REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING – February 10, 2014
Jim Browning called the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Mission Valley USD #330 to order at 7:00 p.m. in the board conference room in Eskridge, Kansas. Board members present were Bruce Schlesener, Rex Kraus, Jim Rudeen, Jim Browning, Ranee Seastrom, and Jon Deters. Brian Rindt was absent. The superintendent and board clerk also attended.
Ranee Seastrom moved, seconded by Rex Kraus, to adopt the agenda with the following changes: Move Receive Item VIII. C. High School Curriculum – CTE to Item X.A Executive Session – Personnel (because of privacy issues regarding teachers during the discussion.). Motion passed 6 to 0.
The following teachers and patrons commented regarding the proposal to increase the curriculum offerings in the vocational agriculture program: Kelly Hoelting, Jordan Hysten, Connie Converse, Rob Sage, Steve Gleason, Boyd Davis, Tom Phillips, Dayton Allen, Reed Sage, and Rex Logan. Rex Logan also addressed the board regarding bond election issues.
The Good News Report included the following: Kelly Hoelting was named Kansas Career and Tech Ed Teacher of the Year; Kelly Hoelting was also named Kansas Agriculture Education Outstanding Teacher; high school scholars bowl team placed second in the league; Jessie Higginbotham was awarded a $6,000 renewable scholarship; Casey Cochran has obtained dissection equipment through website requests; The FFA was awarded a $2,500 fresh produce grant, and will be applying for a $12,500 grant to implement a farm-to-school program next year.
Bruce Schlesener moved, seconded by Ranee Seastrom, to approve the consent agenda as presented. Motion passed 6 to 0.
Items in the consent agenda that were approved include: approval of minutes of the January 13, 2014 regular board meeting and January 27, 2014 special board meeting; approval of clerk’s report and treasurer’s report as presented; approval of warrants in the amount of $111,756.09; approval of credit card log in the amount of $37.99; approval of extra duty pay in the amount of $545.00; approval of transfers from the general fund to the vocational education fund in the amount of $20,000.00 and from the general fund to the at-risk fund in the amount of $40,000.00; approval of termination of Dana Cain as para-educator and resignation from Abbey Fulgham as 9-12 co-dance sponsor; and approval of administrators written reports.
Ranee Seastrom moved, seconded by Rex Kraus, to approve the FACS pathway articulation agreement with Allen County Community College as presented. Motion passed 6 to 0.
The job descriptions were reviewed and suggested corrections were offered. The corrections will be made and presented to the board for approval at the March 2014 board meeting.
Jim Rudeen moved, seconded by Rex Kraus, to approve the 2014-15 school calendar as presented and recommended by the administration and calendar committee. Motion passed 6 to 0.
The KSDE audit of FTE, special programs and weighted funding was reviewed.
The Board reviewed the timelines for republication of funds
The board reviewed snow make-up days for the 2013-14 school year. The following snow days have been taken: December 20, 2013, January 6, 2014, February 4, 2014, Feb 5, 2014, and Feb 6, 2014. The following changes have been made to the calendar: School will be in session May 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2014 to make up for 5 snow days. May 16th will be the last day of school, May 19, 2014 will be a teacher inservice/work day; and May 20 and 21, 2014 will be teacher inservice days.
Rex Kraus moved, seconded by Jim Rudeen, to proceed with the bond issue as presented. Motion failed with Jim Rudeen, Jim Browning, and Rex Kraus voting yes; and Bruce Schlesener, Ranee Seastrom, and Jon Deters voting no.
The Bud Weems Memorial scholarship guideline changes were reviewed and will be considered at the March 2014 board meeting.
A request to secure bids from Food Service Management companies for meal service in 2014-15 was reviewed. The request will be considered at the March 2014 board meeting.
Recommended meal prices for 2014-15 were reviewed for consideration at the March 2014 board meeting.
Administrators gave building and program reports.
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Jim Browning moved, seconded by Jon Deters, to go into executive session at 8:10 p.m.to discuss matters of non-elected personnel, in order to protect the privacy interests of the individual(s) to be discussed, and that they return to open session in the same room at 8:50 p.m. Motion passed 6 to 0. The superintendent, Charlie Chesmore, and Bill Clark also attended.
The meeting reconvened in open session at 8:50 p.m.
Rex Kraus moved, seconded by Bruce Schlesener, to add a 1.0 FTE Vocational Agriculture teacher beginning with the 2014-15 school year. Motion pass 6 to 0.
Jim Browning moved, seconded by Bruce Schlesener, to go into executive session at 8:55 p.m. to discuss employer-employee negotiations in order to protect the district’s right to the confidentiality of its negotiating positions and the public interest in negotiating a fair and equitable contract, and that they return to open session in the same room at 9:05 p.m. Motion passed 6 to 0. The superintendent also attended.
The meeting reconvened in open session at 9:05 p.m.
Rex Kraus moved, seconded by Ranee Seastrom, to approve the resignation from Melissa Troutman as 6th grade teacher effective the end of the 2013-14 school year; and to approve Tracy Konda as the driver’s education teacher for the 2014 summer session. Motion passed 6 to 0.
Rex Kraus moved, seconded by Jim Rudeen, to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed 6 to 0 Meeting adjourned at 9:07 p.m.