Valley Heights USD 498 Board Of Education Minutes – 1/17/18

Valley Heights Schools – USD 498
Minutes of the Board of Education
January 17, 2018

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, January 17, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., in the District Office, in Waterville, Kansas. Board President David Vermetten called the regular meeting to order.

ROLL CALL

Board Members Present: David Vermetten, President; Sharon Osborne, Melva Sanner, John Walsh, Theresa Minihan, Mike Vermetten, and Robert Chase.

Others Present: Teresa Penning, Clerk; John Bergkamp, Superintendent; Robert Green, Elem. Principal; Chad Kenworthy, Secondary Principal, Patty Moeller, Clayton Reed, Joyce Stryker, Luann Roepke, Ron Hardin and Steven Adams.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA
It was moved by Mike Vermetten and seconded by John Walsh to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried 7-0.

PUBLIC FORUM

OPAA Presentation
Steve Adams, OPAA representative, gave a presentation on the OPAA Food Service Management Company.

Central Office Accounting Procedures
Supt. Bergkamp explained the Central Office Accounting Procedures.

CONSENT AGENDA
David Vermetten moved, seconded by Sharon Osborne to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Motion carried 7-0. Items on the Consent Agenda were as follows:

– USD 498 Board of Education regular meeting minutes from December 20, 2017.
– Bills Payable
– USD 498 Willson Fund request (See Attached)
– Treasurer’s Report
– Approval of Supplemental Contracts

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

WILLSON FUND REQUESTS
Sharon Osborne moved, seconded by Melva Sanner to approve the request from the Marshall County Arts Cooperative for $1,500 for the Cantus (an 8-member male acappella group) to do an all-day vocal workshop with Kim Oatney’s junior high and high school music students at the Waterville Opera House. Motion carried 6-1. (David Vermetten excused himself declaring conflict of interest at 6:55 p.m.) Melva Sanner moved, seconded by Sharon Osborne to approve the request from the Waterville Opera House Renovation Committee for $100,000 to update the Waterville Opera House with new restrooms and making it more ADA compliant and to reimburse upon receipt of invoices. Motion carried 6-0. (David Vermetten returned to the meeting at 7:05 p.m.)

DRAFT CALENDAR REVIEW
Supt. Bergkamp presented two draft calendars for the Boards’ review.

CAPITAL OUTLAY UPDATE
Supt. Bergkamp updated the Board on Capital Outlay projects. Supt. Bergkamp will get bids on the Blue Rapids Elementary Gym repairs. David Vermetten moved, seconded by Mike Vermetten to accept the low bid from Bruna Implement Company for a tractor, mower and blade in the amount of $35,293.00. Motion carried 7-0.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
Superintendent Bergkamp reported on the Wellness Committee, MTSS Training Update, and the Food Service Management Bid Process.

Individual Board Member Issues
The Board discussed snow day communication and high school gym bleachers.

EXECUTIVE SESSION
David Vermetten moved, seconded by Robert Chase to go into Executive Session for non-elected personnel issues, inviting the Superintendent to attend for 10 minutes and returning to regular session at 7:28 p.m.. Motion carried 7-0. Theresa Minihan moved, seconded by Mike Vermetten to go into Executive Session for non-elected personnel issues, inviting the Superintendent to attend for 5 minutes and returning to regular session at 7:34 p.m. Motion carried 7-0. No action was taken as a result of the Executive Session.

ADJOURNMENT
David Vermetten moved, seconded by Melva Sanner to adjourn. Motion carried 7-0.

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.