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JULY 17, 2017, REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES

JULY 17, 2017, REGULAR BOARD MEETING

 

The Stanton School District Board of Directors met at 5:30 PM on Monday, July 17, 2017, in the Board Room for a regular session. President Brian Bates called the meeting to order with Directors Mark Lindgren, Jeff Sorensen, and Tom Weis present. Additional attendees were Superintendent Chris Herrick, K-12 Principal Kevin Blunt, Business Manager Shirley Maxwell, and Board Secretary Tammy Boyer.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Director Sorensen made a motion to approve the agenda with a second by Director Lindgren. The motion carried unanimously.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Director Lindgren made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 21, 2017, meeting with a second by Director Sorensen. The motion carried unanimously.

 

FINANCE REPORTS

Director Lindgren made a motion to approve the finance reports with a second by Director Sorensen.  The motion carried unanimously

 

CONSIDERATION OF BILLS

Director Weis made a motion to approve the bills with a second by Director Lindgren.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

OLD BUSINESS

APPOINTMENT OF FINANCIAL ADVISOR/LETTER OF ENGAGEMENT WITH PIPER JAFFRAY

Director Lindgren made a motion to approve the Appointment of Financial Advisor and Letter of Engagement with Piper Jaffray with a second by Director Sorensen.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

APPOINTMENT OF BON COUNSEL/LETTER OF ENGAGEMENT WITH AHLERS COONEY

Director Sorensen made a motion to approve the Appointment of Bond Counsel and Letter of Engagement with Ahlers Cooney with a second by Director Lindgren.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

APPROVAL OF PARTICIPANT’S PACKAGE RE: ISSUANCE OF SALES TAX BONDS

Director Lindgren made a motion to approve the Issuance of Sales Tax Bonds with minor adjustments made with a second by Director Weis.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

FACILITY RELATED PROJECTS

After discussion of a new freezer for nutrition and parking lot maintenance the consensus of the board was to wait until next spring and have the elevator completed and also see how the finances are before doing these two projects.

 

SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE

Superintendent presented ideas for consideration for Legislative Priorities.

Director Sorensen made a motion to approve the following Legislative Priorities with a second by Director Lindgren. 

  1. Continuation of Operational Sharing (sunsets 2019), expanding to include School Nurse, Technology Directors
  2. Allowable Growth Rate set at 4% and on time (year in advance)
  3. Transportation and State Aid Equity
  4. Fully Fund 4 year old/Early Child Education (now we get .5 funding per child)
  5. Elimination of 2029 Sunset on SAVE (State Sales Tax Revenue)
  6. AEAs

The motion carried unanimously

 

PRINCIPAL’S UPDATE

Principal Blunt reported on student/parent handbooks regarding the dropping of online classes, changing the wording to “may” need a Doctor’s note to be excused and an adjustment to the elementary curriculum. 

 

Director Sorensen made a motion to approve the 2017-2018 Student/Parent Handbooks pending the changes with a second by Director Lindgren.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Principal Blunt also reported that talks are under way to have our High School Track Meet held in Griswold on their all-weather track since we have not been able to host a High School Meet for a few years because of the weather.  Teacher in-service will be held on August 18 for new teachers and for all teachers on August 21 and 22.  The football team will play on week 0 at Ar-We-Va on August 18.

 

GOOD NEWS

Congratulations to the following:

 

All Conference teams were released for Softball and Baseball. 

Softball

Chelsea Weis and Ally Focht were 1st Team Elite

Devin Isaacson and Kami Tibben were 2nd Team

Tara Peterson was Honorable Mention

Baseball

Drake Johnson, Brandon Peterson, and Donnie Weis were 1st Team Elite

Dillion Rocha and Tyler Peterson were 2nd Team

Connor Hultman was Honorable Mention

 

PE/HEALTH TEACHER

Director Weis made a motion to approve Jake Lord as PE/Health Teacher for the 2017-2018 school year at BA step 0 for $34,131 with a second by Director Sorensen.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

JH FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, AND TRACK COACH

Director Lindgren made a motion to approve Jake Lord as JH Football, Basketball, and Track Coach for the 2017-2018 school year with a second by Director Weis.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

NEW BUSINESS

NISHNA INSURANCE RENEWAL

Rhett Goy, Nishna Insurance Agency, presented the renewal rates for the school business/property insurance.

Director Weis made a motion to approve the renewal rates for the school insurance with a second by Director Sorensen.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

LUNCH/BREAKFAST FEES

Director Sorensen made a motion to raise Lunch and Breakfast fees by $.05 per meal for a cost of $1.55 for K-12 students for Breakfast, $2.05 for adult Breakfast, $2.25 for K-5 students for Lunch, $2.40 for 6-12 students for Lunch, and $4.30 for adults with a second by Director Lindgren.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

TEXTBOOK FEES

Director Sorensen made a motion to raise Textbook Fees by $5.00 per student for a cost of $55.00 for K-5 students and $75.00 for 6-12 students with a second by Director Lindgren.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

SNOW REMOVAL BIDS

The board received one bid for snow removal and it was from Bates Snow Removal for $195 for a normal 2-3 inch snow.  Director Lindgren made a motion to accept this bid with a second by Director Sorensen.  The motion carried 3-0 with Director Bates abstaining.

 

SCHOOL VEHICLES SERVICE BIDS

The board received one bid for school vehicles service and it was from Bates Garage for $76.00/hour.  Director Sorensen made a motion to accept this bid with a second by Director Lindgren.  The motion carried 3-0 with Director Bates abstaining.

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT

Director Sorensen made a motion to approve Adrianna Valdez for open enrollment from Red Oak into Stanton for the 2017-2018 school year for good cause with a second by Director Lindgren.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Director Sorensen made a motion to approve Taylor Valdez for open enrollment from Red Oak into Stanton for the 2017-2018 school year for good cause with a second by Director Lindgren.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Director Sorensen made a motion to approve Zoey Carlson for open enrollment from Red Oak into Stanton for the 2017-2018 school year with a second by Director Weis.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

UPCOMING SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION

Directors Bates, Lindgren, and Sorensen terms are up for election.

 

ADJOURNMENT

President Bates adjourned the meeting at 7:47 PM.  The next regular meeting for the board is set for August 16, 2017, in the Board Room.