts about creating 21st century learners. Dr. Weidner talked about the importance of our students developing the 4 C skills and the need for creating internships or apprenticeship for our students. They encouraged business owners to provide them with some issues they may be facing with the explanation that they would like to develop in our PBL’s around real world problems.

Summer Food Program - Information about the Summer Food Program is appearing on the doors of our school building and local newspaper. Flyers went home before school let out for the summer. Updates will be provided via our social media outlets, our website and through our phone message system. Resource Officer - Nance County Sheriff - Ben Blakewell and Dr.

Weidner have had conversations about implementing a Resource Officer program here at Twin River. The officer would not just be for the school but would be available to answer local calls when needed. Details are still being worked out, but planning to have one in place to begin the new school year. Chromebooks - Repair possibilities for the ASUS brand - Dr. Weidner received word and verification that Connecting Point in Columbus is now a Certified ASUS repair shop. He would like to resend a request for bids on the Chromebooks so they can get them in and ready for the new school year. Dr. Weidner attended the NETA Conference.  Baseball Possibilities - The co-op proposal with some area schools did not work out. Dr. Weidner has contacted the Central City school district to see if their invitation was still in force. They are checking with NSAA to see if we are able to join a co-op that is in the middle of a two-year cycle. Softball Co- op - Dr. Weidner was informed by the Fullerton Superintendent they opted not to enter into a co- op agreement with us for softball due to the very low interest by the girls and the negative impact the co-op may have on other fall sports. He visited with Coach Van Driel. She did not show much interest in asking another school to join us. She expects to have 18 girls out for softball


next year and does not see the need for a co-op at this time. With the recent legislative session coming to a close, we may or may not be impacted with more unfunded mandates. A mandatory reading program was attached to NDE’s technical bill. This basically forces school districts to provide summer reading programs for students who are not at reading level. This program focuses on grades K - 3. There was no money attached to this bill to help schools with the fiscal implications. Another bill, LB 42, brings changes to child safety seats. We are awaiting word from NDE as to how we will need to address the stipulations of this bill. Again, there was no money made available to school districts to help address the new requirements.

  1. Board of Education Report
  1. Old Business
  2. New Business

Building Grounds Committee had a meeting in regards to future plans of the 501 building. They have decided to collect more information before any decisions are made.

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve New Hire(s)

Motion to approve New Hire Robert Frederickson 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 Inter-Local Agreement with Fullerton Public Schools for Psych-Sociology Class

Motion to Approve Inter-Local Agreement with Fullerton Public Schools for Psych-Sociology Class 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. Baseball Program

Board Member Jason Urkoski requested a parent meeting to discuss the options available before any decisions are made.

  1. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve Principal Salary Increases

Motion to Approve Principal Salary Increase of 3 percent Passed with a motion by Jason Urkoski and a second by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek.

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 Contract for Asst. Principal/A.D. Motion to Table Contract for Asst. Principal/A.D. until next month's meeting Passed with a motion by Dave Baxa 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 Eliminate Half-Time High School Math Position Motion to Eliminate Half-Time High School Math Position Passed with a motion by Dave Baxa 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. Consider and Take Possible Action to Approve Inter-local Agreement with Central NE Youth Services and Nance County Attorney

Motion to Approve Inter-local Agreement with Central NE Youth Services and Nance County Attorney 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 Approve Expenditure Request from World Strides Organization

Motion to Approve Expenditure Request of $2500.00 for World Strides Organization 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 Add a Fourth Week of Vacation for Classified Employees Who Have Been With The District For 15 or More Years

Motion to Add a Fourth Week of Vacation for 12 month, Full-Time Employees Who Have Been With The District For 15 or More Years Passed with a motion by Mrs. Jennifer Swantek 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 Service Agreement for HVAC System Motion to Approve Service Agreement for HVAC System 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 Accept Resignation(s)

Motion to accept the resignation from Sam Robb as Assistant Track Coach 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. Date, Time, and Location of Next Meeting

Motion to Approve Next Board Meeting on: Date: June 14, 2018 Time: 7:30 P.M. Location: Room 503, West Building, Genoa Site Passed with a motion by Dave Baxa 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 8:39 p.m. Passed with a motion by Dave Baxa 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