REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING – March 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, Brian Rindt, Jim Browning, Ranee Seastrom, and Jon Deters. Jim Rudeen was absent. The superintendent and board clerk also attended.
Ranee Seastrom moved, seconded by Bruce Schlesener, to adopt the agenda with the following additions: Receive Item VIII. C. Business Pathways & Course Descriptions and Receive Item VIII. H. Wellness Council Report. Motion passed 6 to 0.
The Good News Report included the following: 2013-14 KSDE fiscal audit was branded a “perfect audit” by the head of KSDE School Finance; Charlie Chesmore and Tracey McGann were praised in a letter from KSHAA for their efforts in the KAY Unit conference held at Mission Valley; the superintendent commented that our administration and staff did an excellent job producing a top-notch sub-state basketball tournament this past weekend.
Brian Rindt 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 27, 2014 special board meeting, February 10, 2014 regular board meeting, and February 24, 2014 special board meeting; approval of clerk’s report and treasurer’s report as presented; approval of warrants in the amount of $116,151.19; approval of extra duty pay in the amount of $430.00; approval of transfers from the general fund to the vocational education fund in the amount of $30,000.00 and from the general fund to the at-risk fund in the amount of $20,000.00; and approval of administrators written reports.
Ranee Seastrom moved, seconded by Rex Kraus, to approve the following job descriptions as presented (with corrections): board clerk, district treasurer and administrative assistant, transportation director and payroll clerk, transportation supervisor, technology director/coordinator, bus driver, assistive technology coordinator, gifted teacher, special services secretary, para-aide for school nurse, instructional para-educator, special education director, building custodian, head building custodian, elementary physical education teacher, junior high instrumental music teacher, elementary general music teacher, elementary secretary, lunchroom aide, and elementary teacher. Motion passed 6 to 0.
Bruce Schlesener moved, seconded by Rex Kraus, to publish the notice of amending the 2013-14 general fund and at-risk fund budgets as presented; and to hold the hearing for amending those budgets on April 14, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. at the district office. Motion passed 6 to 0.
Brian Rindt moved, seconded by Ranee Seastrom, to amend the scholarship guidelines for the Bud Weems Memorial fund as presented. Motion passed 6 to 0.
Bruce Schlesener moved, seconded by Ranee Seastrom, to approve the following in regards to proposals for contracting with a food service management company: (1) approval of request for proposal document, sponsor exhibit documents, and contractor exhibits as presented, (2) approval of timelines for soliciting proposals and negotiating a contract as presented, (3) approval to advertise the request for proposal in The Wabaunsee County Signal Enterprise on March 13, 20, 27, April 3, and 10, 2014; and (4) approval of the list of food service management companies to send proposal documents. Motion passed 6 to 0.
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Rex Kraus moved, seconded by Jon Deters, to hold a walk-in ballot type bond election on June 3, 2014 for a sum of $12,515,000; and to hold a special meeting on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. for the purpose of adopting a resolution for publication regarding the scope of the bond election.
The Board reviewed the Supreme Court’s ruling on the recent Gannon vs. Kansas school finance lawsuit.
Rex Kraus moved, seconded by Brian Rindt, to adopt the following two resolutions: Resolution 3-10-2014.1 regarding Kansas State legislative actions relating to school board elections; and Resolution 3-10-2014.2 regarding Kansas State legislative actions relating to full funding for all-day kindergarten students. Motion passed 6 to 0. (See resolutions in their entirety.)
The Board reviewed course descriptions for classes that are currently being offered through the Vocational Agriculture pathway.
Bruce Schlesener moved, seconded by Ranee Seastrom, to adopt
1. the following Business Career pathways as presented: Business Management & Administration Career Cluster, Finance Career Cluster, and Arts, A/V and Communication Career Cluster.
2. the following course descriptions for additional courses added to the curriculum for 2013-14: 21st century journalism; graphic design fundamentals; media public relations, photo imaging, and video production.
3. The change in graduation requirements as presented.
Motion passed 6 to 0.
Rex Kraus moved, seconded by Brian Rindt, to hold the July, 2014 board meeting on the 3rd Monday of the month (July 21) instead of the 2nd Monday (July 14) to accommodate the independent financial audit being held that day as well as budget preparation considerations. Motion passed 6 to 0.
Brian Rindt moved, seconded by Bruce Schlesener, to approve the request from the FCCLA chapter to attend the state STAR event competitions in Wichita, KS from April 6-8, 2014. The board would provide lodging, meals, and transportation not to exceed a cost of $761.75.
Revisions to the Employee Handbook were presented for review and consideration at the April 2014 board meeting.
An additional group health insurance plan that would comply with the Affordable Care Act requirements was presented for review and consideration at the April, 2014 board meeting.
The Wellness Council annual report and guideline changes were submitted to the Board for review and consideration at the April, 2014 board meeting.
Administrators gave building and program reports.
Rex Kraus moved, seconded by Brian Rindt, to go into executive session at 8:05 p.m.to discuss matters affecting a student (or students), 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 8:15 p.m. Motion passed 6 to 0. The superintendent, Charlie Chesmore, Brett Fenton and Bill Clark also attended.
The meeting reconvened in open session at 8:15 p.m.
Jim Browning moved, seconded by Ranee Seastrom, to go into executive session at 8:15 p.m. to discuss personnel 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 8:35 p.m. Motion passed 6 to 0. The superintendent also attended.
The meeting reconvened in open session at 8:35 p.m.
Ranee Seastrom moved, seconded by Brian Rindt, to approve the following resignations: Jennifer Gibbs as 9-12 Dance co-sponsor effective the end of the 2013-14 school year, Alicia Cattrell as 4th grade teacher effective the end of the 2013-14 school year, and Dawn Grams as 5th grade teacher effective the end of the 2013-14 school year; and to approve the appointment of Meagan Lowe as 9-12 Dance sponsor beginning with the 2014-15 school year; and to extend the contract with Brett Fenton as K-12 assistant principal and 7-12 activities director for an additional two years. Motion passed 6 to 0.
Rex Kraus moved, seconded by Jim Browning to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed 6 to 0 Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.