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Valley Heights USD 498 Board Of Education Meeting Minutes – 11/17/17

All posted Board of Education minutes are unofficial until approved at the succeeding regular BOE meeting.

The Board of Education of Valley Heights School District No. 498 held its regular meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., in the District Office, in Waterville, Kansas. Board President David Vermetten called the regular meeting order.

Board Members Present: David Vermetten, President; Sharon Osborne, Vice-President; Mike Vermetten, Melva Sanner, Theresa Minihan and Chris McNary.

Others Present: John Bergkamp, Superintendent; Teresa Penning, Clerk; Robert Green, Elem. Principal; and Chad Kenworthy, Secondary Principal, Robert Chase and Helen Weaver.

It was moved by Sharon Osborne and seconded by Mike Vermetten to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried 6-0.


Mike Vermetten moved, seconded by Melva Sanner to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Motion carried 6-0. Items on the Consent Agenda were as follows:

  • USD 498 Board of Education regular meeting minutes from October 18, 2017 meeting.
  • Bills Payable
  • USD 498 Willson Fund request (See Attached)
  • Treasurer’s Report

Non Certified Contracts Consideration
Sharon Osborne moved, seconded by Theresa Minihan to approve contracts for Katlen Schreiner as Waterville Secretary and Tiffany Watt as para. Motion carried 6-0.

Mr. Bergkamp presented a powerpoint on the KESA process and the School Redesign programs in place in Kansas.

Principal’s Reports
Mr. Kenworthy and Mr. Green gave their respective Principal reports.

Superintendent Report
Superintendent John Bergkamp gave an update on the OPAA Food Service Management, presented a draft of the Willson Education Center building, Wellness Committee update, Crisis Plan update and the Site Council members.

Melva Sanner moved, seconded by Sharon Osborne to accept the Golf Course Willson Fund request for $1,800. Motion carried 6-0.

Individual Board Member Issues
Mike Vermetten asked about the microwave use during lunch period. Chris McNary asked about Exit Interviews.


David Vermetten moved, seconded by Mike Vermetten to adjourn. Motion carried 6-0.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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