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U.S.D. 212 Board Meeting May 14, 2018

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REGULAR MEETING
May 14, 2018 at Northern Valley High School, Almena, KS

Members present: Hilary Van Patten, President Melissa McClain
Christopher Rogers Shanna Hammond

Ken Tharman-Superintendent/9-12 Principal
Marvin Gebhard-PreK-8 Principal
Lidia Knapp-Board Clerk

Guests-Mr. Terry Logemann, Mr. Raif Terry

Call to Order: President Hilary Van Patten called the meeting to order at 8:02 p.m. with 4 members present.

Adoption of Agenda: Mr. Rogers asked to add item 8e Student Relations to the agenda. Mrs. McClain made a motion to accept the agenda with the amendment. Mrs. Hammond seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

Approval of Minutes: Mrs. McClain made a motion to accept the minutes as presented. Mrs. Hammond seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

8:05 p.m. Mr. Terry entered the meeting.

Approval of Bills: Mrs. McClain made a motion to pay the bills as presented. Mr. Rogers seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

Hearing of Visitors:
Mr. Terry with Anderson Windows presented his sales pitch along with quotes for the High School, Grade School and Middle School.

8:51p.m. Mr. Terry left the meeting.

Old Business:

Building Accessibility: Trey with ISS has installed the system at the high school, grade school and middle school. There are still a few tweaks Mr. Tharman shared. The “Night Lock” devices that Norton County Emergency Management purchased for the school are in. Mr. Tharman also stated that he met with Ron from Pulis Lock n Key earlier in the day regarding the door locks. Two other businesses had been in contact with Mr. Tharman and have not followed up in several months.

School Calendar: Mr. Tharman offered two options to NVEA. They conducted a vote with fifteen choosing Option #1 and four choosing Option #2. Mrs. Hammond made a motion to approve Option #1 for the school calendar for 2018-2019 and changing graduation from May 12 to Saturday, May 11. Mrs. McClain seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

Negotiations: Mrs. McClain made a motion to go into executive session to discuss negotiations pursuant to the exception for employer-employee negotiations under KOMA. Mr. Tharman was asked to remain and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 9:25 p.m. Mr. Rogers seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

9:25 p.m. meeting returned to open session.

Mrs. McClain made a motion to go into executive session to discuss negotiations pursuant to the exception for employer-employee negotiations under KOMA. Mr. Tharman was asked to remain and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 9:35 p.m. Mrs. Hammond seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

9:35 p.m. meeting returned to open session.

Uniform Rotation: Mr. Gebhard presented updated photos of the basketball uniforms for the Ladies and Guys. Mrs. McClain made a motion to approve the proposed warm-ups presented. Mrs. Hammond seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

Parents as Teachers: Mr. Gebhard reported that Mrs. Dole, Mrs. Knuth and he attended a workshop and has been meeting regularly. He shared a worksheet and stated that the circles indicated everything we are currently doing. There are things we could be doing in the birth to 3 yr. olds category. This year, they had two early learning nights, one in Long Island and one in Almena. They were received well. Mr. Gebhard is proposing that the school offer certain services, in-house, to families that are in the birth to 3 yr. old category. It was also proposed to see if the BOE would approve a supplemental or stipend for their time. Mr. Rogers said years ago that 10 of 11 districts within NCKSEC were involved. Northern Valley was not. Mr. Gebhard shared that the Hansen Foundation had been paying for all of it. The funding had ceased for this and many of the districts that had been involved, no longer were. There are many benefits to this program. The board asked Mr. Gebhard to find out the costs from NCKSEC and report back.

Personnel:
Summer Custodial Help: Mr. Tharman shared that five people expressed interest in the Summer Custodial help. Mrs. McClain made a motion that the board hires Sommer Yocum, Sheri Sammons, and Cindy Wright for summer custodial help at a rate of $10.00 an hour. Mrs. Hammond seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

Maintenance Director/Custodian: Mrs. McClain made a motion to go into executive session to discuss potential non-personnel pursuant to non-elected personnel exception under KOMA and asked Mr. Tharman to stay and the open meeting will resume in the board room at 10:07 p.m. Mrs. Hammond seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

10:07 p.m. meeting returned to open session.

Mr. Rogers made a motion to hire David Gilgenbach as the new Maintenance Director/Custodian.
Mrs. Hammond seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

2018-19 Certified & Classified Staffing: Mr. Rogers made a motion to go into executive session to discuss Certified & Classified Staffing pursuant to the exception for employer-employee negotiations under KOMA and asked that
Mr. Tharman stay. The meeting will resume in the board room at 10:22 p.m. Mrs. Hammond seconded; Motion
carried 4-0.

10:22 p.m. meeting returned to open session.

Mr. Rogers made a motion to go into executive session to discuss Certified & Classified Staffing pursuant to the exception for employer-employee negotiations under KOMA and asked Mr. Tharman to stay. The meeting will resume in the board room at 10:27 p.m. Mrs. Hammond seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

10:27 p.m. meeting returned to open session.

Mr. Rogers made a motion to go into executive session to discuss Certified & Classified Staffing pursuant to the exception for employer-employee negotiations under KOMA and asked Mr. Tharman to stay. The meeting will resume in the board room at 10:37 p.m. Mrs. Hammond seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

10:32p.m. Mr. Logemann left the meeting.

10:37 p.m. meeting returned to open session.

Mr. Rogers made a motion to go into executive session to discuss Certified & Classified Staffing pursuant to the exception for employer-employee negotiations under KOMA and asked Mr. Tharman to stay. The meeting will resume in the board room at 10:47 p.m. Mrs. Hammond seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

10:47 p.m. meeting returned to open session.

Mrs. McClain made a motion to approve the Certified and Classified staffing and the supplemental(s) they hold, as presented. Mrs. Hammond seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

New Business:
Approve PDC Transcripts: Mrs. Hammond made a motion to approve the PDC Transcripts as presented.
Mrs. McClain seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

Social Studies Textbook: Mr. Gebhard has been working with the teachers to find a new text curriculum that meets the standards and the needs for Social Studies. They decided on Pearson. The books would cover grades K-12. The original quote was $29,000 and Mr. Gebhard was able to get them down to $16,503.99 (Way to go Mr. Gebhard!). Mrs. McClain made a motion to approve the purchase of the new social studies books as presented. Mrs. Hammond seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

June Meeting Dates: Mr. Tharman stated that we need to set our final BOE meeting of this fiscal year for June 28th at 7:00 a.m. that would allow him and Lidia to make the final transfers to close-out the year. The other option would be for the board to approve Lidia and Mr. Tharman to do the transfers without holding another meeting. Mr. Rogers made a motion to bypass the final BOE meeting of the fiscal year and have Lidia and Ken do the transfers. Mrs. McClain seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

Approve K-12 Handbook: Mrs. Hammond made a motion to approve the K-12 handbook with corrections to spelling errors such as her name. Mrs. McClain seconded; Motion carried 4-0.

Student Relation: Mr. Rogers stated that this had been resolved previously in the evening.

Administrative Reports:
Superintendent/9-12 Principal Report: Mr. Tharman reported that there have been a lot of track meets. The most recent being WKLL boys and girls won 1st. Jaden Smith and Kale Cox got into the semi- finals at State Forensics; State FFA had a lot of good results. Golf is going well. A big thank you to Kristen Brands for driving the kids to their golf meets.

HS Awards Banquet went over well. Finished up HS projects left over from April 4th, a big thank you to Mrs. McKinney for getting those lined up. The HS copier lease was up so Northwest Office Supply has gotten two new ones installed. State Track is coming up. Mr. Tharman will be attending a meeting at the end of the month in Wichita.

Next BOE meeting is June 18 at 8:00 p.m.in Long Island.

K-8 Principal Report: Mr. Gebhard reported that state assessment results are in. Kids did well in reading and math scores were very good. Overall, the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th did really well. There were ninety-five in attendance for Grandparent’s day. The third grade science fair; Jordyn Cox and Jaycee Gebhard won. Mr. Tharman was a judge.

PreK screenings had eleven for PreK 3 year olds and eleven for PreK 4 year olds. Lots of field trips: 5th / 6th graders went to Minden, 3rd / 4th graders went to Hastings, 1st / 2nd graders went to Norton, and 7th / 8th graders went to Hays. Track 7th grade boys and girls won. Regionals are Friday in Colby. Golf Regionals were in Atwood. August 31 we will recognize Coach Fessenden.

Mr. Vincent had a very successful book fair.

Mr. Gebhard also shared that he had attended the City Council meeting in Long Island. There is expressed blame towards the school for the installation of the speed bumps. The school did not have them installed. The City of Long Island did. The speeds bumps are appreciated as they are doing what they were installed to do. There is a petition going around against them. Mr. Gebhard said he was asked to sign it and refused.

Reports of Board Members:
President Van Patten shared all the Thanks Yous that were received. The board received a thank you from the 8th grade class for everything they do, one from Mrs. Gebhard (3rd) for the books for her classroom, one from Ms. Rolland (HS English) for the books for her classroom, one from Mrs. Knuth (K) for more classroom books, one from Ms. DeWerff (4th) for six more books for her classroom, a photo from 1st Grade and their books with a thank you, and a photo from 2nd grade with a thank you and their books.

Adjournment: Mr. Rogers made a motion that the board meeting adjourn. Mrs. McClain seconded; Motion carried 4-0. Meeting adjourned at 11:26 p.m.

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Derek Nester
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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